This is the first in a series of 101 articles profiling bars, restaurants, cantinas, taverns, and tiendas in various metro areas of the U.S. where you can get your tequila fix.
Today the spotlight is on Tucson, the second largest city in Arizona.
It’s always nice to sip some tequila, but doesn’t it taste better when it’s free? Tucson’s JW Marriott Star Pass Resort (3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd | 520-791-6051) offers a complimentary Tequila Toast to the “Legend of Arriba, Abajo” every evening beginning at 5:30pm on the patio of Salud, the resort’s restaurant that features an extensive tequila selection, creative margaritas, and a food menu that features the unique flavors of the Southwest.
If a taste of free tequila isn’t enough, the resort also holds a unique tequila tasting event every Saturday afternoon (3:30pm to 5:00pm) where you can taste and learn about tequila from the hotel’s Tequila Master. The class costs $25 (price covers tequila, appetizers, and instruction) and is hosted in the Salud lobby lounge. Here’s the schedule for January 2010:
- January 9 – Corzo
- January 23 – Herradura
- January 30 – Partida
More places to buy and drink tequila in Tucson, AZ:
El Charro Café
311 N. Court Ave (+ other locations) (520-622-1922)
Tequila is always on the menu at El Charro Café, the oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family (it has been around since 1922) in the United States! El Charro features over 40 tequilas in addition to Sonoran-style tacos and enchiladas, chimichangas (deep-fried burritos, reportedly invented here), and the wildly popular carne seca, strips of beef marinated in lime juice and garlic and air-dried in wire cages on the restaurant’s roof.
Blanco Tacos + Tequila
2905 E Skyline Drive #246 (520-232-1007)
Thirty premium tequilas are available at this casual-chic Mexican restaurant, famous for its fish tacos and guacamole. Be sure to also try one of their unique, signature margaritas.
Café Poca Cosa
110 East Pennington St. (520-622-6400)
If you are looking for something a little more “gourmet,” try what’s on the menu at Café Poca Cosa. The menu changes twice daily and is written on a portable blackboard with a dozen or so dishes that owner, and chef, Suzana Davila puts together based upon the fresh ingredients available in the kitchen. You won’t find traditional tacos and burritos here – Café Poca Cosa is a great opportunity to expand your palate. You can, of course, also get some great tequila. There is an extensive tequila selection for you to choose from, be sure to ask your sever for a pairing recommendation.
El Mezon Del Cobre
2960 N. 1st Ave (520-791-0977)
Over 45 tequilas are offered at this casual Mexican restaurant that cooks up all the Sonoran basics, plus a lot of great seafood. Be sure to also sip the restaurant’s signature drink, the Chihuahua, which is made with Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol (tasting notes) reposado, melon liqueur, sweet and sour, orange juice, Cointreau, and freshly squeezed limes.
Plaza Liquors & Fine Wines
2642 N Campbell Ave (520-327-0452)
A truly awesome selection (700+ beers, 100+ tequilas) and terrific customer service is what makes Plaza Liquors rise above the rest. If you don’t see what you want, ask for it; they know their stuff (Yelp reviews).
3131 East First St. (520-326-0121)
A liquor store, wine shop, gourmet market, and even a restaurant are all under one roof at The Rumrunner, which has been open in Tucson since the 1960s. You can find a lot of artisan tequilas and mezcals at this local favorite.
For more info on Tucson: Tucson Restaurant News Examiner Karyn Zoldan, Tucson Restaurant Examiner Bennett Kalafut, and Tucson Getaways Examiner Nancy Dickinson.
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