Scottsdale's Newly Opened Wasted Grain Brings More Live Music to Old Town
The live music scene in Scottsdale's entertainment district has gotten a little, well, livelier, thanks to the recent arrival of new nightspot Wasted Grain.
Benjamin Leatherman SmashT performs at Wasted Grain on Saturday, July 5, during its opening weekend.
The combination bar, dance club, and music venue opened this past weekend in the sprawling property at Stetson Drive and Drinkwater Boulevard that formerly housed Martini Ranch. And like its predecessor, which closed last fall, Wasted Grain will offer a mix of DJs and live bands, as well as the usual Scottsdale drinking, dancing, and partying thrills.
However, there are little, if any, traces of Martini Ranch, as the joint has received a complete makeover, and a stylish one at that.
Alecia Sanchez, a spokeswoman for Square One Concepts, the Scottsdale-based company that owns Wasted Grain, the property underwent an eight-month renovation that included rearranging the layout of its main room, building brand new bars and 25-foot-long stage, revamping the look, extending the size of the dance floor, and installing a top-of-the-line sound system and lighting elements.
The second-floor dance club and lounge -- formerly known as the Shaker Room but now tentatively referred to as 100 Proof -- has also been updated with more upscale digs, a new DJ booth facing the center of the room, bigger and better VIP nooks, and more tables and seating.
In other words, Wasted Grain isn't just wasted space anymore.
"It's more modern-looking, it's cleaner, it's nicer," Sanchez says. "There's a kitchen now, bigger bars, more space, [and] more life to it."
To say the least. Martini Ranch was a 19-year-old joint at the time of its closing last year, and certainly was showing its age, with lots of wear and tear to its furnishings, a cluttered patio, and a Shaker Room that tended to get sweaty and gross.
That's all a distant memory, as the décor throughout Wasted Grain is all reclaimed wood and stylish furnishings, with a Prohibition-style speakeasy flair (complete with vintage-looking wall art). And when temperatures get more reasonable, its staff will open the large garage doors installed on either side of the main room, including behind the stage, the make things feel larger and to let the sounds of live music amble outside.