The next time you are visiting Tucson, make sure you stay up late at least one night to experience Tucson’s nightlife. More specifically, downtown Tucson’s nightlight. At night, the city shows a different side of itself, when the younger crowd congregates downtown after hours for clubs, food, and drinks. Not far from downtown is the University of Arizona Main Gate and Fourth Avenue, both locations just as popping as downtown. With bars, clubs, theatres, and community events, Tucson will keep you entertained all night long.
1. Sky Bar
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While in Tucson, check out the Sky Bar, a venue that’s “Solar Powered Café by Day, Astronomy Bar by Night.” There’s more than just drinks at this modern hangout, with open mic being held every Wednesday from 7 pm to 12 am. At the Sky Bar, you can show off your talents in front of your friends and total strangers, or just relax and enjoy the show. Sets typically last from 5 to 15 minutes, and if you can’t make it on Wednesday, come out on Fridays at 10 pm for a free dance party. Dance to the music of some of the best local DJ’s, from 10 till close, with great drink specials, in a safe, open environment.
Address: 536 N. 4th Ave. Tucson Arizona 85705
Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 am every day
Contact: 520 622 4300
Website: Sky Bar
2. Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails
If you’re hungry and looking for a place to hang, Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails is the place for you. True to its name, Hi Fi centers itself around music, and maintains a retro theme. The full menu is served late into the night, which you can mix and match with selections from the cocktail and adult milkshake menu. Hi Fi has both indoor and outdoor seating, with a 360-degree island bar, lounge and community seating areas, and traditional tables, making this venue the perfect hub to enjoy a meal, get a few drinks, or make some new friends. Rock n’ roll art accentuates the building’s contemporary style against the backdrop of a rustic foundation mixing both old and new genres to give you a rockin’ time.
Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails
Address: 345 E Congress St, # 101, Tucson, Arizona
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11 am to 2 am. Sun: 11 am to 2 am. HAPPY HOUR: Mon-Fri 3 pm to 7 pm
Contact: Call (520) 268 9110
Website: Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails
3. Surly Wench Pub
Established 2004, Tucson shows its wild side in the Surly Wench Pub. Booze, music, and food abound at the dive, but that’s not why they’re famous. On the first Friday of every month, the Surly Wench hosts the wildest of burlesque shows. That’s right. Dancing and a risqué attitude collide in this modern, yet old-fashioned bar. Can’t make it that Friday? Don’t sweat it. The Surly Wench is also a live music venue, holds dance nights with the best local DJ’s, and serves delicious food at a reasonable price. And of course, the pub maintains a huge selection of beer and booze to keep the good vibes flowing.
Surly Wench Pub
Address: 424 N. 4th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, US
Opening Hours: Open daily 2 pm to 2 am
Contact: (520) 882 0009
Website: Surly Wench Pub
4. Che’s Lounge
If you’re thirsting for a new drink that’s unlike any other, look no further than Che’s Lounge. Che’s Lounge is Tucson’s premier dive bar, having over 16 years of experience to create the perfect combinations to sate your palette. Che’s will put a unique spin on your night out with drinks like their fresh muddle watermelon, blueberry lemonade, and other seasonal fruit cocktails, making you want to come back again and again.
Address: 350 N 4th Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85705
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 12 pm – 2 am
Contact: (520) 623 2088
Website: Che’s Lounge
5. Zen Rock Night Club
If you’re looking to dance the night away, Zen Rock Night Club is sure to keep you on your feet. You won’t have to worry that the music won’t be just right because Zen has three different levels, with three different bars, and three different genres of music. At Zen Rock, you can pick a style, or move between rooms to keep the party going all night. Pop in on the weekend for Friday Ladies Night and Power Saturdays, featuring mainly Latino music, to get the full Zen experience.
Zen Rock Night Club
Address: 121 E. Congress, Tucson, Arizona
Opening Hours: Wed to Sat 9:00 pm to 2:00 am
Contact: (520) 624 3800
Website: Zen Rock Night Club
6. Club Xs
If you’re looking for the atmosphere of a club but craving live music, stop by Club Xs. While not in downtown, Club Xs has been at the same midtown location as they have been for the past 27 years, and continues to bring great music to the awesome people of Tucson regularly. Featuring three bars and a VIP lounge, you’d think Club Xs could stop there when coming up with ways to give you the perfect night out—but they don’t! On top of the in-house services, everything you’ll need for a safe, fun, night out is either inside the club or next door. Two dressing rooms are located in secured, private, hallway entrances, a fitness center with showers is next door, food establishments are within walking distance, major shopping outlets are within two miles, and Club Xs is located within 1 mile (1.6 km) of hotel accommodations, making sure your night on the town is fun, safe, and never dull.
Address: 5851 E Speedway Blvd, Ste 141, Tucson, Arizona
Contact: (520) 885 3030
Website: Club Xs
7. Fox Tucson Theatre
If you’re not into the bar scene, you can always catch a show at the Fox Tucson Theatre. With shows scheduled year-round, ranging in genres from comedians to musicians, you’re sure to find a show that’s just right for you. The Fox itself is centered in the city’s cultural hub, and is widely known as the “Crown Jewel” of downtown Tucson. Because of the location, the Fox stays closely connected to the history of the performing arts in Tucson, and continues to provide quality entertainment to its patrons. Upon your visit, you’ll be adding to The Fox’s image and role of revitalizing downtown Tucson, all while enjoying some of the best acts in the business.
Fox Tucson Theatre
Address: 17 W Congress St, Tucson, Arizona
Contact: (520) 547 3040
Website: Fox Tucson Theatre
8. Rialto Theatre
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Built in the 1920’s, The Rialto Theatre has followed the shift in Tucson’s economy from natural resources and agriculture based to the service economy it is today. And like its sister structure, the Hotel Congress, the Rialto Theatre follows the service tradition. Providing entertainment for “the common man,” The Rialto always has and continues to exhibit a wide variety of musicians. Artists are scheduled year-round, so you don’t have to worry about travel dates. While most events are for all ages, if you’re looking for something a little more risqué, The Rialto’s got you covered with 21 years and older only events.
Address: 318 E Congress St, Tucson, Arizona
Contact: (520) 740 1000
Website: Rialto Theatre
9. The "Main" Event: 2nd Saturdays Downtown
Finally, to fully experience Tucson’s roots, consider attending 2nd Saturdays Downtown. As the name implies, every 2nd Saturday of the month during the spring and summer months, local performers, food trucks, artists, and musicians congregate downtown to bring locals and tourists the best block party you’ll ever attend. The event lasts from March to November, with street vendors open from 5 to 10:30pm, and stage performances from 7 to 10pm. Next time you venture to Tucson, be sure to add the second Saturday of the month into your trip itinerary and experience the festivities for yourself.
2nd Saturdays Downtown
Address: Downtown Tucson
Website: 2nd Saturdays Downtown
A night on the town
No matter what type of night you’re looking for, from space adventure, to dance party, to burlesque show, to theatre performance, Tucson does not lack locations for a memorable night out. With all Tucson has to offer, staying cooped up in your hotel room will be a thing of the past. Because at night, the city truly comes alive.