There’s no better way to enjoy the summer sun, than sipping something ice cold on your home patio. But if you’re looking for a change of scenery—not to mention some really tasty food and drinks—check out these 12 local venues with enticing outdoor eating areas.
After perusing shops in Old Mesilla, kick up your feet and enjoy your favorite coffee drink and a snack in this funky, bohemian-inspired courtyard. (Read all about this fun shop on page 32.)
San Pasqual Market
2488 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla
Sample a flight of award-winning New Mexico wines. Then, see what dish on the menu your favorite pairs with and enjoy it in the cool lushness of this
St. Clair Winery & Bistro
1720 Avenida de Mesilla
The Margarita is naturally the drink of choice for this traditional courtyard setting. Luckily, this historic Mexican eatery offers 20 versions to choose from ranging from the calorie conscious Skinny Margarita to the Cerveza ‘Rita for beer lovers.
La Posta de Mesilla
2410 Calle de San Albino, Mesilla
Share an antipasto platter or an assortment of tapas on one of two outdoor eating areas at Salud! de Mesilla. Supplement with a glass, quartino, or bottle of wine. Non-drinkers should try the refreshing signature iced tea infused with lime, mint, and lemon.
Salud! de Mesilla
1800 Avenida de Mesilla
Whether you’re stopping in for Hoppy Hour, brunch, or to sample house-made delights like Pineapple Vanilla Tequila and Pecan Beer, enjoy your refresher on the expansive porch. Stop in on Mondays for open mic night.
Pecan Grill & Brewery
500 S. Telshor Ave.
A lively patio with plenty of ambient shade, it’s no wonder that this local hot spot is one of the best places in town to catch your favorite sports team. Added bonus: they offer the largest draft beer seletion in town.
The Game Bar & Grill
2605 S. Espina Ave.
The Game II – Extra Innings
4131 Northrise Dr.
Twinkling lights, live music, and an impressive selection of New Mexico wines and beers—this is the perfect outdoor spot for date night. Ask what special dessert they have on hand; they frequently offer a gluten-free option.
NM Vintage Wines, Beers, & Cigars
2461 Calle de Principal
Pooches are always welcome on this side of the street where you can enjoy all your favorite Andele’s dishes and the award-winning salsa bar in a relaxed and fun alfresco environment.
Andele’s Dog House
1983 Calle del Norte
Even if golfing isn’t your thing, the view from the NMSU Golf Course’s expansive patio is worth the visit–as are their extra yummy Bloody Marys.
The Player’s Grill
3000 Herb Wimberly Dr.
Finish off 18 holes with contemporary upscale dining and a great view. The Sunset Grill’s dinner menu includes Pecan-crusted Brie, Cast Iron Blackened Swordfish, Salt-Crusted Kurobuta Pork Belly, and many other offerings you won’t find anywhere else in town.
1274 Golf Club Rd.
Spend a night out with friends at the sleek, upscale Azul Ultra Lounge inside Hotel Encanto. This nightlife hot spot offers innovative cocktails, perhaps best enjoyed on the chic patio decorated with fine Spanish-style furnishings.
705 S. Telshor Blvd.
“Old world charm meets modern style” at this recently revamped inn and restaurant. Enjoy innovative cuisine while looking out at some of the best views the Valley has to offer.
Hacienda de Mesilla