Phoenix, Arizona

  • DCEric

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    Jan 05, 2009 1:31 AM GMT
    I'm making a trip out there from January 11th, to the morning of the 16th alone for work. Not the best time for seeing the nightlife, but I though that maybe seeing things on a slower night might be different. I'm traveling alone, so it's not like I will have anything else to do. (Besides, I don't see the DC nightlife at all.) Any suggestions?

    /Light rail accessable, or a short cab ride from downtown would be best.
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    Jan 05, 2009 2:38 AM GMT
    Hey Eric...

    There's tons of things to do here... what are you into?

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    Jan 05, 2009 2:42 AM GMT
    That's where that policeman wouldnt let anybody rescue that poor cat in his tree for 8 days!!!!

    So, I guess the moral is becareful whose tree you get stuck in!
  • Timbales

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    Jan 05, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    I like Phoenix. I have friends who live out there.

    It's not downtown, but if you get a chance to get out to oldtown Scottsdale it's worth it. I don't know if you are into it, but Taliesin West - the Frank Lloyd Wright compound is really cool.
  • DCEric

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    Jan 05, 2009 3:15 AM GMT
    I'm interested in anything really. I can do museums, people watching, resturaunts, night clubs, historic buildings/districts (not many in Phoenix, I know), etc. The things I hate tend to be malls.
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    Jan 05, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    I used to live in Phoenix, so it's been a while. I'm not plugged into the gay scene anymore. But if you're into museums, the Heard museum is one of the best museums of Native American art in the US and it's close to downtown. Also, the art museum isn't bad. If you can get some transport to Scottsdale, Taliesin is worth the trip, especially if you're into Frank Lloyd Wright. It's pretty far from downtown.
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    Jan 05, 2009 3:38 AM GMT
    Phoenix is AWESOME for outdoor activities in the winter! They have lots of good parks for running, waling, hiking, riding, whatever! Hit this nice interactive map link and check it out.

    My favorites are the South Mountain Park, Dreamy Draw, Camelback, Squaw Peak and any number of other parks. The bike trails are nice too and the zoo is good. Take your golf clubs!

    Gay Phoenix has no shortage of places to try.....

    You could always go to a coffee house and be "seen" or go to a library...whatever.

    HAVE FUN! icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 05, 2009 4:32 AM GMT
    When I visied the city (lone).......I especially enjoyed the desert botanical gardens. It it seemed like you need a car to get around. Public transportation seems like an afterthought. And its not really a walking city....sights are scattered all over.

    There also seemed to be a lot of chain fast food places to eat, so if you are into eating well, you have to spend money at a good restaurant or devise your own way of eating well.
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    Jan 05, 2009 5:13 AM GMT
    I've lived in Phoenix for a long time so I guess I'm somewhat obligated to be it's spokesperson. I love it here!

    Bars: We don't have much of a bar scene but here is a breakdown.
    Amsterdam - busy on Friday & Saturday Nights - Martini Bar
    Charlies - - busy most nights, country western / dance after hours.
    BS West -- busy on Wednesday nights for 2for1 and Sunday for Karaoke. Video Bar.
    Roscoe's -- busy on Tuesdays and Thursdays - sports bar.

    Restaurants: Here are some of my favorites.
    La Grand Orange - I love this place! It's in Scottsdale & kind of out of the way but very wroth it. Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They have awesome sandwiches, pizzas, and a kick ass bakery.
    The Quilted Bear - lots of old people go here but the food is amazing. Also in Scottsdale.
    The Vig - Great hamburger place.
    Flo's - best Chinese food in town.
    Zen 32 - Great sushi place
    Ticos - Really good Mexican/American food - marketed towards the gay community.
    Fez - service sucks but the drinks and food are good, marketed towards the gay community.

    Other Stuff:
    -Definitely check out Camelback Mountain if you like to hike. There are two trails, Echo Canyon (difficult) or Cholla (moderate). FYI - there are lots of hot guys on the echo canyon side. icon_smile.gif

    -Desert Botanical Gardens - very relaxing and cool place to hang out for a while. $15 to get in.

    -Tempe Marketplace or Desert Ridge Marketplace - good shopping and restaurants. There is also a Dave & Busters at each of these locations which is kind of a video game / drinking place.

    -Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall - the big mall in the city. Good shopping if that's your deal.

    -The LA Fitness on 20th street and Camelback Rd is considered the be the 'Gay Gym' of phoenix. I've never been but apparently it's quite the meat market.

    That's all I can think of for now. Have fun.

    Check this link out for SamerPhx's rather exhaustive list of Phoenix activities: