Econo Lodge University
1136 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 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.
Formerly the Plush, The Flycatcher is the brainchild of Justin McLamarrah, an ex-employee and now a realtor. This bar cum concert venue hosts all kinds of live music and offers a wide variety for music enthusiasts. Enjoy your drinks while you listen to talented musicians. Some of their previous listings are Freddy Parish, Sun Bones, MuskHog, The Trainwrecks, Technicolor Hearts and Hank Topless.
There is no need to travel all around the globe to try a variety of microbrews and craft beers when you have the Tap & Bottle. This bar features at least twenty beers on tap, and the selection is constantly rotating. In addition to the beers, there are six wines available by the glass. No matter what you order, the atmosphere at Tap & Bottle is very friendly and welcoming, meaning you just might make some new friends here as well.
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.
If you're looking to relax in a classy and comfy atmosphere after a busy day of downtown sightseeing or shopping and dining on Fourth Avenue, make sure to visit Che's Lounge. The selection of beers, both domestic and imported, is excellent, including Guinness and Bass from the tap. The wine list is quite extensive, featuring a good sampling of Chilean wines as well as Chardonnays and Merlots from California and France, and a glass of house wine is offered at a very reasonable price. Live musical entertainment featuring local bands is provided every Friday and Saturday nights and there's never a cover charge.
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.