A pub crawl requires crawling, so we set out for Rio Salado Brewing Company's Salt River Saloon (cover charge varies; 605 S. Mill; 480/829-6775). It's a small space, and the rock band's monster amplifiers do more than fill it. We resort to jotting notes on napkins to communicate: "Leave your hearing aids @ home," writes Liz.
Mill's End Espresso ($; breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily; 310 S. Mill; 480/829-0755) is our final stop, a quieter reprieve with an outdoor patio. The cafe's warm crêpes ― smeared with sugar and butter or Nutella before being folded into a portable package ― are the perfect to-go food for a late-night stroll along Mill Avenue, listening to street musicians.