The Tucson bar scene has really come into its own in recent years. The city has developed a highly distinctive cocktail scene, a thriving local brewery scene, and remains one of the best cities in the country to explore artisanal, agave-based spirits. It's also home to quirky bars that you simply won't find anywhere else, like the Casa Film Bar, which pairs craft brews with classic and indie films.
Penca, meanwhile, brings Mexico City-style sophistication to the downtown scene. The restaurant's "international bar" has become one of the best places in town to sip on mezcal (the bar offers around 30 mezcals) and premium tequilas.
Scott & Co. has become the cornerstone of downtown Tucson's hip bar scene. The small speakeasy-style lounge has been instrumental in elevating the art of drinking around downtown.
If you're looking for a truly unique Tucson bar, head to the The Shelter Cocktail Lounge, a 1960s-inspired bar with great drinks and a fun, kitschy ambiance.
Are you a beer connoisseur? If so, you'll want to make a stop at Tap & Bottle, a friendly neighborhood tavern where you can find home-grown Southern Arizona beer and other top regional craft beers.