10 Best Bars in Tucson: Craft Brews, Fine Wines and Good Times

When you're ready for drinking and socializing, Tucson's bar scene does not disappoint.

Scott & Co. has become the cornerstone of downtown Tucson's hip bar scene. This small speakeasy-style lounge has elevated the art of drinking in the Old Pueblo. Handcrafted seasonal cocktails in an intimate space make this downtown bar a favorite with Tucson cocktail enthusiasts.

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. 

Another popular local microbrewery is Barrio Brewing Company, located in one of downtown Tucson's historic warehouse districts. This vibrant bar, grill, and brewery proudly brews up 12 microbrews, several of which you'll find on tap on any given night.

Need a hip, cozy bar for a nightcap? Try Plush, also on Fourth Avenue, which offers a swanky lounge to relax and toast the Tucson night.  

For an intimate wine bar experience, try Unplugged in downtown Tucson. This wine bar may be small, but the hand-picked menu of Old World varietals, and a great selection of certified organic & natural wines.

Located over the picturesque courtyard of St. Philip's Plaza in midtown Tucson, Union Public House blends the atmosphere of a friendly public house with the hospitality of traditional southwestern culture. The food is made-from-scratch modern...  Read More

Housed in a tiny historic building in downtown Tucson, Unplugged is a premier wine bar with an impressive selection of hand-picked wines. Patrons can pick from a menu of rare Old World varietals, as well as organic wines from small wineries in...  Read More

Thunder Canyon boasts several award-winning brews such as Bing Bang Ale with a hint of cherries, Catalina Pale Ale, Sandstone Cream Ale, Obsidian Porter, Thunderhead IPA, and Blackout Stout. And their food is impressive too. Wood fired oven...  Read More

Good Oak Bar is an Arizona craft beer and wine bar that celebrates the state's finest locally made beers and wines. Located in downtown Tucson in the historic Rialto Building, just across the street from Hotel Congress, Good Oak Bar is adjacent...  Read More


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, from JFK memorabilia to black...  Read More


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 might be a local fave like...  Read More

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, proudly brews up 12 microbrews,...  Read More

Sidecar is a hip, neighborhood cocktail bar located in midtown Tucson. The emphasis is on Prohibition-era cocktails like its namesake, as well as unique concoctions like the Oaxaca Dry Sour, a smoky cocktail made with small batch gin, mezcal,...  Read More

Tap & Bottle is a beer-lover's paradise. The intimate tap room at this beloved Tucson bar is home to one of the city's best-curated selections of craft brews. Tap & Bottle celebrates home-grown Southern Arizona beer, as well as many of...  Read More

Established in 2010, Scott & Co was founded by the same folks that brought 47 Scott to Tucson, downtown's popular destination for modern American comfort food in an intimate bistro-style space. Scott & Co. is an intimate speakeasy style...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

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...  More About Patricia

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