[Source: Megan Finnerty, Arizona Republic] — Chez Nous, the beloved Phoenix soul and funk nightspot that originally opened in 1963, was recently closed after it violated state liquor law by selling alcohol without a license. Chez Nous, located on Grand Avenue, was called one of the country’s coolest bars in such publications as Rolling Stone and Elle. It earned countless local “best of” awards and still is regularly mentioned in the same breath as venerable steak-and-martini joint Durant’s.
Downtown resident and Chez Nous regular Feliciano Vera, 32, called the bar an icon, an institution, and spoke reverentially of its darkness, its live music and its diverse crowd. “It was a great place to go listen to music and chill with a crowd that totally ranged… from guys leaving the Capitol building to neighborhood folks to people just looking to have a night on the town,” he said. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]