For events taking place during your visit, check Flagstaff Live (www.flaglive.com), a free weekly newspaper available at shops and restaurants downtown. The university has many musical and theatrical groups that perform throughout most of the year, and several clubs around town book a variety of live acts.
Downtown’s Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen St. (www.orpheumflagstaff.com; tel. 928/556-1580) gets the best of touring rock, folk, and country acts, so be sure to check the schedule while you’re in town. On the first Friday of the month in summer, also check out Downtown Friday Nights (www.heritagesquaretrust.org; tel. 928/853-4292), when the whole city, it seems, turns out on Heritage Square to enjoy each other’s company and listen to live music. During the warmer months, regular outdoor concerts are performed at the Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill County Park (www.pepsiamphitheater.com; tel. 928/774-0899), located at exit 337 off I-17 south of Flagstaff.
Flagstaff has no end of good brewpubs—well, a dozen, anyway. Among them are the Beaver Street Brewery, which also operates the Lumberyard Brewing Company Taproom and Grille, 5 S. San Francisco St. (www.lumberyardbrewingcompany.com; tel. 928/779-2739). Also try Mother Road, 7 S. Mikes Pike (www.motherroadbeer.com; tel. 928/774-0492), which whips up some remarkable brews and is a fun place to hang out. Climb the stairs to the FLG Terroir, 17 N. San Francisco St. (www.flgterroir.com; tel. 928/773-9463), a wine bar located above the Artists Gallery in downtown Flagstaff with an extensive wine (more than 500 labels) and beer list and an inventive menu of light dishes. Also check out Cuveé 928, 6 E. Aspen Ave. (www.cuvee928winebar.com; tel. 928/214-9463), a watering hole right on Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff with an extensive list of wines from all over the world, as well as a number of bespoke cocktails.
For a lively scene, check out the Museum Club, 3404 E. Rte. 66 (tel. 928/526-9434), a Flagstaff institution and one of America’s classic roadhouses. Built in the early 1900s and often called the Zoo, this cavernous log saloon is filled with deer antlers, stuffed animals, and trophy heads. There’s live music (mostly country) on weekends. The Club reopened under new management in 2018 after briefly closing for the first time in more than 80 years, and it’s back to its rambunctious self.
Other places around town with live music include Charly’s Pub, 23 N. Leroux St. (www.weatherfordhotel.com; tel. 928/779-1919), inside the historic Weatherford Hotel. This place has long been a popular student hangout featuring live blues and rock, and it serves some of the best Navajo tacos in town. For a mellower scene, see what’s on the schedule at the Campus Coffee Bean, 1800 S. Milton Rd. (www.campuscoffeebean.com; tel. 928/556-0660).
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