Bars and Nightlife

From families, couples, and singles to groups of friends and co-workers, everyone can find a fun, relaxing, and appropriate after-hours activity in Ruidoso. Movies, bowling, or gambling will appeal to some, while others will enjoy playing pool, dancing to rock-n-roll music, or sampling locally brewed beers. 


Billy the Kid Restaurant & Grill - 26225 Hwy 70 East, Ruidoso Downs 

(575) 378-4431,

Located at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, Billy the Kid Restaurant & Grill is a great place to watch horse racing as well as other major professional sporting events.


Casa Blanca- 501 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-2495

Enjoy a margarita outside in the beer garden during the summer months, and once the weather turns cooler, take the party inside and warm up by the wood-burning fireplace. 


Clubhouse Lounge -1137 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 258-3912

Pop into this local hideout and enjoy its simple décor, good drinks, and Thursday night enchiladas.


Club 49  - 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero (Inside the Inn of the Mountain Gods)


Located in the casino, Club 49 is a night club where the stage is always alive with fun!  Club 49 presents some of the hottest musical acts in the Southwest!


Cree Meadows Country Club - 301 Country Club Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-2733,

Though a private country club, the Cree Meadows bar is open to the public. Catch live entertainment – and dance to your hearts’ content – on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.   Sing karaoke on Thursday nights, and enjoy all you can eat catfish on Fridays.


Farley’s Restaurant: Food, Fun & Pub - 1200 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 258-5676

This sports bar is a great place to enjoy drinks, appetizers, and dinner, watch the game, play pool, or hit the arcade games. Note: those with peanut allergies will want to avoid Farley’s as peanuts are free to all and patrons throw their peanut shells on the floor.


Flying J Ranch - 1028 Hwy 48 North, Alto 

(575) 336-4330,

Go back in time to the Great American Cowboy era at the Flying J Ranch! The Flying J Ranch Chuck Wagon Suppers and Western Show began in 1982, and since that time the owners have fed and performed to over 750,000 guests. The Ranch is open Monday through Saturday nights from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and then on Saturday nights only through mid-October. Reservations are recommended.


Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub - 2331 - Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso 

(575) 630-0219

Named after Ireland’s famous pirate queen, Grace O’Malley’s was built in Ireland and then transported across the ocean to be reassembled in Ruidoso. This Irish pub offers open mic nights, karaoke nights, and live music and entertainment, making a night at Grace’s almost as lively as the pirate queen herself.


Quarters - 2535 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-9535

Voted “Best Bar in Lincoln County” five times, Quarters offers a little something for every night owl. A live DJ plays Wednesday through Sunday nights, and the friendly staff coordinates karaoke on Mondays and Tuesdays, dating games on Wednesdays, billiards tournaments on Thursdays, wet t-shirt contests on Saturdays, and “Blues and BBQ” $1 ribs on Sundays.


Rio Grande Grill & Tap Room - 441 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 808-8456,

The Rio Grande Grill & Tap Room serves on tap all of the Sierra Blanca Brewing Company craft beers brewed in Moriarty, NM and offers samplers and pairings to help patrons find exactly what they’re looking for in a beer. Stick around after drinks to enjoy Rio Grande’s full menu of appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts.   


Ruidoso Bowling Center - 1202 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 258-3557,

Though leagues run Tuesday afternoons and Tuesday through Thursday nights, the Ruidoso Bowling Center offers open bowling on all other days and evenings. Before or after bowling, relax at the bar or in the lounge or play pool, foosball, air hockey, or video games in the arcade. 


Win, Place, and Show - 2516 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-9982

This hidden gem is located right in the center of Ruidoso and has been serving up great food, an extensive selection of well-made drinks, and live old country, new country, and country rock music for years. Win, Place, or Show will certainly show you a good time. 



Sierra Cinema - 721 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-9444,

Showing first-run movies on two large screens and one smaller screen, Sierra Cinema is a perfect spot to spend a rainy afternoon or a quiet evening. Discounted tickets are available for children, seniors, and matinee shows.