Abigail Golder

A trip to Scottsdale, Arizona means shopping, sightseeing, and gorgeous desert landscape. However, it also means over 300 days of sunshine and an array of fun things to do in the popular city located in the Valley of the Sun. Music lovers also enjoy the area because there are many opportunities to find live music in Scottsdale. There are dozens of delicious restaurants and exciting bars that feature local artists loved by locals and tourists alike.

Whether you’re looking for something for a romantic date night or just want to jam out while hanging out with friends, Scottsdale is a perfect destination for live music and great food. These are our favorite restaurants and bars that are best for good times listening to local musicians in Scottsdale.

Center Stage Bar at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort

If the stunning views and cascading fountains aren’t enough to get you to the Center Stage Bar, then the nightly variety of musicians certainly will be.

Located at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, this bar is one of the best in the Valley. Live music ranges from soulful vocals to folk; there’s definitely something for everyone. Find food and drink specials during happy hour as well as a full menu that includes appetizers, entrees, and dessert.

When in need of a staycation, pack up and check into the resort. This way you can be close to the music and other amenities Scottsdale resorts are known for. Spend the day at the spa or practice your swing on the 18-hole golf course. Then, check out the resort’s water park and other activities fun for the whole family.

The Hyatt Regency is also close to many of North Scottsdale’s best hiking trails and shopping. This way, you don’t have to worry about fighting traffic and risk missing happy hour after the hike. While you’re in the area, book a hot air balloon ride or concert at the Talking Stick Resort. Or, just keep it local and enjoy the nightly music and view at the Center Stage Bar.

Old Town Tavern

Lovingly named “the biggest little stage in Old Town Scottsdale,” the cozy Old Town Tavern is a must for those looking to have a laid-back evening.

Boasting happy hour all the time with drink specials daily, Old Town Tavern is reasonably priced with food that speaks for itself. Sit on the patio for views of downtown Scottsdale or stay inside and admire the friendly atmosphere.

This is a great destination for holidays or special events, but also just to hang out with friends after a spring training game. Check out their website for more information on the live music schedule (nine shows a week) and drink specials.

Casablanca Rooftop Lounge

Another bar, located in the heart of Old Town, consistently features live music in Scottsdale. Casablanca Rooftop Lounge is a cocktail haven overlooking the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Here, you’ll find live music performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and occasional shows on other days of the week. Jazz fans are ecstatic to hear that the rooftop lounge hosts some of the Valley’s best performers every weekend.

Be sure to check out other shops and restaurants while in the Scottsdale Waterfront area. Find great shopping at the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall. Shopping, music and mouth-watering food sound like the perfect Scottsdale vacation.

Handlebar J Restaurant and Saloon

The Handlebar J Restaurant and Saloon has to be on any live music lovers to do list. The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in the restaurant are the cowboy hats lining the ceiling. The Southwest-themed bar hosts nightly live country music and it’s encouraged to dance along.

Find up-and-coming country music talent at Handlebar J while enjoying some of the best ribs and burgers west of the Mississippi.

If you’re wanting to brush up on your dancing skills, sign up for a dance class from the masters themselves. Then, show off your moves on the dance floor.

Kazimierz World Wine Bar

A wine bar with nearly 2,000 listings and live music in Scottsdale? This must be a dream.

It’s true – Kazimierz World Wine Bar is a vino-lovers heaven with live music six days a week. Located along the Scottsdale Waterfront in downtown Scottsdale, Kazimierz is classy but comfortable. It’s also on our list of must-visit hidden speakeasy bars in Scottsdale.

Sample wines from around the world or from Arizona’s own backyard. Then, take a walk along the waterfront and enjoy the warm Arizona weather year-round.

Wasted Grain

Scottsdale isn’t all cowboys and western gear, the nightlife is pretty hot too. Check out Wasted Grain in downtown Scottsdale for some of the most exciting live music in Scottsdale. Here, you’ll likely find live DJ’s pumping the latest EDM hits. Even better, the bar and restaurant serves great food and drink specials that will have you singing along.

With something going on every night of the week, there’s no time to be bored in Scottsdale. From live country music to hosting some of the best DJ’s in the country, Scottsdale is made for music lovers. Load up the car and plan your trip to this city any time of year or if you’re ready to make the move, contact our local experts for information on beautiful real estate in Scottsdale.


Live music is proof that there’s some things the Internet can’t kill. In our lifetime, we’re going to see more and more things start to disappear and get gobbled up by the Internet, but live music won’t be one of them. – Jim James, American musician, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist who penned songs for musical group My Morning Jacket