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Spirits of the Season 2014

Monday, November 24th, 2014

holidayscroppedMake a toast to friends, family and loved ones with Spirits of the Season, a five-week holiday cocktail competition in Downtown Phoenix Nov. 29 through Dec. 17. Create a festive happy hour after work or turn a normal Saturday into a fabulous self-guided cocktail tour. Sample all 11 holiday-inspired concoctions at participating Downtown bars and restaurants and pick your favorite. Voting begins Nov. 29 and the winner is announced Dec. 18. All drinks are available until Jan. 1, 2015.

Vote here for Most Spirited Holiday Cocktail 2014.

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Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails at Hotel Palomar, $8

10 Cane Rum, coconut cream, allspice dram, cinnamon syrup and grated nutmeg.

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Copper Blues, $10

Baileys Irish Cream, Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps, Kahlúa, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and cream. Garnished with carrot, mint, chocolate and cinnamon.

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District American Kitchen and Wine Bar at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, $9

Redemption Rye, ginger beer, orange bitters, lemon juice and homemade hard apple cider over holiday ice cubes made with rosemary and maraschino cherries.

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The Duce, $10

Crusoe Organic Spiced Rum, egg nog, Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg.


Hard Rock Cafe, $8.25

Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon Whisky, Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Ice Cream and simple syrup infused with pumpkin puree.

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Icon Lounge at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, $9

Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, peppermint schnapps, hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, a drizzle of crème de menthe and candy cane sprinkles.

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My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, $8

Three Olive Raspberry Vodka, fresh raspberries, fresh lime, muddled mint leaves, Sun Orchard Margarita Mix and a splash of Sprite.

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Province at Westin Phoenix Downtown, $9

Peppermint schnapps, Midori Melon Liqueur, Prosecco sparkling wine and a Bing cherry served in a sugar-rimmed champagne glass.


Squid Ink Sushi, $9

Vanilla vodka, Kahlúa, hazelnut liqueur, milk, cinnamon, homemade salted caramel and topped with toasted marshmallows.

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The Strand Urban Italian, $8

Malibu coconut flavored rum, chocolate, caramel and cream.

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1130 The Restaurant, $10

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon, spiced turbinado syrup made in-house and chocolate bitters.

Countdown To Comicon

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Set your phasers to fun.

Phoenix Comicon returns to Downtown June 5-8 and even if you’re not prepared to fight the crowds to get a glimpse of Evil Dead hero Bruce Campbell or Weird Science vixen Kelly LeBrock there are innumerable ways for you to be a part of the greatest pop culture happening the Valley has ever witnessed.

PHXCC13_Marvel_GuardiansOfTheGalaxy1) Dress the Part

Comicon is a cosplay-ground and the streets will be teeming with Stormtroopers, Cylons, Watchmen and, of course, zombies (but more on that later). Several Downtown businesses will be rolling out the red carpet for costumed attendees, including Tilted Kilt, which will be offering Comicon-themed drinks like the Batman Shot, Falcon Punch, the Lightsaber and the Princess Peach. In addition to giving badge-wearers 25 percent off their tab, Copper Blues is offering $500 in prizes to the best hero and villain costumes. Last Exit Live is letting in anyone wearing a Comicon badge rock out for free on June 6.

Photo by Geek World Radio

2) Follow the Signals

Look to the sky and follow the bat signal to Lustre Rooftop Garden, where guests can sip discounted, villainous cocktails while taking in the best city views. Lustre will also offer live music on Friday and a DJ’ed pool party on Saturday and Sunday.

images (4)3) Don’t Run, Shuffle

Third Street will be closed between Washington and Monroe to make room for Comicon activation stations that are open to the public, including standup comedy and live music on Thursday; Zombie Walk, roller derby bouts and live music on Friday; and Steampunk String Band and Downtown’s favorite DJ Sean Watson on Saturday. Shameless Plug Part I: Friday’s Zombie Walk is a great opportunity to practice for Zombie Walk 6 Oct. 25 Heritage & Science Park.

download (9)4) Laugh It Up

Stand Up Live is bringing in some wonderfully nerdy talent for Comicon Week, including Jonah Ray and Matt Mira (Nerdist podcast and @midnight) on June 5, the cast of HBO’s Silicon Valley (Kumail Nanjiani, Thomas Middleditch and TJ Miller) on June 6 and Jay and Silent Bob (Clerks, Clerks 2, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) on June 7.

5) Bring a Towel

From Downtown Ambassadors matriarch Samantha Jackson: “As explained in the Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy, towels are ‘the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.’ A towel has both practical value (can be used for warmth, as shelter, as a weapon and, strangely, to dry one’s body) as well as psychological value (if a non-hitchhiker sees you with a towel they’ll assume you’re fully stocked with other necessities as well).” Shameless Plug PartII: If you have any questions about Downtown while you’re geeking out, just ASK an orange-shirted (and caped???) Downtown Ambassador or call (602) 495-1500.

Happy Comicon-ing!

Your March 1 Survival Guide

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Mardi Gras 2013 040March 1 promises to be the most Downtowniest day of the year. Here’s a guide to help you enjoy the maximum amount of Downtown with a minimum amount of Downtown hangover.

1. Leave Your Car at Home

Ride your bike. Ride light rail. Call Uber. Ride a beat-boxing unicorn for all we care. Just don’t give yourself the option of drinking and driving. #drivehammeredgetnailed

2. Eat Brunch!

Establishing a base is paramount if you’re going to have any kind of staying power. Recommended brunch spots include Breakfast Club, District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, Blue Hound, Chloe’s Corner and Vig Fillmore.

3. Drink Water

And anytime you think you’ve consumed enough water, drink more water.

4. Second Annual Health and Healing Festival at ALAC

Free and open to the public, this collaboration between ALAC, University of Arizona and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health explores the “art of being healthy” and will include a variety of lectures from professors and community healing artists, plus demonstrations of acupuncture, chalk and finger painting, Tai-Chi, poetry readings and healthy eating. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

5. Snack Time!

A slice of pizza at Majerle’s Downtown Pizza Lounge or a couple of tacos from Fuego will do just fine. Nothing too heavy. Lots of work left to do.

6. Mardi Gras Parade & Festival at CityScape

Check out the Fourth Annual Mardi Gras and Parade, which will headquarter at CityScape. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. revel with the help of a DJ curated soundtrack, creepy masks, vendors and, of course, beads. So many beads. The community parade starts at 4 p.m. so come down early to secure your optimal spectator perch. If you want to be in the parade fill out this form.

7. Drink Water

Seriously, you guys.

8. Art d’Core at Crescent Ballroom

The Art d’Core gala is a free, formal celebration of color and art in our Urban Core and features a guest address from Mayor Greg Stanton, an eye-popping virtual tour of Downtown art spaces and a partial street closure on Second Avenue to accommodate some extra special ArtLink-approved touches. The gala starts at 6 p.m. and entry is free but attendees are encouraged to RSVP here.

9. More Mardi Gras

After partying with Mayor Stanton, mosey back to CityScape to take advantage of Mardi Gras specials at hot spots like Copper Blues and Gypsy Bar. What, did you think Mardi Gras ended at 8?

10. Get home safely, then sleep through Sunday

Year End Shindigs and Extravaganzas in Downtown Phoenix

Monday, December 30th, 2013

ToastingWith free light rail service from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., there’s never been a better time to come Downtown to experience the plethora of shindigs, dinners and entertainment kicking off the New Year. That being said, this New Year’s Eve, be sure to put on your best wares and come to the Urban Core for one (or more!) of these holiday celebrations.

CityScapeCitySkate Ice Rink

Celebrate the New Year with a spin around the rink! The CityScape ice skating rink the is the perfect prelude to a midnight toast, and a great way to spend New Year’s Eve with the family. The rink will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $12 and includes rentals. Discounts available.

Coach’s Corner GrillRio de Janeiro New Year Ball Drop and End of the Year Happy Hour

Join Coach’s Corner for a special New Year happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a complimentary food buffet as well as food and drink specials. The party continues well into the night with $2 tacos and enchiladas, and $3 AMF, Fireball and Dos XX. And of course, it wouldn’t be a New Year’s celebration without a champagne toast at midnight!

Copper Blues – Sideshow New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

While you sip on one (or more) of the 60 beers they have on tap, enjoy live Sideshow Circus Acts “you’ll have to see to believe,” live music by The Instant Classics, and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are $25 and include entertainment and the champagne toast. VIP tickets are also available. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Crescent BallroomNew Year’s Eve “Amateur Night”

Enjoy music by Sean Watson, DJ Kris The Fist, 2TONEDISCO, deauxyeau, and The Holy Coast inside, or head outside and check out the new outdoor disco tent with DJ Roach and DJ Dana for what they’re calling, “The biggest New Years Eve party in Downtown Phoenix.”

District American Kitchen and Wine BarNew Year’s Eve Dinner

Ring in the New Year with a special and decadent five-course menu complemented by live jazz. The first seating is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is $59. The second seating from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. is $75 and includes a champagne toast. Wine paring is also available at each seating for $25.

The DuceDance Thru the Decades and Sing in the New Year

Dress your favorite decade and get a Deuce off your favorite cocktail all night. Midnight breakfast specials including hot cereal bar on the house. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music goes live at 7 p.m. No cover.

GypsyBar“Drop the Ball” New Year’s Eve Party

GypsyBar is celebrating the New Year with complimentary party favors and a champagne toast as well as a midnight ball drop and confetti explosion. The party starts at 8 p.m. and will also have a 2-hour hosted call bar ($30) and New Year’s Eve buffet ($20). No cover.

Japanese Friendship Garden – Kadomatsu Workshop 2013

This fun and family friendly workshop is a wonderful way to bring in the New Year. All plant materials needed to make the Kadomatsu are included in the workshop price and come from the garden itself. Two seatings: 10:15 am and 11:15 am. Please reserve your seat at or contact the office ( or 602-256-3204) now to make your reservation. This is a great cultural activity to share with your friends, family and children. $30 – $35.

Lustre Rooftop Garden - Legendary New Year’s Eve Party

Celebrate the memories of 2013 under the stars and with perfect views of Downtown Phoenix at Lustre’s Legendary New Year’s Eve Party. With DJ Al Page spinning and a complimentary food station, it’s the perfect way to sound off the New Year. The party is from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and cost is $40. Purchase your tickets here.

The PressroomBlast Off New Year Eve 2014

Head off to a far-off place, where EDM and House music move you to the beat–in unison, and as one. Earth may seem far away, but you will be somewhere familiar, at the best New Year’s Eve of your life! Admission costs $65 – $125.

Province RestaurantNew Year’s Eve Dinner

Embark on a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner that infuses Latin-inspirations into each culinary creation. The first seating is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is $49 per person. The second seating is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is $65 per person. Each dinner includes a champagne toast.

San Carlos HotelSpecial room rates

Avoid driving and walk to the nearby historic San Carlos Hotel, which is offering half off regular room rates in celebration of the New Year. They have a single queen bed at $79.50/night, two double beds at $94.50/night.

Seamus McCaffery’s Irish PubNew Year’s Eve Bash featuring Rose Colored Eyes

Champagne toast and party favors for the countdown. Kitchen will be open until midnight offering the full menu with a featured special dinner selection. $5 cover.

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown HotelSpecial Room Rates

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is kicking off the New Year with special holiday rates from $99.

Sky Lounge - New Year Fashion Eve

Sky Lounge is kicking off the New Year with two levels, two dance floors, three DJs, live performances and a fashion show.

Symphony Hall - New Year’s Eve Celebration

Randall Craig Fleischer, a Leonard Bernstein fellow, conducts The Phoenix Symphony in the Valley’s most popular New Year’s Eve celebration. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $30-$99.

The Westin Phoenix Downtown - Special Room Rates

The Westin Phoenix Downtown wants you to join them this New Year, so they’re offering special holiday rates from $99.

Don’t forget: Coors Light and Valley Metro have teamed up to provide free rides on buses, the light rail and ADA-Dial-a-Ride. Start planning your trip here.

Downtown Phoenix Gives

Monday, November 25th, 2013

blog graphicThe Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors might be THE most helpful people in Phoenix and for the past nine years they’ve been helping fight hunger by organizing a holiday food drive benefiting St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

To celebrate 10 years of giving, the Ambassadors have set a goal to raise five (5!) tons of non-perishable food donations this year – and in order to pull off this charitable feat they need your help.

In case you need additional motivation, our extremely generous friends at Stand Up Live, Copper Blues and Tom’s Tavern have donated awesome prizes that anyone who makes a food donation between Nov. 25 – Dec. 30 will be registered to win. Drawings are scheduled throughout the month of December:

Dec. 4 – Stand Up Live tickets to Sebastian Maniscalco

Dec. 12 – Dinner for two at Tom’s Tavern and two tickets to Friday’s Fan Appreciation Night Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings

Dec. 18 – Stand Up Live tickets to Aries Spears

Dec. 24 – Stand Up Live tickets to Al Madrigal

Dec. 31 – Grand Prize: 2 tickets to ANY Stand Up Live Show + Copper Blues Gift Card

All non-winning entries will stay prize eligible for the duration of the contest – so the earlier and more often you donate, the more chances you have to win.

Donation boxes are located at the Downtown Phoenix Info Center – 101. N. 1st Ave, Suite 190, Phoenix, AZ 85003 – and at various Downtown Phoenix events this holiday season including:

Nov. 30 – at the Tree Lighting and Ice Rink Grand Opening at CityScape (event is free to attend)

Dec. 6 – at PJs in the Park at Civic Space Park (event is free to attend)

Downtown Happy Hours, Student Deals and Late Night Specials

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Downtown Phoenix has the best happy hour deals around, so when thirst strikes, it’s choosing a place that’s difficult. Whichever restaurant, bar or pub you choose, the important part is to celebrate the end of the day (or beginning of the night) with a round of drinks!



1130 the Restaurant at Arizona Center

Mon.-Sun. 4-7 p.m.: $3.95 house wine, $2 domestic drafts, $3 off specialty drinks, and appetizers starting at $3.95.

Wednesdays: Wine Down Wednesdays (half-priced bottles)

Thursdays: Ladies Night (Cosmopolitans $5)

The Arrogant Butcher at CityScape

Mon.-Sat. 3-6 p.m.: Well, wine, and select cocktails for $4, draft beers starting at $3, plus appetizers from $4.

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m.: $4 craft drafts, $6 specialty cocktails, $5 wine, and $4 to $6 snacks.

Brick Pizzeria & Wine Bar at Arizona Center

All Day before 6:30 p.m.: $3 drafts, $4 sangria, $4 well, and $5 wines.  $4 to $6 appetizers from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Boka Pizza at Arizona Center

Mon.-Sat. 3-6 p.m.: $4 baby pitchers and $2 pints.

Canyon Café at Arizona Center

Mon.-Sun. 4-7 p.m.: $3 house wines, $3 margaritas, $2.50 to $3.50 draft beers, $4.50 well, plus appetizers priced from $3.95 to $5.95.

Cartel Coffee Lab

Mon.-Sun. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (close):  Half-off all pastries.

Chloe’s Corner

On Fridays, students can get $10 pizzas for dine-in or carry-out plus stay caffeinated on $3 lattes M-F.

Coach’s Corner Grill

Mon.-Sun. 3 p.m. to close: $3 Fireball on Tap, $4 Miller Lite, Bud Lite, Dos XX draft, $4 Miller Lite, Coors Light aluminums, $4 well & house wine. $5 Happy Hour food menu.

Compass Arizona Grill

Reverse Happy Hour Sun.-Thurs. 9-11 p.m.: $5 dessert, $5 house wine, $5 well drinks plus a nightly signature cocktail for $7.

Copper Blues

Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 4-6 p.m.: $1 beer shots, $3 local and domestic brews, $4 craft and import pints, $3 house wines, $5 you-call-it, $6 Rocktails, $7 Rocktinis, over 10 food specials $4-$6.

Crescent Ballroom

Mon.-Thurs. 4:30-6p.m.: $2 PBR, $3 Wells, $3 local drafts, or $1 off drinks.

Fridays: All-day Happy Hour

District American Kitchen & Wine Bar

Mon.-Sat. 3-7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close: $5 well, sangria, and house wine and $3 select drafts.  $4 street pork machaca sliders, District mac n’ cheese, honey dipped drumsticks, lemon spiked black bean hummus, and bacon wrapped Yuma dates.

Duck and Decanter

Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m.: 100% local craft beers on draft and fine wine by the glass only $4.

Friday’s Front Row at Chase Field

Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m.: Non-game dates, $3 select drafts, $4 drinks specials, plus  half-priced select appetizers.

Gypsy Bar

Mon.-Sun. 3-7 p.m. $2 domestic draft, $3 imported draft, $3 premium cocktail, $4 selection of wine, $3 – $4 selected menu items.

Hard Rock Café

Mon.-Fri. 9 p.m. to close: $3 domestic drafts, $4 well liquors, $5 house wine.  Half priced appetizers.

Hooters at Arizona Center

Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m.: $3 Wells and Domestic Drafts. $4 Fried Pickles, Tots, Cheese Sticks, Premium & Craft Draughts, Fireball, Hooters Long Island Iced Teas & Margaritas. $5 Burger or Buffalo Chicken Sliders (2 sliders & fries). $6 10 boneless or traditional wings with dressing.

ICON Lounge

Mon.-Fri.  3-7 p.m.:  6-5-4-3 $6 bruschetta, $5 house margarita, $4 house wine, $3 select draft beer.

Kincaid’s at Collier Center

Mon.-Sun. 4-6 p.m.: $4 specialty drinks, house chardon­nay, cabernet or draft beer, and half off select appetizers.

La Piazza Locale

Tue.-Fri. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.:  $2 off wine and cocktails.  $1 off bottle beer.

Lucky Strike Lanes at CityScape

Mon.-Sun. 4-7 p.m.: $2 domestic drafts, $3 well drinks, $4 house wines, and half off select menu items.


Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m.: $6 Café Racers, $6 Tommy’s Margaritas, $6 Bronze Monkeys, $6 Sangria, $6 N2 White Blend, $6 Charles & Charles Red Blend, $6 Two Draft Beers, $6 snacks.


Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m., and Reverse Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 10 p.m. to close: $4 wells, wines, and rocks margaritas, $3 domestic drafts, plus half off select appetiz­ers.

Monday: $5 Martinis

Thursday: $4 Long Islands

Friday: $4 Blue Hawaiians

Saturday: $4 Vodka Strawberry Lemondae

Sunday: Bloody Marys

Mi Amigos at Arizona Center

Mon.-Sun. 3-6 p.m.: $2.50 fresh lime margaritas & 20 oz. domestic drafts, $2.95 Mexican drafts, and $2.50 appetizers.

Networks Bar & Grill

Mon.-Sat. 3:30-6:30 p.m.: $3.50 drafts, $4 well, $5 wines, and $5 appetizers.

Province at Westin Phoenix Downtown

Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: $3 drafts, $4 house red/white wine and sangria, and $1 off tapas style items, $2 off to share items, $3 off traditional items.

Wednesdays: Wine Down (half-priced bottles)

Thursday 5-8p.m.: DJ Mike Hooker and happy hour specials including $5 beer pitchers, $10 sangria pitchers, and unlimited street taco and gourmet salsa bar for $9 per person.

Friday 7-9 p.m.: Flamenco dancing by Lena Jacome alongside Spanish guitarist and partner Chris Jacome. Also, bring in your four-legged friend along to enjoy a complimentary, homemade dog biscuit buffet, while you enjoy specials on tapas, entrees and desserts, as well as a selection of five doggone drinks.

Rose & Crown Pub

Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 2-7 p.m.: All well drinks and drafts $3.50.

Mondays: Half-priced burgers from 5-10 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Industry nights from 9 p.m. to close. $2 wells, $3 drafts and $4 Pinnacle Vodka flavored drinks

Wednesdays: Team Trivia at 7 p.m.

Fridays: All-you-can-eat Fish N’ Chips from 5-10 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: $3 breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon.

Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m.: House wines, drafts and appetizers starting at $3.

Squid Ink Sushi

Mon.-Sat. 3-6 p.m., Sun 4-6 p.m.: 1/2-price starters, 1/2-price select sushi rolls, $2 off wines by the glass, $3 domestic bottles, $4 draft beer and well cocktails, $5 select house cocktails, $6 Kirin Light sake bombers.

Steve’s Greenhouse Grill

Mon.-Sun. 3-6 p.m.: $1 Off Draft Beer, 1/2-off Well Drinks, $5 House Wine, 1/2-off Bottles.

Monday: Extended Happy Hour 3 p.m. to close

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday

Wednesday: $5 Burger

Thursday: 50¢ Wings

The Strand Urban Italian

Mon.-Sun. 2-6 p.m., and 9 p.m. to close: $2.50 Shock Top, $4.50 frozen cocktails, $4.50 wells, $5.50 martinis, $4.50 house wines, and $3.50 – $6.90 appetizers.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m.: $3 well drinks, $5 Red Bull & vodka, $3 domestic 14 oz. drafts, $5 Jack Daniels, and $5 select appetizers.

Tom’s Tavern

Mon.-Fri. 2:30 p.m. to close: $5 appetizers & well drinks, $4 house wine & premium draught, $3 Bud Light Draft, $2 house shot. $1 off premium and signature cocktails & wine by the glass.

Let’s Play Downtown Urban Bingo

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Update: All three pairs of tickets have been claimed! Thanks for playing everyone!

Solve nine bingo scavenger hunt clues and win two VIP passes to one day of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival.

There are four steps to the game:

1. Download the Downtown Urban Bingo Board

(click on the image or here for a full size version)


2. Solve the clues and snap photos to prove it.

(You can use a camera images or social media photo sites to submit. If you are using social media sites like instagram, you’ll need each image’s unique URL)

3. Upload the photos by clicking here

4. Hope that you are one of the first three people to submit the board so you win the $350 prize.

Ready? Set. Go!

Fine print rules: All photos must be your own. Ask permission before photographing someone. Don’t push little old ladies, jaywalk or stand in the middle of the street trying to get a photo.  Be responsible and have fun!


What does this $350 prize include?

-  Two VIP passes* to one day of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance park Downtown March 22-2

– $20 for cocktails at a ICON Lounge, Copper Blues or Tom’s Tavern

- $30 for dinner at a The Arrogant Butcher, Thai Basil or Province

* 1 VIP pass includes:

-Five drinks and two catered meals per day

- separate festival parking hosted by private Valet service

- 1 (one) MMMF 2013 T-Shirt

- private umbrellaed space with Adirondack chairs and shade structures to enjoy the performances separate from the general admission

- VIP private restrooms

- special VIP entrance and exit throughout the duration of the festival

- POSER DECK – you’re up close and personal with the band as they perform


Upload your winning photos here!

Free Tickets! Free Breakfast!

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

bernie-logoGet your sleuthing hat on, Downtowners. We’ve got two big contests starting next week and it might land you tickets to the McDowell Mountain Music Festival or free coffee and breakfast for your office.

Downtown Urban Bingo

If you can solve nine yet-to-be-released bingo scavenger hunt clues and be one of the first three people to upload photographic proof you’ll win two VIP passes to one day of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, $20 for cocktails at a Downtown hotspot and $30 for dinner at a Downtown restaurant.

The $350 prize will get you and your new best friend VIP passes to see one day of the genre-spanning festival taking place at Margaret T. Hance park Downtown March 22 – 24. Headliners include The Shins on Friday, The Roots on Saturday and Dr. Dog on Sunday. These passes are nothing to sneeze at with five drinks and two catered meals, separate parking, a t-shirt, private umbrellaed space with Adirondack chairs and shade, private restrooms, special VIP entrance and a spot up close and personal with the bands as they perform. Cocktail hotspots are ICON Lounge, Copper Blues and Tom’s Tavern while dinner spots include The Arrogant Butcher, Thai Basil and Province.

How do you get in on the fun? Check (and maybe refresh) starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 14 for the release of the bingo board and game instructions. Once you have the board in hand, get those running shoes on and get ready to rush around Downtown snapping the winning shots.


Find Bernie the Flamingo

The Monday blahs are the worst. Winning free coffee and breakfast treats for your office after finding a plastic pink lawn flamingo hidden somewhere around Downtown will help.

Every Monday at 9 a.m. the search to find Bernie the Flamingo will begin with a photo clue posted to the Downtown Phoenix Facebook page. The first person to find Bernie’s hiding spot will win a carafe of coffee and breakfast treats for 15 people from a Downtown business on the spot.

The contest officially kicks off Monday, March 11 at 9 a.m. and will continue until Bernie eventually retires from his glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle.

Share the Love

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

So, it’s cupid’s special day. And, if you’re anything like us, you may just be scrambling for a plan. Well, don’t. We’ve got you covered.


Blue Hound

The five-course dinner promises to be, well, pretty interesting given that the courses are themed after lust, submission, seduction, stimulation and sensation. Interest piqued? Call 602-258-0231 to make reservations; there are only a few spots left.

The Compass Arizona Grill

Enjoy an evening on the 24th floor of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix with a rotating view of the city and a stunning four-course menu.602-252-1234.


The four-course dinner will be complemented with live love songs under the stars on the patio. 602-429-3600.

Arrogant Butcher

The limited menu for Valentine’s Day still features all your favorites. Don’t miss the Salted Caramel Pudding, winner of Downtown’s Best Dessert for 2012. 602-324-8502.

1130 The Restaurant

The surf and turf menu features a 7-ounce New York Strip served with your choice of 2 blackened shrimp skewers or a half pound of mussels. Champagne and strawberries will be on hand to cap the experience. 602-368-3046.

Steve’s Greenhouse Grill

There’s no need to spend a fortune this Valentine’s, Steve’s is featuring buy one entrée, get one half off  as well as $4 Strawberry Mimosas, $3 Strawberry Daiquiris and a $6 dessert trio. 602-252-2742.


Copper Blues

The Instant Classics will play all your favorites while you enjoy a special cocktail or one of the over 65 beers on tap. There will be giveaways and prizes throughout the night. Free. 480-719-5005.

Hard Rock Cafe

Join Hard Rock Café for a very special night featuring Teneia Sander of Chicks with Picks. Free. 602-261-7625.

Ballet Arizona Presents: Romeo & Juliet

Ib Andersen’s full length ballet adaptation of, perhaps, the greatest love story ever told returns just in time for the holiday of love. Symphony Hall, times vary. 602-381-0184.

Art Laboe Valentine’s Super Love Jam

Art Laboe hosts this funky love concert starring The Delfonics, Bloodstone, GQ, Blue Magic, Tierra, Eddie Holman, Sly Slick and Wicked, The Floaters and The Notations. (BTW: Art Laboe is credited for creating the oldies format in radio.) US Airways Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 to $49.50. 800-745-3000.

The Whole Package

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown

Take a romantic stay-cation! Rooms at the Renaissance will be decorated with a floral arrangement, a gift bag and a sweet treat. At check-in couples will receive a Couples Navigator Guide, breakfast for two and specialty cocktails for two. Late check-out times available. $299 per night. 602-333-0000.

Arizona Science Center

Enjoy an intimate evening under the stars overlooking historic Heritage Square while delighting in a three-course prix-fixe menu featuring wine pairings and romantic music. Explore the world and mind of Leonardo Da Vinci with exclusive access to the Center’s newest featured exhibition, Da Vinci, The Genius, in its premiere week in Phoenix. Dinner begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 per couple for members and $135 per couple for non-members. 602-716-2000.

Line the Streets!

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

2013 Mardi Gras Parade Map_v2The third annual Mardi Gras is rolling through Downtown this Saturday with bells, brass bands and beads. Lots and lots of beads.

The parade kicks off at 4 p.m., but the best spots to watch the giant puppets, floats, bicycle brigades, dancers, beauty queens and more will go quickly, so you’ll want to get Downtown early.

If you want a shot at the thousands of beads being tossed from floats, your best bet is grabbing a spot on the sidewalk along the route.

If sipping a cocktail while watching the krewes march past is more your speed, you’re in luck. Seamus McCaffrey’s and Bonjour Vietnam’s patios are front and center on Monroe Street while Fuego CityScape, Arrogant Butcher and The Strand are prime locations on First Street. For a bird’s eye view, head to Tilted Kilt or Copper Blues.

Whether you end up watching from a restaurant or on the sidewalk, laissez les bons temps rouler!