Happy Hour in Tucson

by Kimberly Glutz, an AOL Travel ContributorPosted Aug 26th 2010 04:29 PM

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Looking for the best happy hour in Tucson? These fine establishments offer some great deals, and they might just prove to be your much needed desert oasis!

Zona 78

78 W River Road
Tucson, AZ 85704
520-888-7878

7301 E Tanque Verde Road
Tucson, AZ 85715
520-296-7878

Happy Hour: 3PM-6PM, Monday-Saturday
Best Deals: ½ off appetizers, ½ off well drinks, $2 domestic beers, $3 craft beers

For the past three years, Tucson Weekly has voted Zona 78 as the home of the best happy hour in Tucson. The happy hour menu includes 1/2 off appetizers, 1/2 off well drinks, $5 glasses of wine, $8 glasses of premium wine, $2 domestic beers, and $3 craft beers. In addition to having the city's most amazing happy hour specials, this Tucson restaurant's cuisine is phenomenal. Be sure to try their prosciutto, brie and apple chutney bruschetta or their homemade Bianco Pizza with white truffle oil, mozzarella, garlic, parmigiano-reggiano, and cracked black pepper. Known for its artisan pizzas and stylish atmosphere, Zona 78 is clearly a local favorite. Zona 78 has two convenient locations, so visit either one and enjoy the specials!

Barrio Brewery
800 E 16th Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
520-791-2739

Happy Hour: 4PM-7PM, Monday-Friday
Best Deals: ½ price select appetizers

Every weekday from 4PM-7PM, the Barrio Brewery offers their happy hour. In Tucson, a cold beer is sometimes necessary to cool off from the heat, which is why the Barrio Brewery offers 10-12 original brews on tap at all times. Some of these include Tucson Blonde, Barrio India Pale Ale, Taylor Jayne's Raspberry Ale, and Oatmeal Stout. They also offer a half-price appetizer menu on select items including their Spinach and Artichoke Dip ($4.50 during happy hour), which is a tasty blend of spinach and artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese and their very own Tucson Blonde Ale dished up in a toasted sourdough bread bowl with fresh tortilla chips on the side, as well as Beer Sponges ($2.25 during happy hour), which are two large, hot soft pretzels served with their homemade Nuclear Beer Mustard. Another offering not just available during happy hour is the "Rail Pint Special" – $3 pints every time a train passes! Barrio Brewery is located right by the train tracks at the corner of Toole and 16th Street.

Old Pueblo Grille
60 N Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
520-326-6000

Happy Hour: 3PM-close, daily
Best Deals: $5 appetizers, $1 off drinks

If you're in the mood for cocktails, this Tucson restaurant's lounge and patio are sure to impress you. With all appetizers for just $5 and $1 off all drinks, this local bar's happy hour menu is among the best in Tucson. You can also enjoy $5 martinis and $5 margaritas each day from 7:30PM to close. Once the site of a small, two-room farm house, the Old Pueblo Grille is a Tucson Landmark. Try the Rattlesnake Eggs – bacon wrapped jalapeños with smoked shrimp cream cheese or Firecracker Shrimp – panko-crusted shrimp with spicy red chili sauce. Wash it down with a specialty drink, perhaps the Old Tucson Fashioned with Maker's Mark bourbon, muddled orange, cherry, sugar, bitters and club soda or the Sonoran Desert Mirage made with Bacardi light rum, mango puree, and pineapple juice. Don't miss the Old Pueblo Grande Margarita (a specialty 42oz margarita perfect for two) made of Sauza Conmemorativo, triple sec, and fresh lime juice or the Milky Way Martini – Smirnoff vanilla vodka, Bailey's, Godiva, cream, caramel, and chocolate syrup.

Old Chicago
2960 N Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
520-327-6200

Happy Hour: 3PM-6PM, 10PM-close, daily
Best Deals: $3.99 select appetizers, $2.69 domestic drafts, $1 off wine and cocktails

Enjoy happy hour in Tucson twice a day at Old Chicago (yes, you heard it right). Happy hour specials are offered between 3PM-6PM, then again from 10PM-close (2AM). So, after the other happy hours end, go to Old Chicago and spend the rest of the evening with them! They have a $3.99 happy hour menu of select foods featuring burger baskets and nacho platters. Enjoy their other happy hour specials while in Tucson, including $1.00 off selected wines and cocktails, $2.69 for 16oz domestic drafts, and $3.29 for 16oz micro drafts (excluding imports). Old Chicago treats their customers like family. They serve home-cooked, Chicago-style pizza and offer 110 different beers to choose from. Join their "World Beer Tour" and get a card that keeps track of all the different beers you've tried. Once you reach all 110 different varieties, you are entered into the "Hall of Foam," and you can get prizes along the way!

Kon Tiki
4625 E Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85711
520-323-7193

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4PM-7PM
Best Deals: $2.25 domestic beers, $3.50 double-well drinks, complimentary buffet with purchase of drinks

Kon Tiki is a Hawaiian/Polynesian-themed restaurant complete with a bamboo bar and straw ceiling accents offering a tropical and intimate setting right here in Tucson! Happy hour at the restaurant takes place daily from 4PM-7PM. The happy hour specials at Kon Tiki Tucson include $3.50 cocktails, $4 appetizers and a complimentary buffet with the purchase of drinks. Be sure to try out their signature drink, the Scorpion – "the largest drink in the world" – made up of a mixture of rums, gin, brandy, liqueurs, and tropical fruit juices. The Kamehameha, a classic made of Cruzan mango rum and Cruzan dark rum with a splash of pineapple juice and amaretto (topped with a pineapple and cherry) comes in a tiki mug that's yours to keep! And who can resist a Kon Tiki Mai Tai made from Kon Tiki's very own secret recipe?

The Maverick King of Clubs

6622 E Tanque Verde
Tucson, AZ 85715
520-298-0430

Happy Hour: 5PM-7PM, Tuesday and Friday; All night on Wednesday
Best Deals: $1 off domestic beers, house wines, well drinks and food. Tuesday: two for one from 7PM-close. Friday: $1 domestic drafts from 8PM-close

The Maverick King of Clubs cowboy bar is the only place to go for some good 'ole country music and line dancing in Tucson! Happy hour at this restaurant features different specials throughout the entire week. From 5PM-7PM on Tuesdays and Fridays, happy hour specials include $1 off domestic beers, house wines, cocktails and food. Tuesday also has two for one drinks from 7PM-close for domestic draft beers, house wines, and well drinks, and Wednesday even has an extended happy hour all night long. Thursday is ladies' night with $1 off all alcoholic beverages all night. Friday has $1 beers from 8PM-close (domestic drafts only), and Saturday has hourly drink and shot specials from 9PM-2AM. The Maverick has casual mid-western charm with friendly bar service and local regulars that like to kick up their heels and have a good time!

Whether you're in the mood for something upscale or casual, we have your happy hour needs covered. Check out the local fare, try something new, and see for yourself who has the best happy hour in the Wild West!


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