25 Best Club Candids Photos of October

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
The corset-clad staff at Wasted Grain in Scottsdale.
We totally got to party with a robot in Scottsdale a few weeks ago. True story. Well, we're pretty sure it was a robot, but admit that it might've been a dude in some shiny, vacuformed plastic armor. (We also may have been a few drinks in at the time.)

At any rate, it was one of the more memorable experiences we racked up while out chronicling the Valley's nightlife scene every weekend in October for Club Candids, as was the moment when our paths crossed with rising local pop singer Luna Aura at Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row or with gleefully over-the-top rock tribute band Metalhead at Wasted Grain. Plus, we also watched Diplo drive a sold-out Maya Day & Nightclub wild and got to celebrate the third birthday of Crescent Ballroom.

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25 Best Club Candids Photos of September

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
A pile of partiers at Maya Day and Nightclub on Sunday, September 14.
Summer is officially over, which is both a blessing and a curse. Yeah, the heat may have dissipated (for the moment, at least) but that means the end of all those groovy pool parties. As the swim soirees drop off, however, you're gonna see club scene activity pick up a bit as new places open and everyone gears up for the fall.

September was a transitional month, to say the least, caught between the ending of one season and the beginning of another. Hence, our Club Candids coverage the past month featured Maya Day and Nightclub's last big pool party of the year and our first visit to newly opened spot RSVP Social Club.

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The 25 Best Club Candids Photos of August

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Two attendees of American Junkie's soft opening weekend.
There were a lot of things both shiny and new making a debut in local nightlife during the month of August. Spots like The King or Cowboys and Whiskey in Scottsdale opened to the clubgoing public while a few new dance nights (such as Motown on Mondays at the Crescent Ballroom) kicked things off in grand fashion.

Plus, American Junkie in Scottsdale unveiled its fresh look following taking a brief hiatus from the scene that boasts an urban art vibe and welcomed back the many college students who returned to the Valley for the new school year.

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The 25 Best Club Candids Photos of July

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The staff at Wasted Grain in Scottsdale.
The Club Candids crew logged a helluva lot of miles and shutter clicks in July as we found ourselves venturing into some rather interesting places

From shiny and new Scottsdale bars to the dark and sweaty rave venues out in Mesa, we crisscrossed the Valley and sought out wild times while attempting to capture local nightlife and day-drinking hijinks.


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The 25 Best Club Candids Photos of June

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman and Jim Louvau
Welcoming in the summer in style at Maya Day and Nightclub in Scottsdale.
As the temperatures rise in the Valley, the turnout at local bars and clubs tends to drop, for the most part. Some nightlife spots still attract a crowd despite the killer heat, like the place that Club Candids visited in June.

Whether it was costumed partiers at Apollo's Lounge, college kids on summer break at Fat Tuesday in Tempe, or the rock 'n' roll revelry at Mill Avenue's Big Bang, we saw swarms of folks out after dark, each throwing a middle finger Mother Nature's way as they drank and debauched, regardless of how hot it got.


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The 25 Best Club Candids Photos of May

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Scoping out the scene at Bottled Blonde in Scottsdale.
You won't believe some of the things we saw while out at the clubs this past month. Besides gawking at all the usual nightlife shenanigans, we happened to spy such weird and wild things as life-sized anthropomorphic animals costumes, dudes firing up laser beams, and a few religious types leading pilgrimages through the sinfulness of Scottsdale. No joke. We even rubbed elbows with celebrities of sorts.

We've got photographic proof of all this, of course, which we captured while in pursuit of after dark adventures around the Valley for Club Candids every week. We'll let the snapshots speak for themselves.

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The 25 Best Club Candids Photos of April

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Hanging out at David Guetta's packed pool party gig at Maya last month.
Ravers and drinkers and college cats, oh my. That's just some of who we encountered in our clubland adventures during the past month while in pursuit of snazzy snapshots. We got to share oxygen with world-famous beat-juggler David Guetta at Maya in Scottsdale, stayed up late with candy kids at Stratus, wandered through the bars of Mill Avenue, and partied with ASU students at Gringo Star in Tempe.

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The 25 Best Club Candids Photos of March

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Puckering up at Bottled Blonde in Scottsdale.
If you were out soaking up the sounds at the Monarch Theatre during Pete Tong's spectacular set last month, we might have taken your picture. Ditto for those who hung out at both Bottled Blonde and El Hefe in Scottsdale, folks celebrating Spring Training at Dos Gringos and Giligin's, or the ravers who were up late at Arizona Event Center for Bubble Bobble 6.

Club Candids logged a lot of miles this month heading out to said establishments duiring the month of March and grabbing numerous party pics. Here's a rundown of some of the best shots.


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The 25 Best Club Candids Photos of February

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman

February was most certainly a busy month for the Club Candids crew. Each and every week, we hit up hot nightspots and dance joints in both Tempe and Scottsdale and grabbed snaps of some of the mass revelry that was taking place within. And believe us, there was a lot of celebrating going on.

For instance, we kicked off the month by traveling into the midst of an absolutely off-the-chain Seattle Seahawks party happening during Super Bowl XLVIII at American Junkie. Then, it was a back-to-back rager at neighboring Tempe spots Zuma and the Mill Cue Club, followed by a chance to hang with hip-hop personality Fatman Scoop at Maya in Scottsdale and a visit to the newly opened Cake Nightclub in Scottsdale.

Check out 25 of our favorite Club Candids photos from said events.

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The 25 Best Club Candids Photos of January

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Feeling the magic at DJ Roya's birthday party at Apollo's Lounge.
It's been said that January is the worst month because of post-holiday depression, having to stick to all those pesky resolutions, or your ass getting dumped. But if anyone was feeling blue during the first month of 2014, they weren't showing their frowny faces at any of the bars, music venues, or dance joints that the Club Candids crew hit up the last four weeks.

That's because there was nothing but big grins and such when we asked clubgoers and night rangers to pose for pictures while hitting up such locations as the Monarch Theatre, El Hefe on Mill Avenue, and Long Wong's in Tempe. Some people mugged or clowned for our camera, while others merely just smiled. See for yourself as we look back at the best Club Candids shots of January 2014.


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