By Alison Bailin Batz

Imagine the world’s greatest backyard party, and then combine it with concessions, beer-infused cocktails, football games and theme parties.

Now, imagine it 10 times bigger and better that.

And now, you are approaching the OMG-factor of Clubhouse at Maya.

Now open in the heart of the Entertainment District in Old Town Scottsdale, the 14,000-square-foot, dog-friendly party palace for the ages is a complete re-imagining of the Maya Day + Nightclub.

“For both those who have and haven’t been to Maya in the summer, we have a massive, Las Vegas-style party pool, cabanas and entertainment pavilion that must be seen to be believed. That’s Maya Day Club,” says Jason Adler, director of operations for Spellbound Entertainment, parent company for Maya. “But, once the temperatures begin to dip each year, the Valley’s best pool party needed a facelift; one focused on what folks like best during the fall and winter months.”

The re-imagining begins with the covering of the pool – no easy feat! – and the transition of each cabana into an interactive game or entertainment experience.

“In place of the pool, we’ve built a treehouse-themed bar, which specializes in shareable cocktails, beer cocktails and food meant to be enjoyed with friends,” says Adler.

But that is only the beginning.

Cozy furniture with a nod to Americana and definitely placed with comfort and relaxation in mind are abound throughout the space. Adler and his team also brought in over two dozen flat screen televisions and placed them throughout Clubhouse to ensure all fall sports – especially college and professional football – could be enjoyed by guests at all times. Beyond the flat screens and football-themed activities and specials, there is pop art on nearly every single wall, all begging to be the background of a selfie or photo opportunity with friends. Those having a date night will be impressed as well.

“The Lego wall is an early favorite,” laughs Adler, referring to an entire wall that has been covered in a Lego art piece that must be over 20 feet tall. “Oh, and the Cher homage is pretty popular, too.”

The Cher homage to which Adler is referring is located in one of the former cabanas – and it has more than just Cher. “The ceiling in that ‘experience room’ is covered in disco balls, and yes, Cher imagery throughout, but it also has Skee-Ball, darts and other games as well,” says Adler.

The comic strip room, according to Adler, features floor-to-ceiling comics one might see in a newspaper as well as foosball, air hockey and more.

There are also giant-sized Jenga games on picnic tables throughout the venue, and several corn hole – some call it bags – games set up for guests to enjoy, as well as shuffleboard, ping pong, giant Connect Four and more. For those looking for something wholly different than most other spots, they also boast a giant-sized version of beer pong where guests throw a volleyball into almost human-sized containers shaped like red Solo Cups. Finally, there is also a concession area in addition to the traditional menu with cotton candy, popcorn, waffle sticks, hot dogs and street tacos.

Clubhouse at Maya is open seven days a week and offers brunch on weekends.

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