• Good Food. Good Beer.

    Good People. Good Times.

    Serving quality food & award-winning craft beer since 1971.

    Find us on the corner of Tyndall and University Blvd.

  • Menu - Handhelds, Southwestern Cuisine, Beverages, and Desserts

    MENU

    From hand-crafted Burgers and Southwestern cuisine, to fresh salads and filling appetizers, we've got your fix.

  • Menu - Appetizers, Burgers, and Salads

    HAPPY HOUR

    Monday-Friday from 3-6pm

    $5 Appetizers & Cocktails, $4.00 Craft Brews & Wells

  • Gentle Ben's Beer Menu

    BEER

    Craft beer brewed in Tucson by the Award Winning Barrio Brewing Co.

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  • GENTLE BEN'S HISTORY

     

    Established 1971, Gentle Ben’s was once located under what is now the lobby of the Marriott Hotel. Built in 1908, as a private residence for the Hamilton family, it served as the university president’s house, a boarding house, and home to several fraternities. In 1994, the Marshall Foundation, who owns most of the real estate in the neighborhood, including the old Ben’s, informed us of plans to raze the block and offered Ben’s the chance to rebuild.

     

    The new location at the time was the U of A Center for Architectural Landscaping, but was originally a bank, built in 1970. The still intact bank vault remained intact and now serves as an office and employee room. Gentle Ben’s salvaged much of the wood and brick from the old Ben’s location, as well as the bank, to construct the new Gentle Ben’s.

     

    In 1991, Gentle Ben’s began brewing, and, at the time, was the only brewery in Tucson. When Ben’s was rebuilt, the kitchen was tripled in size, allowing Ben's to offer kegs to other restaurants and bars throughout Arizona. The original brews were Tucson Blonde, Red Cat Amber, and Copperhead Pale Ale. Gentle Ben’s still offers those brews today, along with five other brews.

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