The Center Bistro Try an artichoke Caesar salad and an organic Chardonnay at I Am the Center's healthy cafe. INFO: $; 21 E. Sixth, Ste. 114; 480/557-9719.
Dragonfly Aubergine and olive hues set the mood for this modern Vietnamese eatery. Go for bun bo hue (lemon grass-infused noodle soup) or tamarind chicken wings. INFO: $$; 414 S. Mill Ave.; 480/921-0131.
Rúla Búla Find some of downtown Tempe's raucous, friendly spirits by lifting a pint or two at this popular Irish pub. INFO: $$; 401 S. Mill; 480/929-9500.
MAKE IT AN OVERNIGHT
Relax in the citrus- and palm-filled courtyard of the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel (303 rooms and suites from $129; 800/547-8705), a short walk from Tempe Town Lake and Mill Avenue. Swim laps in the rooftop pool; soak up the soothing, contemporary Southwest ambience; or sip nightcaps at Harry's Place ($$) the convivial indoor-outdoor lounge just off the lobby.