750 West Starr Pass Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 624-4455
Fax: (520) 624-3172
Bars & Cafes
From breakfast to lunch, this closet-sized downtown cafe is bustling with business people looking for a quick and flavorful bite to eat. Because of its small size and its great popularity, you may have to wait awhile to place your order. In the morning, croissants, muffins and a few breakfast entrees are served along with a full range of specialty coffees. Panini sandwiches are the lunch of choice with a variety of fillings. Daily specials range from salads and sandwiches to hot entrees.
Just across Sixth Avenue, this modern, upbeat Barrio bistro serves creative contemporary cuisine in an attractive, lively atmosphere. It's a convenient dining spot when attending theater and music events or when doing business in the downtown area. It can be quite noisy here, but it's an energized, delightful din. The menu features a full range of appetizers and "little plates," salads, chicken, veal, pastas, plus daily entree specials. Full bar service is available.
An irresistible Happy Hour and an eclectic menu of American fare that will melt your taste buds features at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails. An emphasis on seasonally available, fresh ingredients creates a menu which is dynamic and refreshing. The Downtown Burger which is drowned in Foie Gras, mushrooms and caramelized onions is a popular item on the menu. The decor is a constant reminder of fun and frolic.
La Cocina is a great place to pick for lunch after strolling around the downtown arts district. Situated in the shaded courtyard of the Old Town Artisans complex, this grill and restaurant offers Sonoran-style dishes in a 19th century cantina setting. Locals like to take out-of-town visitors to this pleasant place in order to show off their city. The ambiance is that of an 1890-style cantina, combined with patio dining in a beautiful courtyard setting with flowers and ponds. The fare is mostly Mexican, but does include dishes like the Fettucine con Pollo. Beer and wine is also available.
For a stylish night out, head to Scott & Co. in downtown Tucson. With brick walls, chandeliers and upholstered chairs, this spot has a strong speakeasy style, not to mention the cocktails to match. Their drink menu changes seasonally, and features modern twists on classic cocktails. And unlike many other bars in the area, Scott & Co. has a real quiet and laid back atmosphere that makes it easy to actually carry on a conversation.
Almost any time of the day, and any day of the week, you'll find folks congregating at this Iguana Cafe to enjoy a casual meal or just some friendly company. The great little spot has a laid-back feeling with an island-casual look and atmosphere. A few street-side tables make a great spots to people watch. Oven-fresh Cuban bread is piled with tasty meats, cheeses and veggies, and makes a satisfying lunch or afternoon snack. Salads and bagel sandwiches are also offered.
Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink is a lot more than just your average pizza place. They offer handcrafted pizzas featuring top-quality ingredients. Try a specialty pie like the Calabrian salami and roasted Fresno chile or the arugula and proscuitto. In addition to the pizza, they offer a large selection of hard-to-find microbrews from around the country. There are also inventive cocktails, including The Sicilian Defense with rye, blood orange liqueur and cinnamon.
The District Tavern on Congress Street is a thriving hangout for the hip crowd of the city. Before heading for a show at the nearby live music venues, one can visit this dive bar to shoot down a few glasses of beers like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Kilt Lifter. On occasions, the bar itself turns into a concert venue, where local bands perform to entertain the crowd. Enjoy the drinks specials during happy hours, play some music on its jukebox or challenge your friends at a game of pool or darts.
A great "dive bar" with live local music almost every night, this is a grungy and dark place with a few scattered tables and couches and an upstairs balcony with tables and chairs. The stage is set at the back of the room, and three pool tables are available on the opposite side of the room. You pay a reasonable price for most bottled beers, drafts, Guinness stouts and the few exotic imports.
HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery is one revitalized corner of Tucson which serves classic comfort food and everyone's favorite ICE-CREAM! From Pot-pies to hamburgers and hand-made ice-cream, Hub serves it all. Dessert is never a matter of debate at this eatery with truly sinful choices of Rocky Road, Salted Caramel and Creamy Vanilla Ice-cream. The decor is classically styled with comfortable seating and a long bar brimming with spirits.
For a modern lounge vibe in downtown Tucson, visit the Playground Bar & Lounge. You can choose to dance to the dance beats that are playing, or choose to indulge in one of Playground's cocktails. There are drinks like the El Guapo, with Milagro Silver Tequila, and the Angel Eyes, with Ultimat Vodka, Galiano and Triple Sec. Playground also offers some bites to eat, including Gnocchi with mushrooms, peas, arugula, and a Parmesan goat cheese sauce, and a steak sandwich with habanero aioli on a ciabatta roll.
They call themselves the "World's Darkest Nightclub" and they're not referring so much to the lighting situation as to the prevalent aura. On the ground-floor of a 1920s-era hotel, the club has many vestiges of its historic past coupled with the dark and dank ambiance appropriate to its alternative concept. This funky spot features an eclectic array of live music, from acoustic to alternative dance, which is perfectly suited to its dramatically diverse and energetically eccentric clientèle.