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Foodie Friday: Where to Play With Your Food

The Duce

525 S. Central Avenue


The Duce in downtown Phoenix combines a vintage lounge atmosphere with an assortment of All-American snacks, cocktails and fare. The repurposed warehouse is so much more than a bar — from a boxing ring, to picnic tables stacked with vintage board games, a kitchen in an airstream trailer and an army surplus store with Etsy-ish arts and crafts speckled throughout. Whether you’re DD or enjoying your spiked lemonade from a mason jar, The Duce will have you entertained for hours. The Duce has created such a unique environment that it appeared on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

The Yard

5632 N. 7th St.


Fox Restaurant Concepts opened an second Culinary Dropout location in Arizona, but with the new location came a new name and a new twist. The Yard still has a delicious menu that is very similar to its Scottsdale counterpart, but it offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The Yard, a repurposed auto warehouse, is also home to a grassy plot for fun and games as well as alternative dining at Little Cleo’s.

Bad Mother Cluckers

26 E. University Dr.


The Valley has multiple restaurants that specialize in chicken, including Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles, Raising Cane’s and Bad Mother Cluckers. Just like Lo-Lo’s uses its addition of delicious waffles to distinguish its menu, Bad Mother Cluckers provides a giant version of the classic game“Jenga” and encourages a side of healthy competition with your finger-licking good chicken.

Saddle Ranch

9375 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale


In the mood to ride a bull or cook some s’mores over an open fire? Glendale’s Saddle Ranch, a western rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurant, describes itsself with three words that encompass the entire experience: “Steaks, Bulls and Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Saddle Ranch not only has an extensive menu with western references but provides a venue that would lend itself to a night on the town with the girls or a fun first date.


The Duce to host AZNIA Industry Night Boxing Exhibition

The Arizona Nightlife Industry Association (AZNIA) presents the “2012 Industry Bar Brawl,” a boxing exhibition that will bring together the nightlife community, on Monday, November 5 at The Duce located at 525 South Central Avenue in Phoenix, Ariz. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Nightlife and bar industry professionals are invited to come together as a community to take part in a real-life boxing exhibition. All proceeds from this event will benefit individuals within the Arizona nightlife industry that are in need.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. industry professionals can network, sip on delicious specialty cocktails and enjoy the menu items offered by The Duce. The boxing exhibition will begin at 9:00 p.m. with each pair battling for 3, 1-minute rounds.

General admission pre-sale tickets for spectators start at just $10. VIP tickets will start at $30 and will include preferred seating and a signature “Duce Jar”. For $60 you can enjoy a ringside seat along with a slider basket, side dish and a “Duce Jar”.

Participating boxers will receive free admission to the event and must provide mouth guards, cups and a corner man. Boxing gloves and tape will be provided by The Duce for the boxers. Professional instruction will be given to participants prior to the exhibition.

For those interested in boxing at the exhibition, challenging an opponent or purchasing tickets, please visit AZNIA at www.aznia.org or call 480-284-6033.

The Arizona Nightlife Industry Association (AZNIA) is an executive board of members that come from a variety of backgrounds. Each individual brings a unique quality to the group ranging from hospitality, brand marketing, public relations, event planning, promotions, design or event production. The mission of the association is to bring everyone from all facets of the nightlife industry together allowing them to culminate relationships outside of their normal social scene. All profits from AZNIA sponsored events are donated to individuals in need that serve the nightlife industry.