Taos (and its surrounding area) has a bar or lounge to satisfy every thirst. From breweries to wine bars to distilleries to cocktail bars, you can enjoy your libation of choice in a variety of eclectic settings.
Taos has a number of local breweries and beer-centric bars for your beer-drinking pleasure.
About 10 miles outside of town on a 5-acre site you’ll find Taos Mesa Brewing, which locals refer to as the “mother-ship”. There you’ll encounter 12 unique house beers/ciders on tap, plus a few from other New Mexico breweries. In addition to the beer selection, you can also take in some live entertainment on either the indoor or outdoor music stages, or enjoy the stunning views from the outdoor patio. They offer wine for those who don’t prefer beer, and food if you’re a bit peckish.
If you’re staying near town, Taos Mesa Brewing Tap Room is the sister to Taos Mesa Brewing but is centrally-located right near the Taos Plaza. The in-town Tap Room boasts 24 beers on tap, great food, and again wine for those who prefer it. For those of you planning to visit the ski valley, Taos Mesa Brewing Ski Valley Taproom gives you the chance to taste their delicious brews at a higher altitude.
The Bavarian is another Taos Ski Valley spot to find some excellent beers and great food in a fun atmosphere with beautiful views.
On the north end of the historic district, The Burger Stand at Taos Ale House offers a bountiful rotation of New Mexican and other beers and ciders on tap, in bottles and in cans, plus wine and agave margaritas. They serve great food including burgers (Kobe, vegetarian and more!), salads, fish and chips, and milkshakes, ensuring there’s something for everyone to satisfy their cravings.
If you’re planning to stray a bit further from Taos, the Blue Herron Brewing Company in Rinconada or the Comanche Creek Brewing Company in Eagle Nest would be alternate places to give a try. Be sure to check hours, as they’re sometimes limited and subject to change.
Wine Bars and Wineries
Although you’ll find wonderful wine lists at a number of fine restaurants, there are few wine-specific bars in the Taos area, but the one on the Plaza is sure to please. Parcht Bottleshop + Bites offers a broad selection of wines by the glass, and an impressive selection of bottles to enjoy in-house or to take away. If you’re opting to imbibe onsite, their assortment of tapas-style food offerings allows you to try a variety of different tastes of cheeses, charcuterie, sweets and more.
As far as wineries near Taos, there are a number of them to visit, notably Black Mesa Winery in Velarde, and Vivác Winery and La Chiripada Winery both in Dixon. Of those, only La Chiripada has an in-town tasting room, La Chiripada El Bosque, where tastings of their lovely wines are inexpensive and informative.
Cocktail culture is strong in Taos, with a number of establishments putting a decidedly New Mexican twist on classic favorites.
The Lounge by Rolling Still Distillery serves its own Rolling Still Vodka, plus hand-crafted cocktails using other New Mexican-made craft spirits including whiskey and gin and rum. Their vodka infusions (green chile, red chile, pecan, lavender and more!) provide the base for many of their signature cocktails, which pair perfectly with their selection of delicious small plates.
The Treehouse at Lambert’s is a delightful nook in which to partake of yummy cocktails and scrumptious foods. Equally great to enjoy on its own, or as a pre-dinner stop before heading downstairs to the main restaurant.
Martyr’s signature margarita (with fresh squeezed grapefruit!) is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. The rest of their cocktail menu is equally delicious, and the perfect beginning to an outstanding lunch, dinner or brunch.
Medley offers an impressive selection of spirits and featured cocktails, plus beer and wine. Partake of their happy hour specials in the bar before you tuck into a memorable meal.