Welcome to the Sun City’s nocturnal playground, where the spirit of the Southwest meets a lively tapestry of libations. In this exploration of the best bars in El Paso, Texas, we delve into the diverse and dynamic scene that defines the city’s after-hours charm. From classic watering holes steeped in history to trendy establishments pushing the boundaries of mixology, El Paso’s bar culture is a vibrant fusion of tradition and innovation. Join us on a spirited tour through this borderland metropolis, where each venue tells a tale of flavor, community, and the unique warmth that defines El Paso’s hospitality. Get ready to raise a glass to the top-notch establishments that make the city’s nightlife an unforgettable experience.
The RockIn’ Bar
Proudly female and locally owned, The RockIn’ Bar is the classiest dive bar in Central, with bright red walls to match the pool table, darts boards, and a jukebox. The cheap drinks and rowdy atmosphere make The RockIn Bar a favorite spot for late-night fun. The RockIn Bar has a well-rounded beer, spirits, and cocktail menu. I loved their Paloma with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.
DeadBeach Brewery is a hip brewery, tavern, and beer garden in Downtown El Paso, mere blocks from the Juarez/El Paso border. The tavern and beer garden offers a rotating variety of beer on tap. They have 11 beers on tap which changes weekly, plus countless cans and bottles. DeadBeach also has a full menu of award-winning barbecues, sandwiches, and snacks. I enjoyed the Van Down By the River Porter with a plate of St. Louis ribs.
The ultimate patio bar, Hope and Anchor is a festive outdoor bar and restaurant in Mission Hills overlooking Mission Hills Park. It has a quirky, funky vibe with vintage Mexican American décor. The craft cocktail list has creative takes on classics but Hope and Anchor’s real strong suit is their massive selection of beer and spirits, with over 70 beers and around 40 spirits. Their food menu has everything from wings to dips, to loaded fries. I recommend their fresh ceviche.
Located in a casual and high-energy warehouse space in downtown El Paso, Craft and Social is a wine bar and taproom with a full kitchen. Locally owned since 2014, Craft and Social captures the identity of El Paso as a Texan and Mexican. They have trivia nights, live music, and a hopping happy hour. I love their scratch-made sandwiches and cheeseboards, which taste great with wine or craft beer.
Joe Vinny & Bronsons Bohemian Café is a Manhattan Heights neighborhood café, coffee shop, wine bar, and artisanal beer bar. Their boho-chic décor and inviting atmosphere revolve around a premise of universal acceptance. You can have breakfast and a coffee in the morning, then come back for a tasty New American dinner and a glass of wine with friends.
El Paso’s only Hookah and cocktail lounge, Puff Social is a posh destination in Mission Hills with white leather furniture and black and neon lights. They have a wide variety of shisha, high-end cocktails, and a fashionable ambiance for the ultimate social experience. I recommend going on Wednesdays for cheap martinis and free hookahs for two.
The Hoppy Monk is a family-owned pub, offering the most expansive list of craft and artisanal beer in the city. Located in Mission Hills, The Hoppy Monk is a hip tap room with a giant outdoor patio. You won’t find a more unique beer list with over 50 beers from microbreweries near and far, not to mention an artisanal spirits menu, cocktail list, and gourmet pub fare. They have a great “hoppy” hour with four- and five-dollar pints, cocktails, and glasses of wine.
Located in a stunning historic building in Downtown El Paso, 1922 is an ode to prohibition-era speakeasies and 20s-era glamour. The vintage furniture, rustic brick and stucco walls, and Persian rugs will transport you to a simpler, classier time. The cocktail list is the height of fine drinking, offering expertly crafted classics along with beer, wine, and a high-end food menu. I savored a Vieux Carre with an order of fresh crab sliders.
Bar 915 Too Cantina is a rock n roll-inspired cantina with a quick drive from the El Paso International Airport. They have Karaoke nights interspersed with live music accompanied by Mexican-inspired cocktails, tequila shots, and Mexican lagers. I went for a tequila-fueled night of karaoke with the occasional beer flight as a refreshing chaser.
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