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Named for the now empty Hayden Flour Mill at the northern end of the strip, Mill Avenue is a magnet for bar-hoppers and night owls. Its position near Arizona State University in downtown Tempe ensures a constant stream of lively fun-seekers and a somewhat bohemian atmosphere, complete with shops, restaurants, bars, and festivals.
Mill Avenue has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants, microbreweries, sports bars, and other nightlife venues in the Phoenix metro area. There’s almost always something happening on the pedestrian-friendly street. Gammage Auditorium hosts Broadway-style performances, and restaurants run the gamut from hole-in-the-wall student hangouts to upscale eateries. Plentiful trees and an outdoor misting system keep the Arizona heat at bay, even in the summer.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Mill Avenue is a must-visit for night owls and ASU fans.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the main stretch of Mill Avenue runs for nearly a mile.
- Make sure to bring sun protection and drink plenty of water, especially if you’re shopping during the day.
- Mill Avenue and many of its businesses are accessible to wheelchairs.
How to Get There
To get to Mill Avenue by public transportation, take the Light Rail to the stop on 3rd Street and Mill Avenue. Several buses and streetcars also connect the area. Metered parking is available along the street.
When to Get There
Mill Avenue is at its liveliest on weekends when ASU is in session. If you’d prefer a quieter experience (with a better chance at finding parking), visit on a weekday when school is out.
Festivals on Mill Avenue
This lively district in Downtown Tempe hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. Highlights include the Festival of the Arts, where some 300 artists set up shop along Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets, and the Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade—a holiday procession that ends near Mill and 3rd.
Frequently Asked Questions
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