10 Best Nightlife Spots in Tucson's Midtown

Although most of Tucson's nightlife scene is centered around downtown and the Fourth Avenue district, you'll find that midtown is full of spots for grabbing a drink or dancing with friends. 

If country music is your thing, head to Maverick, a country western-themed nightlife spot featuring live country music, dancing, and friendly staff. The club regularly hosts live music and dance lessons, so you can easily two-step the night away with friends. 

For friendly ambiance in a unique setting, check out The Canyon's Crown Restaurant and Pub, a British-style sports bar and pub featuring a rotating selection of draft beers and elevated pub fare. The bar carries sports matches from around the world, making this a good place to watch international matches. 

Looking for a good cocktail? Head to Sidecar in midtown, where the knowledgeable bar staff knows how to make a good drink. The menu emphasizes Prohibition-style cocktails in a hip but unpretentious setting. 

Meanwhile, over at Thunder Canyon Brewery, you can enjoy locally crafted brews in a friendly tap-room with fellow craft beer enthusiasts. 

If you love a good show, check out The Gaslight Theatre on Broadway Boulevard. The theater features a popular, old timey, Western saloon-themed show. Laugh, drink and enjoy dinner with friends. 





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Maverick, King of Clubs


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Musical theatre has always been a great way to escape your cares and throw yourself into an alternate universe of song and dance - if only for a couple of hours. The hard-working actors, singers, and stage crew behind the Gaslight Theatre in...  Read More



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