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Above, Irene's dance floor early eve; below, a beauty at Irene's, Winter 2002.

IMAGES: CIA ROMANO 2003

254 East Congress Street
Tucson, AZ 85701
520.206.9385

Even the uninitiated frat boys wandering down Congress can see that something's up at Irene's. Opening as a Peruvian restaurant-cum-Latin dance club, Irene's has built a mixed following of Latino youth and dance aficionados that makes for an unpredictable but lively crowd. Irene's gets points for adding another dimension to Tucson's garage-happy downtown scene. Bet you money that even those too cool to dance are secretly envious when they pass Irene's and see a hot tango couple in action.

CIA ROMANO, fall 2003

CLUB DENIZENS 411:

Want to dance with a partner? Start here. The crowd is mixed on every level, with a shared passion for dance. Or the flirtation that comes with it. Cover on weekends.

DRINKS AND MUSIC

Known for the traditional Mojito (mint leaves and lime juice with white rum) and a full bar.

HELPFUL

Ballroom types be advised: When asking someone to dance here, be cautious as they are probably on a date. If you're serious about dancing, leather soles are best. Skip the sneakers and bring your manners.

UNIQUE FEATURES

The sidewalk barbeque is the only real sign of food between the Hotel Congress and Grill. The dcor may seem surreal, and if it does, it's because...

PAST LIVES

Irene's used to be the Caf Magritte, appropriately decorated in High Surrealism. The fist-shaped stove in the main dining room is the primary artifact.

Management:

520.206.9385.


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