West Texas drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Coffee in El Paso

Hillside Coffee & Donut

We don't know whether to recommend this place for the iced coffee, the gourmet doughnuts or the welcoming service. How about all three? If you're in west El Paso and need a jolt – from caffeine, sugar or a bright, b…
Microbrewery in El Paso

Ode Brewing Co

The craft-beer scene has been slow to ignite in El Paso, but with the opening of the city's first three microbreweries – all since 2015 – we dare say the scene is on fire. Or maybe smoldering nicely? Ode was first o…
Coffee in Marathon

V6 Coffee Bar

Whoa! The nitro iced coffee here is really darn good. Mix it up right and you'll be set for your drive to the national park down the road. Nice service too, and the place shines with a modern but inviting interior. …
Bar in Marfa

Planet Marfa

Marfa-style nightlife is epitomized in this wonderfully funky open-air bar that's officially open on weekends from spring break to Thanksgiving. There's usually live music at night, and shelters are scattered about …
Microbrewery in Alpine

Big Bend Brewing Co

The taproom is bare bones at this microbrewery on the outskirts of town, but with picnic tables inside and out, chatty beer drinkers all around and wide-open views of the western landscape, you'll hardly notice the …
Bar in Marathon

White Buffalo Bar

Guess what's on the wall of this upscale bar located in the Gage Hotel? Not just taxidermy but rare taxidermy. Enjoy a margarita and just try to ignore the glassy stare of the enormous white buffalo. You might catch…
Coffee in El Paso

Coffee Box

Housed inside two metal freight containers stacked on top of one another, this eye-catching – and narrow – coffee shop across from San Jacinto Plaza sells fantastic iced coffees. Pastries and macaroons are also on o…
Bar in El Paso

Hoppy Monk

We love this place off N Mesa St on the west side, not just for its beer selection, which is voluminous and includes – no surprise – some great Belgians, but for its nice patio and better-than-usual pub food.
Craft Beer in El Paso

Tin Man Filling Station – Montecillo

The bar stools are made from brightly painted kegs at this tiny and hip bar (and growler-filling station), which serves only Texas craft beers. The flagship location is at 2301 N Zaragosa St.
Gay in El Paso

Briar Patch/Hyde Patio Bar

You can keep your calendar full at this place: Trivia Mondays, Karaoke Tuesdays, Latin Thursdays and so much more. Don't miss the back patio: it's a nice spot to chill.