12 best bars for ASU downtown Phoenix students

Classes (and partying) will start soon. Here are the top bars for ASU students (over age) attending the downtown Phoenix

With the staggering amount of development and growth of Arizona Statue University in downtown Phoenix, the area has become a lively, central hub.

It boasts a diverse crop of nightlife options, from laid-back dive bar to top-notch music venues with up-and-coming acts and fun-filled bars with games and activities.

Here are the top bars for ASU students in downtown Phoenix — if you're 21 and older, of course, though some make special accommodations for the underage crowd, too.

The Whining Pig

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The fourth Valley location of this craft beer and wine bar opened this summer, bringing its extensive and carefully curated list of adult beverages to downtown Phoenix. It has a distinct neighborhood vibe with its signature bar topped with pennies, warm lighting and wood accents, chalkboards filled with daily offerings and whimsical art, plus lots board games. On a budget? Look for a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches for $6.

Details: Collier Center, 201 E. Washington St., Suite 104, Phoenix. 602-795-9910, thewhiningpig.com. 

Gracie's Tax Bar

Located in an old building that used to offer tax services, the aptly named Gracie's Tax Bar also opened this summer. It's a no-nonsense spot with good, cheap drinks and food offerings like a chopped cheese sandwich, fried pickles and tater tots. Gracie's also has board games, a jukebox and back patio.

Details: 711 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix. 602-366-0111.

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The Lost Leaf

This intimate, darkly lit bar in an old house in the Roosevelt Arts District is a hot spot during First Fridays. It features all-Arizona beers on tap and a unique variety of bottled and canned brews from around the world. Regular live performances include music, dance and comedy; and artwork from Valley artists are on display. Happy hour runs from opening to 7 p.m. daily.

Details: 914 N. Fifth St., Phoenix. 602-258-0014, thelostleaf.org.

Monarch Theatre/Bar Smith

12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 2 An obligatory photo bomb during Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 3 These pals enjoyed dancing during Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 4 These pals enjoyed a prime spot in the front row during Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 5 Desert Hearts hyped up the crowd during Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 6 These ladies had a great time during Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 7 The scene during Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 8 These pals had a great time at Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 9 These pals brought a luau to Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 10 This group had a great time during Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 11 These ladies were all smiles during Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 12 A stolen kiss during Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 13 If C-3PO came to life, he would have rocked a bucket hat at Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 14 Purple lipstick was a great call at Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 15 These brunette bombshells had a great time at Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 16 The huge crowd at Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 17 The scene during Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 18 These pals had a great time at Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 19 This group was ready to party at Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 20 This duo was ready to party at Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 21 These friends danced the night away at Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 22 Some cosplayers stopped by during Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 23 A friend assesses his pal's fashion choices during Red Monkey's Memorial Day party at Monarch Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com

Monarch Theatre and Bar Smith are neighboring joints from the same owners, and among the few nightclubs downtown. At Monarch Theatre, international DJs often provide the sounds. On most nights, Bar Smith hosts performers upstairs on the rooftop patio and downstairs, and the music is an eclectic mix with popular nights including BFF Fridays and Solstice Saturdays.

Details: Monarch Theatre, 122 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-456-1991, monarchtheatre.com. Bar Smith, 130 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-456-1991, barsmithphoenix.com.

Bikini Lounge

This longtime tiki-themed dive bar on Grand Avenue is a quick ride or a leisurely walk from downtown, and a local favorite with cheap drinks, jukebox, pool table and island-inspired decor. Order a tropical cocktail or get an ice-cold beer in a mini pitcher. The bar takes cash only (there's an ATM on the promises). Check out its Facebook page for regular dance nights.

Details: 1502 Grand Ave., Phoenix. 602-252-0472.

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

Located in the historical 10-story Luhrs Building, this bar sits beneath what was the Prohibition Department until 1934. The menu is a pop-culture-themed book with playful drinks, a non-alcoholic drink section and eclectic eats like a ramen burger and Asian buffalo shrimp and grits. Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays (food served until 1:30 a.m.), with happy hour until 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Download the No Wait app and you can put your name on the list before you arrive. 

Details: 1 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 602-340-1924, bitterandtwistedaz.com. 

Valley Bar

12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 24 Bartender Corey Gomez holds the "Rose Mofford" cocktail in front of a portrait of former Arizona Governor Rose Mofford in Valley Bar in Downtown phoenix on Thur, Sept. 15, 2016. Rose Mofford, the namesake for the cocktail, died on Thursday at the age of 94.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 25 The "Rose Mofford" sits on the bar at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix on Sep. 15, 2016. Rose Mofford, the former governor of Arizona and namesake for the cocktail in this photo, died on Thursday at the age of 94.  Hannah Gaber/The Republic12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 26 Patrons walk into the "Rose Room," at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 15, 2016. Mofford died on Thursday at the age of 94.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 27 A neon sign for the "Rose Room," rests on a wall at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 15, 2016. Mofford died on Thursday at the age of 94.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 28 Dennis Skinner (left) and Janine Skinner (right) hold the "Rose Mofford" cocktail in front of a portrait of former Arizona Governor Rose Mofford in Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix on Thur, Sept. 15, 2016. Rose Mofford, the namesake for the cocktail, died on Thursday at the age of 94.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 29 Charlie Levy, the owner of Valley Bar, writes a note to place on a portrait of former governor Rose Mofford at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 15, 2016. Mofford died on Thursday at the age of 94.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 30 A portrait of former Arizona governor Rose Mofford rests on a wall at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 15, 2016. Mofford died on Thursday at the age of 94.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 31 Lindsay Wirden takes a photo of a portrait of former governor Rose Mofford at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 15, 2016. Mofford died on Thursday at the age of 94.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 32 Valentine Luera (right) plays pinball at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 15, 2016.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 33 Bartender Corey Gomez places a note on a portrait of former governor Rose Mofford at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 15, 2016. Mofford died on Thursday at the age of 94.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 34 A note rests on a portrait of Rose Mofford at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 15, 2016. Mofford died on Thursday at the age of 94.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 35 Charlie Levy, the owner of Valley Bar, places a note on a portrait of former governor Rose Mofford at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 15, 2016. Mofford died on Thursday at the age of 94.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 36 Patrons drink at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 15, 2016.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic

Valley Bar is a small music venue in the basement of a three-story building that you enter through the back alley. On one side is the gritty music stage with indie acts and dance nights. On the other is a lively bar with a cocktail list paying homage to Arizona politicians; and a food menu with flatbreads, salads and charcuterie.

Details: 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. valleybarphx.com. 

Cobra Arcade Bar

This adults-only "barcade" showcases about 40 restored arcade cabinets, local artwork and video game-themed cocktails with names like Princess Peach and Crazy Kong that run $7-$9. DJs perform regularly. Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, with happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays..

Details: 801 N. Second St., Phoenix. 602-595-5873, cobraarcadebar.com.

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Rose and Crown Pub

The historical Silva House in Heritage Square Park seemed destined to become a bar. Long community picnic tables and misters outside woo customers from Pizzeria Bianco across the square. Inside, the horseshoe-shaped bar connects the four small rooms. Get $3 well drinks and draft beers on Industry Nights, from 9 p.m. to close Tuesdays; or stop by for a burger and beer for $10 on Monday nights. Trivia night is on Wednesdays.

Details: 628 E. Adams St., Phoenix. 602-256-0223, theroseandcrownaz.com. 

Crescent Ballroom 

12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 37 Sitting pretty during New School 2000's R&B and Hip Hop Dance Party at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 38 Sporting some awesome frocks during New School 2000's R&B and Hip Hop Dance Party at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 39 These ladies were ready to celebrate during New School 2000's R&B and Hip Hop Dance Party at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 40 Rollin' with the homies during New School 2000's R&B and Hip Hop Dance Party at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 41 Big smiles during New School 2000's R&B and Hip Hop Dance Party at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 42 Partying up during New School 2000's R&B and Hip Hop Dance Party at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 43 Dancing the night away during New School 2000's R&B and Hip Hop Dance Party at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 44 An epic beard during New School 2000's R&B and Hip Hop Dance Party at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 45 Celebrating during New School 2000's R&B and Hip Hop Dance Party at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 46 Busting a move during New School 2000's R&B and Hip Hop Dance Party at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com12-best-bars-for-asu-downtown-phoenix-students photo 47 Living it up during New School 2000's R&B and Hip Hop Dance Party at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com

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