The Plaza Theatre has been in operation since 1930 and is one of the largest venues to catch a show in the entire Southwest. It hosts stage shows and also screens movies, but most people that come are awestruck by the grandiose Spanish Colonial architecture and design. The Plaza was nearly demolished in 1986, however a benevolent community association stepped in to save it. Today, guests can see many diverse shows on stage, from popular musicals and stand-up acts to concerts.
In the midst of the scenic Franklin Mountains lies the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, a venue that holds over 1,500 spectators. The theater hosts a number of events throughout the year, from plays and concerts to dance and opera, there is something for all ages. During the summer, the amphitheater presents its 'Cool Canyon Nights' series, it's free to public and always a nice entertainment option in the hot desert. See website for upcoming activities and a complete calendar of events.
This quasi famous cantina located near the border of New Mexico is most famous for its association with Marty Robbins, the country singer known for his song 'El Paso' in which he mentions it. Upon first glance it doesn't appear to be much, however the food and cold beer inside make up for it. So sit back, listen to the Marty Robbins song at least once, sip your Lone Star and enjoy.
A popular music venue with the students, the Lowbrow Palace is located in the Rim-University of El Paso. It presents an interesting line-up of artists from all over the country and it's usually crowded with locals seeking a place to let their hair down. Opened in 2010, this bar usually features diverse performances suitable for all types. If you don't like the music, the spot is usually relaxed enough to enjoy a drink over the soft din.
Even though this casino is located in New Mexico, everyone from El Paso still makes a sojourn out to try their hand at a winner. Founded in 1959, the racetrack presents live televised races at over 800 different stations. A number of top-tier horses have come out of Sunland Park, including Bold Liz and Prince Astro. A few well-known jockeys got their feet wet here too, like Mike Smith and Jerry Bailey. The casino's no small beans either. With over 700 slot machines, you can bet your top dollar you'll have tennis elbow by the time you leave!
For laughs in the Southwest, lot of local head to the El Paso Comic Strip Comedy Club. Almost every night of the week, comics take the stage to ply their jokes. From clean-cut comics to raunchy and raucous humor, there is usually someone up there that will elicit a laugh. Another benefit from this club, is that the owners to not have a requisite two-drink minimum and it's a non-smoking establishment. If you do want to drink, the bar has a full panoply of drinks, from beer to liquor and everything in-between.
Southwest University Park is a baseball stadium and forms an integral part of the sports scene in the city. This ballpark is very well designed to provide optimum seating facilities, a good view of the pitch and an even better view of the surrounding countryside mountains. This stadium is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas and draws crowds of local supporters to every game. The stadium has a number of fast food restaurants and souvenir shops and also has party rooms and an event space available for hire to host birthdays, anniversaries and other parties.
If you happen to be in El Paso and prefer live theater and performance art, then head to the Abraham Chavez Theater. It is located right near the larger El Paso Convention Center and the architecture resembles that of a spaceship. Nonetheless, access to the theater is convenient, with a seating arrangement that can accommodate approximately 2500 people. It is one of the best places to catch a show.
Jones Stadium is one of the first concrete structures and major stadiums in the US. With a history dating back to 1916, it is one of the best stadiums in the country and also the first sun bowl was hosted here. The stadium has garnered many great reviews and is the home ground of El Paso. The venue can accommodate up to 12,000 people at a time.