The family of Scottsdale bars and clubs welcomed triplets this weekend, in the guise of three new drinking spots at the long-awaited W Scottsdale hotel on Camelback Road. It was a difficult labor, but mother and babies are partying comfortably.
The liquor-purveying bundles of joy at the W got me thinking about other local nightlife haunts that are nearing full term. Here are some of the most intriguing. Opening dates are speculative and subject to change.
World-class Nippon-phile Greg Donnally - creator of RA Sushi, Stingray and Geisha A-Go-Go - is high on his latest homage to the Land of the Rising Sun, which will utilize "robata"-style charcoal grill cooking. And the bar promises to be lively, considering the well-trafficked upper Old Town location (across the street from Stringray). Bad news if you're a Kirin bottle. ETA: December
Randy Smith has turned both of his Galleria-area bars - Mickey's Hangover and Six Lounge - into models of longevity, so the name of this high-concept bar/cafe shouldn't be taken literally. If ephemera is what you're looking for, look to the cafe's interchangeable "art wrap" facade, which Smith plans to alternate on a seasonal basis. "It's very art driven ... very modular," says of the Galleria-based concept. ETA: January
Here's a project that's rife with mystery. Owner Apolo Sevilla recently filed a permit request with the city for a live-entertainment bar at 4252 N. Drinkwater Boulevard - the present location of Pearl Sushi. Does that mean Scottsdale is about to lose a sushi bar but gain a live music venue in the E4/Jackrabbit Supper Club area? Good trade, if you ask me. Sevilla's proposal promises "a sophisticated high-end lounge" with a "high energy" mix of European, Mediterranean, American and Spanish music. ETA: early 2009
No live music at this upcoming Civic Center chill spot, but the owner's on-file project narrative hints at a "modern-industrial" appearance with "translucent, resin panels" on the second-story balcony. Overall, it sounds like a nice complement to the venerable AZ88, which has always felt somewhat marooned in the off-the-track Civic Center area. ETA: early 2009
No mere burger joint, this. For starters, it will stay open until the wee hours of the morn' on a nightly basis, just like its wildly-popular sister location in the Biltmore area. Secondly, the burgers are jump-from-your-seat fantastic. Lastly, the bar features one of the most elegant and inventive beer menus in the Valley, complete with seasonal flights and samples. Located in a refurbished law office in the Fashion Square area, Delux is sure to pass judgment. ETA: early 2009