Sometimes you find yourself needing something in the middle of the night. Maybe you can't sleep. Or maybe you just got off from work and it's 3 a.m. Need something non-essential, like water balloons or a DVD? Aren't feeling well and need some cough medicine? Maybe you just want a bite to eat. Here are some places in the Phoenix area that can help you, 24 hours a day.
Note: I am often contacted about specific fast food franchises that have 24 hour drive thru windows. McDonald's and Burger King fall into this category. The reason I don't include those here is that while there are 24-hour drive fast food drive thru restaurants, I only include them here if you can go online and immediately find which ones they are without calling various locations to find one. I last checked the official McDonald's and Burger King websites in March 2012. When I am notified that this information is available online, I will add it to this list.
5 & Diner
Burgers and shakes. There are several 5 & Diners around the Valley, but the only one open 24 hours is the original one at 5220 N. 16th Street in Phoenix.
A convenience store with many locations. From their web site: "Big Gulp lovers gulp over 30 million gallons of fountain soft drinks per year at 7-Eleven." If you are thirsty in the middle of the night, this would be the obvious choice!
24 Hour Fitness
Not everyone that wants to work out has a normal 9 to 5 schedule. 24 Hour Fitness lets you sweat any time of the day or night. Not every location in Greater Phoenix is open all day every day. Some are open 24 hours certain days of the week. The locations at Metro Parkway, Mesa Dobson and Gilbert are open 24 hours all the time.
Many of these are open 24 hours. They offer adult videos, books, and magazines. Some have arcades and theaters with adult material.
A convenience store with many locations. They are most often associated with Arco Gas Stations, which are also open 24 hours.
Need a battery? An air filter? A distributor cap? Auto Zone is an auto parts store. The store located at 4229 W. Cactus Rd. (43rd Avenue and Cactus) is open 24 hours a day.
Café 24/7 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino is the place to go for a nice, all day/all night diner experience. Chandler.
There are several casinos in the Phoenix area and they are all open 24 hours a day.
There's sure to be one near you if you find that you need snacks, beer or wine, limited groceries, lottery tickets or money orders. Use the Store Locator function at the web site to find a store near you.
Community Information & Referral
Sometimes people need help in the middle of the night. If you have questions about basic needs or emergency assistance, where to find self-help groups or where to go to have fun, their 24 hour trained specialists can help. Calls can be placed anonymously.
Drug store and pharmacy. There are several stores that are open 24 hours, have a 24 hour pharmacy and do photo processing all day and all night. The web site makes it easy to find them. Go to the store locator, select Arizona, and check the 24 hours option.
A fast food chain, with more than 25 locations in the greater Phoenix area. The drive-thru is open 24 hours.
Denny's is a family restaurant with many locations around the Phoenix metro area and also elsewhere in Arizona.
There are about 15 Dunkin Donuts locations in the greater Phoenix area, and some of them have 24-hour drive thrus, but not all. If you are making a special trip, you might want to call and ask first.
Mexican food, cheap and plentiful. Some are walk-in 24 hour locations and some are drive-thrus.
Gus' New York Pizza
Pizza, suns and wings in Tempe near ASU.
International House of Pancakes has locations in Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Peoria, Avondale, Chandler, Scottsdale, Gilbert and Casa Grande. Enter your zip code at their website to find the nearest 24/7 location.
Jack in the Box
Jack's fast food places have many locations where the drive thru window is open 24 hours if you need a meal in a hurry.