When the sun goes down behind 12,000-foot Sierra Blanca Peak, some Ruidoso activities are just beginning to come to life. Evening entertainment can be found at the movies, in the bowling alley, at the Ruidoso casinos, and at a variety of “watering holes.” You might choose to go two-stepping with a beer in your hand, sample an exotic martini while relaxing in a comfy leather chair, or shoot a game or two of 8-ball. There are plenty of places in town to keep everybody happy. Your Ruidoso vacation only gets better after dark!
RUIDOSO NIGHTLIFE — BARS, DANCING, CINEMA, AND BOWLING
Win, Place, or Show
2516 Sudderth Drive
Win, Place, or Show is a true honky tonk bar and has been a landmark in downtown Ruidoso for many years. This honky tonk bar is a great place to do some two-stepping into the wee hours, with live country western music every night. Specialty: dancing.
2535 Sudderth Drive
Quarters is all about pleasing almost everybody. They play rock-n-roll, techno, hip hop, and the blues. They have a great menu for you and your friends. You can have dinner and play pool at the same time, here, and there is plenty of room to get your grove on. Specialty: Harleys.
Cree Meadows Country Club
301 Country Club Drive
Cree Meadows bar and lounge is open to the public. If you and your friends like karaoke, call ahead to find out which night it is being hosted. From almost any where in the lounge you can enjoy a sweeping view of the golf course with Sierra Blanca Peak in the background. There is live entertainment on some nights and plenty of room to dance in the huge lounge, with a full bar and restaurant. Specialty: the view.
501 Mechem Drive
Casa Blanca has a downstairs bar with several TV’s for those of you who don’t want to miss a minute of the big game. There is also a large fireplace for those winter nights, when you just want to warm your bones with a margarita, an appetizer, and some of the best chips and salsa in town. Specialty: chile rellenos.
657 Sudderth Drive
Cattle Baron has a bar with over stuffed leather couches, a fireplace, and TV’s so you can successfully unwind after a long day. They have beers and many other drinks such as martinis, bloody marys, and bull dogs. Specialty: steak (although the salad bar is also hard to beat!).
Lucy’s Mexicali Restaurant
2408 Sudderth Drive
Lucy’s is a popular nightlife spot and offers award-winning Mexican food and drinks and, on occasion, live entertainment. Specialty: margaritas.
Flying J Ranch
A great cowboy dinner awaits you, featuring the Flying J’s beef and chicken, potato, cowboy beans, biscuits, spice cake, chunky applesauce, coffee, tea and lemonade. After dinner enjoy the live, western stage show! Specialty: family-friendly entertainment.
Farley’s Food, Fun, & Pub
1200 Mechem Drive
Farley’s is a great way to start the night. Snack on free peanuts and throw the shells on the floor as you shoot a game of pool or enjoy a drink. Farley’s can be a good spot for the whole family to start your night off. You can eat and listen to great music while the kids play in the arcade. With perhaps more TV’s than any other place in Ruidoso, it’s also a great place to watch games. Specialty: sports.
1137 Mechem Drive
Come out and eat enchiladas on Thursday nights with all of the locals — it is an honored tradition here, and they are delicious! Otherwise this laid-back, lounge across from Farley’s is great for a drink, anytime. Look for “Club Gas” and go around back to find this hidden treasure. Specialty: enchiladas.
Ruidoso Bowling Center
1202 Mechem Drive
There’s something for everybody at the Ruidoso Bowling Center, with open bowling, league nights, and a comfortable lounge. You can play some pool or bring the kids out for a night of fun in the arcade. Specialty: fun for everyone.
721 Mechem Drive
Call to see which of the latest blockbuster films are playing on one of three big screens, sometimes in 3D. Matinee movies are usually offered during the day at a lower price than the evening shows. Don’t forget to get popcorn and sodas before you head in to enjoy the show. Specialty: movies!
Ranchers Steak and Seafood
2823 Sudderth Drive
Rancher’s lounge is the perfect place for having a drink after a busy day at work or just relax on a weekend, offering a wonderful selection of wines from all over the world and a full bar to add to your dining experience. Specialty: prime rib.
Rio Grande Grill & Tap Room
441 Mechem Drive
Rio Grande offers a long list of microbrews locally brewed in New Mexico by the Sierra Blanca Brewing Company. They also feature a great selection of ales, lagers, and stouts, including the famous Alien Amber. The lounge is a great place to unwind after a day at work or have a drink before dinner. Specialty: craft beers.
1097 Mechem Drive
A relative newcomer to Ruidoso, Anaheim Jack’s has a bar with an impressive beer list and plenty of TV’s for your game-watching enjoyment. Specialty: burgers.