Nightlife

Enjoy more than just drinks at these Tempe bars

It’s time to call yourself an Uber and make your way down to Tempe for some of the most outrageous, fun bars you have yet to experience. From local breweries to entertainment venues, we have you covered with this list of top notch night life destinations and some of the most fun Tempe bars.

Main Event Tempe
8545 S. Emerald Ave. Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 753-1200

Experience something other than a typical night out and head over to Tempe’s biggest indoor entertainment venue. Bowl a perfect game on state-of-the-art bowling lanes, enjoy billiards tables and an in-door laser tag course. Defy gravity on the  gravity high ropes course, which is suspended above more than 100 virtual and interactive games. When you get hungry, enjoy attractive dining options and full-service premium bars. There is no doubt you will have a great time.

Dave & Buster’s
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 281-8456

Eat, drink and play at Tempe’s very own big kid’s playground, Dave & Buster’s, which is located in Tempe Marketplace. Try one of the new drinks from their in house mixologist at their premium bar while kicking some butt at old school arcade games such as Pop-A-Shot, Pac-Man and skee ball. Whoever said arcade games were just for kids, obviously has not experienced a night at Dave & Buster’s with a cocktail, or two. They have some pretty good food too. Relax and enjoy Chargrilled Atlantic Salmon or a Classic Philly Cheesesteak.

Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe
149 S. Farmer Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 240-1601

Another fantastic option, located in a revamped warehouse space on First Street and Farmer Avenue, is home to Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe, an expansive gastro pub with a cool come-as-you-are vibe. Their over-sized patio is a destination unto itself with a well-stocked bar, and classic backyard games such as cornhole. They also have ping pong tables, fire pits and live music on the weekends – all illuminated by twinkling lights. They serve a rotating selection of beers, from local  Arizona brews to a good selection of craft brews. The inventive lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menu ranges from meatloaf to a kale and sweet corn salad.

Pedal Haus Brewery
730 S. Mill Ave. #H102 Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 314-2337

Built to be a haven for lovers of bikes, good times and great beer, Pedal Haus Brewery has everything you need for a memorable night out. With one of the biggest patios in all of Downtown Tempe, Pedal Haus Brewery brings together European-style crafted beers, a massive fire pit, beer garden and games such as corn-hole, ladder-ball and ping pong. Never wait in line at this destination because they have three indoor and outdoor bar options to get your thirst on! The food is really good too. Try the Chicken Pot Pie. You won’t be disappointed.

The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen
26 S. Farmer Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-0578

Grab some drinks at Tempe’s very own “cabin in the woods”. This new bar is reminiscent of hunting, fishing and ski lodges. Located at First Street and Farmer Avenue in Downtown Tempe, The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen features a large patio with a rolle bolle court (a Belgian game similar to bocce ball). Visitors enjoy two bars, a game room, and indoor outdoor entertainment. If you’re looking for a place to hang out late at night, come here. They have a full menu  from 11 a.m. to midnight and sometimes later.

Shady Park Tempe
26 E. University Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 474-4222

Shady Park is a unique indoor/outdoor space with live music, pizza and ramen.  You’ll also find a nice selection of draft beers, cocktails and sake.

Tilt Studio
5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Ste. 669 Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 648-1222

Have fun at FULL BLAST at Tilt Studio at the Arizona Mills Mall.  Tilt Studio features over 150 classic and modern interactive games for all skill levels.  Take a break from the action at the BYO Craft Kitchen & Bar and choose from burgers, pizza, salads, sandwiches and more.  The Taproom at Tilt Studio bar can quench your thirst with bottled or draft beers, wine, cocktails or “mocktails”.  You can also relax and watch your favorite sporting events on the big screens.

For more information about dining and nightlife, see the dining section on our website or call (480) 894-8158.

Alicia Griffith
Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!