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Downtown, Tucson: 5 reviews and 3 photos
West of Sixth Avenue:
No theater is performed, but it is a fairly cool bar. Tables, chairs and pool tables are all crowded in front of medium-sized stage against a short bar. Live music most nights, usually with a cover under $5. This is where the pretentious indie crowd heads on every night but Monday.
The Red Room:
The Red Room is the bar of The Grill, although alcohol is available at all (legal) times throughout the restaurant. Where else can you get great pancakes and a $15 shot of aged whiskey? The Red Room, like The Grill, is a little grungy and often attracts a strange clientele, but the bartenders are always nice and they strangely have a fantastic beer selection, including many Belgian beers on bottle not seen anywhere else in town, several "reserve" bottles available for higher prices ($10-20) and a good selection of quality draft beer. They also take pride in their whiskey selection. Menus are on chalkboards next to the bar as they change often.
Zen Rock is an upscale dance club with a dress code and cover. It is one of the nicest clubs in Tucson, if not the nicest. There are three levels and a total of 5 rooms. Music is typical dance club music.
Sapphire is owned by the Zen Rock people and serves a slightly older crowd. Sapphire features three levels, each with its own bar and DJ. The top level is its rooftop bar, the only one of its kind in Downtown Tucson.
Centro, during the day, is Chile Verde, a somewhat gringo-esque taco shop serving the Downtown lunch crowd. Nights brings out a chic dance club. The interior is full of post-modern/Warhol type kitsch, while the exterior is literally in an alley between two large buildings. Both areas feature bars and DJs.
Dress Code: Dress codes at Zen Rock, Sapphire and Centro.
At Centro, if you get there early, it's not as dressy and you can get in with typical Tucson garb (i.e. - flip-flops, khaki shorts, etc.).
Directions: Congress Street between Sixth Avenue and Stone Avenue
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