Econo Lodge University
1136 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 622-6714
Fax: (520) 617-0505
1136 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ, US, 85705
- Phone: (520) 622-6714
- Fax: (520) 617-0505
Bars & Cafes
Easy to reach from either downtown or the University of Arizona area, this family-style steakhouse has been packing them in for more than 30 years. The menu at Pack-Em-Inn Steakhouse focuses on steaks and seafood in a casual, western-themed atmosphere. The "famous steerburger" is big, juicy and made from choice beef. Chicken and ribs are also popular meal options. Prime rib is a house specialty on weekends. Wednesdays and Saturdays are karaoke nights.
This deli/market is hugely popular with students from the nearby University of Arizona, as well as the art crowd from the surrounding warehouse art district. The grocery section here is extensive, featuring a variety of health foods, as well as more than 150 beers and 100 wines. Delivery can be arranged. Woodfire pizzas with a large choice of toppings are sold at $7-$17 depending on size. Pay special attention to the sandwich and sub creations ($4-$5), featuring items such as Endless Summer or the Grecian Erika, served on 12 choices of bread, plus all kinds of extras.
Located a few blocks from the University of Arizona, in the northwestern part of the city, Eclipse Sports Bar is a typical sports bar, catering to the University crowd. As with sports bars, you will find big TV screens dispersed throughout the establishment, telecasting live sports events, pool tables, and even board games. On the food menu, you will find old favorites like Jalapeno Poppers, and, perhaps, a sprinkling of typical pub food. The bar also plays host to live musical performances. Call for more information.
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.
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.
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 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.
This place is one of the favorite hangouts for University of Arizona coeds and others, as it serves the famous Bison Witches Bloody Mary, a drink consumed in large quantities by droves of hungover college students on Sundays. That's part of the Fourth Avenue tradition. Another reason to visit this bar is speedy service, plus the legendary overstuffed deli sandwiches. It's not easy to find a seat during lunch hour, and even more difficult during Happy Hour, when skilled bartenders serve up a good selection of vodkas, tequilas and bourbons. So be prepared to wait a little for the Great Happy Hour Special, but be assured it'll be worth it. This place opens daily at 11am.
The Hut is where you can shelter yourself from everything bothersome. It provides a cozy space to relax all by yourself or with a mob of friends rioting in the pumping music. The drinks served at the bar are good and with one in tow an evening can be well spent listening to some rocking performances. The line up includes local musicians as well as international names who perform every evenings here.
Here is the one and only truly Irish bar in Tucson (though there are others who claim to be). This is where you want to be on St. Patrick's Day. On all other days, it's a good place to start the bar-hopping that takes place at the many drinking establishments on Fourth Avenue. There is live music here Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. It is suggested you call ahead for details. The fare is simple but hearty, including sandwiches, pizza and hamburgers. And yes, the supply of Guinness is abundant.
Opened in 1991 in the center of Tucson's Fourth Avenue district, this has quickly become one of the most popular night spots among UA students and twenty-somethings. Television sets are scattered about, normally showing sporting events or ESPN, but every hour or so, movie clips like the "Royale and Cheese" episode from Pulp Fiction or when Will Smith first gets his sunglasses in Men In Black are played. The joke is: who watches television or reads in a place like this anyway? The kitchen is open from 11a-10p. Burgers and fries, chicken sandwiches, buffalo-style hot wings, Caesar salad (all the sports bar staples) are offered. Dozens of beer selections are available.
The patio's the place to be at this noted neighborhood bar and cafe at the southern tip of the Fourth Avenue area. Lush, leafy greenery, a trickling fountain, and low-light lanterns create an inviting ambiance of intimacy. Inside, the bar is lively and the billiards competitive. One of the area's largest selections of imported beers is offered. This is a place where regulars congregate frequently and, sooner or later, anyone who's anyone in Tucson drops by.