Gretchen Regan dances with young girls during opening night at Paraphernalia boutique in Broadway Village, Tucson, on Feb. 1, 1967.

It's time to unleash your inner Dancing Queen.

Downtown/Fourth Avenue

Club Congress/Hotel Congress

Hours: Always open. Usually gets busy with people around 10 p.m.-ish.

Find them online here.


A fireworks party with live music runs till 11 at Hotel Congress.

Why? You already know Hotel Congress as the home of your favorite brunch spot, a hub for running into people you went to high school with and a venue for cool underground music. Besides the usual Top 40/dance music playing on the patio and in the club on the weekends, it's a place for a wide mix of music and themes. On Thursdays, you can dance to latin music. Or try 90s night on Mondays where you can get PBR drafts for 90 cents. If you're going to Hotel Congress, you can choose between two places to dance: Club Congress or the patio. Options are nice.

Expect to wait a while to get a drink and expect a line to get in. 

*Pro tip: Get there early, get stamped and avoid the line later.

Playground Bar & Lounge

Hours: Open Monday and Tuesday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to midnight.

Find them online here.

Why: After you've had a drink or two at one of your favorite bars downtown, make your way to Playground for dancing. Playground's rooftop bar and dance floor gives you the perfect view of the Hotel Congress sign and all the drunk people walking down the street. Although the music is mostly electric dance music, the DJ finds a way to mix in a classic or favorite. If you're not feeling the vibe upstairs, head downstairs to relax on a chair you wish you owned or listen to a different song. 

Expect to wait in line to get in. 

Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails

Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.


The bar and nightclub Hi-Fi Kitchen and Cocktails, 345 E. Congress St., boasts 44 TVs and two projectors to watch the latest games. Insider tip: The bartenders here spike their drinks with significantly more alcohol than your average joint.

Why? Grab lunch, order an adult milkshake (that's a milkshake with alcohol) and then when it starts to get dark out, dance to Drake with 100 of your closest Tucson friends. DJs and bouncers show up at around 10 p.m. 

Weekends are busy, making things crowded.

The Warehouse

Location: 213 N. 4th Ave.

Hours: Closed Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, and open from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Find them online here.

Why? This hidden gem hosts live shows and gives you the best house music to get down to. Often overlooked because it acts as a passageway for Maloney's and The Wreck, The Warehouse has a little bit for everyone. Sure, you'll probably run into your lab partner from two semesters ago but you'll have fun watching live shows or singing along to your favorite top hit. 

Expect long lines and occasional covers.

The Wreck

Location: 213 N. 4th Ave.

Hours: Open from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday. 

Find them online here.

Why? Get your country music fix at The Wreck or just run into someone from your 8 a.m. there. Because it is right next to Maloney's — the already-crowded-with college-students bar — you've probably already seen it or heard of it. People go for the tire swing and to learn how to two-step. Go if you've never been before. You should experience it for yourself.

Expect long lines and occasional covers.

O'Malley's on Fourth

Location: 247 N. 4th Ave.

Hours: Open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Find them online here.


File photo.

Why? O'Malley's is right right next to Maloney's and, yes, it's kind of confusing. At O'Malley's, you can play some pool, drinks some drinks, order some food and then, when you're ready, head to the nicely spread out dance floor to bust a move to house music. It never gets too crowded and you're less likely to run into someone you know.

Check out the drink specials here. They're pretty good.


Location: 616 N. 4th Ave.

Hours: Open everyday from noon to 2 a.m.

Find them online here.


Why? Looking for a guaranteed good time? IBT's is your new place. IBT's is packed with GoGo Boys, live drag shows and multiple dance floors. With two DJs playing, you can travel between the patio and the dance floor.

South Tucson

Club 4th Avenue

Location: 1901 S. 4th Ave.

Hours: Open every day from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

Find them online here.

Why? Escape the usual top 40 mixes at Club 4th Avenue. DJs and performers are different each day but you can expect a little reggaeton, cumbia, and upbeat Mexican norteña music. Check the club's Facebook page to see what they're all about.

East Side

Tucson Maverick

Hours: Closed on Monday, open from 5 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 3-7 p.m. on Sundays.

Find them online here.


The Maverick is the granddaddy of Tucson's country nightclubs. Around for 50 years, the enduring honky-tonk has live music, line dancing and two-step classes, and has hosted big-name concerts by everyone from Ernest Tubb and Willie Nelson to Blake Shelton.

Why? Two words: Dance lessons. This east-side bar and club will make all of your line dancing dreams come true — they'll even teach you how to do it. Even better? You're less likely to run into 20-somethings there. And ladies, Maverick is hooking up the specials every Thursday night with discounted drinks and no cover. 

Denim and Diamonds **

Hours: Wednesdays from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fridays from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Find them online here.

Why? You might not have thought you'd want Top 40 hits playing alongside country hits but it's actually the best. You'll bump and grind to "Broccoli" one second and then line dance with the everyone at the club the next.

Ladies, there are plenty of days where you don't have to pay a cover and get great deals on drinks. Check out their website for more.

** Guys, Denim and Diamonds is closed and it's a sad day for lovers of Top 40 Pop Hits and Top 40 Country Hits. 

West Side

Paradiso Lounge at Casino del Sol

Hours: The band plays ever Thursday night at 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Find them online here.

Why: If you're looking for live music and frozen cocktails, Paradiso Lounge might be the place for you. The music is always changing, some days you'll find yourself dancing to the best 80s hits, others — tejano music. The casino is also a reason to go.