The Phoenix Convention Center (oh how sweet it is)

PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTERIf you didn’t know this already…Phoenix has one of the premier convention centers in the country! They always have mind blowing stuff going on there including concerts with 10,000 people, vapor conventions, orchestra performances, trade shows, and so much more! Our group loves to keep informed on what’s going on at the convention center because you just never know what you’re going to find. We usually pick about 4-5 events that we really want to go to and we never get let down. We were happy to see at how well organized their events are because we’ve all been to the poorly run convention where you can hardly move and get around anywhere. They seem to take their time and plan things accordingly which has made all of our experiences at the convention center very nice.

The convention center is conveniently located right in downtown Phoenix so there’s always stuff to do before and after the event. For us, we like to make it into an entire day/night fiasco complete with great food, music shows, and pub crawling! It’s funny because people always ask us how we afford to spend all day and night in Phoenix while spending money on food and drinks but we really don’t spend that much. We actually mapped it out the other day and for our vapor convention experience it was cheaper than we thought. The event ticket was $20, $10 got 2 beers at a local bar afterwards, food at a Mexican restaurant down the street was $15, and than I got 2 more beers at the bar we went to afterwards for another $10. After tips for our food and drinks, the entire day costs $65. We went to the convention at 11, spent 3 hours there, got beers from 2-4, food from 4:30-5:30, then went to the next bar from 6-8, so that’s a total of 9 hours of having fun! I’ll pay $65 for great entertainment, food, and drinks any day of the week! We also don’t do this stuff on the regular. There’s 5 of us that contribute to this blog so if we all go out 4 times per month, that’s a total of 20 experiences we can blog about. Trust me, we don’t make a lot of money but we still manage to have a great time! Anyway, back to the subject at hand… We just wanted to illustrate to you how easy it is to find something new and exciting to do since there are so may great options in Phoenix and the convention center is certainly one of them. Keep your eyes peeled and sign up for their e-mail notifications so you’ll know when there’s an event you’d like to check out going on. Please contact us with your favorite conventions you’ve attended in Phoenix! We’d love to hear from you!

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House hunting in Phoenix, AZ

phoenix arizona neighborhoodThis might not strike you as a terribly fun thing to do in Phoenix, Arizona, especially if you’re just visiting. This article was designed specifically for people that are looking for a home in Phoenix. Of course, in our Phoenix blog style, we’ll show you some great stops along the way wherever it is that you’re hunting for homes. Please take our advice and be amazed at the beautiful homes you might find (and probably never knew existed!) right in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

There’s a section of Phoenix, well specifically it’s more of a neighborhood… so there’s a neighborhood in downtown Phoenix that will make you feel like you’re not even in the desert! It’s a complete escape from the typical downtown scene and most of the typical residential landscapes that you’ll find throughout the Phoenix metro area. It’s a neighborhood off of 5th St and Central called the “old Phoenix neighborhood”. This neighborhood is full of job dropping houses with huge trees that outline the streets and can seriously take your breath away. The reason we’re bringing this neighborhood up is because if you’re looking for homes, even if they’re out of your price range, you should definitely take an hour and let your realtor show you a few on the market in this area. It will seriously be worth your while!

We discussed some pretty cool places to eat and drink in our blog post about spending a night at the D’Backs game and also in our post about the convention center, but there’s a few places we didn’t get to mention in those posts and we’d like to take the time to do so here. There is a famous pizza place pretty close the the “old Phoenix neighborhood” that we were talking about called Red Devil Pizza. This place started in downtown Phoenix and quickly became such a popular spot that they expanded to a few more locations throughout the valley. We really love this place because although it’s more of a chain restaurant now, it still hasn’t lost that great customer service and definitely doesn’t give you that corporate feel. If you or your loved one is a vegetarian, they actually have a vegetarian pizza that is out of this world! The other place we wanted to mention is Frank’s Chicago style burgers and dogs. If you’re house hunting and looking for a quick stop, this place will blow your socks off! Please contact us if you’ve eaten at any of these restaurants of visited the old Phoenix neighborhood, we’d love to hear from you!

Live music and basketball & US Airways

Us aiways arena downtown PhoenixWe all miss the Steve Nash days just as much as the next person, but catching a Phoenix Suns game or a concert at US Airways Arena is always a blast. This is where the big dogs in music come to blow us Arizonians away with their music. Sure, there’s other smaller music venues around Phoenix like Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Mesa Amphitheater, and so on… but none even come close when it comes to sound quality and energy compared to the US Airways Arena.

One of our favorite things about the downtown Phoenix arena is that it is centrally located so there’s plenty of bars, clubs, restaurants, and art to check out within walking distance around the arena. We covered the benefits of going to an event in downtown Phoenix, like checking out the Diamondbacks, in another article where we highlight how to make the perfect night out of a baseball game. All of these concepts can definitely be applied when going to an event at the US Airways arena in downtown Phoenix.

If you do go to downtown Phoenix to catch a basketball game, we strongly recommend to check out the “Stella” section of the arena. This section has live musicians that play music during intermissions throughout the game, great food, and bars that are fully stocked so you can drink the night away. One of our favorite places to go after the game is the rooftop bar located a few blocks away form the arena. The rooftop bar features amazing views of downtown Phoenix. After a night spent at the arena, it’s a great place to chill out and take in some beautiful views of downtown Phoenix.

Thank you for reading our article regarding the US Airways arena in downtown Phoenix. If you’d like some other ideas of fun things to do in Phoenix, be sure to check out our home page where there’s plenty of blog posts guaranteed to keep you busy while having a great time. To learn more about what we do and why we do it, please check out our about page to get to know us. If you have any questions regarding our articles or if you have any great downtown Phoenix experiences you want to share with us and other readers, please submit those through our contact page.