Bars & Cafes
Seems like everyone knows everyone else here, and the cozy and fun atmosphere at this bar and grill makes it easy for you to get to know them. This is one of the favorites of the college crowd. It does get loud here, especially during Happy Hour when people have to raise their voices to be heard while the TVs are running, but that's what you might expect at a sports bar. The fare consists of burgers and sandwiches with an entree of ribs. Both domestic and imported beers abound, while the wine list is rather limited. Breakfast is served on weekends only. Two patios are available for outside dining.
Located next to the campus, this bar is one of the favorite hangouts for fans of the U of A sports teams. The draw here are the specialty drinks, which change daily and are available all day, not just for a few happy hours. The main fare is big-size burgers, served with a generous amount of fries, house-made potato salad or pasta salad. The menu also features sandwiches, munchies and assorted Mexican dishes. There is some apparel on display, such as t-shirts and caps with the company logo printed on them. While the beer selection is satisfying, the wine list is somewhat limited (although you may be served Dom Perignon champagne upon request). Outside seating is available on a covered patio facing busy Speedway Boulevard.
The sandwiches are good, and the ice cream's just fine, in spite of warnings to the contrary by the owner. Don't let yourself be stumped by his remarks; he just likes to kid his customers. Try the big Bostonian burgers, which are a house specialty. The place is spacious, with seating available in the ice-cream parlor section, and a separate room for dining in a more sophisticated atmosphere. Have a nice relaxing lunch experience. After all, a restaurant where you're guaranteed a few good laughs can't be all that bad.
This is not pizza pie in the sky: it's the real thing. Zachary's brings you pan pizza from the heart of Chicago, complete with homemade crust. A hint of olive oil, a dash of spice and lots of toppings heaps the windy city's best blend on your plate. The Big Z is a neighborhood favorite, topped with "the works." A large size is $21.95 and worth every penny. Chase your dinner with a variety of quality draught beers including Guinness and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, or choose your favorite soft drink.
Stop at this small midtown restaurant, meet the Trang family and have them cook an authentic Vietnamese meal for you suited just to your tastes. One of their favorites is the charbroiled pork or beef served on a rice noodle bowl. Do not miss the excellent pho soups that the family is famous for. Mr. & Mrs. Trang will take every effort to make their customers happy and you will leave well-fed and with a new appreciation of Vietnamese hospitality. Beer and wine are available.
This pub's slogan is, "Have a Firkin Great Time." And you will at this University of Arizona area British-style pub. Live music, billiards and darts round out the pub experience. Come lift a pint of one of their more than 70 imported beers, many on tap, and pair it with a Firkin Pie (pizza) or one of their British-inspired specialties. About those brews, you'll find one of the area's best selection of imports and domestics. Salads and sandwiches are named to honor British notables from King Arthur and Queen Anne to Lady Di. Other specialties include Big Ben Meatloaf, Shephard's Pie, Welsh Rarebit and Cornish Pasties.
Just a block from the University of Arizona is Tucson's oldest, original brewery. A winner of many awards for its beers and ales, including Best of Show at the 1998 Las Vegas International Beer Festival, Gentle Ben's Brewing Company is also a favorite for its innovative cuisine. Would you expect to find Spinach & Artichoke Dip or a Asian Chicken Wrap at a brewpub? You will here, along with an interesting selection of salads, sandwiches, pastas and appetizers. Its seven brewed-on-premise beers run from pale ales up to porters and are available by-the-glass, as sampler "flights" and even by the jug or keg to take out.
This juice bar is immensely popular with college students and staff from the nearby university, especially on hot and humid summer days, of which Tucson has many. The smoothies are all made from pure fruit ingredients in large cups, at around $3 a piece. Some pastries are available, though the selection looks unimpressive, go for the iced squeezers. There is seating inside, offering a view of a large mural depicting a Caribbean scene complete with parrots, palms and beaches for it's definitely more scenic than watching the traffic on University Boulevard.
Located just outside the University of Arizona main gate, this popular cafe features southwestern cuisine with European accents in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. The place is open and airy, and there is a small patio for outdoor dining. The menu changes monthly, but usually features a good selection of salads, soups, sandwiches, pastas and a few hot entrees. Full bar service is available.
Take your funny bone out on the town at this humorous venue. This popular comedy club hosts a number of comedians who tickle ribs nation-wide on VH-1 and Comedy Central. Local acts and new talent give the venue variety. A full bar and restaurant menu is available to enhance your humor. Since the club is reasonably sized, virtually every seat in the house affords a comfortable dining experience and a great view of the action on stage. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call ahead for show times.
More redneck than red wine, this working-class watering hole has been here since 1934. It's the only bar in Tucson that opens at 6a and, believe it or not, that's because they really get customers at that hour. Home of the "Happy Minute," in the evenings, everybody at The Buffet gets another of whatever they're drinking, on the house. Hot dogs are about as haute cuisine as it gets here.
This is where the Rocky Horror Picture Show freaks liquor up on Saturday nights, among other theatergoers at the neighboring Loft Cinema. During the day, it is usually a local yokel joint. It's spacious, with typically southwestern wooden paneling, a jukebox, a few old video arcade games, torn leather booths and a few tables in the center of the room. A variety of burgers and sandwiches are available: bacon cheeseburgers, jalapeno burgers, mushroom swiss burgers, barbecue beef sandwiches and chicken melts.