10 Best Early Entertainment Destinations in Tucson

Tucson may not be Las Vegas or L.A. in terms of nightlife, but the city offers plenty to enjoy after sundown, including early entertainment options for folks who want to get home in time for a good night's sleep.

For a night of unabashed Wild West fun, head to The Gaslight Theatre, which puts on Western-themed musical revues six nights a week. On the weekends, the theatre offers early shows for folks looking to head home early. 

Arizona's oldest stand-up comedy club, Laffs Comedy Caffe in Tucson, has hosted comedy luminaries like Tim Allen and George Lopez. On the weekends, the club features nationally touring comedians with two shows on Saturday nights, including an early evening performance. 

Movie-lovers and film buffs have plenty to love about Tucson, including special event nights and cult movie screenings at The Loft Cinema in midtown Tucson. This iconic local art house cinema offers gourmet pizza, craft beer, and wine, and guests are welcome to enjoy a beer while watching the latest indie flick. 

If you're looking for a stylish place to enjoy an early nightcap, head to Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar in the city's foothills neighborhood. Happy hour specials go on all evening long. But the real draw are the excellent views of the downtown skyline visible from the outdoor patio.  



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 alternative, are represented, and...  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



Roadhouse Cinemas offers Tucson's only state-of-the-art, full-service movie and dining experience. The locally-owned theatre offers a full menu of gourmet treats, a full bar, and possibly best of all, some of the most comfortable recliners west...  Read More



Located at Trail Dust Town, a western-themed attraction on Tucson's eastside, the Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros Wild West Stunt Show offers audiences a fun night of high-impact stunts, explosion effects, gunfights, cowboy-style fist fights and...  Read More



Skybox Restaurant and Bar in Tucson has it all. It's situated in an attractive north Tucson location, the beer and wine selection is above par, and the food is nothing to scoff at, either. Did we mention the restaurant and bar also regularly...  Read More



Carnival of Illusion is a unique "parlour show" that celebrates the wonder, fun and mesmerizing spirit of magic and illusion. The show offers an evening of "Old World" magic that blends the whimsy of a vaudeville roadshow with the sophistication...  Read More



"Cafe by day, solar powered astronomy bar by night." That's the Sky Bar, in a nutshell. This unique Tucson cafe and bar is 100 percent solar-powered and is outfitted with powerful telescopes so you can observe the cosmos after dark. The bar...  Read More



Southern Arizona's premier destination for stand-up comedy is Laffs Comedy Caffe. The midtown Tucson comedy venue is not only the lone stand-up club in Tucson, it also happens to be the oldest continually-operating comedy venue in Arizona. Going...  Read More

North Tucson


Looking for a place to hang besides a simple bar or club? OK, The Loft Cinema is kind of a bar. You can sip wine and beer on its patio. But it's also a movie theater. Main events range from showings of cult classics like Rosemary's Baby to...  Read More



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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