Now Open: Cowboy Whiskey Saloon in Scottsdale

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Benjamin Leatherman
Scottsdale's got another cowboy and country spot, y'all.
In Scottsdale, imitation is not only the sincerest form of flattery, it's sometimes a mantra for those seeking success. That's frequently the situation in the city's bar and club scene, where if one place does well with a new or unique concept, trend, or shtick, you can bet that others might soon be featuring their own version.

Such may be the case with the latest spot to debut in Scottsdale's entertainment district: Cowboy Whiskey Saloon, a country-themed bar offering drinks, dancing, and live music.

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Scottsdale's American Junkie (Temporarily) Closes For Renovations

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Benjamin Leatherman
American Junkie is getting an upgrade.
American Junkie in Scottsdale is getting a makeover -- or, at the very least, some new TVs. The colorful drink spot, sports bar, and nightlife destination, located on the eastern edge of the city's party-happy entertainment district, shut down earlier this week to undergo what's described as a "major overhaul" on its Facebook page.

In other words, you'll have to cross it off your rotation of Scottsdale joints to hit up on weekends to imbibe, at least temporarily.


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Scottsdale Barcade The King Opens This Friday

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Get your quarters ready.
The owners of The King sound like they're a lively bunch. When asked to describe the new neighborhood haunt in Scottsdale, which opens its doors this Friday, the trio of Tucker Woodbury, Charlie Levy, and Tyler Christensen engage in a breezy chatter and crack jokes while talking up the place's laidback atmosphere filled with games, good times, and complete lack of pretension.

It's somewhat akin to a group of friends hanging out and gabbing away over a few rounds of darts, foosball, or even skeeball -- or maybe just a few rounds, period - which, to hear its owners talk, sounds like the vibe they're aiming for at The King.

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Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino's New Chrome Nightclub Opens This Weekend

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Roonie G. is scheduled to perform at the grand opening of Chrome Nightclub on Friday and Saturday.

Snazzy slot machines and other flashy electronic gambling games won't be the only sort of glitzy and glittery distractions vying for your attention at Wild Horse Pass starting this weekend. That's because the Chandler hotel and casino is unveiling its posh new Chrome Nightclub later this evening during its two-night grand opening celebration.

The classy lounge and dance club, which is situated on the second level of the casino just upstairs from its Ovations! Live showroom, takes over the space that was once occupied by Wild Horse Pass' Airia Nightclub.

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Scottsdale's Newly Opened Wasted Grain Brings More Live Music to Old Town

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Benjamin Leatherman
SmashT performs at Wasted Grain on Saturday, July 5, during its opening weekend.
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.

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.

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Now Closed: Firehouse in Scottsdale

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Benjamin Leatherman
RIP Firehouse (2010-2014)
Scottsdale bar and nightspot Firehouse has been extinguished. The hybrid dance club, sports bar, and lounge located along Drinkwater Boulevard in the city's entertainment district reportedly closed its doors a few weeks back.

On June 16, Firehouse's Facebook page changed its cover photo to a picture of a "Sorry, We're Closed!" sign, because, you know, it was.

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The Sail Inn: More Memories From Local Musicians and Regulars

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Courtesy of Gina Lombardi
The Sail Inn's first sign (circa 1990).
When The Sail Inn closes on Sunday evening after the final night of its three-day Farewell Festival, it will mark the end of an era -- not just for the bar itself, but also for the Tempe music scene.

A big chapter in the city's lore will draw to a close on Sunday when the lights finally go out and the final notes finish echoing through the air. The Sail Inn, which first opened in 1990, is one of the last remnants of Tempe's golden age of music, which feels like a lifetime ago, when the scene was crackling with energy, verve, and promise.


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Tempe's Public House on Sixth Closes

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Benjamin Leatherman
The Public House on Sixth
Another day, another Tempe spot bites the dust. This time it's the Public House on Sixth, the party-happy bar and college kid hangout just off Mill Avenue next door to El Hefe in Tempe.

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The Sail Inn: An Oral History of a Tempe Music Landmark

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Courtesy of Gina Lombardi
Sail Inn owner with the late Chico Chism.
When Gina Lombardi opened the Sail Inn in 1990, neither she nor her business partners were certain the Tempe bar would last. It did, and then some.

Admittedly, it was a risky venture. A kitschy, nautical-themed neighborhood joint, complete with fish art and employees in captain's hats, located along a lonely stretch of road far from the hullabaloo of Mill Avenue near the bottom of the dry Salt River. A half-dozen others had tried and subsequently failed to catch on years before Sail Inn launched, and it, too, could've easily run aground.

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Goat Head Saloon in Mesa Closes Down

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Benjamin Leatherman
The now-shuttered Goat Head Saloon.

Karaoke fans of the East Valley planning to swing by the Goat Head Saloon in Mesa for some crooning tonight had better look elsewhere. Same for blues cats who were planning to hang out this weekend during the Sunday jam session.

That's because the Goat Head has evidently closed down, either temporarily or permanently.


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