750 West Starr Pass Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 624-4455
Fax: (520) 624-3172
For the best nightclub experience in all of Tucson, make your way to the H2O Discotec. The venue itself is not only beautiful, but boasts a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. A variety of top DJs spin here on weekends, which keeps the dance floor filled. Unlike many other clubs, the atmosphere here is very friendly and welcoming, and the staff is very professional and courteous. Private table bottle service is also available.
With loud dance music keeping the multiple dance floors here filled, Zen Rock is the nightclub to head to if you are in the mood for a party in Tucson. But make sure to dress to impress, because a strict dress code is enforced. The fully stocked bar here offers a variety of cocktails, and drink specials are often available. The club also has a VIP experience for those who are celebrating a special occasion or just want an extra special night out.
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.
If you don't like a little local color in your cuisine and if you don't speak or at least understand a little Spanish, maybe this isn't the place for you. But, if you enjoy authentic eats and don't need a cloth napkin to dab the salsa from your lips, you'll find some of South Tucson's most genuine and appetizing Mexican meals here. The fish tastes like it came straight from the Sea of Cortez (the fish platter has five pieces of flaky white fish, plus rice, beans and tortillas); the Carne Birria is slow-cooked, tender and tasty. Daily specials feature more great casa-style cooking. Prices are mostly $6-$8 and the portions are hefty.
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.
If you are looking for a great place where art and music combine then head to Solar Culture. With a fantastic art gallery, enriched in history, the Gallery is a great place to check out some fantastic Artwork. The general public are allowed to showcase their art for free at the premises. Solar Culture is also a venue where local bands perform live and enthrall the audience.
Here is the one and only truly Irish bar in Tucson (though there are others who claim to be). This is where you want to be on St. Patrick's Day. On all other days, it's a good place to start the bar-hopping that takes place at the many drinking establishments on Fourth Avenue. There is live music here Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. It is suggested you call ahead for details. The fare is simple but hearty, including sandwiches, pizza and hamburgers. And yes, the supply of Guinness is abundant.
Consistently voted Tucson's top gay bar over the past two decades, IBT's promises customers a fun and memorable night out. Most come to IBT's for the dancing, with a DJ spinning tunes Tuesday through Sunday and a second DJ spinning Wednesday through Saturday nights. IBT's also hosts a very popular drag show every week. Don't forget about the great drink specials that are offered here, as well as their selection of delicious desserts.
Just a block from the University of Arizona is Tucson's oldest, original brewery. A winner of many awards for its beers and ales, including Best of Show at the 1998 Las Vegas International Beer Festival, Gentle Ben's Brewing Company is also a favorite for its innovative cuisine. Would you expect to find Spinach & Artichoke Dip or a Asian Chicken Wrap at a brewpub? You will here, along with an interesting selection of salads, sandwiches, pastas and appetizers. Its seven brewed-on-premise beers run from pale ales up to porters and are available by-the-glass, as sampler "flights" and even by the jug or keg to take out.
This pub's slogan is, "Have a Firkin Great Time." And you will at this University of Arizona area British-style pub. Live music, billiards and darts round out the pub experience. Come lift a pint of one of their more than 70 imported beers, many on tap, and pair it with a Firkin Pie (pizza) or one of their British-inspired specialties. About those brews, you'll find one of the area's best selection of imports and domestics. Salads and sandwiches are named to honor British notables from King Arthur and Queen Anne to Lady Di. Other specialties include Big Ben Meatloaf, Shephard's Pie, Welsh Rarebit and Cornish Pasties.
Kon Tiki is truly a departure from the abundance of Mexican and Continental American restaurants around Tucson. It's the only major restaurant in Tucson featuring Hawaiian cuisine. Two flaming torches and a wooden tribal figurine guard the front entrance and the interior walls are fashioned with bamboo sticks, as expected. The lighting is subdued and intimate. Traditional Hawaiian cuisine is served including plentiful teriyaki chicken dishes, with vegetable medleys and pineapple garnishes. And yes, the restaurant serves a variety of fruity alcoholic beverages with paper umbrellas.
Monsoon Night Club is a newly opened hot spot at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson. With interiors that are absolutely brilliant and a large screen with animations, the atmosphere at the club is enticing. With blue and black tiger print carpets on the floor and two bars at either end of the club, Monsoon's look resembles the Tucson Summer Storm. With live bands and famous DJ's spinning hits, this place is popular amongst the locals and tourists alike.