2600 Avenida De Mesilla
Mesilla, NM 88046
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.
Pablo Salcido didn't allow women into his place, Palacio Bar in Mesilla, NM, until 1990. How did he get away with it? Simple, it was a neighborhood locals only bar since its founding in 1936.
This place is so beloved in the community we saw generations of patrons walking in and sitting down for a drink. They told us how their grandfather would come in and drink beer with Pablo standing behind the bar gabbing to them about what was going on in their small town.
Definitely a destination if you're within 50 miles of the place.