110 Plaza
Socorro, NM 
(575) 835-1193

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Food: Yes
Live Music: Yes
Hours: Monday—Saturday Noon-2am, Sunday Noon-Midnight
Type of Bar: Saloon
What to Drink: Beer & A Shot
Why You Should Go: Was once owned by a judge who held court in the saloon and imprisoned those found guilty in the back room and later became a speakeasy.

Today the Capitol Bar looks like just another small town bar.  But look a little harder and you'll find a place drenched in history that reads like an old west novel.

2171 Calle De Parian
Mesilla, NM 88046
(575) 526-9943

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Food: No
Live Music: Yes
Kind of Bar: Dive
Hours: Monday—Tuesday 4pm-2am, Wednesday—Saturday 2pm-2am, Sunday 12pm-12am
What to Order: Cheapest beer they have, preferably PBR
Why You Should Go: Housed in a building from 1870 that’s seen Billy the Kid through it, great Southwestern history, and is the quintessential dive bar.

What can we say about El Patio that hasn't already been said by Men's Journal when they named it one of the 10 best bars in America?

Well, according to the owner, they were wrong (I guess THAT's something we can say).

2600 Avenida De Mesilla
Mesilla, NM 88046
(575) 525-2910

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Food: No
Live Music: Yes
Hours: Monday—Wednesday, Sunday 12pm-11pm, Thursday 12pm-12am, Friday—Saturday 12pm-12:30am
Type of Bar: Saloon
What to Drink: Tequila shots a lá Velia Chavez
Why You Should Go: To experience not only the history of small, border town life, but also a place that is only 20 years removed from a truly male-dominated world.

McSorley's Old Ale House in New York reached notoriety in the 1970's casino because they wouldn't allow women until they were sued. It reached the US Supreme Court before they finally relented.

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