The Hoppy Monk is a pub and restaurant that pays homage to those brewers from the Cistercian Order, better known as the Trappists. Although the menu is stacked with beers from Belgium, the Hoppy Monk not only features beers from this region, they have almost every style, from Lambic to Lager, it's likely to be here. In addition to suds, the Monk also serves food, where the menu has better-than-average pub grub at an awesome price.
Every great town needs a wine bar and Mystic Grape fits the bill in El Paso. It's location near the airport may be convenient for business travelers, but it is a trek of about 15 miles to visit from downtown. Nonetheless, this wine bar has a dispenser that allows you to buy by the ounce, which is essentially do-it-yourself degustation. The customer has a smart card that is inserted to the slot above the wine, then an ounce of red or white is dispensed. A cool gimmick indeed for those who like to taste without the constant description from representatives, although the staff is always there to help. The amount of wines the proprietors put on display is immense and in addition to wine, the shop also sells craft beers.
This quasi-dive located just north of downtown El Paso is a homespun spot with one of the best patios in the city with views over the Franklin Mountains. The drinks fulfill the trinity of cheap, strong and large and the staff is always pretty relaxed. Check out their 'Tequila Tuesday' if you like this potent libation.
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.
Good beer and the outdoors is always a good combo, and Aceituna's (olive in Spanish) never disappoints with its craft beer selection and patio. Aceituna's also presents live music on certain nights as well as some pretty good specials, including their awesome 'Borracho Brunch & Bloody Mary Bar' or the all-you-can-eat taco nights.
This restaurant is located several miles from downtown, but it's extremely convenient if you're staying near the El Paso Airport. The original location was in nearby Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, but in 1981 the family-owned business decided to move over the border to its present spot. The menu has typical Mexican dishes like guacamole, quesadillas, tacos, tostadas and a few specialty plates like Cochinita Pibil (roasted pork made with achiote and citrus) or the Chicken Mole Poblano. The prices are amazingly low for the amount of food and service is always prompt, overall a nice place to stretch your cash.
A popular haunt amongst the young citizens of the city, Prickly Elder is the place to be for a relaxed, yet enjoyable drinking session. The moment you set foot into this place you are transported a few decades back in time with its classic, living room style decor, replete with old-school furniture, floral wallpaper, vintage telephones, a fire places and old-fashioned carpets. With an eclectic selection of brews, spirits, wines and cocktails, your drinking session is certain to last for more than just a single round.
The owners of Monarch took over another defunct club in 2013, yet this one is revitalized and better. The renovated space is hip, yet a bit cavern-like with its dark interior lighting and subdued walls, perfect for intimate conversation. For entertainment, Monarch has an eclectic entertainment line up, from 'Karate-oke Mondays' and DJ nights to live music and happy hour, this spot will set the right mood whether you come late at night or right after work.
From the outside, you can't make anything out. But once inside, Gray Dog is one of the most popular watering holes in town. The decor is an ode to the owners' gray schnauzer where you will find the dog on their colorful wallpaper and art pieces as a quirky subject. The bar is made of wire and painted stones. Dimly lit with Oriental light fixtures, it has an extensive list of drinks from the region and nationally. From signature cocktails to craft beers and other alcoholic beverages, you can just tipple on them during their happy hours.
The Tap is the quintessential dive bar and restaurant, with cheap food, drinks and a loud jukebox, it doesn't get any more authentic than this. The place is filled with locals and regulars but the bartender treats even new customers like family. The interior transports guests to what seems like 1994, but most come in for the low prices. Expect a mixed crowd, from business folk to hipsters and tourists.
Neon Rose Bar has built its own set of loyalists over the years and is one of the neighborhood friendly bars in El Paso. Live music events form an integral part of the bar and you can witness some established as well as upcoming musicians performing for you. A laidback atmosphere, amiable patrons and reasonably priced drinks and pub fare, what more are you looking for?