If you are a fan of the movies "El Mariachi" and "Desperado," you might notice that Acuna looks familiar, as both movies filmed scenes there. The famous bar scenes from Desperado were filmed in a bar called the Corona Club. It is not very far from the border crossing. You just cross the border and it's about 2 blocks down on the main strip. They...more
You simply can't go to Acuna without having a rita or two (which is enough even for us seasoned afficionados, believe me) at Crosby's on the main drag. Good service, a great atmosphere in the sleepy town, and the ritas are superb. Somehow they taste vaguely soapy (I'm assured it's not actually soap), but not in an offensive way.more
8 Reviews and Opinions
Yeeee Haaaa, I get to go to Johnny's Steak House again this weekend, It is well worth the 200 mile drive to me. Just hop a cab, and ask them to take you to Johnny's, it's about a mile in to Mexico down major roads, not poor dirt streets. The cab drivers will try to push Ma Crosby's, or some other restaurant, but insist on Johnny's.This is an large...more
The corona club is probably the most popular place for the Americans in Acuna. Its located right across the street from El Antro and Crosbys . Usually have live Texas country acts during the summer, a few in the winter, and a huge spring break party. Has become a very popular spot for the young college crowd from Texas schools such as Texas Tech, Sul Ross, Angelo State, Texas State, Texas, UTSA and the other JCs in the south Texas region. Great bartenders and waiters. Western atmosphere, all and all great time
Dress Code: Casual, Jeans, polo, button down shirt. Boots.
They have these stores all over in the city, but this particular one was about a block from where we were staying. They're basically just like really small grocery stores or gas-station type stores, where people run when they need something, but maybe not enough to warrant a trip to the grocery store.
What to buy: We always stock up on goodies to bring back to our families, especially Mexican pop! It's much better than American pop, because it's made with sugar instead of corn syrup. If you can find Manzana Lift, buy it! It's the best kind, and unique because you can't really find it state-side. It's an apple flavored soda, and very refreshing.
What to pay: As a general rule, things are probably 40-60% of the cost of what they would be in the United States. I probably bought everything in my fourth picture for maybe 4 or 5 USD. Also, there's a deposit on the glass pop bottles, so then they're even cheaper. I usually keep them though, because they make nice souvenirs.
Casas por Cristo offers short-term house-building mission trips to Acuña and Juarez in Mexico and San Raimundo in Guatemala. I've been on two trips to Acuña and one to Juarez, and all of them were amazing. It takes about three days to build the house, and in that time you can get to know the family really well, especially if you speak Spanish, and really get a feel for how the locals live while giving back. Many times the families would even cook for us, which gave some interesting insight to their daily lives. If you're going to be in the area and you have a group of 10 or more people, you can do your own build, otherwise if you are an individual or couple, they have Team Casas builds in all three cities at various times throughout the year, where individuals from all over come together to build a house for a family. It's definitely a great way to give back, see how locals live, and experience Mexico!