Transcript from fellow SAP Mentor Harald Reiter, who has given permission to disclose and is given full credit.
While attending the SAP TechEd in Phoenix, some of us or most of us don't know the city (yet).
Fellow Mentor Harald Reiter wanted to 'share the love' and give us some tips and tricks to enjoy Phoenix inbetween TechEd sessions.
Hello fellow Techies!
I know that some of you have been to Phoenix but most have not yet visited the jewel in the desert - or the oven from hell - depends on which time you visit. Here is a small summary on what activities might be interesting to you - besides TechEd.Phoenix is definitely not Vegas and is actually a massive sprawl - so you do need a car if you want to explore more of the area.October will have some decent temperatures (not hell like) which should be great for spending your evening outside. Many restaurants and bars will feature extensive outdoor areas.
Phoenix downtown is not really known for restaurants, bars and nightlife in general but you do find the usual suspects here like Hard Rock Cafe, Rock Bottom Brewery Most nightlife in downtown Phoenix happens after a game or concert as the US Airway Center is located there.
Check the following link for some interesting bars/restaurants in this area
If you are in for a night out - regardless of what day of the week it is - then you need to head out to Scottsdale downtown area or Tempe Mill's Avenue area.Tempe houses one of the largest on campus Universities in the country (ASU) and you can imagine that it is lively there no matter what day it is.Scottsdale downtown is very close to Tempe as well as Phoenix downtown and can be reached easily with a taxi ride.
I have to admit that I know Scottsdale a lot better then Tempe but I think Chris Solomon knows this area and maybe he can chime in.
Tuesday evening: Dirty Pretty club
Wednesday evening: Myst
Scottsdale Waterfront has plenty of bars and restaurants as well as a huge Indoor Fashion Mall if you need to do some shopping
Recommended restaurants and bars (Mentors HQ to be provided later on)
Some restaurants and bars that I frequently visit and that I can highly recommend:
I have only been to the restaurant once as it is out of my price league (veeeeeery expensive) but you can just go there for drinks and enjoy a great sunset.The resort is carved into Camelback Mountain - you will see that mountain when you land at Phoenix airport - and is a short cab ride from downtown Phoenix.You can sit outside and enjoy a great sunset - highly recommend it.
Rich is organizing a Thursday night dinner - please check his blog. I am definitely in - don't eat much during the day if you plan to join this feast!
Not just a good restaurant but also has great outdoor area, a mechanical bull and overall hip place.
Huuuge list of Sushi places
Don't know what it is but there are a lot of Sushi restaurants in Scottsdale downtown and in the valley in general.
Roka Akor is a fairly new place and definitely an experience.
Stingray great sushi in downtown Scottsdale
Geisha A Go Go Sushi, Rock n Roll and Private Karaoke - fun place
For the Apple addicted there are two Apple stores in the valley that I know of - one in Scottsdale and the other one in Phoenix Biltmore area.
Many of you who have been to Sapphire in Orlando know Howl at the Moon bar. This establishment with the dueling pianos is actually coming to Scottsdale as well and the grand opening is scheduled for next Thursday if you are interested: http://www.howlatthemoon.com/dueling_piano_bar/2009/08/scottsdale-is-up-and-coming
You can surely distribute this summary to anyone you might think will benefit from it. If you arrive already on Saturday then go an check out the Phoenix Oktoberfest - I will be there in Lederhosn and all. http://www.phoenixoktoberfest.com/ sure when you all arrive but if you do arrive already on the weekend or early Monday then contact me on my cell phone and we can meet - more then happy to show you around a bit.
on behalf of Harald Reiter, our devoted Phoenix guide,
See you all at TechEd !