Interesting things to do in Scottsdale at night

Toca Madera Staff

8 min read

Scottsdale nights sparkle with unforgettable experiences. Relish a lavish Mexican meal at a celebrated restaurant, a culinary jewel among Scottsdale's vibrant atmosphere. Feel the beat of the Wild West with country-western dancing, a thrilling encounter in Scottsdale's entertainment district.

Hit a high note at Topgolf Scottsdale, merging fun sports and lively socializing. Or be captivated by mesmerizing musical performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, a hub of artistic brilliance.

These highlights, and more, await in Scottsdale, offering a blend of entertainment, culture, and adventure under the starlit Arizona sky.

1 - Enjoy a luxurious Mexican meal

Let's start at Toca Madera - a perfect night destination for those seeking an exhilarating dining experience and delicious food. Each dish, from the zestful Guacamole to the succulent Toca Steak, is a salute to modern Mexican cuisine, offering an enticing fusion of traditional flavors and innovative culinary techniques.

Diners are transported on a flavorful journey - with highlights like the Diver Scallops (pictured above), a blend of ají amarillo salsa, chimichurri, and lime-roasted pepitas. This dish and many more are just part of your memorable night.

Cocktails and Ambiance

The charm of Toca Madera extends to its cocktail repertoire, with creations like the 'Ghost Rider' (pictured above) - a harmonious mix of Blanco tequila, fresh mint, lime, and agave. Each cocktail complements the dining experience, adding a spirited touch to the evening.

The restaurant's decor, a stunning blend of Arabesque accents and handcrafted woodwork, bathed in the soft glow of Edison bulbs, creates an intimate, yet lively atmosphere.

An Exciting Weekday Celebration

Dining at Toca Madera is all about exquisite food and an exciting and immersive experience. If you are looking for interesting activities on a weekday, we recommend trying the restaurant's Toca Tuesday offerings, a fun option filled with delicious taco options that perfectly pair their cocktail, wine, and beer offerings. Add a little spark to your Tuesday nights with this exhilarating option that offers delicious food, fire dancers, and an overall thrilling ambiance.

Situated in the bustling Scottsdale Fashion Square, the restaurant stands as a popular venue where fine dining meets. Whether it's a date night, a gathering with friends, or a celebratory occasion, Toca Madera in Scottsdale delivers an evening brimming with allure and memorable magic.

2 - Learn country-western dancing

Enter the vibrant heart of Scottsdale's nightlife and embrace the rhythm of country-western dancing.

Be it Scottsdale Road, Central Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, South Scottsdale, or Scottsdale Quarter, you're never far from country-western dancing in this energetic city. Every corner of Scottsdale echoes with the western spirit, offering a wide array of entertainment venues:

  • Rusty Spur Saloon: Experience the charm of Scottsdale's oldest bar, a perfect spot for dancing enthusiasts.
  • Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row: Sway into vibrant dance lessons every Wednesday at this popular venue, complete with live music.
  • Denim & Diamonds: A must-visit destination for free dance lessons and lively country music in Mesa.

Whether it's a lively night of dancing on a bustling dance floor or an evening filled with captivating dance performances, Scottsdale is the perfect destination for fans of the hoedown. Here, every fun night is an invitation to get your dancing shoes on, grab your partner by the hand, and embrace the rhythm.

3 - Topgolf Scottsdale

Topgolf Scottsdale at Riverwalk stands out as a premier destination for an enjoyable evening. It blends high-tech golf with a vibrant social setting, perfect for groups of all sizes.

The venue's outdoor patio, with its mix of cozy lounge furniture and playful patio games, creates a welcoming, enjoyable atmosphere. Ideal for diverse events, Topgolf Scottsdale offers inclusive packages, ensuring every gathering, from corporate to birthday celebrations, is a hit.

Open late into the night, especially on weekends when it goes till midnight, it's the perfect place to experience fun times in Scottsdale, under the glow of the city's starlit skies.

4 - Watch a musical performance

Scottsdale's night scene glows with music venues, each offering its own unique charm. The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts captivates with a spectrum of musical genres, from soothing jazz to classical symphonies. It's a popular destination for those seeking an auditory feast and an overall enjoyable experience.

The Mesa Arts Center rounds off the musical journey with its eclectic lineup, promising unforgettable music performances night after night.

5 - The Sonoran Desert Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride

Soar into the evening with the Sonoran Desert Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride, a night-time spectacle in Scottsdale. As the day fades, the desert landscape comes alive in a kaleidoscope of colors. Operators like Hot Air Expeditions and Rainbow Ryders bring you this unforgettable experience.

Starting just before sunset, the one-hour journey showcases the desert's breathtaking beauty. Witness the interplay of light over the desert washes and spot nocturnal creatures awakening. The ride culminates with a celebratory Champagne toast, adding a luxurious touch to your exhilarating experience.

Floating above the Sonoran Desert as night falls offers a thrilling experience of nature's grandeur. Available from November to March, this adventure offers a unique perspective of the desert garden.

6 - Discover More Exciting Nighttime Adventures in Scottsdale

Still searching for more evening thrills and popular spots in Scottsdale? Here are some honorable mentions to keep the fun going:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West: Unwind with the "Sunsets & Sips" Happy Hour program, offering a unique evening amidst architectural splendor at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Talking Stick Resort: A luxurious Four-Diamond resort that offers night owls a variety of games and events.
  • RoadHouse Cinemas: Enjoy a movie night in their ultra-comfortable settings.
  • Slot Machines at Casino Arizona: Open 24/7 for non-stop gaming action.
  • Scottsdale's Museum of the West: Open late on Thursdays (November-April), ideal for learning your Western history.
  • Mini-Bowling: Venues like Mavrix and Bowlero offer fun-filled bowling experiences in the evening.
  • Scottsdale Stadium and the Camelback Mountain trail: Timings vary for both attractions, we advise you to check their official websites for the day and time you'll be visiting.

Dine in Style at Toca Madera Scottsdale

Join us at Toca Madera for an evening where modern Mexican-inspired flavors meet a mesmerizing ambiance. Our Scottsdale location promises a night filled with vibrant energy and exquisite tastes.

Secure your spot and immerse yourself in an evening of flavorful festivities! We invite you to savor the moment at Toca Madera, where every evening is an event.