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.
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.