The Americano & Cala to Open New Luxe Underground Cocktail Lounge

The owners behind two of Scottsdale’s hottest restaurants, The Americano and Cala helmed by celebrity chefs Scott Conant and Beau MacMillan, are joining forces to open Tell Your Friends, a new ultra-luxe underground cocktail and live music lounge in north Scottsdale that will welcome guests in early spring 2024.

Described as sultry and swanky, Tell Your Friends will offer a brand-new nightlife destination unlike anything else in north Scottsdale where guests can enjoy a cocktail-driven menu and nightly performances by talented vocalists, musical acts and entertainers, who will be inspired by classic sounds while performing anything but the ordinary. 

Tell Your Friends is a collaboration between Creation Hospitality, a division of Phoenix-based Creation known for developing, operating and partnering in some of the most successful hospitality concepts nationwide, and Clive Collective, founded by restaurant industry veterans Mikis Troyan and Justin Massei. Leading the interior design is Basile Studio, a California firm known for its award-winning work at notable restaurants, including Born and Raised and Morning Glory in San Diego.

“At Clive Collective, we thrive on pushing the boundaries of imagination in hospitality,” says Mikis Troyan, managing partner and co-founder of Clive Collective. “Tell Your Friends is poised to further elevate the nightlife scene in north Scottsdale and we look forward to collaborating with Creation on this exciting new venture.”

Accessed through a side door at The Americano, the entrance to Tell Your Friends will take guests through a dimly lit vestibule enhanced by dramatic floral wallcoverings and a black-tile accented staircase that leads to the intimate lounge. Upon the descent, the space begins to come to life as the venue reveals itself with rich maroon velvet drapes, mirrored walls and fanciful lighting. As the curtains are drawn, the focal point emerges — a captivating bar adorned with floor-to-ceiling lights that seamlessly trace their way across the ceiling, creating a dazzling connection to the adjacent stage. 

Once Inside, the cocktail-driven menu will feature a seasonal rotation of classic and craft cocktails, an exceptional wine list and small bites bearing the signature styles of culinary titans Conant and MacMillan. Special arrangements can also be made with The Americano’s acclaimed menu served upstairs to satisfy most cravings. 

“North Scottsdale has long been waiting for a refined and one-of-a-kind nightlife destination tailored to a discerning crowd — Tell Your Friends is exactly that,” says Kevin Ferguson, director of operations for Creation Hospitality. “This collaboration with Clive Collective allows us to combine our passion for creating upscale dining and entertainment experiences with the opportunity to showcase our love for great design and live music. There’s just nothing like Tell Your Friends in Arizona.”

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