3 Best Rooftop Bars for Drinks & Appetizers in Tucson, AZ

Would you enjoy dining al fresco with a view? Maybe you’ve never had a rooftop dining experience and are looking to have one in the city. If so, we have a list for you of some of the best rooftop bars in Tucson, AZ. Our list includes some rooftop bars with phenomenal views of Tucson, custom beers, mouthwatering appetizers, and even pools. Whether you enjoy a more relaxed environment or you’re somewhat of a party animal, we know you’ll find what you’re looking for on this very list!

The Moonstone 

930 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85719

One of the best rooftops in Tucson has to go to The Moonstone. This is considered the highest bar in Tucson — as it is located on the 14th floor of the Graduate Hotel in Main Gate Square. The atmosphere is amazing, and the breathtaking views of the city just add to the experience. You can even see Mount Lemmon from here! Their rooftop pool makes this an ideal summer spot. This place isn’t just perfect for the summer, though, as their fire pits make this a great destination when it gets cold, too! Did we mention the menu? Some of their items include beef birria nachos, chicken quesadillas, southwest chicken paninis, and smash burgers. What about their drinks, you ask? They have a great selection of wine, draft beers, and cocktails that include their signature Moonstone beverage featuring Blue Curaçao, lime, mezcal, and orange bitters. Head on over for a great time and beautiful views. 

AC Hotel by Marriott Tucson Downtown

151 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85701

This rooftop bar can be found right in downtown Tucson’s entertainment district. While the rooftop bar is usually reserved for guests of the hotel, they have public poolside parties at their rooftop pool during the summer until Saturday, September 17th. There are live DJs in attendance, and did we mention there is food available from beloved local establishments like Little Love Burger and Hub Ice Cream Parlor? Drinks will be available at the poolside bar and from part sponsors like Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits as well as Barrio Brewing Company. Tickets to each of these wild events are only $25 each! 

Gentle Ben’s Brewing

865 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719

If you’re looking for more of a casual place to chill with friends, Gentle Ben’s Brewing could be for you. This rooftop bar near the University of Arizona campus has a fun yet laid-back environment their guests really enjoy. This spacious two-story establishment has been a part of Tucson since the ’70s! While the first floor is a bit more relaxing, the second floor is more of a party scene with a DJ booth, VIP bottle service, a dance floor, and even huge projectors for sporting events. Popular menu items include shrimp tacos, buffalo wings, pizookies, carne asada quesadillas, and much more. Cocktails, custom beers, and even brunch offerings make Gentle Ben’s perfect for any occasion. 

Featured Image Credit: The Rooftop Guide