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Comment Archives: Locations: Culture & Entertainment: 4 Stars

Re: “De Anza Drive-In

Gone but not forgotten. Tucson's last surviving drive-in theater closed abruptly on October 3, 2009. The DeAnza Corporation announced it was closing only 3 days before.

It had been offered for sale every year since at least 1999 when a Denver man tried to buy it and run it as a drive-in theater.

The DeAnza folks just abandoned it and did very little maintenance and zero promotion so it had become very shabby. It still had a loyal clientele though, and depending on the movies, business could be brisk on weekends.

Vandals speeded up the demise by covering every inch of the buildings with graffiti. Plans were underway to use the property as a fundraiser for a new drive-in but in response to the neighborhood and police complaints, the development company leveled everything and fenced in the property in March 2010.

Hopefully some day soon, another will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes and Tucson can once again enjoy movies under the stars.

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Posted by gcohn on 10/17/2010 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Bluefin Seafood Bistro

Scallops! Yum!

Posted by fuzzygoats on 09/09/2010 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

This is a must see for anyone who has ever daydreamed in miniature, had fantasies of what it would be like if they could fit inside a dollhouse, or marveled, "How'd they do that?" Spent a couple of hours there with a visiting friend and was absolutely fascinated by the whimsical, technical details, historical correctness, and just plain charm of the various exhibits of dolls houses, roomboxes and fantasyland miniatures. My only complaint? More seating throughout the building for my weary feet and sore joints from bending and stooping to see all there was to see! Commit yourself to multiple visits!

Posted by Susie T on 08/20/2010 at 12:37 AM

Re: “The Hut

I'm rarely out for night life, but if I'm shopping on 4th Ave. The Hut is the perfect place to rest my tootsies while I sip a Moose Drool, then beat my husband at pool! Just kidding, Baby...

Posted by MaryCox on 08/03/2010 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Northshore Bar and Grill

North Shore is by far my favorite bar to go to during the week. The friendly atmosphere and always interesting locals make it a great place to relax and have a couple drinks. The food and alcohol are very fairly priced and even more so during happy hour. The only thing I do not like is on Fridays and Saturdays it turns into a hip hop bar and holds a completely different atmosphere. Over all 4 out of 5 stars! Best bar in town!

Posted by DangerDavis on 05/23/2010 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Bum Steer

It says karaoke/ Open Mic, which is true, but the Open Mic is predominantly a Stand-up Comedy Open Mic, whereas at most other bars Open Mics are mainly geared toward Live Music/ Jams, so acoustic acts are welcome, but please aim to be funny. The Karaoke after Open Mic is usually pretty awesome too, because some of the comics stick around and sing... drunk, so that's entertaining. Wednesdays are All You Can Eat Wings for $9.99, also $1 Domestic Drafts along with other great drink specials and for anyone who performs atleast 3 times in a row, you get a free burger and soda. So please come down, bring your friends, have a good times. Open Mic starts at 7:30/8:00, Karaoke starts about 9:30/10:00

Posted by JMartin51 on 04/26/2010 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Kingfisher Bar and Grill

Love it! My wife and I have eaten there on many occasions and, yes, we're among those people who make special requests. She likes to have the sauces on the side so she can add just the right amount to her fish; I like my lobster shelled. Prior to going to Kingfisher, my wife said she didn't like seafood. Now we eat at Kingfisher and Bluefin more often than other restaurants (and we eat out a lot!). We've known many of the wait staff for years and they know our routine. Tim does great work up front and Jeff and Murph do frequent checks with the diners to make sure the food is tasty and prepared as they like.

Posted by squaloris on 03/24/2010 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Bluefin Seafood Bistro

The seafood is, of course, great. And, no matter what kind of restaurant scene one likes, they have something for everyone. Upstairs is quiet and reserved (you can take the staircase or the elevator to reach there). The patio opens into the Casas Adobes courtyard and the nearby fountain provides pleasant sounds. The bar has booth seating, table seating with 1/2 bench and 1/2 chairs, and the bar stools are the most comfortable I've sat in. Happy hour is energetic and a variety of oysters are served at all times. The wine list is ample and there's a reserve list if you want to splurge a little more.

Posted by squaloris on 03/16/2010 at 12:50 PM

Re: “The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar

Went a few weeks ago to check out 80's and Gentleman and thought it was pretty damn good! The band was tight and the atmosphere was fun. There seemd to be a mixed crowd of all ages and somewhat of a small cult following with their 80's dress theme going on. The band broke out some songs I really hadn't heard in a long time and it was apparent they have it together. As a bonus, I was able to take my drink outside with me to a burn a smoke. Can't comment on the food but the drinks seemed to come without any noticeable problems so all in all, I had a fun night and will definately go again.

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Posted by TheGoldenHumberto on 02/20/2010 at 8:00 PM

Re: “The Canyon's Crown Restaurant and Pub

Cool week this week.. show keeps building.. tell all your friends and bring em out to listen, sing, or play~

Posted by Me on 01/29/2010 at 11:39 AM

Re: “The Canyon's Crown Restaurant and Pub

What a great room, great service, food..

Posted by Dibs on 01/20/2010 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Putney's

Small bar has a great cheers vibe though

Posted by saphi843 on 01/10/2010 at 4:46 AM

Re: “Fox and Hound Smokehouse and Tavern

Great bar every thing you need to have a great time the patio needs to be better though

Posted by saphi843 on 01/10/2010 at 4:33 AM

Re: “Famous Sam's W. Ruthrauff

Best Famous Sams in Tucson

Posted by saphi843 on 01/10/2010 at 4:31 AM

Re: “Meet Rack

Great burgers and wild named drinks. Juke box and pool table. Ping pong on the patio. It's home of the aunt eater and God. A Tucson classic.

Posted by Susan Smith on 12/20/2009 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Boston's The Gourmet Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar

I don't know what the previous two commenters ate, but this place is actually pretty good. The pizza is flavorful, kind of a wheaty/honey crust that I enjoy. We've taken friends here also and they've always liked it. Service is fast and friendly, too. I guess the commenter above owes me $5, because I can honestly look him in the eye and tell him I enjoy Boston's!

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Posted by J and W on 12/09/2009 at 5:27 PM

Re: “The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar

much needed fun and entertainment in the Foothills! Thanks!

Posted by sally on 11/28/2009 at 1:02 PM

Re: “November Bar and Cabaret

if you are a dive connoisseur then this is a must see. this is perhaps the best dive tucson has to offer. I went last night for my first time. I quickly learned that the best seats in the house face away from the stage... let me explain.

The bar is fairly complete and they have 2 pool tables that are in decent shape. The decor is very 70's... cheap paneling, amber glass covered light fixtures, booth seating, and concrete floors.... in the back corner there is a stage... The whole bar is well lit except for this corner so its almost like its not there... in fact there are few convenient places to sit where you can see the stage without turning.. The mens room smelled slightly worse than the los reales landfill and the odor spilled out into the bar every time anyone opened the door....(note... don't sit near the bathroom)

There were 5 girls working.... one was the bartender/owner... she wasn't dancing nor was she in a bikini or anything so I won't count her(incidentally she was by far the best looking). of the remaining 4, 1 was obviously pregnant, 1 was obese, 1 was wearing lots of makeup and sunglasses to hide her age... and the last one was decent looking but stayed outside in the smoking area the whole time and never came in to dance. The girls don't get topless on the stage, and I was not adventurous enough to go to VIP so I don't know what happens in there. Occasionally a girl would go up to the stage and dance... and they were generally fairly skilled gogo dancers.. but I once or twice had to question their overall motivation. At one point the girl with sunglasses went to sleep in one of the booths.

the patrons were a very blue collar crowd... well.. crowd is a lil bit of an overstatement... there were only maybe 15 customers(on a friday night at prime time). The average age was around 30. Nobody was mouthing off which was fairly relaxing after going to the traditional college haunts for the last few years.. I certainly wouldn't go in there lookin for trouble but I didn't feel the slightest bit unsafe.

Honestly... I had fun and will go back... its a dive bar for true dive bar fans... without the girls... without the bathroom.... without the crappy seating... it would just be another neighborhood bar.

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Posted by flyznest on 09/26/2009 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Madaras Gallery

We had several extremely fascinating ladies attend this fun Spring Miniature show to launch the summer in Tucson!

A blast was had by all, the stories that Mary told about the advertising and art scene in New York and Manhattan had us laughing!! A very good thing.

Diana, as usual, is a completely lovely, beautiful woman and fabulous, generous and talented artist. The tremendous team working with her created a successful event.

Posted by Jilly Wisdom on 06/20/2009 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Ric's Café

Plesant, upscale atmosphere, reasonable prices and good music on weekends. A bit too much fried food and I am not eating anything with green lips (mussels.) The salads are boring lettuce and black olives out of a can. This restaurant can do better than that! Ric's is for diners who want to be able to have a conversation and not have to shout over the music. The night I was there Cool Breeze was playing and the cozy atmosphere was just right while rain poured down outside. Ric's appears to be a popular neighborhood spot and no doubt many regulars are at home here.
Waiters rush diners by bring the check before asked. I had to tell the waiter I was not finished and wanted to order hot tea. Ric's can do better than this too!
I will go back and avoid the salads, fried food and waiters eager to have diners depart.

Posted by TXJesse on 04/15/2009 at 10:09 PM

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