Yup, these people are friggin' morons. Liberty in the name of self-imposed exile. Gimme some some nice secure bars to live behind, right? They're everywhere here, all through Scottsdale....
This is by far the most happening area in Phoenix. The beautiful and upscale crowds bounce around from bar to bar in the Old Town Area. The best place to start the night, regardless of the day, is Kona Grill in the Scottsdale Fashion Mall.
After Kona the choices get tougher. For dancing head to Axis-Radius or around the block to Six. Some other great bars in the same area are; The Drift (with the coolest wooden patio chairs in town), Suede, Mickey┬╣s Hangover, Devil┬╣s Martini (nice patio, combines dancing with a nice bar area and scene, crowd is late 20s to late 30s) , Sand Bar (more casual dress becuase of its a beachy bar/club and is generally considered a "younger" bar), Sugar Daddy┬╣s and Dos Gringos whose slogan is ┬│A great place to day drink."
Other, more "relaxed" choices with a 10-15 minute walk or short cab ride are Mickey's Hangover, a dive lounge with couches, big screens and porch. It's around the corner from a cantina called Giligin's, which has goldfish races on Tuesdays and offers shots from a large spin wheel (3 for $5).
And speaking of dives, if ever a name described a place it is the Dirty Dogg Saloon. It may be across the street from the semi-elegant Devil's Martini, but this is a whiskey-swilling, beer-drinking rock 'n roll honky tonk that just happens to feature scantily-clad bartenders swinging from the rafters. As well as well-lubed female patrons jumping up to dance on the bar as if it were Mykonos. The crowd is about what one would expect but there are the occasional later-night prizes on patrol.
And then there's the Coach House, the oldest bar in the area. An old, well, coach house, it's a cool dive with lights hanging from the ceiling and, a patio. This is a Scottsdale tradition.
On Sunday night hit Cateye, which is co-owned by Jenna Jamison and is where all the freaks show up.
For a little something out of the ordinary, head to north Scottsdale to Greasewood Flats. This cozy outdoor old western bar has been around since the early 1900┬╣s and still has the same feel as it did in the old days. The Satisfied Frog out in Cave Creek has an incredible Bloody Mary bar and is worth the trip to hang out for a long brunch.