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Last modified on January 21st, 2019 at 9:26 pm
Whether you’re trying to curb the likelihood of a hangover or are simply hungry later than most, late-night options are slim in Tucson.
While chain diners like IHOP and Waffle House and taquerias such as Nico’s and Los Betos are always an option — as well as the shhh-don’t-tell-anyone fast food drive-thru — sometimes what’s desired is something better. Maybe even with table service.
From delicious pizza and nachos to must-try seafood and sandwiches, here are local spots for late-night eats.
Believe it or not, Arizona Inn serves a full menu until midnight at their Audubon Bar & Patio. This historic inn does it right, too. Choose from a full dinner menu, a more casual bar menu, and a wide assortment of wine, beer, and cocktails.
Open: 11:30 a.m. – midnight daily
For more information, visit arizonainn.com.
Batch offers late night grub ranging from doughnuts to grilled cheese sandwiches and surprisingly delightful salads. Don’t forget about the massive whisk(e)y list. They’ve also recently updated their menu.
Open: 11:30 a.m. – midnight Tuesday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. Friday, noon – 2 a.m. Saturday, and noon – midnight on Sunday
For more information, visit batchtucson.com.
With a menu featuring 26 sandwiches, nine salads, five bread bowl soups, and seven appetizers, Bison Witches can satisfy many appetites. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, Bison Witches is a popular late-night option for grabbing a delicious bite with friends.
Must try items:
Open: 11 a.m. – midnight daily
For more information, visit bisonwitchestucson.com.
Great pies and hipster to the core, Brooklyn Pizza has served as a sanctuary for those looking to grab a quick slice or two. Part of the late-night scene, Brooklyn stays open until 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday feeding hungry customers through a slice take-out window.
Open: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily, late night slices 11 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. Thursday – Saturday
For more information, visit brooklynpizzacompany.com.
While Culinary Dropout features a wide menu available deep into the night, diners also find themselves coming back for the live music and fun activities such as cornhole and table soccer.
Open: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – midnight on Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday
For more information, visit culinarydropout.com.
With the entire menu available until close, Dante’s Fire has become a hotspot for those looking to enjoy a hearty meal after a night out.
The menu features starters, burgers, pastas, salads, and desserts. Open until 2 a.m. daily, this place has the potential to become your late night go to.
Open: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. daily
For more information, visit dantesfireaz.com.
The Drunken Chicken features simple dishes and quality ingredients that are quick to impress. Try the dips, maple syrups, and order any combo that gets you chicken and beer-battered waffles.
Kitchen Open: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – midnight Friday, 10 a.m. – midnight Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday
For more information, visit thedrunkenchickenaz.com.
Open until 2 a.m. daily, Elliott’s has earned a loyal following from workers in the food industry. Go for the bacon, duck, and infused vodkas.
Open: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily
For more information, visit elliottsoncongress.com.
Another New York-style pizza joint, Empire Pizza and Pub offers one tasty pie. Located on downtown’s Congress Street, Empire enjoys its fair share of late night pizza seekers. With sandwiches, salads, and entrées, pizza is far from the only thing Empire does well. Open until 3 a.m. four days a week, this place has made a name for itself in the minds and mouths of hungry customers.
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Open: 11 a.m. – midnight Sunday – Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. Wednesday – Saturday
For more information, visit empirepizzapub.com.
From 10 p.m. – close, Ermanos serves up their late night-exclusive menu with tasty dishes such as the Biscuit Fried Chicken Sandwich and the Jackfruit Asada Torta.
Open: 11 a.m. – midnight Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday
For more information, visit ermanosbrew.com.
In the center of Downtown, Hub offers families and club goers house-made ice cream, craft cocktails, and a menu chock full of elevated comfort food. Located directly along Tucson’s streetcar route, it’s easy to enjoy Hub’s lobster mac and cheese, pastrami sandwiches, and chicken pot pie. Hub is open every day until midnight.
Open: 11 a.m. – midnight daily
For more information, visit hubdowntown.com.
A Tucson mainstay, Kingfisher offers a late-night menu featuring a variety of killer dishes. Oysters, as well as Steamed Black Mussels with Sriracha and sweet butter, and a Maine lobster roll with shoestring fries make the menu. Whether you get off work late or are enjoying the night out with friends, Kingfisher is open every day of the week until midnight.
Must try items:
Open: 11 a.m. – midnight Monday – Friday, 5 p.m. – midnight Saturday – Sunday
For more information, visit kingfishertucson.com.
If you want a late-night bite to accompany a few delicious tropical drinks, Kon Tiki is the place.
Go with a classic Mai Tai or have a true Hawaiian experience with the Scorpion Bowl — a tropical blend served in a life-size bowl, with a touch of fire.
Another go to is the Hawaiian Nachos platter — a generous serving of wonton chips covered in cheese, pulled BBQ pork, coleslaw, and pico de gallo.
Open: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Friday – Saturday
Keep up with Kon Tiki on Facebook.
A cornerstone of Fourth Avenue’s food scene, Lindy’s On 4th serves up some of Tucson’s most well-known burgers.
Known for their outrageous topping combinations and hefty portions, Lindy’s is a fan favorite. Open until 2 a.m. Friday through Saturday, the burger joint lends itself well to those looking for a lot of food at odd hours of the night — or day.
Open: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Friday – Saturday
For more information, visit lo4th.com.
Maynards Kitchen’s Reverse Happy Hour is available after 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy reverse happy hour specials, discounted drinks, and rotating specials accompanied by entertainment from local musicians.
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Maynards Kitchen Open: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – midnight Friday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday
For more information, visit maynardstucson.com.
A haven for those seeking Southern cuisine, The Parish features classics like frog legs, crawfish hushpuppies, and much more.
This unique restaurant often offers live music to pair with a diverse menu of Louisiana favorites for those who like to stay out late. If you want to try the likes of Baked Oysters Bleu, Bacon Popcorn, Hand Cut Fries and Hushpuppies (to name a few), catch their late night menu (served from 10 p.m. – close Tuesday – Saturday).
Late night drink specials are served from 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Open: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. – midnight Tuesday – Saturday, brunch 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and dinner 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday
For more information, visit theparishtucson.com.
A hidden gem, Surly Wench’s kitchen offers hand-formed burgers and more fried goodies than you can shake your drink at.
Kitchen open: Daily from 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
For more information, visit surlywenchpub.com.
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This local sports bar and restaurant has three locations around town and recently opened their newest concept, Trident Pizza Pub.
They have a variety of beers on tap, bottles, and a decent wine selection for those supporting game day or just stopping by for a bite to eat.
Kitchen open: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, and 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday
F0r more information, visit tridentgrill.com.
The Trident Family’s newest addition carries through the Trident atmosphere. With a walk-up window for takeaway pizza, roll-up windows, a new seating arrangement, and a new kitchen layout, things are heating up.
Kitchen open: 10:30 a.m. – 10:15 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, and 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. Friday – Saturday
F0r more information, visit tridentgrill.com/pizzapub.
Union Public House may be known for their popular Whiskey Wednesdays, but UPH’s pretzels with cheese sauce, New York strip, and french dip sliders provide the perfect accompaniment to a night of clinking glasses. Open until 2 a.m. daily, grab a drink or stay the whole night.
Open: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday
For more on Union Public House, please visit uniontucson.com.
Urban Pita welcomes those looking for a lunch-time or late-night bite. If the fast-casual environment, quick service, and street-facing windows for people watching won’t lure you in, you’ll have to try one of their popular plates — that’ll do the trick!
Urban Pita is open from 4 p.m. – midnight Sunday – Monday, 11 a.m. – midnight Tuesday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. Thursday and Friday, noon – 3 a.m. Saturday. For more information, call (520) 332-2294 or visit urbanpitaaz.com.
[Sarah Pelfini and Kate Severino contributed to this article]