Phoenix Bucket List - 100 Things to Do in Phoenix Before You Die: The Introduction

Burton Barr Library, designed by Will Bruder, is a joy both inside and out.
Bone up on local history in the Arizona Room at Burton Barr Library
Leave your Uniballs at home. The second floor of Burton Barr Central Library (designed by renowned local architect Will Bruder) is home to the Arizona Room, where only pencils are allowed. That's to protect the priceless collection of clippings and artifacts, which never leaves this second floor archive, from the evils of ballpoint ink. You'll find a research collection about the heritage, lifestyle and geography of the desert Southwest that documents every era of our town, from prehistoric times to the present, and including Arizona city directories dating back to 1923, microfilmed Arizona Census reports from 1870 forward, and an impressive stash of Phoenix high school yearbooks, to boot. It's all neatly curated and preserved by librarians who can steer you toward the most obscure facts about our local history.

Have a cocktail in the Hyatt's Compass Room
Oh, sure. They have a reverse happy hour. But who cares if the Hyatt Regency's Compass Arizona Grill even serves drinks? You'll go there for the same reason that we all have for more than 30 years: to slowly spin in a circle and enjoy a 360-degree view of the Valley in our town's one and only revolving roof top restaurant. You can eat dinner here -- that's what the "Grill" in the Compass room's name is about -- but no matter how good your lamb chop or garlic mash happens to be, you'll remember having stared down the skyline of our town, and maybe witnessing one of those splendid sunsets we keep having.

Location Info


Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe

808 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nearly Naked Theatre

100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Cerreta Candy Company

5345 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: General

Downtown Phoenix Public Market

721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Hyatt Regency Phoenix

122 N. Second St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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66rock topcommenter

What?  Didn't even read this.  If I did all of them, then I'd die.  No thanks!

Jeffrey Aspland
Jeffrey Aspland

Is it just me or are there only 8 things on this list?

Kenneth Bykerk
Kenneth Bykerk

#1 thing to do...move to any other part of the State.

Josh Coker
Josh Coker

i DID those things...i am NOT returning to that awful desert wasteland.

Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

A little shy of 100 things....just saying.

JR Olviga
JR Olviga

there are over 100 things to do in phoenix you can't do anywhere else? interesting.


Read the introduction.  It explains that there are two people who wrote 100-thing lists that will be revealed weekly.  It won't be complete until March.  

There are a couple of cool things on this list.  The artist who created Knight Rise has created dozens of works of this type, but there are only 14 open to the public.  We're lucky to have one in Phoenix. 

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