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Visiting Phoenix? Ditch the tourist spots and check out these 42 Saint favorites

Here we go, in no particular order:
MIM, the Musical Instrument Museum, largest of its type in the world. If you love rock and roll, classical or Lithuanian folk music they've got you covered. Amazing collection of memorabilia from famous musicians from around the world...Jimmy Page guitars, Elvis stage outfits, Beethoven's piano etc., you get the picture. Plus a live music venue and booze! Check it out.
Rick Bronson's House of Comedy on High Street in North Phoenix. 15 and 20 buck tickets (can't beat that!), national touring comics, great drinks and food. Laugh your ass off for a couple hours and hit the streets happy and of course don't forget to stroll down the street to 42 Saint.
La Bocca, also coincidentally on High Street in North Phoenix. I don't know if this is how Julian and Mark (the owners) would describe it, but I mean it as high praise, when i say it reminds me of a combination of Pizzeria Bianco and Postino's. Amazing artisan pizzas, bruschetta & appetizers and a fantastic wine list. We've sent about 600 people over there in the last 9 months and all but three really angry women loved it...597 outta 600 is pretty good. When you're done, drag your satiated asses across the street to, wait...for... it....42 Saint!
The city of Cave Creek, just a few miles north of the 101 hwy off of Scottsdale road (google map it), is kind of like the down town Scottsdale scene but for grown ups and people who aren't trying sooo hard. Very chill good time hopping from bar to bar. Great restaurants from high end (17 star Binkley's) to greasy spoons (check out Big Earls Greasy Eats...great beer and burgers in an old gas station). Sports bars, country bars, meat market bars, bars where you can actually ride a LIVE bull...not a sleepy electric bull riding machine but pissed off bulls who don't like you (ride the bulls at Buffalo Chips).
Rock Star Gallery, the best reason to go to Kierland Commons. One of the best places in the country to find art of and by rock stars, signed memorabilia and photographs, just an all around cool place to check out. Michael and the boys will help you get your rock star on.
Greasewood Flats, the quintessential Arizona experience about to disappear forever. Forget that Grand Canyon place. This used to be an outpost of the pony express in the late 1800's (at least that's what I tell everyone, and if it wasn't it should have been) an open air old timey honkytonk with several outdoor bars, fire pits, horse shoes, a weird collection of random animals and an outdoor stage for live music. Eclectic crowd, I've met NASA scientists there, Kris Kristofferson, that chick that sang for Garbage, Shirley something, and a ton of lawyers, bikers, and very friendly ladies. Hurry to check it out because the money men have stepped in and bought up all 100 acres and are going to put huge McMansions all over it after they dynamite Greasewoods in March. That's the word anyway...a friggin' travesty.
Thinking about going to Sedona? Then don't. Go to Jerome instead, or at the very least ALSO go to Jerome. You can't beat the view. It sits high up the side of Cleopatra mountain looking down on the beautiful red rocks of Sedona. Mining and brothels were the main industry here in the 1800s into the early 1900s. Now it's turned into an artist colony of sorts along with some great eats and bars. The Spirit Room has live music and cheap drinks. It's not slick like Sedona, still has a ghost town feel. It's also home to Caduceus Cellars tasting room, check it out for some amazing Arizona wines. Ask for Brian, he knows his shit.
Between Jerome and Sedona is the Verde Valley wine trail with several tasting rooms in Cottonwood. It's the center of the now nationally known Northern Arizona wine region and its a funky little town in its own right. Make sure to check out the historic downtown where its all happening.
Jen, Amy and I have got a million more ideas, but I've got to get in the shower now and get down to 42 Saint, the coolest clothing store in the western United States. Come on in and we will give you some more places to go. See ya, Mark

2 Comments

OK, it’s not Phoenix, but neither is Jerome. Bisbee – unless it has changed — for New Year’s Eve!

Posted by Susan on January 11, 2015

I’ve lived here for years and your list of places to check out sound amazing ! Thanks for the tips 42 Saint !

Posted by Kelly on January 09, 2015

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