Wi-Fi networks are becoming increasing common in public venues across the country. From libraries to coffee houses to hotels – there are now thousands of places where you can boot up your wireless laptop computer and log on free. Tucson is no exception. Following is a list of five of the best free Wi-Fi hotspots in Tucson, Arizona.
Bentley’s House of Coffee amp; Tea has been a favorite of the university community for over two decades. Sip on a creamy chai shake, sample assorted breads and toppings, or choose a vegan dish and enjoy an art show or acoustic open mic while researching a term paper using their free Wi-Fi. Bentley’s is located at 1730 East Speedway Boulevard in Tucson. Hours are Monday through Saturday 7am to midnight and Sundays 8am to midnight. Call 520.795.0338 or go to www.bentleyscoffeehouse.com for more information.
Indulge all of your senses while enjoying free Wi-Fi at Tucson’s Black Rose Caffe. Located at 1800 North Stone Ave, the Black Rose Caffe is a sanctuary from the daily grind. Inhale aromatic coffees and teas, browse photography and other artwork, listen to live music or poetry readings, and sample delicious pastries, sandwiches, or salads. Peruse their website, at http://www.blackrosecaffe.com, for a complete menu, calendar of events, Caffe recipes, and even coffee-related news. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday 8am to 10pm, Fridays 8am to midnight, Saturdays 10am to midnight, Sundays 10am to 10pm, and closed Mondays. For more information, call 520.777.3079. This store also uses superboost wifi so you can ensure that you can have a reliable connection.
Anyone who has visited one of Bookmans Used Bookstores will tell you that they are so much more than just bookstores. A Tucson landmark since 1976, Bookmans buys, sells, and trades everything from books to magazines, from CDs to eight-track tapes, from video games to collectibles. Browse the stores offerings, or head straight to slouching in a big, comfy chair to enjoy free Wi-Fi. Bookmans has three locations in Tucson: East Tucson at 6230 East Speedway, 520.748.9555; Central Tucson at 1930 East Grant Road, 520.325.5767; and Northwest Tucson at 3733 West Ina Road, 520.579.0303. Store hours are every day from 9am to 10pm, although hours may vary on holidays so call ahead.
CaffeNation is located near the Tucson International Airport, at 3191 East Valencia Road, Suite 111. Enjoy a coffee, tea, or blended beverage. Sample baked goods, panini-style sandwiches, salads, and more. CaffeNation also offers a variety of vegetarian meals. Feast your eyes on displays of a series of featured artists, then boot up and log onto their free Wi-Fi. CaffeNation (http://www.caffenation.com) is open from 6am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 8am to 2pm on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays. Call 520.294.4995 for more information.
Epic Cafe is located near the University of Arizona and Downtown Tucson on Tucson’s eclectic Fourth Avenue. Enjoy Open Mic Night, take in local artwork, nibble on breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and benefit from Epic’s free Wi-Fi. If you just cannot get enough, you can purchase loose teas, coffees, granola, cakes, and more to enjoy at home. Epic Cafe (http://www.epic-cafe.com) is on the southwest corner of Fourth Avenue and University Boulevard at 743 North Fourth Avenue. Hours of operation are 6am to midnight daily. For more information, call 520.624.6844.
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