Downtown Phoenix Archives

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M3F mainstage | Photo by Jason Siegel Photography Arizona’s premier homegrown music festival has announced the lineup for its highly anticipated 18th year. Slated to be held at Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix on March 3 and 4, M3F is a nonprofit festival with 100 percent of its proceeds going to local charities. Last year’s event garnered a record $1.2 million. In addition to announcing an eclectic lineup incorporating established and up-and-coming indie, pop, R&B...

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Photo by Aimee Smith Usually, when someone tells us to “smile” it causes us to roll our eyes, at best. But while viewing this mural by “Just” Giovannie, located on the back wall of the Cambria Downtown Phoenix, we can’t help but break out in a grin. By the time we read the “Smile” prompt in the conversation bubble, we already are.   Photo by Aimee Smith This smiling face is the gatekeeper to an alley...

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A new mural marketing the highly anticipated new music festival, ZONA Fest, has gone up at 901 N. Central Avenue in Downtown Phoenix. It was painted by Quinn Murphy and Jake Early, the duo known for the “It’s Another Beautiful Day in Downtown Phoenix” mural. Murphy’s Hamster Laboratories  is a custom design studio that specializes in gig flyers and created the Zona Fest lineup poster. For more information about ZONA Fest, check out our blog...

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Upon walking into Ghost Donkey, a new cocktail concept in the heart of Roosevelt Row, you’ll first notice the twinkling ceiling lights and the crowd gathered around the bar. The bar is warm and welcoming, bathed in pink neon lights. Under the color-changing lights, you’ll notice funky décor, including a life-size donkey statue wearing a sombrero, that transports you to a summertime fiesta in Mexico. On weekends, Ghost Donkey and its sister establishments (Cham Pang...

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Photo by Aimee Smith This colorful wall located on the side of Majerle’s Sports Grill was painted by Jake Early and Quinn Murphy. It can be seen while traveling south on Second Street, just past the convention center parking garage. A bright sun is the main focal point, but upon closer inspection, mountains and the Downtown Phoenix skyline appear. The title of the mural, “It’s Another Beautiful Day in Downtown Phoenix”, is a tribute to,...

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After making waves in late 2020 with their debut restaurant, Southeast Asian-influenced Belly Kitchen & Bar (named one of our Best New Restaurants in 2021), Phoenix restaurant veterans and longtime friends Robert Cissel, Paul Waxman and Michael Babcock are back at it.     This summer, the Instrumental Hospitality partners will launch a second Belly at Epicenter in Gilbert. Then they’ll head back to Downtown Phoenix to open Sin Muerte, a vegetarian restaurant set to debut...

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The artist known as The Lady Egg recently left a smattering of paintings on Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix. This pop of yellow adorns the 10-O-One Building, just down from Bunky Boutique. Another Lady Egg creation stands guard at the exit to the parking garage around the corner. This 3-D bespectacled fellow is captured in free fall, about to tumble into the dumpsters behind Pedal Haus. A distinguished egghead reads the paper behind the bike racks...

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The Garfield Phoenix exterior | Photo courtesy instagram.com/the_garfield_phx After some hard work and elbow grease, the historical Garfield Phoenix diner has reopened under new ownership. If you’ve passed by the small storefront on Roosevelt and 10th streets, you’ve probably read the offerings painted on the diner’s façade: “Coffee, Ice Cream and Tacos.” However, this little spot is crafting a lot more than meets the eye, with even bigger things to come. The soft glow of...

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Among the week’s various disheartening tidings came the news that FilmBar, Phoenix’s hip repertory cinema and watering hole, was closing its doors permanently. It’s truly a loss to the Valley’s arts and social scene; during its nearly eleven-year run Downtown, the place expertly programmed a mix of cool non-mainstream screen fare – foreign flicks, weird indies, documentaries, neglected classics. Many of us will remember FilmBar fondly as the place to see marginal but fascinating stuff...

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Commuter Egg Sandwich and Espresso Tonic | Photo by Madison Rutherford I have never traveled to Tulum or Scandinavia, the two locales that inspired Kähvi Coffee + Café in Downtown Phoenix. I have, however, gleaned some ideas on a recent visit to the new coffee bar. The concept, which opened in July, is the brainchild of prolific restaurateur Julian Wright of Fork & Dagger Hospitality and is spearheaded by operating partner and industry vet Samia...

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