The 10 Best Bars In The Oro Valley, Tucson

Lauren Gruber

Tucson, Arizona’s Oro Valley is a suburban neighborhood with an emerging arts community and is a regional center for the biotech industry. As a result, more bars have started to pop up, revitalizing the neighborhood. Read ahead for our guide to the ten best places for a drink here.

The Parish

This Southern fusion gastropub offers American craft beers, flavorful cocktails and award-winning Southern cuisine. Signature cocktails are created with their house infused spirits, and happy hour runs from 4PM-6PM every weekday. The now renovated space is casual enough for a relaxing evening. Consistently serving interesting varieties on cocktails, its a go-to spot for drinks in northwest Tucson.

6453 N Oracle Rd Tucson, AZ 85704 520-797-1233

1. Noble Hops Gastropub

Gastropub, Pub Grub, American

Tucson’s original gastropub serves an ever-changing menu of craft beer and fresh foods. They have an impressive selection of over 175 international beers, including 28 on tap that change daily. Their selection includes American and ‘wordily’ beers along with fruit, Belgian and Belgian-style ales. Their patio is great to socialize around the fire pit in the evenings, and they also sell affordable cigars.

2. Ignite

Pub, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian

Ignite, Marana
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Sitting on the edge of Oro Valley, Ignite is located off the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton and open onto a patio with fire pits and live music. Ignite features classic cocktails and new concoctions that are often invented by a team of mixologists. The gastro pub food is creative and makes for a perfect pairing with the drinks.

3. Sauce Pizza & Wine

Sauce Pizza & Wine

If you’re looking for an impressively affordable wine experience with some gourmet but casual Italian food, Sauce is the answer for casual drinking. Although not large, the wine list features nine wines, from an Alamos Malbec to the Ruffino Chianti. They also have a selection of domestic drafts.

7117 N Oracle Rd Tucson, AZ 85704 520-207-8575

4. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, Steakhouse

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
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You don’t have to crave steak to enjoy the elegance of Fleming’s; the steakhouse also offers an award-winning collection of 100 wines by the glass and bottle. The wine list features fruity Italian wines to rich, South African gems. At the bar, enjoy exclusive cocktail selections, after-dinner drinks and a bar la carte menu.

5. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, Steakhouse

With a great selection, Keg Steakhouse is a spot to immerse yourself in a large selection of wine and refined cocktails. Their selection of cocktails include fun flavors such as the watermelon mojito and lime rickey, and you’ll find an extensive list of international reds, whites and bubbly by the bottle.

6. CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, American

Within the Ritz Carlton, CORE features an upscale bar and restaurant with an outdoor patio that reflects the Sonoran desert theme with its cactus decorations and stunning views. The bar is mostly known for its international wine list, with over 2,800 bottles and plenty of California options, but they also serve specialty cocktails at the bar.

7. Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails

Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian

Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails
©Yuduo Zhao/Flickr
Obviously known for its cocktails, Epazote brings creatively interpreted cocktails and other creative infusions to the forefront. Their bar hosts a social hour with discounted foods and hand-crafted cocktails along with a curated wine list. However, also keep an eye out for their Mexican-inspired specialty drinks, like the margaritas and sangria.

8. Saffron Indian Bistro

Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Indian

Saffron Indian Bistro, Tucson
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While Saffron Indian Bistro is an Indian restaurant, it also features a full bar that makes for a exotic drinking experience. On hand are a list of 22 ounce Indian beers as well as domestic drafts. Browse the list of international wines while you wait at the bar. A perk is that you can order Indian bites at the bar or at the table for a drinking experience that is unlike any other in the Oro Valley.

9. Thunder Canyon Brewery

Thunder Canyon Brewery

This brewery draws frequent visitors through its large selection of over 60 styles of beer. Patrons may choose from dark, fruity, hoppy, light and malty selections.The handcrafted beers won’t disappoint with their distinct local flavors. Keep an eye out for a house favorite, their weekly specials and happy hour featuring half-off appetizers.

Foothills Mall, 7401 N La Cholla Blvd Tucson, AZ 85741 520-797-2652

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