Nightlife and Bars

nightlife & barsRuidoso may be a small town, but there is never a shortage of things to do once the sun goes down. The over-21 crowd can enjoy a range of beverage-oriented options, from nightclubs 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! Check out details about our local nightlife & bars below.      






Nightly entertainment in and around Lincoln County


Nightly - The Quarters - DJ


Nightly - Win, Place, Show -  Live Country Music


Monday and Tuesday Night - The Quarters - Karaoke with DJ Pete


Wednesday Nights - Club 49, Inn of the Mountain Gods - Comedy Club


Thursday Night  - Cree Meadows Country Club - Taco Bar and Karaoke with DJ Pete


Friday Night - Cree Meadows Country Club - All You Can Eat Catfish & Live Music


Friday Night - Billy's Sports Bar, Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, and Casino - DJ


Friday Night - Sacred Grounds Coffee & Tea House - Open Mic


Friday & Saturday - Club 49, Inn of the Mountain Gods -  - Live Music


Friday & Saturday - Wendell's Restaurant, Inn of the Mountain Gods -  Classic Guitar


Friday & Saturday - Wendell's Lounge, Inn of the Mountain Gods - Live Music


Don't drive after drinking! Call Dollar Cab 575-937-6803.


Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill

Wedged conveniently between the grandstands of the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Billy the Kid Casino, Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill features 10 televisions, nightly specials, and occasional live music. Most noteworthy is their signature 5-inch Rueben. Recommended: chicken fried steak. Hours: Daily 11am-9pm

  • 575-378-4431
  • 1461 Hwy 70 E, Ruidoso Downs, NM, United States

Casa Blanca

Casa Blanca has been around for decades, and for good reason. Depending on who you talk to, you may hear they have the best fill-in-the-blank in Ruidoso, with common options being margaritas, chile rellenos, and home-made chips and salsa. Located in a large, old house, Casa Blanca has plenty of space, two outdoor patios, and […]

  • 575-257-2495
  • 501 Mechem Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Club Gas

Hours: Downstairs: 6:30am-1:30pm, Upstairs: 4:30pm-8pm

  • 575-258-3211
  • 1137 Mechem Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Farley’s Food Fun & Pub

Farley’s Food, Fun, and Pub’s name says it all, as does their tagline: “Great people…even better food.” Serving up standard bar fare, Farley’s is a goods spot to watch a game, play pool, and catch up with friends. One of three locations in southwest New Mexico, the Ruidoso restaurant is spacious and features a large […]

  • 575-258-5676
  • 1200 Mechem Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Hidden Tap

Hidden Tap is known more as a casual drinking establishment, but their ever-changing menu has steadily improved since they opened their doors in 2016. Don’t come expecting run-of-the-mill bar fare (although baskets of wings and quesadillas are available). Creative offerings such as savory stuffed mushroom caps and lobster mac-n-cheese are stand-out choices, with dozens of […]

  • 575-257-0497
  • 2408 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Lucy’s Mexicali Restaurant

Lucy’s Mexicali is more than a restaurant, with a full and popular bar and occasional live music. Lucy’s serves up both traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex fare, and the location — right in the center of downtown’s Ruidoso’s shopping district — makes it a great stop for the hungry visitor. Recommended: their margaritas. Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, […]

  • 575-257-8754
  • 2408 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Michael J’s

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 5 pm – 9 pm, Closed Sundays & Mondays

  • 575-257-9559
  • 601 Mechem Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Rio Grande Grill & Tap Room

Rio Grande Grill & Tap Room provides two floors of dining and a dedicated bar in the front, where they serve up classic American fare and a variety of New Mexico-made craft beers. This casual spot is popular with both visitors and locals alike, particularly hungry skiers and snowboarders coming off the slopes of Ski […]

  • 575-808-8456
  • 441 Mechem Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Sacred Grounds Coffee & Tea House

Hours:  Sundays 8am-9pm, Mondays 6:30am-6pm, Tuesday-Thursday 6:30am-8pm, Friday & Saturday 6:30am-10pm

  • 575-257-2273
  • 2704 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Smokey B’s at Apache Casino

Smokey B’s is a better-than-average dining option housed within a casino and highway travel center. They take their name from Lincoln County’s resident claim to fame, Smokey Bear, but be advised you’ll need to walk through the smokey casino floor to get to the restaurant. Once there, you will be rewarded with a large menu […]

  • 575-464-7777
  • Hwy 70 W., Mescalero, NM, United States

Tall Pines Beer and Wine Garden

Tall Pines is a relative newcomer 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, shuffleboard, cigars, and […]

  • 575-630-0327
  • 2213 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

The Quarters Nightclub & Grill

Located directly across the street from Win, Place & Show in the heart of downtown Ruidoso, The Quarters Nightclub and Grill attracts all stripes of patrons, from Harley riders to families. The Quarters Nightclub and Grill offers: Standard bar food A full bar Dance floor Plenty of televisions Pool tables Live music Karaoke Expect a […]

  • 575-257-9535
  • 2535 Sudderth, Ruidoso, NM, United States

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. Hours: Almost every evening, until late.

  • 575-257-9982
  • 2516 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States