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Most visitors to El Paso like to take a trip across the border at some point to Ciudad Juárez, which offers a wide variety of bars and clubs for the over-18s. However, there is plenty of fun north of the Rio Grande as well.
Live music can be found at Viva Villa (410 East San Antonio Ave), which plays all types of Latin rhythms from salsa to flamenco. For dance music, try Club 101, a warehouse catering to the 21-plus, alternative music crowd. There are live shows most Fridays with local and guest bands. Younger guests (18+) can head to the E-9 Club/Area 51 next door, which is part of the Club 101 and offers dance music as well. Suavecito (1201 Airway Boulevard) also has a dance floor and offers salsa lessons on Wednesdays.
Hemingway’s, a local hangout that specializes in microbrews and imported beers, is located at 214 Cincinnati Avenue. There is also La Hacienda (1720 West Paisano Drive), which not only serves the famous Three Bell Margarita, but offers an excellent menu of mesquite-flavored steaks and chili rellenos. The bar is also located on a historically significant site, as it marks the location where Don Juan de Oñate first crossed the Rio Grande.
Guests looking for a gay-friendly club should try the New Old Plantation on Ochoa Street, which has a drag show on Friday and Saturday nights. However, the club is also a good place for heterosexuals, as it is one of the better dance spots in town.
Other popular hangouts include: