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Cheap eats and artsy bars in Scottsdale/phoenix

We are staying at the Fairmont in Scottsdale but we want to go out and find some cool cheap artsy bars and food spots. Our budgets are around $25 / person with drinks for dinner and we like casual atmospheres with interesting folks. Anyone know about music venues in the area for young bands?

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  1. Just to clarify: Are you staying at the Scottsdale Princess? It is part of the Fairmont chain, but no one here calls it the Fairmont.

    If it's the Scottsdale Princess, I'd suggest driving south to Scottsdale and Shea and trying PIta Jungle. It's definitely within your price range, quite casual, and at least slightly artsy:


    For more artsy dining options and especially for live music, you might do better to head toward Tempe, Central Scottsdale, and Central Phoenix. Unfortunately, none is all that close to the Princess, so be prepared for a bit of driving.

    1. Sol y Sombra or Armitage at DC Ranch are both fun places....
      Armitage has great Panini sanwiches and moderate prices on their wine list...reserve a couch and watch the show!

      Sol Y Sombra has small plates (Tapas) and Great Pitchers of Sangria......loads of fun!

      Both are a few minutes nort of the Princess

      1. Check out Carly's on Roosevelt in Central Phoenix. Great food, art, and music. You can just jump on the 101 and head south, skip off onto the 202 west, merge with I-10 west, then exit at 7th Street. Head south, turn right at Roosevelt and go about 1/4 mile and you will see it on the right in a wee little strip of shops. If you hit Central, you have gone too far. Probably about a 30 minute drive. Totally affordable good food ($5-$10) and a full bar. Give them a call to see what bands are playing. http://www.carlysbistro.com/ Have fun!!

        1. A few additional thoughts if you are willing to drive a bit:

          AZ88 -- near Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Funky bar with good burgers, sandwiches, etc.


          Fez -- Midtown Phoenix. Trendy bar with reasonably priced food. The food has a vaguely Middle Eastern feel.


          Delux -- Biltmore Area (east side of Phoenix) -- late night burgers, sandwiches, and salads in a contemporary bar atmosphere


          Kazimierz -- Old Town Scottsdale -- winebar with light eats. I sometimes find the phonebook-sized wine list intimidating, but the staff are friendly and can make good recommendations. This place is hard to find with the door in the back. Read the Web site carefully for directions.


          1. For wine and decent appetizers, also try Tapino, just west of Shea and Scottsdale.

            1. I love Il Postino and La Grande Orange....both are phenominal, reasonably priced and imaginative!!!

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              1. re: mountainepicurean

                don't forget fate, which is a stones throw from carlys bistro, on mckinley and 4th..and on mckinley and 3rd sreet is the roosevelt. bobby c's on washington, i think, has great blues music and good soul food. mmmmmmmmm sweet tea ;)

              2. I think Fate's web site is still down, but they are open until 3am I believe. It;s a good Carly's/Fate combo

                1. If you're doing Fate/Carly's, you may as well dive into Roosevelt Tavern, which is on 3rd St, just south of Garfield, very close to fate and carly's. I'd also recommend Monroe's on Monroe and Central, which is an underground bar nearby. They serve a very good philly cheese there as well.

                  1. Bottle,

                    2nd your opinion on Monroe's. Weekend nights, depending on the band, will surprise you. It's a basement bar, very dark, lots of deep red, leather and very loungy.

                    And I will 2nd your opinion on their cheesesteak as well. My friend got it and I was floored how good it was. For pub food, they have pretty good food. And I swear, but cannot confirm, that their ranch dressing is homemade. It was thick and very tasty.

                    1. A fun place w/ live music, cocktails and a young hip vibe would be the Cave Creek Coffee Company....it is a few miles no. of your hotel......