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Rooftop Bars Tucson

2022 update
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Best time to visit March - November
Rooftop grade 5/10
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5 best rooftop bars in Tucson

Updated:June 6, 2022

With more than 300 days of sunshine, Tucson is made for outdoor fun. To enjoy your food and drinks both alfresco and elevated, the best option is to find a Tuscon rooftop bar.

This complete guide will lead you to the very best venues, packed with all info you need about each Tucson rooftop: opening hours, dress codes, pictures, locations and much more.

Located in southern Arizona, quite close to the Mexican border, you can expect to find both tasty tacos and refreshing margaritas at the Tucson rooftop bars. Just scroll down and find the rooftop bar Tucson best suited for you.

The list
Rooftop bar Tucson The Moonstone at Graduate Tucson in Tucson
1

The Moonstone at Graduate Tucson

$$$$ | 15th floor | West University
  • Highlights
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Breathtaking views
  • Rooftop pool

Perched on top of Graduate Tucson, nestled in the heart of the University of Arizona’s campus, The Moonstone is a year-round rooftop retreat, made for elevated brews and views. This is the highest bar in Tucson, and the panoramic views over the city and Mount Lemmon are simply breathtaking. Mixing a comfy indoor lounge with a spacious outdoor terrace, here you can enjoy classic American cusine with a playful, regional twist, along with crafted signature cocktails and festive shots, perfect for both intimate gatherings and celebratory occasions.

Rooftop bar Tucson Gentle Ben's Brewing Company in Tucson
2

Gentle Ben's Brewing Company

$$$ | 2nd floor | West University
  • Highlights
  • Brewpub
  • Fun & vibrant
  • Weekend brunch

Originally opened in 1971, and founders of Tucson’s first craft brewery in 1991, Gentle Ben's can be considered a Tucson institution. Located in the heart of Main Gate Square, right by the University of Arizona, Gentle Ben's Brewing Company is a spacious venue, combining interior seating with outdoor patios, both on street level and up on the rooftop. Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Gentle Ben's is also famous for offering a fun and vibrant atmosphere. Watch your favourite sport team, or kick it off to live DJs.

Rooftop bar Tucson AC Hotel Tucson Downtown in Tucson
3

AC Hotel Tucson Downtown

$$$$ | 6th floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Exclusive
  • Beautiful views
  • Rooftop pool

Found in the heart of the action in Tucson's Downtown Entertainment District, the modern AC Hotel Tucson Downtown comes with an exclusive rooftop oasis. Equipped with a rooftop pool, comfy cabanas, sun loungers and a rooftop bar, the terrace is usually only available to hotel guest, who can sip signature AC cocktails to the beautiful views over Tucson. But, from time to time, the AC rooftop is open to the public, throwing cool pool parties with live DJs, and other happeing events.

Rooftop bar Tucson Illegal Pete's in Tucson
4

Illegal Pete's

$$ | 2nd floor | West University
  • Highlights
  • Mexican
  • Lively
  • Daily happy hour

Originally from Colorado, Illegal Pete's can be found at 12 locations across Denver and Arizona, where the one in Tuscon is set at Main Gate right by the University of Arizona. Mixing indoor and outdoor seating, the venue comes with a spacious street level patio, but also a more elevated rooftop terrace. Mostly famous for their mission-style burritos, Illegal Pete's also offers other Mexican-inspired dishes, along with a full bar and a selection of local beer. Usually filled with a lively and fun atmosphere, perfect for burritos, buddies and beer.

Rooftop bar Tucson Playground Bar & Lounge / HUB Downtown in Tucson
5

Playground Bar & Lounge / HUB Downtown

$$$ | 2nd floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Contemporary
  • Rooftop dining

Playground Bar & Lounge is a contemporary venue made for high-energy dining and drinking, right in the heart of historic Downtown Tucson. Set over two floors, with a spacious rooftop as the true gem, this is a modern place to enjoy everything from dinner before a concert, a vibrant after work, or to dance into the morning. Usually, that is, as Playground is temporarily closed. But that doesn't mean that the rooftop is completely off limits, thanks to the sister venue HUB Restaurant & Creamery next door, throwing Rooftop Dinners at the top floor terrace from time to time.

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This guide was made by The Rooftop Guide, the world's leading experts on rooftop bars. With over 800 rooftops visited over the last five years, we keep you up to date in the ever growing universe of rooftop venues.

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Rooftop bar Tucson

Rooftop-grade: 5/10

Prime season: March-November

Residents: 550 000

Climate: hot desert

Which are the best rooftops in Tucson? This complete guide will help you find the best rooftop bars in Tucson. The temperature in Tucson is usually outdoor-friendly pretty much year-round, but the surrounding mountains can create a cooler and wetter climate during the winter months. But the rooftop bars in Tucson is are usually open all year round.

Even though Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona, it is not packed with sky-high buildings. So, with a few exceptions, the rooftop bars are at pretty modest levels. Most of the elevated bars can be found in Downtown, or by the University of Arizona.

About Tucson

Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona, located about 60 miles from the Mexican border. Situated on an alluvial plain in the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by minor ranges of mountains, the city is neighbor with plenty of dramatic nature. It is also home to the University of Arizona.