Things to do while in Phoenix...

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    Oct 10, 2011 5:46 AM GMT
    I'll be traveling by myself to Phoenix from the 10th-13th for job-related events and I'll be staying in Phoenix Midtown and was wondering if anyone had some good suggestions as to places or events I should check out.

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  • back2it24

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    Oct 10, 2011 6:46 AM GMT
    Where exactly are you staying? What are you looking to do?
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    Oct 10, 2011 6:48 AM GMT
    Used to live there.

    -If you're looking for a gay bar, then Amsterdam is the big one, but its still more of a mixed crowd.
    -If you want to check out the hipper bar scene, then head to Roosevelt Row. The good bars there are The Roosevelt, Lost Leaf and Carly's. Lost Leaf has live music a lot of nights and you'll also find spontaneous shows and events in that area. Oh and there's an improv theater that's fun.
    -Mats Big Breakfast is also a great breakfst spot.
    -there's a Russian barber downtown who used to cut hair in the Red Army. Has his uniform in the window. Great place to get a proper shave. Felt like Don Draper for an hour.
    -you can also ride the light rail down to Tempe. Mill ave is the college bar area and fun if you're young. Casey Moore's is a little ways away from there, but my favorite bar by ASU. They also turned the old AMC thater on Mill into a community theater and concert venue. Could be interesting events. It's behind PF Changs.
    -if you have a car. Drive over to one of the mountains for a hike. Camelback is a good view of the city.
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    Oct 10, 2011 6:51 AM GMT
    Heard Museum if ur @ all interested in American Indian stuff. has some very cool interactive exhibits. went there a few weeks ago, and the collections r simply magnificent.
  • ja89

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    Oct 10, 2011 7:08 AM GMT
    they just built CityScape right across from U.S. Airways Arena, you will have a lot to do there (shop, dine, bowl, comedy [tons of big names have come through there]) the night life is all close just ask the people at any restaurant in CityScape, you will find your way around there easily. Good Luck out here, you came right when it's getting cooler.
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    Oct 10, 2011 7:10 AM GMT
    Depends on what you wanted to do?

    Lots to see and do in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe for young men
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    Oct 10, 2011 7:19 AM GMT
    back2it24 saidWhere exactly are you staying? What are you looking to do?


    I'm staying at the Clarendon Hotel. I'm actually looking on moving down to the area (if I get this job I'm going for) and was just trying to get a feel for the town. Looking for some stuff to do during the day and evenings, maybe go out on the town for one of my nights.

    ja89 saidGood Luck out here, you came right when it's getting cooler.


    Well anything beats the MN chill haha... I just hope it is at least warm enough to swim.
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    Oct 10, 2011 7:27 AM GMT
    Oh I like the Clarendon hotel. It's also very gay friendly. Well as some people stated we have a few awesome museums, cityscap can be fun it's just expensive for all the things around it. The hotel you are staying at is in-between two different gay bars called Amsterdam and Charlies. Altho they won't have good crowds until this weekend. BS West is another busy bar for younger people on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You are in the middle of some killer restaurants as well.
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    Oct 10, 2011 2:14 PM GMT
    Mill Ave (Tempe), Old Town Scottsdale, ASU (everything's free, including the world class museums, and u can prob talk ur way into a free guest pass at the Student Rec Ctr. the pool's gr8 if u like college guys.) downtown Phx has some nice restaurants and pubs.

    use the lightrail: fast, clean and cheap (get a 3 day pass from any circle K convenience store).
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    Oct 10, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    Poke said
    back2it24 saidWhere exactly are you staying? What are you looking to do?


    I'm staying at the Clarendon Hotel. I'm actually looking on moving down to the area (if I get this job I'm going for) and was just trying to get a feel for the town. Looking for some stuff to do during the day and evenings, maybe go out on the town for one of my nights.

    ja89 saidGood Luck out here, you came right when it's getting cooler.


    Well anything beats the MN chill haha... I just hope it is at least warm enough to swim.


    Clarendon Hotel is just down the street from me... and it is an AMAZING boutique hotel. So you're off to a great start.

    The restaurant by the lobby is called Gallo Blanco. Do not miss eating there. They have absolutely the best tacos in Phoenix. I am not kidding! There's also a popular gay-owned restaurant called Fez that you can walk to from the hotel. It's always crowded with fun, young people. Some more restaurants nearby are Hulas (fun urban tiki bar with a great patio), Maizies, and Postino.

    Unfortunately, the bar scene in Phoenix is horrible. It's mostly small, dingy dive bars. Amsterdam is the classiest place to go near you, but the crowd there keeps getting younger (or I'm getting older, hehe). The biggest bar in town is called Charlies... it's country music though and the crowd can be tragic. If you can make it to Scottsdale, you should go to BS West for College Night on Wednesday. It is packed, although it's way too late for me so I don't go too often.

    You should definitely do some hiking if you're into that. I'd recommend hiking Camelback Mountain... you should be able to get directions from the front desk at the Clarendon. If you're into architecture and you have a car, try to go to Taliesin West, which was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's homes and has an interesting tour. Phoenix also has a great botanical garden, which is a cool way to check out all the freaky desert plants.

    Shoot me a private message if you have any more questions! Enjoy your trip.
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    Oct 10, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
    I was there for two months on a business trip and saw a lot.

    Piestewa Peak (formerly Squaw Peak) is great hiking but pretty busy on the weekends.

    Sycamore Creek is an hour NE of town and a great place for nude hiking and sunning and splashing in the pools.

    Naked Yoga For Men class also.

    Have fun, let us know all the tawdry details!
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    Oct 10, 2011 6:11 PM GMT
    If you have about 6 hours of free time. Drive up to Sedona. It is just up the highway into the mountains. It is a beyond beautiful red rock cliff area with interesting shops, indian art places, scenery of course. Not known for good food though. It takes about maybe 2 hours to get there. Drive around and the come back. Scottsdale near phoenix is supposed to be like the beverly hills of arizona. Upscale shops and restaurants. Worth the visit for sure though. Everything there is new and upscale looking. Even the landscaping and walls on the streets.
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    Oct 10, 2011 6:18 PM GMT
    You're coming during a great time here. The weather is PERFECT!!! If you only do one thing, and you want to get in a good workout at the same time, hike Camelback Mountain. It's right in the heart of the city, and once you reach the top the views are truly jaw-dropping. Here are some links to help...

    http://www.toddshikingguide.com/Hikes/Arizona/Phoenix/Phx3.htm

    http://www.arizona-leisure.com/camelback-mountain.html
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    Oct 10, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidYou're coming during a great time here. The weather is PERFECT!!!


    It's too cold! LOL
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    Oct 10, 2011 9:01 PM GMT
    A hot Latin muscle papi.
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    Oct 11, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
    motov8 saidA hot Latin muscle papi.


    Haha, well that would be nice ;)

    So far I ventured around the suburbs of Phoenix for a bit and then checked in and ate at the Gallo Blanco restaurant. It was awesome icon_biggrin.gif

    Not sure what I'll do tomorrow, but thinking I'm going to hit the bars up on Wed. I have a rental car, but I don't want to drive so I'll probably have to try Amsterdam, though BS West sounds cool.
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    Oct 12, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    I you like hiking Camelback is a cool place in the morning or evening. Awesome views ofthe city.
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
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    Oh, you said things, not people. . . .
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    I would take a day trip up to some of the small towns along Mogollon Rim or maybe a visit down to Tucson.
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    I would recommend not going to Tucson. . .even people that live there don't want to be there.
  • mstevens

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    Oct 29, 2011 4:04 AM GMT
    Sunday night is gay mens volleyball night at Charley's (gay bar). I go there to meet some athletic guys. It also gives me a good excuse to take my shirt off.
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidYou're coming during a great time here. The weather is PERFECT!!! If you only do one thing, and you want to get in a good workout at the same time, hike Camelback Mountain. It's right in the heart of the city, and once you reach the top the views are truly jaw-dropping. Here are some links to help...

    http://www.toddshikingguide.com/Hikes/Arizona/Phoenix/Phx3.htm

    http://www.arizona-leisure.com/camelback-mountain.html


    Why have we not hiked Camelback together yet? heh.. This time last year, I was up there 4-5 times a week
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    7Famark saidI would recommend not going to Tucson. . .even people that live there don't want to be there.


    That's funny I have had people tell me good things about it. I can't speak for it personally, I haven't been there in 20 years.
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:46 AM GMT
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    7Famark saidI would recommend not going to Tucson. . .even people that live there don't want to be there.


    That's funny I have had people tell me good things about it. I can't speak for it personally, I haven't been there in 20 years.


    As far as the gay scene goes (for those into it), it's much less exciting in Tucson. But I miss living there. Unlike Phoenix, it actually rains in the summer (whereas Phoenix mostly gets dust), and it can cool down 25 degrees in a short period of time when the storms roll in. And there are a lot more mountains and outdoor opportunities in Tucson with varying climates. But it's definitely unpretentious, and some people don't like that.
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    Oct 29, 2011 7:04 AM GMT
    Flag's better than either the Valley or the Old Pueblo--winter and summer.