There's no shortage of spas and massage havens around the Valley. From hot stone massages to reflexology to deep tissue muscle stimulation, Phoenix has a plethora of places for you to unwind. Here are four of our favorites places, and their top treatments.
5. Cactus Jack's
The scene: Most Thursday nights at this Ahwatukee tavern mean “Rockaroke” – karaoke with live local band, the Zen Lunatics. The environs are sports-centric neighborhood beer hall meets well-staged music venue, complete with black-curtained, fire engine-red stage. 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
The songs: Expect to hear a heavy dose of classic rock, from AC/DC to ZZ Top.
(4747 E. Elliot Rd., Phoenix, 480-753-4733, cactusjacksbar.co)
Some say if you've been to one haunted house, you've been to them all. Certain hallmarks of horror lurk around every corner: disorienting strobe lights, zombies sniffing around your head, people popping out of dark spaces suddenly and screaming in your ears, chainless-chainsaw-wielders swinging at your knees. But there are a few halloween-themed haunts around the Valley that are a cut above. From zombie shootouts in the dark desert to cursed corn mazes, here's a terrifying trio of Phoenix haunts to visit this halloween season – if you're brave enough.
The “New Old West” town of Rawhide is like an old English limerick checklist for a wedding, but with a lot of dust and gun smoke thrown in and minus the “sixpence in the shoe”: there’s something old (the stunning 1887 dark-wood dome leading into the steakhouse saloon, boasting brilliantly gilded stained glass panels depicting ornate shapes and shiny violet tulips); something new (the steakhouse menu and theme park hours); something borrowed (like maybe money for a cab, after drinking too much in said saloon) and something blue (the dark, old-timey jeans on the Rawhide cowboys). It really is the perfect marriage of family-fun in the sun (consider a hat and sunscreen) and Wild West drama and tchotchke shopping.
Here are the top five reasons to hitch your Hyundai to the dirt-lot posts at Rawhide:
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