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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2006 2:40 pm | Updated: 2:40 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The East Valley's night-life scene goes off seven nights a week. We've compiled a weekly guide of the hottest after-dark destinations — from DJs to dancing to karaoke — to help you figure out where the party is.

Sunday

MARTINI RANCH

The two-story dance club and live-music venue is slammed for hair-metal cover band Metalhead's weekly performance (pictured), featuring songs like Bon Jovi's “You Give Love a Bad Name” and Mötley Crüe's “Girls, Girls, Girls.” Upstairs, the Shaker Room is for those who prefer grooving to Top 40 songs from Shakira, Justin Timberlake or Nelly Furtado. (7295 E. Stetson Drive, (480) 970-0500 or martiniranchaz.com)

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If you prefer a more chill atmosphere, try the Pussycat Lounge (4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, [480] 481-3100) or Six (7316 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, [480] 663-6620). Both of the see-and-be-seen clubs are dark, intimate and posh. Actor Jamie Foxx celebrated his sister's birthday at PCL earlier this month on a busy Sunday — the night Mike Tyson was there.

Monday

SALTY SENORITA

Margaritas are half-off from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. during Margarita Mondays at the Scottsdale and Mesa locations. The patios are typically packed, and the margaritas (we recommend strawberry) are delicious. (3636 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, [480] 946-7258 or 1860 S. Stapley Drive, Mesa, [480] 632-8220 or saltysenorita.com)

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Zuma Grill (605 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, [480] 829-6775) heats up after 10 p.m. with a twenty- to thirtysomething crowd and pulsating beats. The chill lounge makes a mean cherry martini and has the hottest bar staff in Tempe. Acme Roadhouse (855 S. Rural Road, Tempe, [480] 517-1818) has been an ASU staple since it opened in '98. People can get down to hip-hop and R&B music, and there's even a steel cage for attention seekers.

Tuesday

CASEY MOORE'S OYSTER HOUSE

Known as simply ‘‘Casey's’’ to its regulars, the relaxed Tempe neighborhood haunt, which doesn't boast any drink specials, is crowded on Tuesdays with people in their 20s to 40s. After 11 p.m., the patio is packed like a weekend. (850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, [480] 968-9935)

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Longtime Scottsdale dance club Anderson's Fifth Estate (6820 E. Fifth Ave., [480] 994-4168) offers ‘‘Cheap (expletive) Drink Night’’ — 75-cent well and domestic drafts all night. A DJ spins old-school R&B and hip-hop flavors. The dance floor at Next (7111 E. Fifth Ave., [480] 970-6398) is packed during ‘‘Sugar,’’ a weekly hip-hop dance night with DJ Fashen.

Wednesday

MICKEY'S HANGOVER

The patio bar, which features an array of funky furniture, is crowded for its $2 drink specials (we recommend the awesome Sangria!). Heads up: There's a $2 cover to enter the laid-back bar. (4312 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, [480] 425-0111 or mickeyshangover.com)

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Downtown Scottsdale's e4 (4282 N. Drinkwater Blvd., [480] 970-3325) brings out the fashionable folks for ‘‘Juicy.’’ The weekly ladies night, which starts at 9 p.m., includes a fashion showcase and DJs. There's no cover for the ladies; $5 for men. DJ M2 brings people into The Door (1126 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, [480] 967-3667), a hidden lounge between La Fonda Mexican Restaurant and Rebecca's Rose Garden Florist in which you need a key to gain entry, with a mix of neo-soul, smooth grooves and classic hip-hop. The drink specials — $3 well drinks and $1 Bud drafts — don't hurt either.

THURSDAY

Iguana Mack's

Hidden in Chandler — off Alma School Road, south of Warner Road — Iguana Mack's is the place to be on Thursdays with $1 well, wine and drafts for the ladies. The eclectic bar, which features a large patio with a small bar, bustles with friendly people in their 20s to 40s. (1371 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, [480] 899-6735 or iguanamacks.com)

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The cheap drinks — 50-cent Coronas and well drinks from 9 p.m. to midnight — drive the masses to Dos Gringos Trailer Park (1001 E. Eighth St., Tempe, [480] 968-7879). Down the street, The Vine Tavern & Eatery (801 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, [480] 894-2662) busts out Kelly Clarkson, AC/DC and Rolling Stones hits during its weekly karaoke night.

Friday

MYST

This Scottsdale dance club offers something different with ‘‘House 7340.’’ The weekly night features national DJs such as Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk and Playboy Playmate Miss Lisa, go-go dancers and drink specials ($2.50 Vodka Socko and $1 Bud Light and Michelob Ultra before 10:30 p.m.). The party starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $10. (7340 E. Shoeman Lane, [480] 970-5000 or mystaz.com)

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Bands such as The Scones and The Clairvoyants take the stage at Fibber Magee's Irish Pub (1989 W. Elliot Road, Chandler, [480] 722-9434) — a charming neighborhood hangout that turns into a dance party by the end of the night. A DJ spins music on the large patio at Sugar Daddy's (3102 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, [480] 970-6556), where the crowded house can get down to Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg and Eminem. If you prefer a quieter atmosphere, check out one of the lounge-style rooms inside.

Saturday

THE ROGUE

Hipsters flock to the Rogue — a small, dark and smoky punk-rock dive bar in south Scottsdale — every Saturday for ‘‘Shake!,’’ Valley DJ William Reed's popular dance/rock night. The event has featured guest DJs such as Muse, Hot Hot Heat and the Arcade Fire. Andy Rourke of The Smiths is scheduled to guest spin Sept. 16. (423 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, [480] 947-3580)

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There's usually a long line at chic lounge Suede (7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, [480] 970-6969), where some of the Valley's most beautiful people can be found sipping martinis and dancing to house and R&B grooves. You'll find more of mixed, laid-back crowd, between the ages of 20 to 40, at Fox & Hound Pub & Grille (1017 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert, [480] 507-2343). The chain sports bar and restaurant boasts several TVs, burgers and music on the weekends.

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