Tuesday’s are for tacos and happy hour is the best hour at Malolam. Voted number one bar in the city by El Paso City Magazine, this bar holds the best of both cultures. Viva Mexico! Its mascot is a pink devil, the theme of the bar resides in hell and purgatory. It’s a good bar for food and cocktails and even better for Girl’s night or an after-work drink. However, it might be a bit difficult to hear your date over the music as dancing is highly encouraged. Located at 4935 N Mesa St #2. Whatever you do, just make sure when you visit, you’re doing the Malo.
A neighbor bar to Malolam Cantina and located right in front of our TIME Montecillo location, Tin Man is a great party starter bar. With their Monday Karaoke nights and a great variety of craft beers it’s a perfect way to start the night.
The Black Orchid Lounge
“Prohibition speakeasy bar, makers of libations with amazing hooch,” voted best cocktails by City Magazine in 2018, this bar is a must visit. Between its new Margherita pizza and cocktail list make sure you visit! This bar is an excellent location for dates and music lovers as they regularly showcase live Jazz bands. The only issue you’ll have is deciding whether you want your beer served in a bottle or glass. Located 6127 N Mesa St #A.
It’s sort of like Meowolf meets Malolam Cantina. Picture this, you finally find parking on Cincinnati or “Cincinasty,” you walk through a fridge and out to the patio where you manage to grab yourself $1 tacos al pastor and a $2 Sol. Sister bar to Malolam Cantina, this bar is much more reserved and laid back for after-work hangouts or even preorientation work shots... ah, memories. With its ½ off drinks during happy hour and really comfortable patio, this bar is a must visit for dates, hangouts or just a great place to begin your crawl. Location: Cincinnati ave.
Hope & Anchor
I’m biased, I LOVE H&A. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Hope and Anchor is a great bar to drink in peace. If you like to party, I would recommend starting somewhere on Cincinnati. H&A is a craft beer bar that also serves food from its neighbor Sabertooth. Monday’s are great for $2.50 select drafts. Whiskey Wednesday’s are also a plus because you can get a glass with a side of wings also provided by Sabertooth. And if you’re in the mood, $2 tacos from Sabertooth on Thursdays can start your weekend early. Located 4012 N Mesa St.
Later Later is one of those bars you visit just because it’ll look good on the gram. Every single photo you post, you look good, it’s just science. The number of photos taken in front of their signature neon sign is unmeasurable. Be wary though because of the fact this bar is a must visit, it can get PACKED. I’ll be the first to let you know the bar is worth the visit regardless. If you’re not about the crowds, try their event nights! Anything from their “How to be Single” movie nights to their “Millenial Loteria” night you’re sure to have a good time with a reservation of course.
Imagine grandma comes and brings you a whiskey sour while you sit petting her cats in her living room. Okay maybe not the cats but that’s exactly what brings people to this cutesy bar on 916 N Mesa St. Themed and decorated like your friendly neighborhood grandma’s house, Prickly offers anything from Two-dollar Tuesdays to their specialty “Green Tea Shots.” With their resident DJ @deejay_ozzy_fr3shz, it’s a party at grandmas every night. Kick off your week at grannies with a game of Bingo! Each game is free to play, and word on the street is winners receive a free shot.
One of the newer bars to open in El Paso but still one of the must visits. A cocktail lounge and cigar bar, with a gorgeous flower wall and fantastic drinks. Located in Union Plaza, this bar dedicates its craft to perfecting the art of the cocktail. Again, this bar is not a rowdy one but more so for a meet up with friends or even a date. It’s quaint and comfy, and if you need a little “liquid therapy” they have ½ off beer, and $7 signature cocktails on “Therapy Thursdays.”
DeadBeach is a local favorite, and it’s up for debate, but it’s considered to have “the best beer in town.” But don’t be turned off if you’re not so much of a beer buff, they serve wine too. They have one of the best patios to hang out in and occasionally have BBQ food trucks that are to DIE for. “Our inspiration comes from the red glow of the Franklin Mountains and all the hard-working people of the sun city. This is how we share our home with the world.” If you want to feel more connected to the beat of the city, trying doing as the locals do and heading down to Deadbeach located 406 Durango St, El Paso.
Personally one of my favorite bars next to Hope & Anchor, Eloise is the perfect bar for an after work shift, date, or even just to relax. This restaurant/bar combo is vegan and vegetarian friendly and health restriction conscious. Eloise is a MUST list because it offers vegan friendly beers. Did you not know beers could be vegan friendly? WELL they can, and if you want to know more pick the bartender's brains about it. They have a wide array for non-vegans in regard to both alcohol and food. Their specialty? Craft beers. This Wes Anderson inspired bar is a must visit and it's located at 255 Shadow Mountain Dr.