El Paso is a unique Texas city that is both a beacon of the wild west and a sister city to Mexico’s Juarez, separated by no more than a chain-link fence. It’s also a fifteen-minute drive from New Mexico, surrounded by desert and mountains.
Its trifecta of cultural influences from New Mexico, Mexico, and Texas makes El Paso a wonderful destination for cultural experiences of all kinds. El Paso’s bar scene reflects its unique cultural makeup.
Read on to explore diverse and authentic atmospheres and menus on my list of the best bars in El Paso.
406 Durango St, El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: (855) 915-2337
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.
4012 N Mesa St, El Paso, TX 79902
Phone: (915) 533-8010
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.
305 E Franklin Ave, El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: (915) 401-1909
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.
824 N Piedras St, El Paso, TX 79903
Phone: (915) 801-0475
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.
3800 N Mesa St, El Paso, TX 79902
Phone: (915) 440-7833
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.
4141 N Mesa St, El Paso, TX 79902
Phone: (915) 307-3263
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.
3315 Dyer St, El Paso, TX 79930
Phone: (915) 307-8615
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.
502 N Oregon St Suite B, El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: (915) 260-8038
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.
6263 Airport Rd, El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 219-9319
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.
El Paso is a creative destination rooted in a diverse identity. My list of the best bars in El Paso has a variety of options that reflect El Paso’s multicultural spirit.
Did we leave a great bar in El Paso out of this list? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll make sure to check it out!
- DeadBeach Brewery
- Hope and Anchor
- Craft and Social
- Joe Vinny & Bronsons Bohemian Cafe
- PUFF SOCIAL HOOKAH & COCKTAIL LOUNGE
- The Hoppy Monk
- The RockIn’ Bar
- Bar 915 Too Cantina