Phoenix, AZ

Top 5 Places to explore in Melrose District

Sandy Casariego

PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix's Melrose District is home to LGBTQ+ communities with some of the best antique shops, art, dining, patio cocktailing, and nightlife.

Located a mile from Seventh Avenue between Indian School and Camelback roads, Melrose District is the place to experience Phoenix’s sense of pride as well as its mid-century roots. Here is a list of some of the places you should visit in the Melrose District.

  • Stacy's @ Melrose

Stacy’s @ Melrose is known as Phoenix’s own “Cheers.” They regularly hold events for all segments of the LGBTQ+ community, including drag races, pageants, and more.

Location: 4343 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix, AZ | (602) 264-1700

  • Charlie's Phoenix

Charlie's Phoenix night entertainment, including dancing, karaoke, drag, and bingo. It also hosts parties on the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day weekends.

Charlie's Phoenix is also home to Arizona Gay Rodeo which takes place every year in February.

Location: 727 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ | (602) 265-0224

  • Restaurant Progress

Restaurant Progress was launched by chef-owner TJ Culp who has great skills in the kitchen. They have an extensive seasonal menu based on what Culp finds interesting.

Restaurant Progress is the ideal date-night destination with cocktails, wines, and beers available.

Location: 702 W. Montecito Ave., Phoenix, AZ | (602) 441-055

  • Dark Hall Coffee

Dark Hall Coffee is a vegan-goth coffee house that started in 2018. They specialize in using dairy-free treats in coffee, like cashew, oat, and "blend no 3" milk.

Location: 3343 N. Seventh Ave., Unit 3, Phoenix, AZ | (602) 277-5507

  • Retro Ranch

Retro Ranch is a vintage shop that offers an eclectic collection of apparel, accessories, housewares, and furniture. The window displays give you just a taste of the treasures you'll discover inside.

Location: 4303 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix, AZ | (602) 297-1971

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