Campus Guide: Over 21 Hotspots

Rebecca Noble | The Daily Wildcat Gentle Ben's, a bar and grill on University Boulevard, is one of the top spots to watch sports games, including Arizona football and basketball games.

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Patrons of the original Cobra Arcade Bar in downtown Phoenix enjoy drinks along along with classic arcade games.


Cobra Arcade Bar Tucson

According to its Facebook page, Cobra Arcade Bar offers free tokens for arcade gameplay to customers with every drink purchase on Tuesdays. Wednesday’s are Ladies’ nights with free tokens all night for the women, and there are $3 Michelada, mimosa & margaritas or $1 off all draft beer on Sundays.

The Funky Monk

Fun times can be had any weekend at the Funky Monk. The Monk offers drink specials on Fridays and Saturdays. Each night features one part of the dynamic DJ-production duo known as Dibs & MGM. On “What The Funk Fridays”, you can find $4 Red Bull-Vodkas, $2 Coors Light, $1.50 select bottles and DJ Dibs playing your club favorites all night long. On “Solid Gold Saturdays,” you’ll find $3 Mexican beers, $4 margaritas, $5 Patron shots and MGM spinning the latest and greatest hits to dance to.

Che’s Lounge

Perhaps no bar captures the ethos and spirit of Fourth Avenue better than Che’s. Known to locals as a dive-bar-meets-music-venue, if you’re looking for cheap brews and good tunes, it’s a safe bet Che’s will have $1 PBR and a great local band on the outside patio.

Hi-Fi Kitchen & Cocktails

Get your Saturday night off to a fly start by cruising down to the junction of Fourth Avenue and Congress Street to see DJ Dibs perform in one of the hottest nightclubs to come out of Tempe and land in Tucson. Also a great spot to watch any major sporting event, even during the day on weekends, with almost more TV’s than you can handle. Be sure to head downtown on Thursday nights for “2-4-1” Thursdays. According to its Facebook page, you can buy two wells drinks for the price of one.

Mr. Heads Art Gallery and Bar

A chill local bar that doubles as an art gallery featuring work by local artists. Heads counts itself as a great place for cheap beer ($2 Pabst Blue Ribbon all day, every day), live local music and a laid-back atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for craft beer or just PBR, this is a place you should check out any night of the week. 

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Miranda Schubert (right), host of Ladytowne, interviews Bex Wesoasis (left) on May 30 at Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson.

Club Congress

Does the name John Dillinger ring a bell? Well, he was one of the most infamous people to stay at the hotel attached to this historic club/bar/restaurant/ tavern style concert venue. If you love history and that old-timey bar feel, then this place will blow your mind. On busy nights, four bars and an indoor and outdoor dance floor are usually pumping. The patio in back makes for one-of-a-kind nights that are sure to bring memories for decades to come. 

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