Tucson’s historic 4th Avenue always has a certain vibrancy to it, which is helped by the fact that there are almost zero franchises here, with the rest of the businesses being independent and locally owned. Whether you are looking to do a spot of shopping or are seeking some entertainment for the evening, a visit to 4th Avenue will definitely not disappoint.
Tucson’s 4th Avenue boasts over 35 locally owned stores, each selling a variety of different goods. For all of you book lovers out there, Antigone Books has been voted as the best independent bookshop in Tucson, while Book Stop is where you will find a fantastic selection of rare and out-of-print books. There are also a number of craft stores here, highlighting the importance of local handicrafts, such as at the Creative Ventures Craft Mall, which rents out spaces to crafters and features over 4000 square feet of handmade items, gifts, foods, and so much more. You will also find quite a few gift stores along 4th Avenue, from the fun recycled items sold at Pop Cycle to the artistic gifts from Olytata Art Studio and Gifts.
4th Avenue is home to the largest concentration of restaurants in Tucson, with foods from all over the world to be found here. Athens is a Greek restaurant, and has regularly been voted as the best in Tucson, while the Brooklyn Pizza Company serves New York style pizzas by the slice, as well as by the pie. Caruso’s has been around for over 40 years now, dishing up their hearty Italian food, while La Indita Restaurant manages to beautifully blend Mexican and Native American cuisine. For those seeking out somewhere to enjoy a couple of drinks, there are many options available to you, from the down-to-earth sports bar O’Malley’s to the craft beers and wines at Ermanos gastropub. The cocktails at Delectables are also worth trying, especially on a Friday and Saturday night when they are accompanied by live music performed by local musicians.
The nightlife scene on 4th Avenue is an exciting one, and, just like everything else you will find here, is wonderfully varied. The Shanty is quite relaxed, but is known for having one of the most extensive beer selections in the entire Western United States, while the Royal Hookah Lounge is another laid back venue that offers the best hookah in Tucson, as well as a dance floor and DJs that spin until 4am. IBT’s is a nightclub at which DJs spin every night, while The Hut is a world-renowned tiki bar that has both indoor and outdoor stages, with both local and national acts playing here on a regular basis. If all of this is not enough to take your fancy, pay a visit to Sky Bar, which is a solar powered café during the daytime, and an astronomy bar at night, with a variety of events, from trivia to open mic nights, to keep guests entertained.
Tucson’s 4th Avenue has always emphasized the importance of local businesses, and does it best to support them. From independent restaurants that have become legendary in the city to quirky stores and art galleries that sell one-of-a-kind items, this is an area where you could easily spend the entire day.