Writing papers and cramming for tests are usually what you’ll find Arizona State University students doing when they aren’t in class, but there’s always time for late-night fun near both the Tempe and Downtown campuses.
The Tempe campus has the advantage of being in close proximity to Mill Avenue where students can unwind at a number of bars and clubs.
There’s also Four Peaks Brewery located on 8th St. and McClintock. The brewery has locally brewed beers and a full menu to pair with them. Since the opening in 1996, Four Peaks has been brewing with flavors and aromas they feel most passionate about.
Featuring eight mainstay beers along with numerous seasonal beers, Four Peaks Brewery is a relaxing local hang out for not only students close by but also families and beer seekers from across the country. “During the week we get an older crowd, but on the weekends we tend to attract more college kids,” says Kasey Stewart of Four Peaks. “We see a lot of people that come in specifically for the beers, or the food and beer, and then we get the out-of-towner’s that are traveling around trying out different breweries in the area.” Four Peaks brews beer that is catered to light beer drinkers as well as IPA and stout lovers, that can be paired alongside dishes such as pasta and burgers.
An alternative night spot for students on the Downtown campus and residences of the area is Crescent Ballroom, a local bar, music venue and lounge located on 2nd Avenue and Van Buren Street in downtown Phoenix. Crescent is home to a small music venue that features live music from all different genres. “We offer live shows every night of the week and Crescent Ballroom is really interested in bringing people in that are really passionate about music and introducing them to an intimate setting,” says Rianna Rhoads of Crescent Ballroom, “It’s a great place to be for music lovers or for those who want to just grab a drink and hangout.”
Crescent Ballroom made it’s debut in October of 2011, and has made quite an impact already, “I think Crescent Ballroom is one of those places that actually saved downtown Phoenix a little bit, just because it calls people from all walks of life, from all areas of Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Chandler, and the people that would not usually be down here.”
The lounge at Crescent features a key aspect to the experience, Cocina 10, the restaurant that is separated from the main stage. Jorge Gomez, a local chef that helped put together menus for Chelsea’s Kitchen, Le Grande Orange, and Postino began to recreate the menu for Cocina 10 after Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco and Doug Robson of Gallo Blanco had started the kitchen.
Both Four Peaks Brewery and Crescent Ballroom are local favorites and offer students at each campus something different.