Best Dive Bar : The Buffet , the oldest bar in town still in its original location, is the epitome of the great American shot-and-beer dive. It has been welcoming hard-core drinkers since the 1930s.
Best Cocktail Menu : Beat the heat with a tropical cocktail inside Kon Tiki ’s cool, dark interior. Sip away at something pink, blue, or frozen, or try the Polynesian-style cocktail served in a bowl bigger than your head.
Best Dance Club : Salsa night at El Parador  starts every Friday at 10:45 p.m., featuring dance lessons for $5; then you can try out what you’ve learned in front of the powerful, brassy, fun-loving band Descarga.
Best Place to See Local and National Bands : The intimate space at Club Congress  in the historic Hotel Congress packs in local music lovers with a constant stream of homegrown and national touring acts.
Best Local Microbrew : Whether purchased on tap at this local brewery’s on-site bar or in six-pack form at the supermarket, the varied flavors of Tucson’s finest craft beer will have you coming back to Nimbus Brewing Company  for more.