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Palacio Bar, Mesilla, New Mexico
Thursday, 08 September 2011 01:54

palacio_signMcSorley's Old Ale House in New York reached notoriety in the 1970's 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.

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Chope's Bar, La Mesa, New Mexico
Thursday, 08 September 2011 01:40

derek_40ozHave 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?

That pretty much sums up Chope's Bar. Founded by the late Chope Benevidez, and started by his parents in the early 1900's, this beloved locals bar has been serving outrageously good food since its founding.

The bar itself is a dark and cluttered building, standing squat off of Highway 28 in the rural chile and pecan fields of southern, New Mexico. Its famous for its green chile rellenos and ice-cold 40 ounce beers.

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La Posta de la Mesilla, Mesilla, New Mexico
Thursday, 08 September 2011 01:35

corn_exchangeLa Posta De La Mesilla, located in (surprise) Mesilla, NM, is drenched in old west history. Originally a stage stop for the Butterfield stagecoach, the building that houses La Posta was part of the western legacy of characters like Billy the Kid, Kit Carson and others.

Even as a stage stop the building housed the Corn Exchange Hotel, which included a cantina that served locals and visitors alike.

Among the extensive list of past notables are included President Grant who stayed here twice (but never seemed to pay).

They feature a full restaurant and an loooong tequila collection.

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Buckhorn Exchange, Denver, Colorado
Thursday, 08 September 2011 01:30

apple_drinkThe Buckhorn Exchange in Denver, CO, was opened as a saloon and restaurant in 1893. The place is like a museum to Denver's wild west past, mostly due to its founder, Henry Zietz.

The Buckhorn features an extensive collection of stuffed and mounted animals Henry killed in the early 20th century on his many hunts, some with Teddy Roosevelt. You can also see Henry's rifle and gun collection, and the various memorabilia collected over 100 plus years in Denver.

The saloon upstairs has served five presidents and numerous celebrities. Of note were regulars Buffalo Bill Cody, who drank the same cocktail so often they put it on the menu and still serve it today. They also serve rocky mountain oysters, which you need to try if you stop by, it's tradition.

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My Brother's Bar, Denver, Colorado
Thursday, 08 September 2011 01:24

my_brothers_bar_backMy Brother's Bar in Denver, CO, is a vanishing breed. There are no TV's, no computers or wifi, and no digital cash registers. They play classical music and actually talk to you when you sit at the bar.

Drinks have been served at this location since the 1870's when Denver was still just a mining town. The current owner bought it with his brother in 1970 and restored it to its previous stature.

They're famous for their burgers, for NOT serving Coors or Budweiser, and for not having a sign on the street.

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