PHOENIX OR BUST

Maxim - - CONTENTS - BY JAMES KING

A win­ning Su­per Bowl week­end in the town where it’s all go­ing down.

SEX­I­EST POOL PARTY MAYA DAY+ NIGHT­CLUB Scotts­dale

This vast out­door plea­sure palace hosts some of the wildest, fleshi­est, Ve­gasstyle pool par­ties in the South­west. Head­lin­ers like Di­plo, Paul Oakenfold, and Waka Flocka Flame lure youth­ful throngs of over­stuffed biki­nis and hard­par­ty­ing lo­cals lucky enough to make it past the vel­vet rope.

SWANKI­EST ROOFTOP SPOT LUS­TRE ROOFTOP GAR­DEN Phoenix

For sweep­ing views of the Phoenix sky­line and South Moun­tain, fuel up at the city’s coolest rooftop bar. In­dulge in top-shelf cock­tails, lo­cal craft brews, and grass-fed burg­ers while loung­ing around a pool adorned with a Ping-pong ta­ble, bot­tle-ser­vice ca­banas, and plenty of pretty young things.

MOST MAS­SIVE MAR­GAR­I­TAS EL HEFE SUPERMACHO TAQUE­RIA Scotts­dale

Sig­na­ture bar bites like duck car­ni­tas and a ba­con-wrapped Kobe beef hot dog helped El Hefe win Best Food at the 2014 Ari­zona Culi­nary Fes­ti­val. Per­haps even more im­pres­sive? They make nine mar­gar­i­tas, in­clud­ing an in­fa­mous 64- ounce Ma­cho Garita that’s un­leashed only on par­ties of two or more.

WILDEST WEST­ERN SA­LOON BUF­FALO CHIP SA­LOON& STEAK­HOUSE Cave-creek

This rowdy sports bar hosts a twice-weekly rodeo in an out­door rop­ing pen, where ac­tual cow­boys ride 1,800- pound buck­ing bulls. In­side, the Chip is, strangely, a die-hard Green Bay Pack­ers haven that serves Cheese head-ap­proved cheese curds and bratwurst bites.

HOTTEST “BEACH” BAR SAND­BAR MEX­I­CAN GRILL Phoenix

The clos­est ocean is about 215 miles away—and it’s in Mex­ico. But this open-air oa­sis brings the beach to the desert, with sand­cov­ered pa­tios, ca­bana rentals, cheap drink spe­cials, and more than 40 flatscreens, so you can keep an eye on the game while de­stroy­ing a plate of fully loaded na­chos.

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