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After our tasty meal in the Landmark Grill we decided to check out the bar across the lobby, Byron T’s Saloon. We were quite surprised to find that this is much more of a local bar than we would expect a hotel one to be, and all the better for it. Whereas in our hotel in Grants we had found ourselves to be the only drinkers in the bar (!), here we found a buzzing lively atmosphere that was much more to our liking.
We secured seats at one end of the bar, and ordered our drinks – a very good margarita for me, and a bottle of Dos Equis for Chris. The drinkers around us were clearly locals, and were enjoying ribbing the barmaid, who was giving as good as she got. We got talking to the guy sitting next to us at the bar, who then introduced us to a couple of his drinking companions, including his son who was (unusually for an American) a big rugby fan. We spent a very pleasant hour or so chatting to them, and naturally ordered a second round of drinks. I think the barmaid’s hand slipped while mixing my margarita as it was even stronger than the first, and I have to confess to a bit of a hangover the next morning – but well worth it for such a fun evening! Unfortunately though, the friendly conversation (or possibly the alcohol!) seem to have diverted me from my usual habit of taking photos of absolutely everything for VT, so I have none of the bar at all. But there’s a good, though unnaturally deserted, one on the website below.
The saloon is named after a former owner of the hotel, and former town mayor, who it is claimed still haunts the hotel – or rather, one of its rooms, 301. There is even a photo of him, or so they allege, on the hotel’s website: The Ghost of Byron T. Mills.
Dress Code: This is a very casual place, no need to dress up.
Written Jan 5, 2012
Address: 230 Plaza, Las Vegas, NM 87701
NEW MEXICO State flag & facts. STATE NICKNAME: The land of enchantment, STATE CAPITOL: Santa Fe, STATE SONG: 'O, Fair New Mexico', STATE ADMITTED: 1912, 47th State.
Written Oct 4, 2002
Las Vegas is in the mountains of New Mexico. As such there is the possibility of snow fall. I was there during March 2005 when a total of 34 inches fell in one day. And it snowed for 2-3 days in total.
The interstate was closed to all traffic and there was very little ploying of the roads.
Check the weather in this area if you are passing through and be cautious if they are annoucing bad weather.
Written Mar 23, 2005