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.
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.
Epic is a great place to experience El Paso’s nightlife. This gay and lesbian bar and clubwelcomes all inside to enjoy a night of dancing and award-winning service. Sip specialty cocktails and premium spirits, and almost every night is a theme night. On their eclectic schedule guest will find ladies nights, drag races and live music events by top DJs and international acts.
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.
This LGBT bar located in downtown is an unpretentious, friendly place to grab a drink and relax. Both the patrons and staff are really affable. For entertainment, the jukebox has plenty of hits and the pool tables are always a nice touch. As far as drinks are concerned, guests should never worry about asking for their preferred libation, as the knowledgeable barkeeps will gladly make it.
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.
A laid back bar at which to hang out, the Briar Patch is one of El Paso's signature gay & lesbian bars, featuring pleasant surroundings, both inside and in the back's garden patio. The bartenders are pleasant and keep the liquor coming. After all, that's what you're here for, right?