Tempe nightlife is full of music, laughs and more

Tempe’s nightlife scene is vibrant and fun. 

It’s time to call yourself an Uber and make your way down to Tempe for a night out on the town. From local breweries to entertainment venues, we have you covered with this list of top nightlife destinations in Tempe!

Arts, Culture and Live Music

You’ll discover the arts at every turn in Tempe. From Broadway and local productions at ASU Gammage or Tempe Center for the Arts to ear-splitting rock concerts at Marquee Theatre and Tempe Marketplace, or Electronic Dance Music and Live DJs at Sunbar, you will find something to suit your artistic bent. 

Breweries & Beer Pubs

Some of Arizona’s favorite local beers are made right here in Tempe. From Tempe’s original microbrewery, Four Peaks Brewing Company, to newer breweries such as Pedal Haus Brewery, Huss Brewing Company and The Shop Beer Co., you could say craft beer is “in-grained” in Tempe’s culture.

Cinemas After Dark

Need a place to keep cool this summer? Seeing a summer flick will do the trick! Catch the latest blockbuster, independent and classic films at Majestic Phoenix, Harkins Tempe Marketplace or Harkins Theatres Arizona Mills. Enjoy state-of-the-art amenities, power recliners, endless amounts of popcorn and the best summer movies on the big screen!

Pedal Haus Brewery where to watch sports
Pedal Haus Brewery

Downtown Tempe

College students, young professionals, ASU alumni and sports fans can all find the perfect spot for a night on the town in Downtown Tempe. Check out the many cool cocktail bars, sports bars and craft breweries like Culinary Dropout, Postino Annex, Shady Park and more. Visit the Downtown Tempe website for more information.

Comedy Shows

If you feel like tickling your funny bone, head over to the legendary Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre. Tempe Improv brings some of the hottest talents from around the country and puts them center stage right here in Tempe.

tables filled with customers are sitting on the patio of Shady Park with a projector screen playing a basketball game
Shady Park | Photo credit: @ShadyParkTempe

Get Happy at Happy Hour

Celebrate the best part of your week with happy hour in Tempe! Nothing beats a glass of bubbly and light bites at a discounted price. Some of our favorites include Social Hall and Mill’s Modern Social for a fun atmosphere filled with games, billiards and specials seven days a week. Check out where to plan your next happy hour outing with co-workers or friends.

A girl playing billiards with three friends cheering her on
Mills Modern Social

Ready, Set, Play!

Play your way through Tempe! Test your axe throwing skills at Hotshots Axe Throwing Tempe or Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing; smash things to bits at Simply Smashing; plot your escape at Escape Rooms Tempe or Inferno Escape Room, or combine board games and a meal at Snakes & Lattes. And, don’t miss the endless classic video and virtual reality games at Tilt Studio, Dave & Buster’s and Main Event. There is tons of nighttime fun for the whole family!

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Tilt Studio at Arizona Mills


Looking for fun nighttime events this summer? With an ideal blend of activity-based events and nightlife entertainment, Tempe offers something for anyone and everyone.

Park After Dark, in Downtown Tempe, is back for the summer! Kick back and relax at 6th Street Park on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy live music, outdoor entertainment, cold drinks and good times.
July 23 | August 13 | August 27 | September 10 | September 24

Sonoran Sippin’ brings sunsets and saguaros for epic summertime fun. Bring your friends and family to enjoy Friday nights together with a free drink, live music and Garden strolls at Sonoran Sippin’!
July 22 | August 26 | September 23*

Boots In The Park transforms Tempe Beach Park into a country music celebration on Saturday, September 17, featuring craft food & beverages, line dancing, art installations and much more! For one night only, country superstars Tim McGraw, Dustin Lynch, Ryan Hurd, Tenille Arts and Frank Ray take over for a Boots In The Park party.

Park After Dark
Park After Dark

Canopy Tempe Downtown and The Westin Tempe bring summertime happenings to Tempe. Discover summer fun all night long at two of Tempe’s Downtown hotels, Canopy Tempe Downtown and The Westin Tempe. Bask in the panoramic views from their rooftop pools and enjoy live music, cocktails, movie nights and more!

Flashlight Nights are nighttime self-guided adventures through Desert Botanical Garden every Saturday through September 3. Nocturnal explorers can bring their own flashlights to shine along the trails to capture the night-blooming plants and animals that appear in the desert after dark.

For more information about Tempe nightlife, visit our website or call 480-894-8158.

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!

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