Photo by: Downtown Tucson Partnership
Tucson’s variety of great nightspots ranges from quiet wine bars to college hangouts and high-energy dance clubs, with lots in between. You’ll find breweries, sports bars, country/western saloons, LGBT clubs, comedy shows, performing arts venues, and casino gaming. Most bars and clubs are open until 2 a.m. so you can keep the party going long after the sun goes down.
Tucson’s younger crowd usually congregates in the University of Arizona Main Gate area, Fourth Avenue, and downtown around Congress Street. In these areas, you can hang at a neighborhood bar, chill out in an artsy café, and let loose at one of the many music venues all in one night. And for the foodies visiting Tucson, these areas house some of the best restaurants in town, whether you’re looking for high-end fusion or unassuming gastropub fare, you’re sure to find a plate or two that will make it onto your Instagram feed. Plus with the monthly festival known as 2nd Saturdays, you’re almost guaranteed to find some entertainment in Tucson’s urban core.
In the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, upscale shopping areas such as La Encantada and Casas Adobes feature jazz and blues bands in lush courtyards, with restaurants and bars catering to the clientele with refined palates. The numerous Foothills hotels and resorts also frequently offer music and entertainment onsite, and the resort bars and restaurants are popular with both locals and visitors for their delicious pairings and laid-back luxury.
For Latin-influenced entertainment, several Midtown-area restaurants feature mariachi bands, live salsa music and dancing, and flamenco performances. And Tucson’s local saloons don’t just talk the talk. Throw on your boots and honky-tonk the night away with your friends, get in on some line dancing or show off your country swing in some of the southwest’s most authentic spots.