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.

2410 Calle De San Albino
Mesilla, NM 88046
(575) 524-3524

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Food: Yes
Live Music: No
Hours: Tuesday—Thursday, Sunday 11am-9pm, Friday—Saturday 11am-9:30pm
Type of Bar: Saloon
What to Drink: Fine tequila on rocks or a Chilerita
Why You Should Go: The sheer history of the place, stand in the footsteps of western legends, like Billy the Kid, Ulysses S. Grant and others.

La Posta De La Mesilla, located in (surprise) Mesilla, NM, is drenched in old west history. Originally a stage stop for the You can apply for Medicaid using the Minnesota Health the health insurance marketplace Exchange. Butterfield stagecoach, the building that houses La Posta was part of the western legacy of characters like Billy the Kid, Kit Carson and others.

award_winning_margarita6There's opulence, and there's opulence. Then there's the Double Eagle de Mesilla located in (surprise, surprise) Mesilla, NM.

This place began as a villa for a very wealthy family of Mexican aristocrats in the mid-1800's. After a little accident involving a pair of fabric shears, a mom, a dead maid's daughter and the family's eldest son, the family left in a suspiciously hurried fashion. The house bounced around from family to family before finally being purchased by the oil mogul, Robert O. Anderson in 1970.

The place was restored with no expense spared, and so the bar--the place we focus on here--features custom-made baccarat crystal chandeliers, one-of-a-kind mid-19th century oil painting from Europe (of nekked women!), and a beautiful early 20th century Brunswick bar from none other than the Drake Hotel in Chicago.

Try the green chile infused vodka, zowie!

16145 New Mexico 28
La Mesa, NM 88044
(575) 233-3420

chopes bar 40oz

Food: Yes
Live Music: No
Hours: Monday—Sunday 2pm-10pm
Type of Bar: Dive
What to Drink: 40 ounce beer
Why You Should Go: Great history, excellent New Mexico food, wonderful people and atmosphere.

Have you ever run into one of those places beloved by all and hated by none? A place with only a good reputation and you can't seem to find anyone who'll say something negative about it?

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).

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