There’s something going on seven nights a week — you just might not know which is the hot spot to be seen at. Don’t worry: We’re here to help. Show up at 10 p.m. to secure yourself a good spot.
SUNDAY • METALHEAD AT MARTINI RANCH
The guys with the wigs and the “guyliner” are behind the success of Martini Ranch’s long-standing Sunday nights. Metalhead play three sets, which kick off around 10:30 p.m. and go until 1:30 a.m., covering hair metal classics including Twisted Sister, Poison, Skid Row and Metallica.
When the band isn’t playing music you can bang your head to, they’re poking fun at guys who stand in the front row — a major no-no. Lead singer Lucky will call dudes out to make way for the ladies.
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve called out of work sick because I had too much fun at Metalhead,” says Mike Roddick, 30, of Paradise Valley. “We always have a blast when we come out, and the bar is always filled with the hottest girls. My only complaint is that they do this on Sundays instead of a Friday or Saturday night!”
Info: 7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, (480) 970-0500 or metalheadrocks.com
MONDAY • TOXIC AT ZUMA GRILL
While $3 Stoli vodka cocktails is a good start to getting people out on a Monday night, it doesn’t fully explain why Mill Avenue’s Zuma Grill is consistently packed week after week.
Every week the lounge is filled with college students and people in their 20s who mingle by the bar or on the patio. Try to find a reason why the bar is such a hit, and you’re sure to get mixed answers.
“I think people know Zuma is the place to be on Mondays,” says Jenn Larassoa, 22, of Tempe. “It’s a word-of-mouth thing. The only place even close to this cool on Mondays is Mill Cue Club, but that’s only because they get the overflow from Zuma.”
“I think it’s the music,” says Harper Deen, 25, of Tempe. “People are looking to dance and a fun way to start their week and this is it. It’s where all the party people go.”
Info: 411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, (480) 829-6775 or zumagrill.com
TUESDAY • PINK TACO
Tuesdays at Pink Taco are a combination of what we love and hate about Scottsdale. Expect to find the Dirty Scottsdale crowd here — guys with popped collars and hair gel overload along with ladies with barely-there dresses and war-painted faces.
But you’re also going to find a crowd — and a large one at that. We’re hard-pressed to find another bar that’s been able to give Pink Taco a run for its money on Tuesday nights.
People mingle with margaritas and shots as they shake it to R&B, hip-hop and rock jams. And the bar usually keeps the party going until closing time. Drink specials include $3 flavored vodka cocktails for ladies and $4 for men.
“If you want to see and be seen, you come to Pink Taco on Tuesdays,” says Laurie Vageima, 23, of Scottsdale. “I’ve been coming here on Tuesdays for the last year. It’s a good place to come out with some friends and meet some hot guys.”
Info: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, (480) 675-7777 or pinktaco.com
WEDNESDAY • LA FEMME AT SIX
Promoter Brian Durkee’s popular night is where it’s at in Scottsdale come Wednesdays. The bar was filled with Suns players, including Steve Nash, for Boris Diaw’s birthday in April. But it doesn’t take the Suns to pack ’em in on Wednesdays.
According to Hugh Narvana, it’s all about the vibe.
“Six has a classy atmosphere,” says Narvana, 30, of Tempe. “There’s always beautiful people here. They play good music. And it’s just a fun place to kick it on Wednesday. If I didn’t have to work so early on Thursdays, I would close this bar down every week.”
Info: 7316 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, (480) 663-6620 or 6az.com
THURSDAY • TAVERN ON MILL
“The Tavern is the hottest bar on Mill Avenue,” says a breathless Julie Hoffman, 26, of Mesa, after running off the bar’s large dance floor. “The bar is hopping Thursday through Saturday.”
Indeed, the bar is the place to be on Thursday nights. The beach bar features wooden walls adorned with surfboards and two large patios, along with a DJ spinning Top 40 tunes. Nearly everyone is dancing come midnight. And if they’re not, they’re hanging on the patio.
“I like the people here more than other bars on Mill,” says Jay Dodge, 22, of Tempe. “It’s really laid-back.”
Info: 404 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, (480) 967-5886 or tavernonmill.com
FRIDAY • CADILLAC RANCH
Cadillac Ranch is the hottest bar at Tempe Marketplace. The mechanical bull is usually the star of the rock-meets-country bar as people flock to watch college-age people try to master the art of bull riding.
There’s usually a line to get into the bar after 10 p.m. on weekend nights.
“I dig it,” says ASU student Kevin Mansmith, 21, of Tempe. “Mill Avenue is getting old, so it’s nice to have some new options. And I love that there’s a mechanical bull. I think this bar gives people a cool place to let their hair down and have fun.”
Info: 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, (480) 894-1111 or cadillacranchtempe.com
SATURDAY • SADDLE RANCH CHOP HOUSE
Since the Saddle Ranch opened in mid-January, it’s become the hottest place to be on the weekends. Need proof? Check out the massive line outside the club after 10 p.m. on any weekend night.
Like Cadillac Ranch, the mechanical bull takes center stage here and has a country/rock vibe. Large flat screens show videos from Plain White T’s, Green Day and Poison. There’s a massive patio with a fire pit outside where people mingle.
“It’s different from anything else in Scottsdale,” says Alesha Horn, 28, of Scottsdale.
Info: 4321 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, (480) 429-2263 or srrestaurants.com