Bison Witches

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Bar, Eatery

326 N 4th Ave
Tucson, Arizona, 85705-8441
United States

(520) 740-1541 | map

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Irrenarzt from New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Bread bowls used to be good back in the day, but they seemed a bit off this past time.

Decent beer selection, but why not just go to Tap and Bottle unless you are just there for food with a beer.

Sep 29, 2014
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martinjohnson23 from Arizona

1.55/5  rDev -59.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 1 | food: 1.5

Not a good bar for craft beer lovers! Great bar if you want to get smashed on cocktails because they will pour you a stiff drink. Craft beer is all bottled (why go to a bar?). Had some generic crafts on tap (SNPA, bells 2 hearted) but glasses are dirty and tap lines are as well. Food will give you diarrhea! This is due to the fact that they spread rancid butter all over the over sized pieces of bread before serving. Do yourself a favor and ask for no butter, better yet just avoid this hole in the wall entirely.

Nov 21, 2013
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A great hidden gem in Tucson where I used to frequent my Saturday afternoons for lunch during my college years. This is a really cool sandwich shop slash bar. Microbrews and imports bottles only cost a few bucks; compare that with the NE region! They have about 50 bottled beers with a fairly good selection. They have on the order of 10 taps with some rotating specialty/seasonal selections included. A fairly young crowd is usually here, not surprising given it's proximity to the UofA. It is a fairly small shop, with a bar situated in the middle of what appears to have been at one time two small store fronts. Fairly subdue lighting, with the cool use of woks as cieling lamp shades.

Feb 23, 2011
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

They had a wide, glass storefront with the entry on the right facing side. The space was divided in half by center wall with a couple of archways, one for the bartenders, the other for patrons. Booths lined each lengthwise wall with table seating along the windows. The bar was stainless steel painted over with flat black 5/8 of an octagon-shape. Wrought iron sculptures of a backpacker; the logo of a capped buffalo scared witless while riding a broomstick; and a mountain biker. Back left wall had a mural of a trippy-looking bunch of onlookers watching something flying in the distance. Back bar down centerline with kitchen just aft, right and a cooler of beer just before the kitchen. Lavs aft on right side, followed by doorway to outdoor patio with its own bar.

Beers: Eight (8) taps - 2 Bud, 2 Anchor, SNPA, Shiner Hefe, Guinness, Lost Coast Great White.

Thirty (30) US micro bottles; twenty (20) import bottles.

Wittkerbe and Tecate in can.

Premium Imports; Fin du Monde; Duvel; Saison DuPont; Foret Saison. Nice!

Dec 22, 2009
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merryjoulton from Arkansas

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

I went on a Friday night and the place was hopping with college aged kids and late 20-somethings. It was later in the evening so I wasn't there to eat, just to have a couple beers. The bottle selection is decent, taps were kinda limited. I only remember there being 4-5 craft brews on tap, but 2 of them were Sierra Nevada and Anchor Steam which you can find on tap at about half the bars in the city. I would like to return for a meal since it seems like the place is more known for its sandwiches.

Apr 07, 2009
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magictrokini from California

4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

One of the best sandwich shops in Tucson, combined with one of the best craft beer selections in town. Small indoor bar and eating area combined with a covered picnic area. Awesome sandwiches and soup (potato cheese kills it). Great, cheap combo of 1/2 sandwich and a bread bowl of soup. Beer selection, medium t- small, based upon your perspective, but more than makes up for it in quality. Dogfish Head, Avery, Moylan's, New Belgium, etc. all on tap. And its not the "mainline" stuff like Fat Tire (although its there), but rarer and seasonal brews. Bigger bottle selection. And its cheap. Good rotating selection of micros as well as some Belgians. Always hit this place when I'm in Tucson.

Dec 17, 2008
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

For it's size this place is alright, but, not a beer destination IMO

This place has the typical college town eating joint vibe at lunch. Sports on the tube & lots of folks chowing down

Food & beer were in good shape

We sat at the bar & were taken care of pretty well

Ten taps, some, not so good or typical (fat tire) . Not too wide or eclectic a selection. Bottle selection was pretty good. Not much support of local brewers. Lost Coast's Great White was my big find, nuff said...

Typical deli food in fairly decent shape

beer & food were of good value. No big beer Mecca, but not bad.

Apr 07, 2008
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velo343 from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Recommended by some other BA's, so I figured I'd check it out to get some food and beer on a Saturday night.

First off, a decent selection of beers. Quite a few bottles from California, Colorado, Arizona (Nimbus), and a handful of other good craft breweries. They also have the standard BMC. Import selection consists mostly of Mexican beers and the standard international lagers. Around 10 beers on tap, half of which are craft. Great prices, too. (Ok, I'm basing this on prices in Chicago and Boston, so they seemed cheap.) Only problem was my bottled beer was served without a glass, and when I asked for one, I got a frosted one.

If you're in the mood for a huge sandwich with your beer, this is the place to go. A large list of choices, too. Be sure to try the rye bread!

Service was fantastic, the waitress made sure we had everything we wanted.

Definitely plan on going back.

Jan 22, 2007
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by here after a long day of meetings at a nearby hotel. This was a welcome respit. Although it is small, it is a nice quiet place to grab a pint with a buddy and converse about the days activities. A couple of booths and tables for seating. There were not many people at the time I was there, Thursday about 3pm. I enjoyed the Fat Tire. I have to get that every time I go west as it isnt available back in NC. Overall a nice place with a small but effective selection of drafts and plenty of beers in the bottle as well. A nice stop before a long night ahead.

Nov 07, 2006
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UberWasser from Arizona

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is what one might call a hole in the wall. Little more than a small wall of windows with a few neon signs, left unlit during the day, when I made my visit, gives one a clue as to what might lay inside.

Upon entry, my initial reaction is "Wow, this really is a hole in the wall". Hardly deeper than 20 feet, nor much wider, this small sandwich shop and beer bar holds perhaps ten booth-style tables and a small [ shaped bar with seating for another ten people, perhaps. The walls are painted brightly and are covered in paraphernalia, some relating to the University, and other relating to who knows what. Overall, the place feels a bit cramped and uninspired, but I guess it could be a lively place on a busy weekend night.

My friend and I had a seat at the bar. We took a look at the food menu, and while a number of things sounded good, we already had dinner plans for later so we just stuck to beer. I ordered two in my time at the bar, a Left Hand Milk Stout and a Shiner Hefeweizen, which was on super-happy-hour special or something at $2 a pint. I noticed someone else who ordered got a lemon on theirs, so I asked for a lemon less glass ahead of time, which saved everyone any hassle. My friend stuck to a few pints of Lost Coast Great White. We both enjoyed our beers, though especially my stout was served a bit cold for my tastes. Not the end of the world when it's 100 plus outside, though.

Beyond the eight or so taps, most of which were decent or better craft beer, they did have a fairly nice line up of bottled beers, including a select few from the likes of Unibroue and other impressive names. Pretty cool for an inexpensive lunch joint.

We didn't ask for much, so my opinion on the service is limited, but they were polite enough, if not overly attentive. Nothing to ding there, though, really.

Overall, this is a nice place to grab some beer on tap when strolling 4th Ave. There are better places a few blocks down when it comes to bottled selection, but that's another story. Next time I'll try the food, too, since that seems to be an all around positive, and I will adjust my review accordingly.

Aug 02, 2006
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PuckLSHS from Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Hopped over to Bison Witches after presenting at a conference at the U of A. I found the add in the local paper and taked to a few of the people at the school who recommended it for the big portions and the better than macro brewlist that the place offered. I also have a soft spot for anywhere that puts a buffalo in their ads as I lived in Buffalo for 2 years during grad school.

It was a nice sunny day, so we decided to wait outside for the family style picnic benches. Since it was a weekend and during the lunch hour, the restaurant had about an hour wait for our party of 8. Staking out a picnic table seemed like a much better idea.

I ordered the half sadwich and the clam chowder in the bread bowl. The meal was awesome and the price was ridiculously cheap for the portion that was placed in front of you. I also went for a Trois Pistoles (only $4) while my buddy got a Fat Tire on tap. I opted for the bottle since I wanted something a little bigger.

I would hit up Bison Witches anytime that I could. I wish they had one close by as it is the perfect place to get a good beer and a great meal.

Apr 20, 2006
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medic25 from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stumbled across this place by accident after a U of A basketball game, and it definitely was the best find all week. Atmosphere is pretty grungy/loungy, with a mix of college kids and twenty/thirtysomethings. After a few days of drinking Dos Equis at the hotel bar this place was an oasis in the desert (literally). The selection was very impressive, especially the bottled beers. I mostly stuck with the New Belgium selection's that I can't get in Connecticut (Fat Tire, 1554). The most amazing thing was the pricing. Maybe the Northeast really is just overpriced, but I was stunned to pay under $4 for some world-class microbrews. My friend stuck with the $1 Shiner Hefeweizen's, something that would never be found at home. For anyone looking to have a few beers for a great price, I'd definitely give this spot a big thumbs up!

Feb 05, 2006
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Bcant from Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Bison Witches is in a neat part of town, and its atmosphere is chill - a bit of an east coast feel in Tucson. On the weekends, a street care can deliver you infront of the bar from the Uinversity. Nice visual ambiance inside but the music can be a bit loud for the bar's size. It can also get a bit crowded on weeked evenings. Some decent draft choices (for example, Anchor, New Belgum etc.) but not a hudge selection though there is a large bottle selection. The food looks good but does not taste quite as well. Service could be a bit faster. Perhaps Bison Witches' most attractive feature is the specials it offers like two dollar bottles at lunch.

Oct 07, 2005
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Pooba001 from Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Just to add my $.02 on Bison Witches, as cheifdano says, the food is pretty good, especially the sandwitches and bread bowl soups. Staff is friendly but occasionally overwhelmed (especially on Wednesday when they have the specials that Gueuzedude mentions and on weekends), so get there early for a booth. What Bison does excel in is having a great selection of beers, which is much appriciated. Mainly when I'm here I get either La Fin Du Monde, Stone IPA, New Belgium 1554, or Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Atmosphere rating will depend on your opinion of the college kids that all too often dominate Tucson's 4th Ave. scene.

Edit: I just wanted to re-cover their selection. It currently includes Franziskaner Hefe, Anderson Valley IPA, Amber, and Oat. Stout (summer solstice in season), Anchor Porter, Steam, and Liberty (OSA in season), Old Chub, Sierra Nevada Pale and Porter (Bigfoot in season), Rogue Dead Guy and Mocha Porter, Dogfish Head 60min. and Indian Brown Ale (IBA is sporadic), Great White, Lefthand Milk Stout, Nimbus Pale, Brown, and Old Monkeyshine, North Coast Red Seal, Scrimshaw, and Blue Star, Unibroue La Fin du Monde and Trois Pistoles, Saison DuPont, Foret Organic Saison, and Duvel. Enjoy.

Mar 08, 2004
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This is a really cool sandwich shop slash bar. Check out the website for the menu, it all looks quite tasty and I have heard good things about it, though I have yet to sample from the menu. The singular awesome thing about this place is that on Wednesday all of there bottled beers are $2 a piece. Imagine a place where you can get a bottle of Duvel for $2. Wednesdays are great, but the fact of the matter is that this place has awesome prices on beer at all times, Microbrews and imports bottles are a cool $2.75. They have about 50 bottled beers with a fairly good selection. I would guess that I would be really happy to have any of about 34 of their beers. They have on the order of 10 taps with some rotating specialty/seasonal selections included. A fairly young crowd is usually here, not surprising given it's proximity to the UofA. It is a fairly small shop, with a bar situated in the middle of what appears to have been at one time two small store fronts. Fairly subdue lighting, with the cool use of woks as cieling lamp shades. I definitely recommend this place if you are in Tucson, check out the Shanty down the street for a place with another great beer selection. I need to get down here during the day some time, to see how the daytime scene is, and to try the food.

Nov 20, 2003
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