Ruidoso may be a small town, but there is never shortage of things to do once the sun goes down. The over-21 crowd can enjoy a range of beverage-oriented options, from night clubs to casual dive bars. With an ever-growing number of New Mexico breweries, wine-tasting rooms, and locally produced boutique spirits, there is something for everyone here!

Casa Blanca
Casa Blanca, while known for its popular, adjoining restaurant, houses a small bar underneath the dining area and often features live music on the weekends. Free chips and salsa, too!
501 Mechem Dr.
575.257.2495
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm, Sundays 11am-8pm

Club Gas
Located behind an unassuming gas station, this place will surprise you. Locals have known about this secret gem since 1987, so don’t be surprised when you walk in and the window-less bar is packed. Thursday night is the extremely popular enchilada night, so expect a crowd. Otherwise, this is a great spot to watch a game over a beer or just catch up with old friends after a round of golf. Club Gas features a full bar, domestic bottled beers, a menu that is usually limited to green chile cheese burgers, tacos, or enchiladas, and killer chips and salsa.
1137 Mechem Dr.
575.258.3211
Hours: 6:30am-1:30pm, Upstairs: 4:30pm-8pm

Dreamcatcher Cafe and Coffee House
The majority of the seating at Dreamcatcher is situated on the outdoor patio, right in the middle of the shops of Midtown Ruidoso. With cold beer on tap and a limited food menu, this dog-friendly destination is a great spot when the weather is nice.
2629 Sudderth Dr.
575.802-2222
Hours: At the time this was posted (summer of 2017), Dreamcatcher was open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only. Please call ahead for hours.

Hidden Tap
Hidden Tap is uniquely situated in a — you guessed it! — hidden spot underneath Lucy’s Mexican Food, in Midtown Ruidoso. Don’t let the cave-like entrance fool you… the interior opens up into a creatively appointed space that features games, big-screen TV’s, and a long list of local brews and wines. They also offer a full menu and terraced outdoor seating along Eagle Drive, as well as events like a weekly trivia night and themed, prix fixe dinners such as crawfish boils.
2408 Sudderth Dr.
575.257.0497
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 12pm-1pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-12am and Sunday 11am-10pm

Farley’s Food Fun & Pub
Farly’s is located on the north side of town next door to the local bowling alley. A spacious interior and outdoor patio welcome people of all ages. The premier sport for watching sports, this is a place where you can expect multiple large-screen TV’s, plenty of parking, and a full lunch and dinner menu.
1200 Mechem Dr.
575.258.5676
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9:3e0pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-10:30pm

Inn of the Mountain Gods
The Inn of the Mountain Gods features a number of watering holes. Wendell’s Lounge and Apache Tee both offer stunning views of the lake and Sierra Blanca peak, and casino-minded visitors will appreciate the adjoining Big Game Sports Bar and 1852 Treaty Room, with plush leather seating and a selection of cigars for sale. The newest addition, Broken Arrow Tap House, features a spacious dining area, a very long marble bar, and dozens of beers on tap.
287 Carrizo Canyon Rd in Mescalero
1.877.277.4577
Hours: Sunday–Thursday 5pm – 9pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm – 1:30am

Lucy’s Mexicali Restaurant
Located above Hidden Tap, Lucy’s Mexicali is both a restaurant and a bar housed in one giant space. Known for their margaritas, Lucy’s is situated right in the heart of Midtown Ruidoso.
2408 Sudderth Dr.
575.257.8754
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-9:30pm, Closed Sundays

Michael J’s
Situated in a former house and exuding quaintness, Michael J’s is known primarily as a restaurant but also features a cozy little wine bar, complete with a hand-picked selection of beer and wine (Italian and otherwise). The bar area opens up to the patio to let the breeze in on temperate summer nights, and it features a warm fireplace for those chilly winter evenings.
601 Mechem Dr.
575.257.9559
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-9pm, Closed Sundays & Mondays

The Quarters Restaurant & Grill
Quarters is located right in the middle of downtown Ruidoso and offers the classic bar experience, with pool tables and other games, live music, plenty of TV’s, and parking for cars and motorcycles alike.They also feature a full lunch and dinner menu, serving up standard bar fare.
2535 Sudderth
575.257.9535
Hours:
Daily 11am-12am

Rio Grande Grill & Tap Room
Rio Grande serves as both a brewpub with a full lunch and dinner menu as well as a satellite location of its northern sibling, Sierra Blanca Brewing Company. Two dining rooms, a bar, an outdoor deck, and a gift shop are all on-site. Don’t forget your growler so you can fill it up before you go!
441 Mechem Dr.
575.808.8456
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm

Sacred Grounds Coffee & Tea House
Opening in 2015, Sacred Grounds has quickly become one of Ruidoso’s most popular gathering spots. In additional to standard coffee-house fare and spectacular, multi-level outdoor seating overlooking the Rio Ruidoso below, they offer a nice selection of beer and wine and have plans to serve locally made spirits at their new bar. Expect a feature event on any given evening, including concerts, film screenings, lectures, to open-mic nights. The space is large enough, however, to find your own little corner and have a nice time, regardless of your plans.
2704 Sudderth Dr.
575.257.2273
Hours:  Sundays 8am-9pm, Mondays 6:30am-6pm, Tuesday-Thursday 6:30am-8pm, Friday & Saturday 6:30am-10pm

Smokey B’s at Apache Casino
Smokey’s isn’t your usual watering hole. In addition to a bar and casino, they feature a full restaurant, gas station, car-wash facility, and amenities for weary travelers and truckers looking to pull right off the highway and catch some R&R.
Hwy 70 W. in Mescalero
575.464.7777
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7am-10pm, Friday & Saturday 7am-2am

Finally, for those of you just can’t seem to leave the steak house… Rancher’s, Texas Club, Cattle Baron, and K-Bob’s all feature full-service bars, in addition to and separate from their dining rooms.

Tall Pines Beer and Wine Garden
Tall Pines is a relative new-comer to the local watering-hole scene, but there might not be a better outdoor destination in town if you’re looking for a casual place to hang out, a huge patio with a fire pit, friendly owners, and a rotating selection of local beer and wine. Live music, shuffle board, cigars, and a dog-friendly atmosphere add to the allure at this relaxing, quaint spot.
2213 Sudderth Dr.
575.630-0327
Hours: Open at noon every day except Tuesdays (closed).

Win, Place, and Show
Win, Place, and Show — affectionately referred to by locals as “WPS” — is the quintessential honky tonk, with live country bands playing music every night of the week. Expect a lively and seasoned western dance scene at this storied institution, which also features an adjoining package liquor store.
2516 Sudderth Dr.
575.257-9982
Hours: Almost every evening, until late.