Buffet Bar & Crock Pot is a working-class watering hole has been here since 1934. It's the only bar in Tucson that opens early and, believe it or not, that's because they really do get customers at those morning hours. Home of the "Happy Minute" in the evenings, when everybody at The Buffet gets another of whatever they're drinking completely on the house. Just know beforehand that hot dogs are about as haute cuisine as it gets here.
1702 is the place to head in Tucson for some great beers and hand-crafted pizzas. If you are looking for a hard-to-find brew, 1702 probably has it, along with 45 other selected microbrews and imports. The selection is constantly changing, based on what is available seasonally. 1702 also as an in-house beer shop, where they sell over 250 craft beers. For something to eat, try one of their great pizzas. Varieties include the Caseus Maxius, with mozzarella, provolone, ricotta, feta and Romano cheeses, or the Italia with spinach, basil, tomato, feta and garlic.
For over 50 years, The Maverick has been Tucson's top club for live country music and dancing. Top country acts have played here in the past, which brings in the crowds who want to let some steam off by dancing the night away. Line dancing lessons are also offered. The Maverick has a full menu of tasty favorites, from appetizers like wings and nachos to entrees like a steak dinner and fish and chips. Be sure to take advantage of their nightly drink specials as well.
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.
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.
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.
At Bob's it seems like everyone knows everyone else here, which is to say that the place is always filled with locals. Bob's is kind of a dive, however with TVs on the walls, it does have somewhat of a sports bar vibe. During happy hour, the college crowd comes in for cheap drinks and filling appetizers. Bob's serves a decent amount of domestic swill like Budweiser and Coors, but oftentimes you will also find a craft beer or two. Moreover, when the weather is right, the two patios available for outside dining are perfect.
This is where the Rocky Horror Picture Show freaks liquor up on Saturday nights, among other theatergoers at the neighboring Loft Cinema. During the day, it is usually a local yokel joint. It's spacious, with typically southwestern wooden paneling, a jukebox, a few old video arcade games, torn leather booths and a few tables in the center of the room. A variety of burgers and sandwiches are available: bacon cheeseburgers, jalapeno burgers, mushroom swiss burgers, barbecue beef sandwiches and chicken melts.
The cuisine is international, the ambiance is totally charged and the name is Feast. What more do you need to have a whale of time especially where your appetite is concerned. The chef has come up with some interesting dishes that could leave you asking for more. If you want to go for the greens, then take a pick from the Mixed Green Salad or the Smoked Trout with Watermelon and Avocado salad. Enjoy a Roast Pork Sandwich or the popular Feast Grilled Cheese. If that's not all, then go for the Curried Shrimp or New York Grilled Steak. With so much and more on offer out here, you are ensured a great time with flavors you will cherish and prices that are friendly.
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.
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.