10 Best Tucson Bars: Whet Your Whistle in the Old Pueblo

Patricia Escarcega

By , Local Expert, Tucson
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When you're ready for drinking and socializing, Tucson's bar scene does not disappoint. Scott & Co. is a relatively newer addition to the Tucson bar scene, but 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 unbeatable ambiance. Are you a beer connoisseur? If so, Tucson is your kind of town. You'll want to make a stop at Nimbus Brewery, home...  Read more »

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    Scott & Co.

    Scott & Co. in Tucson offers exceptional hand-crafted drinks in a sophisticated, speakeasy-inspired downtown settings.

    Local Expert Tip: "Can't decide what to order? Ask for the bartender's choice, a unique mixed drink based on your preferences."

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    Club Congress

    Club Congress offers one of the hottest dance floors in downtown Tucson.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m."

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    Barrio Brewing Company

    Barrio Brewing Company in Tucson is a popular local bar, restaurant and beloved local brewery.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the pizza, hot and fresh from Barrio's pizza brick oven."

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    Plush in Tucson's artsy Fourth Avenue district is a hip bar and live music venue where the drinks are stiff and the atmosphere is undeniably cool.

    Local Expert Tip: "Makes sure to arrive early if you want a booth."

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    The Shelter

    The Shelter Cocktail Lounge in Tucson is a unique blast from the past featuring great drinks and unbeatable sixties-inspired atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy hour specials available every day from 3pm to 8pm. "

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    Gentle Bens Brewing Co

    Gentle Ben's Brewing Company in Tucson is a favorite with college hangout and craft brewery.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stop by on Tuesdays for $2 tacos, $2 tequila shots, and $10 buckets of Bud Light Lime. "

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    Bison Witches Bar

    Bison Witches Bar in Tucson combines the mellow atmosphere of a college hangout with the drink menu of a microbrewery.

    Local Expert Tip: "A good bar to find premium import beers. "

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    The Shanty

    The Shanty is a friendly neighborhood bar with an extensive beer menu and relaxed atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "Craving something to snack on? Ask for some of the bar's free popcorn. "

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    Nimbus Brewery

    Nimbus Brewery is nationally ranked as one of the country's top microbreweries.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy happy hour Mondays through Friday 3-6 pm and a reverse happy hour, Friday and Saturday from 10 pm to close."

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    Che's Lounge

    Che's Lounge in Tucson offers great drinks and some of the best people-watching on Fourth Avenue.

    Local Expert Tip: "Always free live music every Saturday night."



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