Hotel Congress is downtown Tucson's most enduring landmark, and Club Congress, nestled inside the hotel, is consistently the most happenin' nightspot downtown. Club Congress is justly famous around the country, and recent years have seen major improvements in the stage, the sound and the decor. Maximizing their space-time continuum, Club Congress frequently offers doubleheaders, with a live show early, and a dance party later. National acts, local musicians and DJs get equal time. Service swings from sassy to surly, but no one really seems to care one way or the other. Vintage Tucson is rapidly disappearing, but with one foot in the past and another in the present, Club Congress still has it coming and going.
2. Level Bar/Lounge, 4280 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 37, 615-3835, leveltucson.com
3. Pearl, 445 W. Wetmore Road, 888-8084, pearltucson.com