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Late-Night Eats In DTPHX

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Late-Night Eats In DTPHX

February 19, 2016 by Fara Illich

Downtown Phoenix at night

Unlike 20 (or even 10) years ago, Downtown Phoenix doesn’t exactly roll up its sidewalks at nine o’clock. In fact, it’s gaining quite the reputation for late-night dining and drinks. (Photo: Nader Abushhab)

In addition to year-round sports events, a fabulous live music scene and a diverse array of cultural events — late-night dining in Downtown Phoenix is alive, well and very, very tasty.

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

Closing time: Tuesday-Saturday 2 a.m.
Details: 1 W. Jefferson Street / 602-340-1924
Tucked in the historic Luhrs Building is a stylish, unpretentious drinking den and eatery serving world-class cocktails and tasty late-night eats, including smoky beef brisket tacos, the infamous ramen burger and sweet and tangy pork belly bites.

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

Closing time: Friday-Saturday 11 p.m. for dinner and 12 p.m. for bar snacks
Details: 2 E. Jefferson Street / 602-340-1924
Enjoy an artful pairing of seasonal, American fare and noshes from the bar menu including comfort food faves like mac and cheese and the Blue Hound Burger.

Cocina 10 at Crescent Ballroom

Closing time: 12 a.m.
Details: 308 N. Second Avenue / 602-716-2222
A local favorite featuring a full bar with house-made cocktails and a killer Mexican-inspired menu, crafted by local food legends. Live music daily.

Copper Blues

Featuring the largest selection of craft beer downtown and gourmet pub favorites, Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen is always popping, well into the evening. (Photo: Fara Illich)

Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen

Closing time: Sunday-Thursday 11 p.m. / Friday-Saturday 2 a.m.
Details: 50 W. Jefferson Street / 480-719-5005
Beer, music and food is the heart and soul of Copper Blues, featuring 60-plus beers on tap, happy hour every day and gourmet grub like brick oven flatbread, root vegetable salad and lobster roll.

Devil’s Greens At Taylor Place

Closing time: 1 a.m.
Details: 120 E. Taylor Street / 602-496-6708
This on-campus eatery may cater to the Arizona State University crowd, but it’s open to the public and offers easy grab-and-go snacks and an extensive salad bar. Open August through May.

Gypsy Bar

Closing time: Tuesday 11 p.m. / Friday – Saturday 1 a.m.
Details: 50 W. Jefferson Street / 602-732-5490
A high-end nightclub with video games, DJs, a full dinner menu and specialty cocktails. Perfect for a night out on the town — from drinks to dinner and dancing.

Photo by Nader Abushhab

With great DJs and a modern feel, Hanny’s is local favorite for late-night food and drinks. (Photo: Nader Abushhab)


Closing time: 1 a.m.
Details: 40 N. First Street / 602-252-2285
In addition to $5 martinis all day, every day — delicious pizza, salads and sandwiches are available all night at this sophisticated, yet affordable bar and restaurant.

Hard Rock Café

Closing time: Sunday-Thursday 11 p.m. / Friday-Saturday 12 a.m.
Details: 3 S. Second Street / 602-261-7625
An international favorite featuring signature drinks, a constantly evolving menu that’s made from scratch, and a great gift shop.


Closing time: Monday-Thursday 11 p.m. / Friday-Saturday 12 a.m.
Details: 3 S. Second Street / 602-495-1234
The perfect place to catch a game, down some wings, tip back an ice-cold brew and relax on the patio with friends.


The Kettle Black is one of downtown’s hippest new gastropubs, serving up classic burgers and sandwiches, along with vegetarian and lighter fare. (Photo: Fara Illich)

The Kettle Black Kitchen & Pub

Closing time: 12 a.m.
Details: 1 N. First Street / 602-651-1185
A laid back, food-centric gastropub committed to excellent service, food and drinks — featuring steak, pasta, salads, sandwiches and small plates.

Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge

Closing time: Sunday-Thursday 11 p.m. / Friday-Saturday 1 a.m.
Details: 50 W. Jefferson Street / 602-732-5490
A fun bowling alley in an upscale atmosphere featuring a full menu, two bars, DJs, pool tables and big screen TVs.


The street tacos are just one of many seasonal rotating items available late-night at Bitter and Twisted Cocktail Parlour. (Photo: Fara Illich)

Lustre Rooftop Garden

Closing time: Friday-Saturday 12 a.m.
Details: 2 E. Jefferson Street / 480-478-1765
Located on the third-floor pool deck at the Hotel Palomar Phoenix, Lustre Rooftop Garden is an outdoor oasis in the heart of the city.

Networks Bar and Grill

Closing time: Monday-Sunday 12 a.m.
Details: 122 N. Second Street / 602-440-3198
The perfect gathering place during or after work — featuring classic sandwiches, burgers, hand-crafted cocktails, draft beer and a large outdoor patio.

Seamus McCaffrey's

In addition to the largest selection of Scotch whisky in Arizona, Seamus McCaffrey’s offers delicious corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. (Photo: Fara Illich)

The Rose and Crown

Closing time: Monday-Sunday 12 a.m.
Details: 628 E. Adams Street / 602-256-0223
Downtown’s ale and pie house, located in historic Heritage Square, is styled after a traditional British pub, serving fish and chips and plenty of pints.

Seamus McCaffrey’s

Closing time: Sunday-Thursday 12 a.m. / Friday-Saturday 1 a.m.
Details: 18 W. Monroe Street / 602-253-6081
Offering food from the Emerald Isle like corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, fish and chips, boxtys and a full selection of draft beers, single-malt scotch, Irish whiskey and bourbons.

Steve’s Greenhouse Grill

Closing time: Friday-Saturday 1 a.m.
Details: 139 E. Adams Street / 602-252-2742
A downtown institution for more than 35 years with an extensive menu featuring burgers and salads, craft beer, wine and cocktails.


In the mood for midnight sushi? How about pizza at 1 a.m.? No matter your late-night craving, Downtown Phoenix has you covered. (Photo: Fara Illich)

Squid Ink Sushi

Closing time: Sunday-Thursday 12 a.m. / Friday-Saturday 2 a.m.
Details: 2 E. Jefferson Street / 602-258-0510
A delightful selection of sushi and sashimi, fresh salads, hearty ramen and rice bowls, great for a quick lunch, gluten-free options, happy hour or late dinner.

Tilted Kilt

Closing time: Friday-Saturday 12 a.m.
Details: 2 E. Jefferson Street / 602-293-3888
If you like sports on the big screen, wings, fish and chips and shepherd’s pie — this is your jam.

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Phoenix Fall Festivals


Litchfield Park Festival of Arts (November 7-8)
For two days this historic resort community of Litchfield Park is transformed into a vibrant street scene filled with colorful art, lively music and irresistible aromas. The festival features over 250 fine artists and craftsmen exhibiting a wide selection of original arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative, and contemporary to Native American.

St. Sava’s Serbfest (November 7-9)
The 13th Annual SerbFest celebrates Serbian culture with two days of authentic cuisine, music, dance, and more. This outdoor event is held on the grounds of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.

Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts (November 13-15)
The Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts features nearly 500 artists, artisans and gourmet food provisioners. Over 200,000 visitors are attracted to this event to do their holiday shopping, purchase art and enjoy good food and live entertainment.

Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts

Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts

Certified Local Fall Festival (November 14)
The Certified Local Fall Festival is an all day, family- friendly event featuring 100+ local business vendors. Sample Arizona-made food, a beverage garden with wine, beer, and spirits, live entertainment, crafts and activities for kids and families, a raffle and silent auction, and much more.

Certified Local Fall Festival

Certified Local Fall Festival

The Grand Wine Festival (November 20-22)
The Grand Wine Festival features two events that celebrate the growth and excellence of Arizona’s wine industry. On Friday, the Grand Awards Gala announces Arizona’s best wines. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the Grand Tasting & Marketplace provides wine lovers first-hand opportunities to enjoy more than 30 wineries pouring from over 100 selections of wine.

ArtFest of Scottsdale (November 21-22)
Visitors to Downtown Scottsdale’s ArtFest can browse the fine art and crafts of over 150 vendors, meet local authors, enjoy live music throughout the festival, and taste tempting foods in a beautiful sculpture garden setting.


Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts (December 4-6)
While the award-winning Tempe Festival of the Arts primarily focuses on art and the artists that create it, there are also a wide variety of other activities for guests to enjoy. Live entertainment stages provide musical entertainment for festival-goers. Performances by a number of well-known local musicians keep audiences in high spirits throughout the day. In addition to the scheduled entertainment, street performers, vendors, sponsor exhibits and entertainment booths are set up for the amusement of festival visitors.


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Your Guide to Urban Ale Trail 2015

Your Guide to Urban Ale Trail 2015

September 10, 2015 by Brandi Porter


The Urban Ale Trail embarks Saturday, Sept. 12 in Downtown Phoenix. (Photo: Brandi Porter)

Embark on the Urban Ale Trail Saturday, Sept. 12 for an afternoon of beer tasting and socializing at various locales along the light rail corridor.

From Downtown Phoenix to uptown, nearly 30 restaurants and bars are on the map this year offering $1 to $2 craft beer samples plus complimentary bar snacks.

But before you indulge in some good libations and delicious food, here are a few tips and tricks to help you prepare for Saturday’s excursion.

1) Bring cash (for samples and tips)

The event gets larger and more popular each year. Paying cash is just one way to optimize your experience, so you can spend more time imbibing and less time waiting for your credit card to process.

2) Take Valley Metro Light Rail

It’s easy. It’s safe. It’s even fun! Whether your hike begins north, south or somewhere in between — each restaurant is a walk or light rail ride away from the next, so there’s no reason to risk the drive.

3) Hail a pedicab

They’re friendly, convenient, and absolutely entertaining. You’ll find pedicab drivers lined up outside of District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, where the first 300 get a free Ale Trail growler, or pedaling around the streets of downtown.

4) Check out the outliers

The best part about a self-guided beer tour? There is no right direction. So if you’re looking for a more intimate experience in a less-crowded venue, head to some of these outlying bars and restaurants.

➤ The Rose & Crown is an easy walk away from District American Kitchen & Wine Bar; just head one block south down Third Street, take a left at Monroe Street, and enter Heritage Science Park, where you’ll find The Rose & Crown. They’re offering $2 samples of Phoenix Ale Orange Peel IPA, Historic Brewing Undercover Cucumber Summertime Lager, and THAT Arizona Trail Ale with a mini-shepherd’s pie. Located at 628 E. Adams Street.

From there, backtrack down Monroe Street, walk one block south down Second Street, and turn right at Adams Street to visit Steve’s Greenhouse Grill. They’re pouring $2 samples of Saddle Mountain Honey Ale, Mudshark Watermelon Wheat, Lost Coast White IPA, or even a special fourth sample of Not Your Father’s Root Beer. Located at 139 E. Adams Street.

Once you’ve had your fill at Steve’s, walk two blocks west down Adams, and head either north toward Seamus McCaffrey’s Pub and Province Urban Kitchen & Bar or south toward the restaurants at CityScape.

➤ Another local favorite on the peripheries is Mother Bunch Brewing, where they’re serving their house-brewed Belgian Wit, Golden Ale, and Cherry Popper Brown Porter along with signature pork rinds or veggie pate. Located at 825 N. Seventh Street.

En route, fuel up at FilmBar, a quick hop and jaunt north down Second Street, and Bliss ReBAR, a few blocks east down Garfield Street. Located at 815 N. Second Street and 901 N. Fourth Street, respectively.

➤ Prefer a more advanced route? Head to The Vig Fillmore, where they’re offering $1 samples of Big Sky Brewery’s Moose Drool and Victory Brewing Festbier paired with a mini-hummus plate.

Follow your compass west down Van Buren Street, breaking at Central Avenue to stop in Province Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar for a quick brew. Continue your journey north down Central to the Phoenix Public Market Cafe and Chambers (formerly The Turf). Backtrack one block south and turn west down Fillmore Street to check out The Vig. Pro tip: Take a Grid Bike or pedicab for an extra quick trip.

5) Get your growler filled

Can’t get enough craft beer? Bring your Ale Trail map to the new beer and wine shop, Hidden Track Bottle Shop, between Sept. 12 and 19 for 20 percent off any beer purchase. Located at 111 W. Monroe Street.

Or, fill up your 2015 Urban Ale Trail growler at one of these participating bars and restaurants:

– Angels Trumpet Ale House

– Central Wine

– Chambers (formerly The Turf)

– Copper Blues

– The Corner

– District American Kitchen & Wine Bar

– Federal Pizza

– First Draft Book Bar

– Mother Bunch Brewing

For more information, make sure to follow our event hashtag #UrbanAleTrail for real-time updates and share your own experiences on social media. And, of course, please sample responsibly.

Made in the Shade: Top 10 Shadiest Places Downtown

Made in the Shade: Top 10 Shadiest Places Downtown

July 16, 2015 by Fara Illich

This time of year, downtowners typically dart from one shady spot to the next. Taking refuge under a tree, shade structure or tall building may decrease the temperature by 10-15 degrees, which makes a huge difference when it’s 110 outside.

Parks and shade typically go hand-in-hand — and the Urban Core boasts some of the best in the city. Heritage and Science Park, Civic Space Park and Margaret T. Hance Park all feature winning combinations of seating, trees, shade structures, grass and open space.

Parks are fabulous and can be enjoyed anytime, but sometimes we just need a quick respite. Hidden in the nooks and crannies of our Urban Center, downtown has plenty of hidden gems perfect for escaping the rays and beating the heat. Here are some of our favorites:

10. Phoenix City Hall — 200 W. Washington Street


A mix of native plants, shade trees, ample seating and the relaxing sounds of a water feature make this a great lunch spot for downtown employees. However, many of the benches are not placed under shade trees and aren’t usable in the summer.

9. Herberger Theater Center — 222 E. Monroe Street

Beautiful sculptures, a variety of native trees and natural pathways (made of dirt and compact gravel) provide a nice refuge. Some benches would be a nice addition to sit back and take in the splendor.

8. Adams Street — Between Second Avenue and Second Street

Adams Street features a beautiful array of mature Indian rosewoods, which thrive in an urban setting and provide lots of shade. Some of the young, newly-planted rosewoods replaced declining palo verdes earlier this year, and were salvaged from downtown construction sites.

7. Phoenix Municipal Court — 300 W. Washington Street

Phoenix municipal Court
Instead of shoving mesquites into tiny urban tree wells, where they don’t thrive, the plaza in front of the Phoenix Municipal Court features a large open grove of these native beauties, providing a mottled but nice, natural canopy. Benches strategically placed amongst the trees are a great place to sit back and enjoy the mini urban forest.

6. Maricopa County Superior Court — 175 W. Madison Street

Superior Court
Terraced planters, native vegetation, park benches and a central plaza integrating landscaping and public art make for a beautiful outdoor experience. But as a newer building, completed in 2012, much of the vegetation is not yet mature enough to provide substantial shade.

5. Masonic Temple — 345 W. Monroe Street

Mature oak trees line the sidewalks, providing a thick and luxurious amount of shade to pedestrians, cyclists and even cars parked on the street. As a private property, there’s no benches to sit and rest a spell — but it’s lovely to take in the historic architecture and shade as you stroll by.

4. Arizona Center Grotto — 400 E. Van Buren Street


A perfect combination of water, grass, native plants and shade trees make this one of the crown jewels of downtown. While the palms are non-native, they look beautiful when lit up at night during the winter.

3. Renaissance Square — 40 N. Central Avenue

A mix of tables, benches and bistro seating under a dense canopy of ficus trees make this a great place to escape the heat. The only setback is the lack of plants and shrubs. The large planters could accommodate some native brush, adding texture and lushness.

2. Virginia G. Piper Plaza — 231 N. 3rd Street

Mature native mesquite and palo verde trees, grass, a beautiful fountain and art make this a true oasis in the desert. There are no benches but you can sit on the edge of the fountain.

1. First Street — Between Washington and Fillmore Streets

Through a 2013 improvement project that added potted plants and trees, expanded walking spaces and artwork, First Street has a very pedestrian and bike-friendly feel. The mature Indian rosewood trees lining Taylor Place and the backside of the Cronkite School create a nice dense pocket of shade. Once the Space Between temporary pop-up park is completed, located between the Valley Youth Theater and Taylor Place, this city block will be a great example of sustainable urban streetscape and public greenspace.


Downtown Development By the Numbers

Downtown Development By the Numbers

May 1, 2015 by Fara Illich

We’re known for our music scene. But if you’ve walked around Downtown Phoenix lately, you’ve probably heard a different kind of symphony — power tools, hammers and nail guns mixed with the steady hum of earthmoving equipment. Industrial cranes dance across the sky while highly-choreographed teams build marvelous new structures and rehabilitate old ones.

Downtown Phoenix is in the midst of a development boom. Projects like the Biosciences Partnership Building, Arizona Center for Law and Society, Union @ Roosevelt, the redevelopment of Luhrs City Center (and many more) provide evidence of a growing interest in Downtown Phoenix. Currently 1.2 million square feet of commercial construction is underway, including 600 hotel rooms and 650 residential units.

According to David Krietor, president and CEO of Downtown Phoenix Inc., the immense growth reflects the vibrancy, diversity and complexity of a changing urban center.

“This change is spurred by an influx of people back to an urban lifestyle,” he said. “Downtowns are reemerging across the U.S. as vibrant places not just to work, go to a sporting event or a concert, but to live.”

Over the past 10 years, downtown recognized $4.6 billion in the areas of transportation, education, research, real estate, arts, culture, sports and hospitality. The fruit of that labor is finally paying off according to Dan Klocke, vice president of development for Downtown Phoenix Inc.

“Downtown Phoenix has been growing for 10 years with investments from both the public and private sectors,” he said. “Right now, what we’re seeing is all that effort meeting up with demographics.”

Based on U.S. Census data,  a growing number of millennials and baby boomers are looking to settle in urban centers close to work, school or just near the action. Developers are now rushing to fill that demand, according to Klocke.

In addition to a growing population, successful past projects laid the groundwork to support the current influx of new apartments and condominiums. Downtown currently boasts 800,000 square feet of retail space, 8 million square feet of private office space and 170 restaurants.

Arts, culture, theater, sports and community events are also stronger than ever, with more than 6 million attendees annually. One million people visited downtown during Super Bowl XLIX alone.

In the past, there were just not enough people willing to invest here, according to Krietor. But now, downtown finally has the numbers, the interest and the infrastructure — and the timing couldn’t be better.

“This is our opportunity to finally create a true downtown community,” he said. “One that the next generation can be proud of and call their own.”

Click here for more information about business and economic development in Downtown Phoenix, or contact us.



March Means Music in Downtown Phoenix

February 12, 2015 by Fara Illich

McDowell Mountain Music Festival drew a packed crowd to Margaret T. Hance Park March 28-30, 2014.

March marks the start of spring and more importantly, the beginning of festival season in Downtown Phoenix.

With Desert Song presented by the Phoenix Chorale March 7, Viva PHX March 14, Phoenix Lights March 22 and McDowell Mountain Music Festival March 27-29 – there’s major music festivals happening every weekend of the month.

In addition to celebrating these awesome events, Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) aims to highlight the efforts of local venues, promoters and musicians bringing great live music to the community year-round.

“The idea is that you can go to one event and the next day, go to a completely different event, listen to a completely different genre, and be surrounded by a completely different group of people,” said Sara Anderson, DPI director of events. “It shows the diversity.”

As the nation gears up for the summer festival season, DPI will be busy promoting Downtown Phoenix as an emergent live music hub, ready to compete on the national stage.

By highlighting the downtown music scene in a nice condensed package, Valley residents and visitors can get a sense of what Downtown Phoenix has to offer.

From the Music of Queen by the Phoenix Symphony, Hog Dogs and Jazz at The Nash to Widespead Panic and Passion Pit at McDowell Mountain Music Festival, there’s a lot to be excited for.

“We have a lot of bands traveling this time of year and they want to stop here – in this musical hub,” Anderson said. “We have a demographic that wants live music, is willing to pay for tickets and wants to see bands on a live music stage.”

Stay tuned for a March Means Music webpage on with a packed calendar of music events and the most up-to-date information on the hottest live music, events and festivals in Downtown Phoenix.

*Top photo courtesy of McDowell Mountain Music Festival



15 Things to Watch For in 2015

15 Things to Watch For in 2015

With the launch of Grid Bike Share and new events like Viva PHX, 2014 rounded out to be quite the year for Downtown Phoenix. More people are living and visiting the core, new businesses, restaurants and events are attracting more activity, and there’s a progressive interest in enhancing the walkable, urban and vibrant downtown we want. The downtown story is still being written, with several major projects, developments, openings and events already in the works for 2015. Here are 15 we’re excited about.

Photo courtesy of Super Bowl Host Committee



1. Super Bowl Central


It’s the game everyone’s talking about, and it’s at our doorsteps in just two weeks. Super Bowl Central is coming downtown from Wednesday, Jan. 28 to Sunday, Feb. 1 for several days of game-related activities. Both visitors and residents are invited to partake in the festivities, which include a 30-by-100-foot rock wall with a waterfall in the center as well as musical performances by Walk the Moon and The Roots. Coming downtown? Live downtown? Here’s some tips to get you in and around the core.




Space Between

2. Opening of the Space Between Pocket Park


A vacant piece of land currently sits on First Street near Fillmore Street, in a place that falls between developed and underdeveloped; between public space and private space; and between distinct neighborhoods. To fill in the gaps, Downtown Phoenix Inc. in partnership with Logan Simpson Design and Balfour Beatty Construction, a soon-to-be pocket park will emerge this year in its place, acting as an open space where the community can gather for lunchtime and events or as a quiet corner to study and relax.





3. March Means Music (and more)


Music lovers and festival goers might as well block out the entire month of March as there are numerous events that you don’t want to miss. The month begins with Local First Arizona’s Bartending Competition at Crescent Ballroom, where the finest bartenders from across the Valley compete to concoct “Phoenix’s Best Cocktail of the Valley.” A week later, Artlink Phoenix’s 27th annual Art Detour will celebrate Phoenix arts and culture, from March 7-8, with special gallery and artist-studio openings and exhibits, hands-on activities, food trucks and more.


Kicking off March Means Music, Phoenix Chorale will perform “Desert Song” on Saturday, March 7 at Trinity Cathedral. Join them for a desert-inspired concert that celebrates the rich hues, history and heritage of the southwest. The following weekend, Viva PHX returns to Downtown Phoenix Saturday, March 14 bringing an eclectic, and to-be-announced, line-up of bands and musicians to stages scattered within walking distance in downtown. Just one week later, Phoenix Lights, a new music and arts festival at Civic Space Park, will light up the stage on Sunday, March 22. Later that month, the music festival and fundraiser, McDowell Mountain Music, takes over Margaret T. Hance Park for three days of performances, food trucks, vendors and more from Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29.


4. Downtown West Side Development Planning Process


It’s early in the planning process for a 7.5-acre publicly owned piece of land on Fillmore Street between Fourth and Sixth avenues. Neighborhood leaders and property owners have spent the past six months working with a planning and architectural firm to generate conceptual ideas for some potential uses of the parcel. And in two weeks, Tuesday, Jan. 27, the community is invited to an Open House, where the City of Phoenix will present the ideas and community members can provide feedback and voice their own. Though the parcel of land may not be complete by the end of the year, it will still be interesting to see what comes from the planning process this year.

Desoto Central Market


5. Desoto Central Market opening


After months of anticipation, the Desoto Central Market is close to finishing with plans to open early this year. Final details haven’t been announced, but chef Stephen Jones, formerly of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, is opening his own restaurant there called Yard Bird + The Larder.


Urban Wine Walk

6. Urban Wine Walk


The self-guided tour to some of Phoenix’s finest bars and restaurants returns to the light rail corridor on Saturday, May 16. From downtown to midtown, various wine samples will be available for purchase with complimentary, complementary bar bites to fuel your journey.


7. Finalization of the Roosevelt Streetscape


Roosevelt Street between Central Avenue and Seventh Street is in the process of getting a makeover by the City of Phoenix, making it a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly place. By December of this year, the expected completion date, you’ll see new shade trees, expanded sidewalks and new bike lanes.

containers on grand


8. Containers on Grand

A new housing project is coming to Grand Avenue, which we wrote about in December, that’s recycling shipping containers and transforming them into comfortable places to live. With a wait list already formed, the 20-unit apartment complex, Containers on Grand, will open this year on the corner of 12th and Grand avenues.


Roosevelt Row

9. More Events and Activity Coming to the Roosevelt Row Arts District


Adding to their already popular annual events, the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (CDC) is adding more vitality to the area this year with both new and reemerging events.


Along with community favorites like Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26, Pie Social on Saturday, Nov. 14, and the second annual New Year’s Eve Flannel Ball on Thursday, Dec. 31, save the date for the return of the Roosevelt Row Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17! And though the date has yet to be announced, the organization will bring more pie love to the area with the new Roosevelt Row Pie Pairing. Follow Roosevelt Row CDC on Facebook for updates on event details and dates.


10. Renovations to Begin on historic Barrister Place building


Last year, the city issued and awarded a request for proposals (RFP) to renovate without compromising the historic significance of the building, which is located on the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Jefferson Street. According to this AZCentral article, renovations of the building and construction of the two new buildings on the surrounding land will begin this year and upon completion will include new apartments and commercial space.

Urban Ale Trail


11. Urban Ale Trail


Last year’s inaugural Urban Ale Trail was a hit and you can keep trekking this year on Saturday, Sept. 19 with more beer specials and bar bites at various restaurants around the core.


12. Near completion of the Hilton Garden Inn in the historic Professional Building


Make sure to look up as you pass this beautiful art-deco building standing on the corner of Central Avenue and Monroe Street as it will be nearing completion by the end of the year. It’s being renovated into a Hilton Garden Inn and will include retail space along Central Ave.


13. Breaking ground on 1,000 housing units all over Downtown


With increasing activity in the housing sector in Downtown Phoenix; the year 2015 will see the breaking ground of 1,000 housing units around the core.

Zombie Walk 6


14. Zombies


Each year, thousands of zombie-loving folk shuffle through downtown, celebrating the undead way of life. Join us this year on Saturday, Oct. 24 for the biggest, baddest and bloodiest gathering west of the Mississippi: Zombie Walk 7.


15. Completion of the University of Arizona Cancer Center


Construction is expected to finish on the five-story, 220,000-square-foot cancer center located on Seventh and Fillmore streets this year, further expanding the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Through a partnership with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, the center will function as a cancer clinic providing outpatient services. It will, according to this Phoenix Business Journal article, generate 360 permanent jobs.

It Is Good To Be Orange

It Is Good To Be Orange


The NFL isn’t the only game in Downtown Phoenix this month.

Your Phoenix Suns (22-16) are climbing up the Western Conference standings and have nine (9!!) home games between now and Feb. 2.

Even better there are three Suns Night Out games in January. What’s that rad-sounding thing you ask? Well, for every Friday and Saturday home game fans can purchase 2-4 tickets and receive a FREE round-trip ride to and from the arena (up to $20 each way) from Uber. [Follow this link for details and restrictions.]

gorilladunk copy1. Jan. 13 vs Cleveland

Some James fella plays for the Cavaliers now. He’s a kind of a big deal.

**2. Jan. 16 vs Minnesota

Rookie of the Year candidate Andrew Wiggins makes his Phoenix debut. It’s also #OrangeFriday with the first 5,000 fans receiving an orange towel.

3. Jan. 19 vs L.A. Lakers

It’s incredibly gratifying to mock the Lakers when they’re down, especially in person.

4. Jan. 21 vs Portland

One of the teams the Suns are chasing in the standings. Also the Gorilla’s birthday bash, with first 10,000 fans receiving a Gorilla dress-up magnet.

**5. Jan. 23 vs Houston

download (22)Another team the Suns trail in the playoff chase. It’s also #OrangeFriday with the first 5,000 fans receiving an orange towel.

6. Jan. 25 vs L.A. Clippers

The Suns’ closest competitor, currently holding the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. It’s also Miles Plumlee Growth Poster Night with first 2,500 fans under age of 16 receiving the prize, which is exactly what it sounds like.

7. Jan. 28 vs Washington

Did you know that the Wizards have the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference? That’s crazy, man.

download**8. Jan. 30 vs Chicago

Da Bulls boast the Eastern Conference’s second-best record. It’s also another #OrangeFriday, with the first 5,000 fans receiving an orange towel.

9. Feb. 2 vs Memphis

One of the league’s toughest teams. This is Isaiah Thomas Bobblehead Night with the first 5,000 fans receiving a commemorative statue of the diminutive sixth man spark plug.

So you see, January provides excellent opportunities to spend some intimate time with your local basketball squad.

[**denotes Suns Night Out opportunity]

Zombie Walk 6 Shuffles Toward History

Zombie Walk 6 is only two weeks away.

As the caretakers of this community building event, which has grown from 200 zombies in 2009 to nearly 10,000 in 2013, Downtown Phoenix, Inc. is guided by three very simple principles as it tries to host the best and bloodiest festival possible:



* Keep it fun


* Keep it free


* Keep it family-friendly

This year, we’ve added a slightly more ambitious goal, and to achieve it we need help from Downtown and the surrounding communities:

* Host the biggest, baddest and bloodiest zombie party of all time

Last week we posted a tutorial on how to zombify yourself in less than 15 minutes using cheap materials, many of which can be found in most household cupboards. The reason? While we want everyone to come and enjoy the spectacle that is Zombie Walk, we’re particularly interested in luring as many zombies of all ages to Heritage & Science Park on Oct. 25 as Downtown Phoenix attempts to overtake Asbury Park, N.J. [9,592 zombies in 2013] as the world’s largest zombie walk. [Note: Asbury Park hosted their 2014 event last week but attendance numbers aren't yet available.]

PhxZombieWalk5-1So, our call to you is simple:

Bring your friends, family and fellow zombies Downtown on the Oct. 25 so we can make history together. In return, you’ll get a full day of free, family friendly entertainment featuring:

* Live music on the Psyko Steve Main Stage including Recipe for Disaster a Tribute to Guns ‘N’ Roses


* Lil Zombie Zone kid’s area with arts, crafts and games


* Zombie Feeding Area with vendors and grub


* Four Peaks beer garden

And, of course, the main event, which is a 1.3-mile limp and moan through the heart of Downtown Phoenix. Festival doors open at 2 p.m. and we’ll begin lining up around 5:30 for the Walk, which will be led by Grand Marshal John Holmberg of KUPD’s Morning Sickness.

After the Walk we’ll return to the park for a costume contest (and Phoenix Comicon Fanfest giveaways), more live music and fun until 11 p.m.

For those aspiring zombies who need help achieving their look, the first 400 attendees who bring a non-perishable food donation benefiting St. Mary’s Food Bank will receive a voucher good for one free entry-level zombie makeover, including face deadening, eye darkening and blood splattering.


R.J. Price
R.J. Price is Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Downtown Phoenix Inc. His favorite zombie movie is Shaun of the Dead.

An Urban Wine Walk Love Story

An Urban Wine Walk Love Story

Urban Wine Walk isn’t just about the restaurants, wine and food—though that’s certainly a plus. UWW is about the experience: Spending time with friends, making new ones, embracing the urban way of life and, of course, creating long-lasting memories.


Just ask Michael Denson and Charith Norvelle, the Downtown duo whom inadvertently had their first date at last year’s Urban Wine Walk and coincidentally are getting married the same day as the 2014 Urban Wine Walk, this Saturday, May 17.

According to Denson and Norvelle, they were as surprised as we were when they found out the two events fell on the same date. What seemed like a casual date last year, is now an occasion worth celebrating.

And when they’re not enjoying a glass of red, the pair often collaborates on mixed-media art and acrylic paintings. They just finished a piece for their last show at New City Studio, but they also have their own Etsy store, which has helped them pay for their wedding.

The two won’t be attending this year, since they’ll be a little busy tying the knot and all. However, Walkers who make their way up to the 14th floor pool deck at CityScape Residences should take a good look at the stunning view of South Mountain, where you just may see the lovely couple exchanging their wedding vows.

So call up your friends and loved ones–or the girl or boy you’ve been dying to talk to–and plan on making this Saturday a day to remember. Each participating restaurant will have three $2 or $3 wine samples and delicious treats, so you can refuel as you make your way along the Light Rail corridor. You can find the full list here. Oh, and don’t forget, the first 300 people to stop at CityScape Residences will receive a free commemorative wine glass.

Photos courtesy of Charith Norvelle