Fourth Avenue vs. University Boulevard - Part One: 4th Ave.

By Kylee Dawson
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

With more than 100 businesses, it's no wonder Fourth Avenue is such a hotspot for UA students. Plus, there's a lot more than just great restaurants, trendy coffee shops, bars and clothing stores.

Fourth Avenue also houses several other businesses including bookstores, yoga studios, record stores, hair salons, tattoo parlors, unique furniture stores, jewelry stores and much, much more.

Every weekend there are special events, and there are two annual street fairs, one in spring and one in winter.

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Bison Witches Bar & Deli
326 N. Fourth Ave.
Check this place out for great sandwiches and soup served in bread bowls. There is also a patio in the back.

Food links
Bison Witches Bar & Deli

Brooklyn Pizza Company

Epic Cafe

magpies Gourmet Pizza

Food Conspiracy Cooperative

Brooklyn Pizza Company
534 N. Fourth Ave.
By the pie or by the slice, this is the place to get New York-style pizza to take out or eat in.

Caruso's Restaurant
434 N. Fourth Ave.
Spaghetti, lasagna and other scrumptious meals are served at this fine restaurant, which has provided Tucson with great Italian food for more than 50 years.

Casbah Tea House
628 N. Fourth Ave.
With lovely ethnic décor, this full-on vegetarian/vegan restaurant serves great organic meals and is a non-smoking establishment.

Chocolate Iguana
500 N. Fourth Ave., Suite #1
With cookies, candies, espresso and other goodies, this sweet shop is the most sinfully decadent business on all of Fourth Avenue.

Epic Cafe
745 N. Fourth Ave.
Considered the hippest coffee shop in Tucson, this Bohemian café offers healthy food and art on the walls to go with your coffee or chai latte.

Magpies Gourmet Pizza
605 N. Fourth Ave.
With delicious and unique ingredients, this pizza chain makes some of the greatest gourmet pizzas, calzones and salads in town.

Food Conspiracy Cooperative
412 N. Fourth Ave.
520-624-4821This is the grocery store where you can buy your organic veggies and other bulk natural foods.

Botanica Restaurant
328 E. Seventh St.
If you're into raw food, this is the spot for vegans and other health nuts. Anjali's is also a day spa and offers yoga classes.


For those of you 21 and over, here are some places you can go to get hammered.

Che's Lounge
350 N. Fourth Ave.
This is just a bar with some pretty unique art on the walls. Most people come here on the weekends.

It's 'Bout Time
616 N. Fourth Ave.
Also known as IBT's, this bar has been voted Tucson's #1 gay bar by several local papers.

301 E. Stevens St.
Located on the corner of Fourth Avenue, this is a great restaurant with an extensive bar.

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247 N. Fourth Ave.
A sports bar with loads of TVs. Plus it serves great food and has live music. Plush
340 E. Sixth St.
On the corner of Fourth Avenue, this is a bar and nightclub where a lot of traveling and local bands perform.

The Shanty
401 E. Ninth St.
In addition to having hundreds of beer varieties, this bar has a relaxing atmosphere and a nice patio.


In addition to some of the funkiest thrift stores in Tucson, there are plenty of great novelty shops and specialty stores on Fourth Avenue. Some include:

Antigone Books
411 N. Fourth Ave.
If you hate big evil chain bookstores, this feminist friendly bookstore is right up your alley. Even if you're a guy.

Shopping links
Antigone Books

Black Rose 3
425 N. Fourth Ave.
Getting a tattoo is a memorable experience, so make sure you check out the portfolio of this tattoo parlor's work before you take the dive.

444 N. Fourth Ave.
With affordable prices, UA students would be fortunate to discover this fashionable clothing store before their senior year.

Harvest Season Records
423 N. Fourth Ave
This is the ultimate music resource center for DJs who take their spinning seriously.

Ordinary Bike Shop
311 E. Seventh St.
This shop is anything but ordinary, since you can find new and used bikes for all riding purposes, along with every bike accessory imaginable. You can even get your bikes repaired here.

Pangea Skate Shop
519 N. Fourth Ave.
Skateboarders agree this is one of the best places in town to get the latest and greatest boards.

Sounds Fresh Music & Clothing
517 N. Fourth Ave.
Combining music and clothing into one store really does sound fresh, doesn't it?


Due to the extreme weather in Tucson, bad hair days are common. But that's no excuse not to get a haircut every once in a while.

Salons links
The Coyote Wore Sideburns

4th Avenue Hair
422 N. Fourth Ave.
For special occasions or just a simple shear, this is where you can get your hair done.

The Coyote Wore Sideburns
630 N. Fourth Ave.
For $28, you can get a consultation, wash and a style at this hair salon.