Sedona attracts intrepid explorers who love spending time in the great outdoors and offers plenty of things to do for those who still have some energy to burn after sunset. Sedona has fun activities to celebrate the day’s accomplishments with many bars and restaurants offering live entertainment to put you in a party mood. Other venues treat their guests to an intimate night out shared over a craft beer or fine wine.

    Dramatic red-rock cliffs, canyons, and buttes surround Sedona, and several places let you hang out beneath the geological wonders. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, you can go UFO hunting or visit a frontier town. Sedona is incredibly exciting after dark, and here are some great ways to spend your evening in this beautiful town.

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    Sedona UFO Tours

    Search for extraterrestrial life with night-vision goggles

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    • Unusual
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    Sedona UFO Tours will take you on an adventure of a lifetime, especially if you’re fascinated by aliens. Sedona is known for spooky aircraft sightings, and multiple tour companies can lead you on a quest to search for UFOs. Whether you believe in life beyond our solar system or want to stare at the billions of stars above you, the guides will help you discover another world.

    Feel the power of energy vortexes or spot spaceships using military-grade night-vision goggles. You’ll view the night sky like never before and gain a new perspective of the world around us. Guides have different backgrounds and experiences related to the cosmos to make your UFO tour an otherworldly mission.

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    Olde Sedona Bar & Grill

    Get incredible happy-hour specials and join karaoke sessions

    • Nightlife

    Olde Sedona Bar & Grill, just off Arizona 89A, treats visitors to one of the friendliest vibes in town. The establishment features a tempting menu of BBQ, Southwestern dishes, burgers, salads, and sweet desserts. Swing by on a weekday to take advantage of happy hours that include half-priced appetisers and refreshing drinks.

    Head up to the outdoor patio and enjoy sweeping views of red-rock cliffs overlooking the restaurant. Most nights feature live entertainment to keep the party going well into the evening. Live bands perform for patrons and weekly karaoke nights give you the chance to show off your own vocal skills. Bring your friends along to play billiards, throw darts, or enjoy the company of your pooch on the deck.

    Location: 1405 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 1 am

    Phone: +1 928-282-5670

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    Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

    Hit the slots or enjoy live entertainment at the open-air theatre

    • Nightlife
    • Families
    • Food

    Cliff Castle Casino Hotel is an easy bet when you’re looking for an exciting night of action near Sedona. Located in nearby Camp Verde, the venue has thrills suitable for all ages in your group. Rated as Arizona’s top casino for nearly 20 years, Cliff Castle offers Blackjack, high stakes poker, slot machines, and frequent promotions.

    Watch touring artists at the Stargazer Pavilion, attend events at The Gathering, or hit the Dragonfly Nightclub dance floor. If you work up an appetite, there’s food available at intimate eateries, markets, cafés, classic diners, and a buffet. To entertain the youngsters, have an evening of family fun at Orbits Arcade or Shake, Rattle & Bowl.

    Location: 555 W Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322, USA

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    Sound Bites Grill

    Listen to live music and admire red rock views from the patio

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    Sound Bites Grill is one of the places in Sedona where it’s tough to beat the festive atmosphere or nightly jam sessions. Local favourites and touring musicians grace the stage to give audiences an eclectic mix of tunes throughout the year. The venue shakes things up by hosting comedians and weekly special events. Stop by on Wednesday evenings for incredible wine tastings or grab food specials at “Chill on the Hill” Thursdays.

    The outdoor patio gives you space to dance to the music and enjoy one of Sedona’s best views. Swing by the lounge for craft beers or cocktails while watching the sun fade beneath the red-rock canyons. To keep you energised for evening concerts, sample some of the restaurant’s scrumptious seafood dishes.

    Location: 101 N State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +1 928-282-2713

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    Oak Creek Brewing Co.

    Taste award-winning brews and chill in the beer garden

    • Nightlife

    Oak Creek Brewing Co. is the place to be in Sedona for beer connoisseurs. The craft brewery and brewpub has a wide range of beers on tap that includes Kölsch, Hefeweizens, IPAs, lagers, and ales. Take your brew to the beer garden and spend a cosy evening around the fire pit with friends. Pair your beer with nachos, tacos, tamales, peanuts, or popcorn to satisfy your hunger.

    Live bands entertain the laid-back crowd 5 days per week and on Tuesday nights it hosts the Drum Circle. Daily happy-hour specials offer fantastic deals on craft beer and house wine to unwind after a busy day in the outdoors.

    Location: 2050 Yavapai Dr, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 2 pm to 8 pm, Friday–Saturday from noon to 10 pm, Sunday from noon to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 928-204-1300

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    Vino Di Sedona

    Spend a relaxed evening at this stylish wine bar

    • Nightlife

    Vino Di Sedona is the premier wine bar in town and has a massive collection of nearly 1,000 wines. You can taste wines from regions across the globe and a variety of Arizona vintages from family-owned wineries. Check out the food menu to pair your drink of choice with tapas, bruschetta, and other delicious small plates. If you can’t make it to the wine tastings, stop by the bar for a selection of over 60 wines by the glass.

    The classy venue also serves craft beer and serenades patrons with live music. Weekly open mic nights get the crowd involved with the entertainment, and the spacious patio is a delightful spot to hear the tunes when the weather is fabulous.

    Location: 2575 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm, Sunday–Monday from 3 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 928-554-4682

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    Blazin’ M Ranch

    Pretend you’re in the Wild West at this frontier town

    • Nightlife

    The town of Cottonwood hosts the Blazin’ M Ranch western dinner theatre, just 20 miles from Sedona. Feel like you’re in the Old West by strolling around this frontier town to indulge in shopping, tractor rides, western cooking, and an authentic saloon. Before heading inside the barn for dinner, test your cowboy skills at the shooting gallery or ropin’ lessons.

    The menu has all sorts of western delights, like ribs and coleslaw, and you can sip on soothing Arizona brews. After stuffing your belly, the staff treats you to an award-winning show filled with shenanigans. The Blazin’ M Cowboys share their musical talents and send audiences into laughter with western humour.

    Location: 1875 Mabery Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 5 pm to 9 pm (closed Sunday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +1 928-634-0334

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    Sedona Performing Arts Center

    Watch a concert or play at this cosy theatre

    • Nightlife
    • Couples

    Sedona Performing Arts Center, adjacent to Sedona Red Rock High School, brings the fine arts to the local community. The venue hosts musical performances, live theatre, and dance recitals and receives praise for its quality acoustics. You won’t find a bad seat in the house and the balcony section provides impeccable views of the large stage. In total, the theatre seats 750 attendees, and a concession area serves refreshments between shows. 

    The theatre also draws audiences to film festivals and other notable events taking place in Sedona. Step onto the outdoor terrace between shows to admire the striking red-rock vistas surrounding the campus.

    Location: 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

    Phone: +1 928-204-6766

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    Full Moon Saloon

    Play billiards and listen to tunes on the jukebox

    • Nightlife

    The Full Moon Saloon hosts some of Sedona’s hottest late-night parties and always lets the good times roll. Situated in the Village of Oak Creek, the restaurant serves delicious grub and has Sedona’s largest big-screen TV for sports. Watch the DJ or karaoke steal the spotlight Thursdays through Sundays or hear the jukebox play classic hits other nights. 

    Organise a pool tournament among your friends to see who's the best in your group. The spirited vibe creates the ideal atmosphere to host a party or large event. If you’d rather chill, sip your drink on the outdoor patio beside the fireplace. The kitchen cooks savoury snacks late into the night to ease your hunger while hanging with friends.

    Location: 7000 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86351, USA

    Open: Daily from 1 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +1 928-284-1872

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    Tii Gavo

    Snack on Southwestern cuisine with stunning views of Boynton Canyon

    • Nightlife
    • Food

    Tii Gavo, part of the Enchantment Resort near Boynton Canyon Trail, offers one of Sedona’s most spectacular views. The casual hangout provides lounge service every evening as you gaze at the beautiful vistas of Arizona Red Rock Country. Sharp canyon walls soar above the patio, and the trailhead to the canyon floor is less than 1 mile from the resort. Hikers often stop here for a filling meal after spending the day trekking through the canyon.

    Rated among the top restaurants in Sedona, Tii Gavo complements its stellar location with Southwestern fare and tasty beverages. Pair nachos, burgers, salads, tacos, and more with the lounge’s enticing menu of speciality cocktails, handcrafted margaritas, and chilled brews.

    Location: 525 Boynton Canyon Road Tii Gavo, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 928-204-6000

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    Daniel Grenier | Contributing Writer

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