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.