La Cocina is one of our favorite Tucson dining establishments for many reasons. First, you can dine indoors at the Cantina or Dusty Monk Pub. Or outdoors in the tree-shaded courtyard. La Cocina is very similar to Levin’s, an early Tucson pioneer beer garden once located just a few blocks west near the river.
Second, La Cocina is located in the heart of the Presidio District. Within a few-block radius is the heart of the Old Pueblo. In fact, the old Spanish fort, El Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, is right across the street. The original homes of our earliest pioneers are within a few blocks, some like the Corbett House are open to the public.
Third, La Cocina is in the courtyard of Old Town Artisans, a collection of unique little shops. When we are looking for that special gift or unique item for our home, this is where we often shop first.
Fourth, La Cocina usually has live music in the evenings. Typically these are local performers.
Fifth, the rustic Cantina has a good selection of local brews, and their expert bartenders make very good margaritas. The Dusty Monk Pub serves a variety of Belgian beers and select European whiskeys.
Sixth, the food is an eclectic mix of good Mexican food, plus fresh sandwiches and salads. Owner/manager Jo runs a tight ship, so quality and service is consistently excellent.
In short, La Cocina is a relaxed, fun place for good pub grub and drink, historic atmosphere, and evening entertainment.
You will find La Cocina and Old Town Artisans on our Self-Guided Tucson History & Dining Tour. You can purchase this tour, both print and electronic versions, for $25 at the best local hotels and resorts, visitor centers, and bookstores.
Visit the La Cocina website for a list of music dates and times.
La Cocina Cantina
201 N. Court Ave. Tucson