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Experience AZ

About Experience AZ

Experience AZ Magazine is the ultimate guide for both Arizona residents and tourists to see, feel, taste and experience the best that Arizona offers. We’ve chronicled and presented Arizona’s Top 5 in each category including tourist destinations, night life, dining, sports, music, theater, festivals and outdoor adventure. Enjoy and experience Arizona’s ultimate “bucket list” of things to do in Arizona.

High-end luxury sports bar opens in Scottsdale


Social Tap Eatery , a sports bar and restaurant with a Mexican-American fusion cuisine, officially opened the doors for its Scottsdale location in April, offering lunch, beer and a social atmosphere.   Photos courtesy of Social Tap Eatery The new Scottsdale hotspot is the third location for Social Tap Eatery, with two others in California, and… Read More →

Go to Taco heaven at 7th Annual Taco Festival


The 7th Annual Arizona Taco Festival is set to bring another year of fiesta fun with more than 50 teams competing for $10,000 in cash, while an expected 30,000 attendees nosh their way through more than 100 types of tacos throughout the weekend. Arizona Taco Festival, Sat. and Sun., Oct. 15 and 16, 11 a.m.… Read More →

I scream! You scream! Creamistry coming to uptown


The popular chemistry inspired ice creamery, Creamistry is opening an Uptown Phoenix location on July 11, right next door the Phoenix’s first ever Lou Malnati’s Pizza location. The ice cream shop will host a grand opening, with specials for the week of July 18 at the new uptown location, near Central Avenue and Camelback Road.… Read More →

Pita Café coming to Collier Center

Downtown Phoenix

Pita Café, a fast-casual Greek and Mediterranean restaurant, is opening its third Arizona location in the Collier Center in downtown Phoenix, according to an announcement from the restaurant and RED Development. This will be Pita Cafe’s first location to Phoenix, with two existing locations currently open in Scottsdale. Pita Café will open in a 2,120 square foot… Read More →

Pedal Haus Brewery to close for renovations

Pedal Haus Brewery

The Euro-style bike themed brewery on Mill Ave. is closing temporarily for renovations to expand its brewery and restaurant. Pedal Haus Brewery, will be closed for an expansive remodel from June 27 to Sept. 26 with a re-grand opening scheduled for early October. The expanded restaurant, founded by acclaimed restaurateur Julian Wright of Fork and Dagger… Read More →

Scottsdale’s Sanctuary resort hosts cocktail showdown

Santucary resort

Bar Brawl, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s own cocktail showdown, returns to jade bar this summer for a new round of bouts between the region’s top mixologists. The competition launches July 17 with match-ups at jade bar every Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Winners of the initial four battles will move on to semifinals on Aug. 14 and 21. A championship bout… Read More →

Celebrate shark week at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium

Shark Tank

Shark Week is set to return with a splash June 26 – July 2, and guests of SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium can chew on an abundance of educational seminars, interactive exhibits and special artifacts throughout the week in honor of the occasion. In addition to shark-training and shark-identification talks targeting adults and children alike, the aquarium is home… Read More →

20 Downtown Phoenix restaurants you should try out

Commercial Development - AZRE Magazine January/February 2012

Downtown Phoenix is home to a unique dining scene that only started to gain traction recently. There are a variety of great dining options here in Phoenix, but it can be so hard deciding where. We compiled a list of some great spots to check out during while you’re in downtown Phoenix. Just don’t forget… Read More →

Summer fun returns with Westgate Wednesdays


Summer fun is coming back to the West Valley with Westgate Wednesdays returning to Westgate Entertainment District every Wednesday from now until August 10. The free, family-friendly series runs every Wednesday at Fountain Park from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., offering weekly themed events that draw hundreds of kids and parents to enjoy music, dancing, games and… Read More →

LUSTRE Rooftop Bar hosts Freedom Fourth Pool Party

Rooftop bar

The rooftop bar and pool deck at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar is going to be popping this Fourth of July as it hosts the Freedom Fourth Pool Party at LUSTRE Rooftop Bar in downtown Phoenix. On Saturday, July 2. folks will get to party and enjoy the pool starting at 11 a.m. Non-hotel guests have… Read More →

John Cleese, Eric Idle coming to Mesa Arts Center

Republican Presidential Debate at Mesa Arts Center

Still together again, Britain’s living legends of comedy, John Cleese and Eric Idle, announce their must see show John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time in Mesa at Mesa Arts Center on November 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on-sale to the public Friday, June 17 at 10 a.m. In Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time, Cleese and Idle will blend scripted… Read More →

Sedona Hummingbird Festival returns in July

hummingbird festival

As Hummingbirds make their pilgrimage to southern Mexico for the winter, the International Hummingbird society is hosting the fifth annual Hummingbird Festival in Sedona. The July 29-31 event will be hosted at the Sedona Performing Arts Center and at various spots around Sedona, featuring lectures from hummingbird experts from across the country. Tickets are available… Read More →

Slideshow: 3 Doors Down at Talking Stick

3 Doors down

Over the weekend Art Director Mike Mertes attended to the 3 Doors Down concert at Talking Stick Resort to take beautiful photos.   Photos by Mike Mertes Initially the Friday, June 10 show was going to be poolside, but the night of the concert was moved to Talking Stick Resort’s ballroom, Mertes said. Everyone had… Read More →

Lunch & Learn returns to Sanctuary on Camelback


Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s award-winning Lunch & Learn series returns for its 15th season. This summer’s lineup, featuring some of the country’s top culinary experts, will leave guests star struck (and asking for seconds) as celebrity chefs and Food Network Stars dish out recipes and behind-the-scenes insight. On Saturdays throughout July and August, top chefs… Read More →

Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival announces participants


The inaugural Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival will bring together some of Tucson’s most authentic Mexican restaurants, engaging attendees through a shared experience of local Mexican cuisine. The event, which will take place on June 18th at 6 p.m. at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, will celebrate and explore Tucson’s rich heritage and highlight the relationship… Read More →