Any great downtown has plentiful restaurants, cafés and bars, and is a place where one can stroll the streets and take in the city's ambience.
Tucson now has such a downtown—and if you haven't visited in a while, then the night of Club Crawl® would be a perfect time to reacquaint yourself.
To illustrate this point, here is a list of the restaurants on Fourth Avenue and downtown that are participating in Club Crawl®. All are within walking distance of the Club Crawl® enclosure.
47 N. Scott Ave.
A downtown bistro featuring modern American comfort food, eclectic wines, microbrews and hand-crafted cocktails, 47 Scott is a beautifully designed space with comfortable booths inside and a wonderful, large outdoor brick patio. Tucson folk duo St. St. will be performing wonderful harmonies and acoustic music out back from 8 to 10 p.m.
415 N. Fourth Ave.
In the good news department: Café Passé has expanded and is now proudly serving alcohol to complement the fine assortment of food. This Saturday, Oct. 1, will be the last day of the café's Oktoberfest celebration. German cuisine will be served along with festive polka music by the Bouncing Czechs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
375 S. Stone Ave.
The cultural oasis on South Stone provides an authentic Spanish atmosphere and is known for serving tasty tapas, paella and sangria. The restaurant will have flamenco music with guitarist Misael Barraza and singer/dancer Macarena Giraldez from 7 to 9 p.m.
500 N. Fourth Ave.
A longtime favorite, this coffee house specializes in sandwiches, salads, fresh pastries and, of course, lots of coffee. Duo Vibrato will be performing classical and jazz music on Chocolate Iguana's spacious outdoor plaza from 7 to 9 p.m. It's the perfect spot to be in the middle of all the action at Sixth Street and Fourth Avenue.
311 E. Congress St.
Downtown's cornerstone for fine dining is smack-dab in the middle of one of the biggest entertainment complexes on Congress Street—and that, of course, is Hotel Congress. Sit on the Cup Café's patio and catch the outdoor-stage band lineup from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant
198 W. Cushing St.
This Tucson landmark since 1972 is housed in a historic 1860s adobe building. Enjoy a great dinner and cocktails in the territorial dining room, or listen to jazz by Jeff Lewis and Friends on the garden patio from 7:30 to 10 p.m. This venue is off the beaten path, but has plenty of parking and is well worth the extra effort.
533 N. Fourth Ave.
Delectables is one of the original alternative dining options on the Avenue. The menu has always been cutting-edge and full of fresh ingredients. Delectables' side patio, right on Fourth Avenue, will allow you to take in the street ambience while enjoying Belly Dance Tucson. Yes, you guessed it—it's Tucson's top belly-dance troupe!
Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails
135 S. Sixth Ave.
Janos Wilder has created a wonderful menu—and a vibrant addition to the live-music scene downtown. On weekend nights, from 10 p.m. to close, Downtown After Dark offers a half-off bar menu and half-off desserts. Complementing this late-night atmosphere will be one of Tucson's best blues groups, the Bad News Blues Band.
58 W. Congress St.
Offering a collection of Italian- and Mediterranean-influenced dishes with an emphasis on healthy and creative flavors, Enoteca also shows off a passion for wine and providing a unique dining experience. Noodles Factorie is a John Fahey disciple of sorts, who describes his music as underachiever American primitive guitar. He will be playing in the restaurant from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
100 E. Congress St.
Late-night grub and performances by some of the best indie bands join forces at the Red Room at Grill. As usual, they'll be cooking up tater tots, burgers and plenty of vegetarian options—plus a full night of music starting at 10 p.m.
Hub Restaurant and Ice Creamery
266 E. Congress St.
This newish hotspot on Congress focuses on American classic cuisine, house-made pastrami, delicious corned beef and an unbelievable selection of old-fashioned ice creams. Owner Kade Mislinski has a DJ background, and for Club Crawl®, the Hub's rooftop deck will become a dance party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with Big Brother Beats, DJ Bonus and Friends. This is definitely the place to see and be seen at Club Crawl®.
210 E. Congress St.
This small joint on Congress Street will feature a special limited menu the night of Club Crawl®. The café is inside the Club Crawl® enclosure and will be serving late, right up to closing time. The Benjamins are a local Native American group who will be performing an eclectic mix of blues, country, rock and pop from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
201 N. Court Ave.
Located at Old Town Artisans, this wonderful space under the trees has been totally reinvented by new management. With a fresh menu featuring globally inspired yet locally conscious food, La Cocina boasts affordable wines and local beers—and best of all, the place is becoming a magnet for live music and community events. Oscar Fuentes will be performing Latin-influenced folk and rock from 7 to 10 p.m.
Magpies Gourmet Pizza
605 N. Fourth Ave.
Magpies is the Best of Tucson® winner in the Pizza category. Besides specialty pies, Magpies also serves pastas, salads and tasty subs. Performing on the outdoor patio will be the patriarch of folk and blues in Tucson, Stefan George, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Martin's Comida Chingona
555 N. Fourth Ave.
Martin, the affable owner, cook, greeter, socialite and comedian, creates some of the most delectable Mexican fare on this side of his home state of Sonora. Compatriot Salvador Duran will be performing his soulful blend of Mexican conjunto folk music from 8 until 10 p.m.—or whenever these two decide that the party is over.
247 N. Fourth Ave.
This is not only one of the best entertainment options on the Avenue; it's also the home of the some of best burgers and bar food downtown. O'Malley's doubles as one of the main Club Crawl® venues on Fourth Avenue, so be sure to catch the music schedule running from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
245 E. Congress St.
This new addition to downtown is smack-dab in the middle of all the action during Club Crawl®—yet it will be an oasis of sorts, where you can get away from it all. The free jukebox will provide the entertainment inside, and outside on the Sparkroot patio, you can watch and listen to all the bands playing on the Allusion Studios/92.9 The Mountain Stage. Sparkroot specializes in Blue Bottle Coffee, and the place also serves up tasty alcoholic beverages and food all night long.