No Anchovies

Bar, Eatery

870 E University Blvd
Tucson, Arizona, 85719-5047
United States

(520) 297-8803 | map

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warmstorage from California

4.03/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Location: Great, but terrible. Great in that it's in the heart of the U of A, kind of a main drag just outside the university. Terrible in that that means parking is very difficult (diagonal back-in, with strict time limits and lots of monitoring.) But it's easily accessed by bus, and Suntran, walking, or biking are definitely the best way to go.

Atmosphere: a loud, college-town pizza joint, perhaps even louder than some. Inside, in the pizza and bar area, there is usually LOUD music playing. A big patio area out front with lots of seating and lots of people watching, but also a fair amount of nasty, inconsiderate smokers. Unfortunately, due to open windows, the smoke definitely makes its way in to the just-inside area, which is a couple of approx four seat bar-type tables under heat lamps, and also into the main bar seating area, which has half a dozen or so tall tables. Overall, the most seating is outside, which I avoid each time I go there due to smoke.

The beer selection is solid, with about twenty (guess) tap handles, including all of Nimbus' brews. (I'm not entirely sure, but this seems like something of a satellite location for Nimbus, which is great if you're located downtown or near the university.) Solid micro selection, including Stone, New Belgium, and other West coast and western US beers.

The pizza is tasty and has interesting toppings, and easy to eyeball for what you want. Solidly priced at $3.50 (with tax, but before any tip in the jar.)

The service I got was great. I didn't expect restaurant sit-down type service, and was totally happy with the great pizza-joint service I got.

I'll definitely keep going back for a fun slice and a good beer. Is it the best beer bar, or even best pizza, in town? No. But it's solid, and central, and fun. Now if they could just quit leaving the windows open so that the smoke actively blows in...

Dec 05, 2007
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Bcant from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

One of the better pizza joints in Tucson and reasonably priced too. Its location on University Blvd means that it is often packed with students but it does not get as uproarious as nearby establishments. There is seating outside with two plasma TVs on the front of the building so you don’t have to make the choice of either watching the game (or whatever is on the tube) or sitting out. Inside, the building is partitioned, one side is the pizza counter and kitchen, the other has some booth seating and a bar. Atmosphere is pretty relaxed, the lighting is usually low. There are a decent selection of beers on tap, including a range of locally brewed Nimbus. Stone IPA is also usually available as well as an offering or two from New Belgium. Decedent bottle selection, though lots of Mexican lagers (where are more appealing in the Tucson heat than in most places). They have good afternoon deals on beer.

Aug 04, 2006
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UberWasser from Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I decided to wait until school was out to visit this place...whenever I had been in the neighborhood before this place was full of drunk or soon to be drunk college folk chugging cheap pitchers while others cheered them on. Sometimes that can be an interesting atmosphere but typically I prefer the quieter times.

Which I did get this time. The atmosphere was pretty fun. White from outside, the old brick building had quite a bit of character. Wood floors, an old wooden bar and wooden counter with pizza waiting by the slice to be heated in a large metal oven made up the interior. TV's to be viewed from every angle with The Simpsons playing today.

Well priced pizzas of many sizes with a huge list of possible toppings, as well as salads, made up the menu. I guess I would call the pizza California style. Medium-thick crispy crust with a wide variety of topping possibilities. It was very tasty. I stuck to one slice but could have had another.

Now, beer. Nice selection for a college pizza place. I counted 17 tap handles. Two or three were macro but the rest were good micro brews. New Belgium Skinny Dip, Bridgeport Supris, all six of the regular Nimbus offerings...their two guest taps, the NB and the Bridgeport were both obvious aimed at cooling off from the 100+ degree heat and hence were served quite cold. This would usually bug me but under the circumstances I found the Bridgeport refreshing and tasty. I didn't look at the bottled list too closely but it was probably 25-30 long, mostly decent craft offerings.

My only slight complaint was the service. Probably college guys, which is cool, but they were far more interested in watching The Simpsons than in giving good service. Nothing went wrong but I appreciate a "hello" and a "thanks", at the least.

Really, though, this is a great place to get some pizza and a beer or two in the university area. Just be ready for a rowdy crowd during the school year, especially on Fri/Sat nights.

Jun 05, 2006
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HighCarbDiet from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

No Anchovies is right on University Blvd., right in the middle of the U of A action. It's right next to Frong and Firkin, and right across the street from Gentle Ben's, making it a good spot for beer lovers.

It's split into 3 sections: out near the street, there are a bunch of tables with big umbrellas. Up the stairs, on the left, it's a pizza joint. On the right, it's a bar. To get food, you go left, to get a beer, you go right.

I sat outside during the first real monsoon of the season, and somehow I didn't get wet. I had a nice view of some lightning over the Catalina Mountains though.

The atmosphere of the establishment itself is nothing special, but the on-campus setting and the view of the mountains earns points from me.

I like their pizza. The selection of toppings is varied; there's anything from BBQ chicken, buffalo chicken, Greek, pesto, real mozzarella, artichokes, veggie, meaty, pretty much anything. A slice full of toppings costs about 3 bucks. My dad had a meatball sandwich that looked pretty good, smothered with melted provolone. You order from a counter.

Due to the worsening monsoon storm and my crutches, I only had one beer-- a Nimbus IPA. Pretty good stuff. It seemed like they had just about every Nimbus brew on tap. They also had something by Rio Salado, and one or two things by Pyramid. Mostly western brews. I think I saw a Stone handle as well. I'm not sure if there were any imports.

Out front was a board listing their specials:
M: $2.00 Mexican bottles
Tu: $2.50 Nimbus pints
W: $2.00 Anchor and Pete's bottles
Th: $1.00 off all pints
F: $2.50 for all bottles
Sa: $2.00 New Belgium products
Su: $1.50 domestic beers

The bartender was friendly and quick.

Overall, this place is a good bargain and at a good location. For most of people, it's probably more convenient than going down to Nimbus, and the food is good and inexpensive. Pizza and beer is a tough combination to beat. I think I'll alternate between this place and Zachary's, depending on the special going on that night.

Jul 13, 2004
No Anchovies in Tucson, AZ
Place rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 7 ratings