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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... 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 velvet paintings and groovy lamps. The retro vibe is augmented with a continual showing of 60s B movies and plenty of period music, occasionally provided by DJs fond of deep cuts and rare grooves. Bartenders mix up all the retro cocktails you can handle, but don't fret if your personal favorite is something invented last year--they can make those too. And if you're in the market for some new bad jokes to share with your friends, a visit to the restrooms here should be high on your list of things to do.
4155 E Grant Rd
Tucson, AZ 85712
- Daily 3pm-2am
- No Cover Charge
- Best for Bars Because: The Shelter Cocktail Lounge in Tucson is a unique blast from the past featuring great drinks and unbeatable sixties-inspired atmosphere.
- Recommended as Best Nightlife Because: The Shelter Cocktail Lounge brings the charm and kitsch of a vintage bar to Tucson, complete with pinball machines and black velvet paintings.
- Best for Happy Hour Because: The Shelter Cocktail Lounge is a one-of-kind cocktail bar with a retro-cool vibe. Perfect place to sip a martini and chat up the locals.
- Recommended as Best of Tucson's Midtown Nightlife Because: The Shelter Cocktail Lounge is a fun throwback to the swingin' '60s - a vintage cocktail lounge located in a real-life bomb shelter.