Best Tucson, AZ Nightlife

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    10. The Meet Rack

    Tucson has a lot of dive bars, but nothing quite compares to The Meet Rack, the mother of all dive bars. If you're looking to mingle with some of the city's most eccentric barflies, head to this colorful bar, where...

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    9. The Shanty

    For 30 years, the Shanty has maintained its reputation as an excellent place to meet for a drink or to mix and mingle. The spacious patio and relaxed vibe are inviting on warm nights. Though the bar is near the...

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    8. 1702

    Tucson's "beer and pizza mecca" is located close to the University of Arizona at 1702 E. Speedway (hence the name), dishing out wings, soup, salads and delicious pizzas. Serious beer aficionados will want to check...

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    7. The Shelter

    A lot of folks will tell you that this bar used to be a fallout shelter, but the truth is it was actually built as a bar back in 1961. The round, windowless structure is packed to the rafters with 60s era kitsch,...

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    6. Solar Culture

    A non-profit art gallery / music venue, Solar Culture is the brainchild of artist Steven Eye and a group of compatriots. Many years experience in the art and music industries has given the group a keen appreciation...

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    5. Bison Witches Bar

    You're probably wondering where the name comes from. Well, if you run the phrase "buy sandwiches" together, it might sound a bit like "Bison Witches." OK, maybe that's not so creative, but the food at this...

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    4. Plush

    One of the best ways to get to know a city well is to take part in its nightlife, and if you like live music that steers well away from Top 40, Plush is where to go. Performers are scheduled nearly every night, and...

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    3. Barrio Brewing Company

    The Barrio Brewing Company, located in one of downtown Tucson's historic warehouse districts, has quickly established itself as a local landmark. This vibrant bar, grill, and brewery, which opened back in 2007,...

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    2. Rialto Theatre

    This venue, located in the heart of downtown, had a fascinating past as a vaudeville theater. Now the refurbished facility is a great place to catch a touring band. Many styles of music, from blues to salsa to...

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    1. Club Congress

    This upbeat dance club offers a wide range of popular theme nights, with some of the best DJs in the area spinning nostalgic tracks or the best alternative music of today. Live music is offered, too, with top...

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About Tucson, AZ Nightlife

After the sun goes down, Tucson nightlife heats up at a variety of nightspots around the Old Pueblo. The city's large college student population turns the Fourth Avenue district and Main Gate area into a hotbed of nightlife activity. These spots, clustered around the University of Arizona and downtown Tucson, feature trendy lounges, live music venues and down-home bar and grills. In the swanky foothills neighborhood, upscale shopping centers like La Encantada are home to wine bars, open-late bistros and play regular host to live outdoor jazz and blues performances. Tucson is also home to many country western-themed saloons and restaurants that offer line dancing and cowboy ambiance. Around midtown, you'll also come across restaurants that feature live mariachi music, salsa dancing and flamenco. Finally, don't forget downtown Tucson, home to live music, dance clubs and late-night drinking holes. 



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Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is working on a novel about growing up in the 1990s.

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