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AZ Adventures: How 4th Avenue helped shape Tucson's history

Charming bars and eateries galore
Posted at 1:20 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 16:24:37-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — You know when you go somewhere, and you can just feel the history under your feet? With how much this stretch of road alone has contributed to Tucson’s story… there’s a reason it’s called the Historic 4th Avenue.

Its history as an economic and cultural force starts in 1916 with the construction of the 4th Ave. underpass, making its already convenient location desirable to businesses and visitors alike. And with the addition of the Sun Link streetcar in 2014, it became even more accessible.

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Almost every month during normal times brings another heavily attended event… including the Spring and Winter Street Fairs, “Made in Tucson” shopping sprees and more “adult” occasions like “Return of the Mermaids.”

The nightlife on 4th is also a great deal more… eccentric… than the experience you have just a few blocks over in downtown. I mean where else can you find a goth bar, a tiki lounge, a gay bar and a bar built entirely of shipping containers, all within half a mile of each other?

The food scene is also diverse and award winning -- with everything from Boca Tacos, to Lindy’s famed burgers, to classic dining experiences like the 82 year old Caruso’s.

It was only fitting that in 2016, the avenue was deemed officially historic in time to celebrate its 100thanniversary. The vibrant boutiques, bars and cafes… and the people who make them possible… make fourth avenue a true source of Arizona Adventures.

To learn more about 4th Avenue, click here!