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SMART Airports by day, El Paso at night!

Read ahead for our next installment in our El Paso for SMART Airports series. To read the previous article, click here.

The SMART Airports Conference is over for the day and you’ve filled up on some authentic Tex-Mex for dinner, but now what? Don’t head back to your hotel, instead explore the city’s exciting nightlife! Being one of the best cities to find Mexican-caliber tequila, a great place to start is with a “Texas-sized” margarita at Carlos & Mickey’s.  Don’t miss this seven-time winner of the Best Margarita in El Paso!  

Even if the agave spirit isn’t your thing, it’s still worth it to hit the town –– Thrillist has even ranked El Paso as one of the 10 Most Underrated Drinking Cities in America. Between the best cantinas, wineries, patios and beer selections, we’ve rounded up the best spots in Sun City to go wet your whistle.


Rosa’s Cantina

Perhaps the most infamous bar on this list, Rosa’s was made a legend by the country western ballad “El Paso”. In this 1959 hit song covered by bands such as Grateful Dead, Marty Robbins sings “night time would find me in Rosa’s Cantina”. While the building looks unassuming from the outside, grabbing a Lone Star from this historic saloon will help you feel like cowboy from the Old West, if only for a day.


The Hoppy Monk

Once the sun has gone down and the temperature has cooled off a bit, head to The Hoppy Monk to enjoy their spacious (and dog-friendly!) patio, that also has a cigar bar for those celebrating a special occasion. Inside, you’ll find a roomy indoors with high ceilings and exposed beams, a huge wall lined with a very extensive craft beer selection, and a modern take on bar food.


Hope and Anchor

Hope and Anchor calls themselves an “epic patio bar”, and we agree. Their patio is roomy and eclectic, with lanterns furnishing the ceilings both inside and out. With its casual, relaxed vibe and Sabertooth Food Co. right next door, this is a great spot to unwind with some friends.


Rubik’s Arcade Bar

This 80s and 90s-themed bar is a great spot to get your game on and feel like a kid again. Go check out their throwback arcade games and pinball machines at their equally retro price of 25 cents a game. Be sure to check out their patio with more outdoor games while you sip on a Pop Rocks or Sour Patch Squishee drink for more nostalgia.


La Vina Winery

After analyzing more than 2 million wine reviews, RewardExpert came up with the Top 10 Wine Destinations in the U.S., and El Paso made that list. Nestled in the Mesilla Valley Appellation are several high-quality vineyards worth the visit if you have the time. Technically located in New Mexico but just 30 minutes outside the city center, we listed La Vina Winery because they are New Mexico’s oldest winery, with 40 years of history and award-winning wines. But you can travel right down the road to visit Sombra Antigua Winery that plays live music most Saturdays and Sundays, or Zin Valle Vineyards, two of the other top wineries in the area.


Make sure to post your conference experience using #itsallgoodep and #SMARTAirportsElPaso when you’re here.  Next step? Make sure to register for SMART Airports.  

Do you have a young professional on staff that would benefit from professional development?  Check out our young professional program to register for complimentary access with your paid admission.

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