Whether you prefer an elegant restaurant, an upscale lounge, smooth jazz tunes or upbeat rock tunes, many restaurants offer a place to dine and take in live tunes.
At Scottsdale’s Zen Culinary (www. zenculinary.com), creative cocktails and a mix of Asian-inspired fare (the Pineapple Fried Rice is a house specialty) are served along with nightly live music played on the restaurant’s grand piano. Downtown Scottsdale’s popular
Marcellino Ristorante (www.marcellinoristorante.com) rotates between the R&B sounds of Sima and All Star Trio (fun fact: Sima is the co- owner of the restaurant—as well as an international singer!) and sounds from local jazz artists on Thursday evenings, and old time classics to contemporary hits on Saturday nights.
At the North Valley’s High Street destination, steak and seafood locale
Ocean Prime (www.ocean-prime.com) showcases live music in its piano bar Thurdays, 6-9 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays, 6-10:30 pm, while high- energy Blue Martini (www.phoenix.bluemartinilounge.com), a trendy, upscale lounge, offers live music and DJ sets daily, alongside cocktails, wine, light bites and 42 signature martinis.
Order time-honored Mexican fare at the award-winning gastropub Taco Guild (www.tacoguild.com) and settle in to listen to the sounds from upbeat bands on Saturdays from 6-10 pm.
Zen Culinary showcases live piano music nightly.