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Alibi, photo credit Stephen Denton
By Lauren Wong

Going out can be more than just getting drunk off of cheap drinks if you want it to be. If you’re always the one to hit the most popping bars, or go for the one with the cheapest happy hour, know that Mesa offers so much more! If you’ve been hitting the same spot for a while now and are looking for something new to try, I put together a list of some of Mesa’s unique, themed bars. Test them all out and let us know your favorites!

Throughout the years, the owners of Boulders on Southern have also opened Boulders on Broadway and Spokes on Southern. This bar/restaurant has been created around their passion of cooking pizza and rock climbing. Their theme is all about bike riding, climbing, and adventure, so, when you’re looking around the bar you can find photos of their travels. The menu features unique foods that have been inspired from their times out on their latest adventures.

Get fancy with your drinks and try something new. Here, you get to choose from the finest selection of craft beer and wine from all over the world. If you’re not exactly sure what you’d like, that’s okay, their staff can help you choose your drink based on your preference and what kind of taste you’re looking for. Chupacabra Taproom brings you a relaxed, laid back, atmosphere where you can broaden your wine and beer horizons.

Calling all country music lovers! There’s always something going on at Denim and Diamonds, from cheap drink specials, to free dance lessons, and beer pong tournaments. It’s a little taste of Nashville in Arizona. Put together your best cowboy boots and hat, get on that denim, and dance the night away as the DJ fills the room with all your favorite country songs.

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Photo credit, Endgame Bar

Endgame is the ultimate game-lovers lounge. After being closed for four years, the bar/restaurant is back up and running. It’s a 15,000 square-feet bar filled with endless games. You can find everything from consoles to PC’s. You can either bring your own game or choose from their 762 different video games. You can go to their website and click on their available consoles to see what games they have to play. If there’s a specific game you’re looking for that they don’t have you can always send them an email or Facebook message to request it!

Featuring Synthwave and Underground Music, The Grid: Games and Growlers, has everything arcade and console games. They also play movies and offer food and beer. They have over 1,000 games available to play, for free, on their Playstation 1, 2, 3, and 4, Xbox, Xbox360, NES, SNES, 64, Gamecube, and more. There’s also board games, Dance Dance Revolution, Air Hockey, Killer Queen, Claw Machines, and Pinball. The only time you’ll run into a cover fee is on nights of special events.

Golf meets bar and grill at the 7th hole of the Arizona Golf Resort. There’s always some type of event going on here from Karaoke Night, live music, to Texas Hold’em nights, along with lots of daily specials. If you’re a sports lover, you’ll never have to worry about missing your favorite team play with their 23 Tvs. Stop in after a long day on the course!

As the number one bar in the greater Phoenix area for live music, Roosters Country hosts seasoned and up and coming artists/bands on tour. If you’re hoping to see a specific performer, you can visit their website to find their upcoming shows. Not only do they bring in great musicians, but in 2019 they were voted number 1 by Phoenix News Times for being the best karaoke bar. 

Aside from the music there’s Pool Tables (pool tournaments take place throughout the week), a Smoking Patio, HD Tv’s, TouchTunes, and Cornhole.

The ultimate board game lovers’ paradise. The Silver Key Lounge offers over 600 board and RPG games in their Board Game Library. Are your friends and family not enough competition for you? Join in on their weekly board game, card, and miniature tournaments for a shot to win some prizes and/or lounge credit. 

In terms of beverages, they have 16 draft craft beers and mead as well as over 20 in the can or bottle. If you’re not a beer person, they also offer wine, craft soda, and a list of non alcoholic beverages.