For a bird’s-eye view of the city, take the elevator up to Floor 13 Rooftop Bar. It sits atop a 1930s Art Deco building that made an appearance in the 1960 classic film Psycho, which explains signature cocktails like the Lady Vanishes and Hitchcock's Old Fashioned, served along with noshes and sunset views. Down the street, Eden Rooftop Bar has a Mediterranean-influenced menu, a breezy, desert design theme fitting for its poolside locale and views of downtown’s landmark sports arenas.
Chase Field and Footprint Center are iconic stadiums for, respectively, baseball and basketball, plus mega-concerts, but more intimate venues beckon. Opened in 1929 for vaudeville shows and silent movies, the restored Orpheum Theatre is a rococo Spanish-style backdrop for everything from author talks and stand-up comedy to musicals and concerts. With its soaring midcentury architecture, Phoenix Symphony Hall is home stage for Arizona’s cultural troika: Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, and Ballet Arizona. Once a car showroom, the Van Buren is now a music venue, where the likes of Marcus Mumford and Lil’ Wayne have graced the stage.
The ethereal “Her Secret is Patience” floats above Civic Space Park, its form inspired by Arizona’s monsoon clouds and cactus blooms. But this massive public art installation isn’t the only cool thing about this small urban open space. It’s a great place to people watch, but also to look for local concerts, food trucks, art exhibits in the park’s historic 1920s building, and other events.