738 North Fifth Avenue Tucson, AZ 85705 +1 520 629 0237
With no more than 108 seats, this theater is the most intimate venue for dance performances in Tucson. Artistic directors Nanette Robinson and Nancy Mellan have saved the historic YWCA building south of University Boulevard from oblivion while creating a successful community-based dance school in the process. Modern dance, jazz dance, ballet and aerial dance on a trapeze are all part of the class schedule. The space can also be rented for special artistic events. Call ahead or e-mail for performance schedules.
2960 North Campbell Avenue (Campbell between Prince and Glenn) Tucson, AZ 85719 +1 520 327 6200
The main attraction at Old Chicago Pasta & Pizza is the deep-dish pie, but there's much, much more on the menu than Chicago-style pizza. The spinach and mushroom lasagne is gigantic and tasty, served with garlic bread on the side. If that doesn't fill you up, it's hard to imagine what will. Huge portions of food plus 110 different types of international beers (25 of which are on tap), is what makes this place so extremely popular with the college kids from the nearby University of Arizona campus. Pizzas come in several varieties, most prominently among them the original "Chicago Seven" in three sizes. Don't overlook the dessert menu, though; if you've left room, try the cheesecake or the delicious Kahlua hot fudge brownie.
3501 East Fort Lowell Road Tucson, AZ 85716 +1 520 795 8110
This is the favorite destination for the hardcore sports fanatic. Surrounded by tubes on all sides, you can watch your favorite game till you drop from the bar stool. To get you through this demanding routine, you can order from a variety of all-American food on the menu such as burgers, sandwiches and pizza without having to spend a lot. Several brands of domestic beers are available on tap. For exercise, you can always get up and play a game of pool, or move from the bar to the shaded patio by the parking lot. The clientele at Fort Lowell Depot Bar & Grill consists mostly of regulars who come here for lunch and are predominantly male.
4155 East Grant Road Tucson, AZ 85712 +1 520 326 1345
Voted Best Cocktail Bar Tucson Weekly's readers' poll, this place has done everything to maintain its status as the first choice for martini drinkers in Tucson. Its second claim to fame is the beer bar, serving nine brands of microbrews, including Tucson's own Nimbus Brewery. Don't look for Buds and Schlitz here. Thirdly, it is famous for its kitsch decor dedicated to famous people of the 60s. Part of the appeal are the huge ashtrays on the counter, a feature that earned it the Weekly's Best Bar for Smokers Award. Go figure.
2501 East Sixth Street Tucson, AZ 85716 +1 520 327 3767
Seems like everyone knows everyone else here, and the cozy and fun atmosphere at this bar and grill makes it easy for you to get to know them. This is one of the favorites of the college crowd. It does get loud here, especially during Happy Hour when people have to raise their voices to be heard while the TVs are running, but that's what you might expect at a sports bar. The fare consists of burgers and sandwiches with an entree of ribs. Both domestic and imported beers abound, while the wine list is rather limited. Breakfast is served on weekends only. Two patios are available for outside dining.
1702 East Speedway Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85719 +1 520 977 0544
The sandwiches are good, and the ice cream's just fine, in spite of warnings to the contrary by the owner. Don't let yourself be stumped by his remarks; he just likes to kid his customers. Try the big Bostonian burgers, which are a house specialty. The place is spacious, with seating available in the ice-cream parlor section, and a separate room for dining in a more sophisticated atmosphere. Have a nice relaxing lunch experience. After all, a restaurant where you're guaranteed a few good laughs can't be all that bad.
1800 East Speedway Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85719 +1 520 326 2600
Located next to the campus, this bar is one of the favorite hangouts for fans of the U of A sports teams. The draw here are the specialty drinks, which change daily and are available all day, not just for a few happy hours. The main fare is big-size burgers, served with a generous amount of fries, house-made potato salad or pasta salad. The menu also features sandwiches, munchies and assorted Mexican dishes. There is some apparel on display, such as t-shirts and caps with the company logo printed on them. While the beer selection is satisfying, the wine list is somewhat limited (although you may be served Dom Perignon champagne upon request). Outside seating is available on a covered patio facing busy Speedway Boulevard.
3115 East Prince Road Tucson, AZ 85716 +1 520 322 0779
If you want to include a true Western dining experience in your trip to Tucson, come here, preferably on Tuesday, Friday or Saturday evenings, which are steak nights. If you're ready to splurge, try the porterhouse but you'd better be hungry! This is a family bar featuring TV, pool and pinball machines, with shaded seating on the patio.
845 East University Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85719 +1 520 623 1653
This juice bar is immensely popular with college students and staff from the nearby university, especially on hot and humid summer days, of which Tucson has many. The smoothies are all made from pure fruit ingredients in large cups, at around $3 a piece. Some pastries are available, though the selection looks unimpressive, go for the iced squeezers. There is seating inside, offering a view of a large mural depicting a Caribbean scene complete with parrots, palms and beaches for it's definitely more scenic than watching the traffic on University Boulevard.
444 East University Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85705 +1 520 622 0761
This deli/market is hugely popular with students from the nearby University of Arizona, as well as the art crowd from the surrounding warehouse art district. The grocery section here is extensive, featuring a variety of health foods, as well as more than 150 beers and 100 wines. Delivery can be arranged. Woodfire pizzas with a large choice of toppings are sold at $7-$17 depending on size. Pay special attention to the sandwich and sub creations ($4-$5), featuring items such as Endless Summer or the Grecian Erika, served on 12 choices of bread, plus all kinds of extras.
Under the auspices of the Tucson Convention Center, TCC Arena
is the top place in town for concerts, wrestling, circus and sporting events. It is also home to the Arizona IceCats Collegiate Club Hockey. It can accommodate more than ...
Situated on the University of Arizona campus, this is the
venue for the popular "UA Presents" series, which offers around ten events every year including classical music, Broadway shows, performance artists, dance, jazz, and blues. With 2,400 seats, this ...
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 ...