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Cool city, hot nights, between two worlds
NOTE: This is an archive article. For an updated and expanded El Paso article click DailyXtraTravel
Texas is cool, even West Texas. Hours away from most of the big gay hotspots, El Paso has a lot going on. The scene, especially for bears, easily transcends the border to include Juarez. See Bear Border Community for more on links between the two sides, bars in Mexico, and details about the big bash for cowboys and bears coming up July 15-17, 2010.
Mark, Gilbert, and the boys at
Old Plantation (301 S Ochoa) have served El Paso's gay community for over 30 years. The doors open Fridays through Sundays for 18-plus and they charge no cover for anyone with military ID. On Saturdays they have after-hours and amateur stripper contests for cash prizes. Other attractions include drag shows, live bands, talent shows, and comedy nights.
Under the same management as OP, the
San Antonio Mining Company (800 E San Antonio) has Wednesday, Friday and Saturday dancing, Wednesday and Sunday drag shows and Tuesday Texas Holdem game nights.
Briar Patch (508 North Stanton St) is a mixed gay cocktail lounge with patio, open daily noon to 2am.
Club 101 (1148 Airway Blvd) "the best place to shake your booty," has nights of dancing and live bands, some events all-ages, Thursdays reserved for women.
Tool Box (506 N Stanton) is a new bar for bears, Latino cowboys, men and women. DJs spin House, Electro, Latin House, Mash-Ups, and Disco House.
Chiquita's Bar (310 E Missouri Ave) men and women, dancing to the Mexican beats on the juke box.
HERE for links to a sampling of restaurants in El Paso, ranging from Mexican and American, to Italian, Vietnamese and Thai.
The El Paso
GLBT Community Center (216 S Ochoa) houses health and help services, plus the De Ambiente Cafe with sandwiches, soups, espresso coffee, and desserts. Open Thursdays through Sundays from 6pm, until late Friday and Saturday, 3am.
In downtown El Paso, the
Camino Real Hotel (101 S El Paso St) has grand old style in the European or Mexican manner; not sterile new, but with full services and a good restaurant, the Dome.
Wingate Hotel (6351 Gateway West) is conveniently located near the airport, with contemporary American-style lodgings, fitness center, hot breakfast and Wi-Fi.