Having once been just a hot dog stand in an old trailer, Portillo’s has expanded throughout the mid-west and into the southwest.
Being a unique type of museum, the Tucson Musicians Museum offers visitors an opportunity to look through the history of music in the city, and a chance to keep that history moving forward. The museum has been operated as a non-profit in Tucson since 2007.
A Tucson family favorite old school style steakhouse out on the West Side of town. A Yelp reviewer said the décor is reminiscent of an old west saloon, with dollar bills tacked to the walls.
Located at the historic South end of Oracle, the Jackrabbit Lounge is a den where nocturnal creatures come out to play. Jackrabbit Lounge is a retro lounge offering crafted cocktails, craft beers, sharable food plates, monthly discos, variety acts and live music.
Here’s another “Cheers” spot on Tucson’s East Side. Plenty of great reviews, including this one. On The Rocks even has a cozy little corner with an electric fireplace for an intimate evening.
From their website, “Good things come to those who wait.” And people have been waiting for quite a while for this one. Iron John’s Brewing merged with Monkey Burger in the Williams Center on Broadway a couple of years ago. Complications from COVID and the typical permitting issues with any bigger city stalled this project several times, but the time has finally come.
Can you picture Asian/Cajun Seafood served here in Tucson? Crab and/or Crawfish boils? Oh, how about Alligator Nuggets? And on Broadway just about halfway between Swan and Craycroft. It’s true. It’s true!
Trident Grill was opened in August of 2001 by Nelson Miller, retired US Navy SEAL. Trident is named after the special warfare insignia that all Navy SEALs wear on their uniforms. He fell in love with the Arizona desert and culture of the Southwest when doing special training ops in Tucson and nearby areas. As retirement approached, he chose to open the first Trident Grill, near the University of Arizona.
Pickleball is the hottest thing going in Tucson, and pretty much everywhere else. Tucson has a new upscale place to play the game, grab some good grub, and have a drink or two. If you have been out in the desert for the last year or so, pickleball is a sport that is sort of a cross between tennis, ping pong and badminton. You can play it as easy or as hard as you want. This is one of those games that seems to cross all generations.
“Legalize Marinara” is one of Oregano’s Pizza Bistro’s most well known t-shirt gimmicks. Any visit will convince you to support the cause. Oregano’s on Speedway is famous all over town, and further away for their delicious pizzas, pasta offerings and creative desserts.
Here’s an Irish themed Pub available on Tucson’ s east side. Murphys Public House opened in 2016 in a space that has gone through numerous iterations since the mid-1960s, with a pre-opening interior and exterior upgrades.
Another near downtown, and U of A, brewery and taproom, with a twist. Screwbean Brewing is also a coffee shop. Offering several of their own brews and some guest taps, for now, plus a nice selection of coffees and teas, and assorted red and white wines. Screwbean also carries pastries from Cafe Francais until they run out daily.
Maybe an auspicious opening date. Voltron Brewing taproom opened on Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2023. Voltron Brewing taproom fronts the on-site brewing efforts of Borderlands Brewing and Firetruck Brewing. Featuring several beers each from the two Tucson brewers, they also offer revolving brews from other breweries around the state, plus six flavors of seltzer. Current offerings in August 2023 include beers from Dillinger and Dark Sky out of Flagstaff. They do carry canned Coca Cola products in cans.
Crave is exactly the opposite of one of those corporate-owned, franchise based coffee shops you find at the mall. Opened in 2011 by very friendly Eastern European entrepreneurs, Crave Coffee Bar has developed a fiercely loyal following of clients in Central Tucson. In 2015 they annexed the shop next door, more than doubling their inside seating, providing a very comfortable location to enjoy a coffee by yourself, meet up with a few friends, or even conduct an informal business meeting while enjoying great coffee, tea or snacks.
The word “Charro” is “a name given to the peasants of the province of Salamanca.” This word was adapted in 1857 and applied in Mexico to good, able horsemen, recognized by the costume or uniform they wear, especially the high-crowned, wide brimmed hat.
Discover downtown Tucson’s historic mansions and homes on this self-guided audio walking tour. Learn how the area transformed from a prehistoric village into a neighborhood rich in design where some of the Southwest’s leading architects left their mark. Enjoy the flexibility to explore at your own pace. The app features turn-by-turn directions, so you won't get lost.
Trampolines (you know what these are), Dodgeball (think back to middle school, but on trampolines), Slamball (think basketball dunks but lofting from a trampoline), Fidget Ladder (kind of like American Ninja, but over a foam pit), Kiddie Court (reserved trampoline area for kids under 46 inches), Foam Pit (for soft landings), and Massage Chairs (for Mom and Dad?)
With a signature offering of Prime Rib, El Corral also offers a wide array of steaks, ribs and burgers, salmon and chicken dishes, appetizers, salads, sides and desserts, and a 4 item children’s menu.
Indoor rock climbing combines balance, flexibility, strength and problem solving to provide a challenging workout for climbers of all abilities. For beginners, there is no better place to learn the skills needed to climb inside safely. For climbers that desire to hone their abilities, there is no better place than Rocks and Ropes to develop and train.