The KiMo Theatre
The KiMo Theatre was originally a movie palace of the ornate style that was common in the United States during the 1920s. (KiMo comes from the Tiwa Indian language, and means "mountain lion"). Constructed in 1927, the theater was built by entrepreneur Oreste Bachechi and designed by Carl Boller of the Boller Brothers architectural firm. The building is one of the few examples in the world that combines the Art Deco and Pueblo Revival styles of architecture. Pueblo Revival employs adobe as a building material and incorporates a variety of southwestern American Indian motifs as decorative flourishes.
By 1977, the KiMo Theatre had ceased operations and had fallen into disrepair. It was saved from demolition when the voters of Albuquerque approved a plan and funding for the city to purchase the building. Since then, it has undergone extensive renovation, and has been restored to its original condition.
Nowadays, the theater is used for theatrical performances, movies, concerts, and other public events.
The KiMo Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Santa Fe Opera
Founded in 1956 as the Opera Association of New Mexico, the Santa Fe Opera is known for introducing new operas and the quality of its productions of standard operatic repertoires. Since its inception, the Santa Fe Opera has staged more than 40 American and 11 international premiers, and has commissioned nine new operas.
Productions of operas were originally staged in an open-air, 450-seat amphitheater between 1957 and 1998. That was replaced by the present 2,128-seat facility in 1998. The new building was designed by architect James Polshek, whose design featured sides open to the elements in keeping with the open-air plan of the original amphitheater. The new facility was named the Crosby Theater, after the founder of the Santa Fe Opera. In 2001, the Stieren Orchestra Hall was added to the facility, which fulfilled a long-standing need for an orchestra rehersal hall. It also hosts lectures, recitals, and social events.
Los Arcos: Fancy Place in Truth or Consequences
This place may not be considered fancy in New York or Paris but it is for New Mexico. Decor is nice with bright reds and dark wood. They have a very good selection of wines ranging from the inexpensive to the very expensive. I had a rum and coke and they did not skimp on the rum. The waitresses were very nice but did not want their picture on the Internet so sorry, no photo.
Dress Code: Even though it lokked fairly fancy, they did not object to my jeans. I also saw guys in suits.Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Wine Tasting
Cattleman's: Sports Bar in Las Cruces
In addition to a restaurant, Cattlemen's has a small lounge with TV sets showing sports and some tables. They dwere generous enough with the rum for my rum and coke. The clientele seemed to be mostly locals, and it was a little hard to get service.
Dress Code: Casual is the norm.Related to:
- Road Trip
The Western Bar: Historic Bar in Cloudcroft
The Western Bar is located next to the Cloudcroft Hotel in the center of the Burro Street Historic District. It looked like a typical bar, with some neon, beer posters, sports posters, etc. When, I was there the place was very busy and service was slow. Seemed popular with the bikers.They also serve Mexican and American food and have Lunch specials Monday through Friday. Popular with bikers and cowboys.
Dress Code: Casual.Related to:
- Road Trip
The Watering Hole: Drink, Watch Sports, Meet People in Silver City
The Watering Hole is a small club with TVs for watching sports, light food, and good drinks. It is in the same building as the Red Barn Steakhouse and the same parking area as the motel where I was staying. The waitress changed the channel at the request of some patrons so you can watch what you want. When she poured my rum and coke she was generous with the rum. I struck up a conversation with the guy near me at the bar and ended up having a nice two hour talkwith him and his two coworkers. The waitress, Helen, was friendly too. She was a Nursing Student at WNMU.
Dress Code: Casual seemed to be the key word.
American Bar: Have some fun at night.
Nice place to have some drink and have some fun playing pool here. the people here so friendly.
Dress Code: Make sure that you're not under 21 and you carry you passport or ID card with you, if not they will not let you in!!!
Liquid Lounge: While visiting New Mexico I...
While visiting New Mexico I happened upon this place. It is quite personal and very cozy. If you are with someone special or just out with friends you will feel at home here. There is a very nice bar and some tables and chairs in the middle of the room but all along the walls are big comfy couches to lounge on.
I can guarentee that if you visit once, you will return (or wish you had).
Dress Code: Casual/Work
Two Locations:1. Downtown...
1. Downtown Albuquerque is great on Sat. nights. The bars are near the financial section of town just past UNM. Banna Joes and about six other bars (which I can't remember the name of) are located in a three block area. They are all within walking distance of eachother and offer a variety of atmospheres.
Also on Sat. nights it's kool to just hang outside the bars and watch the parade of tricked out cars. Every kind of hydralic, modified hogs, and low rider trucks are seen. Very similiar experience to when the LA gang members show their rides near the Santa Monica pier on weekends. Don't miss seeing this while in New Mexico.
2. I went to Santa Fe to look around one day and ended up having dinner. Sante Fe is kind of a touristy town with shops everywhere surronding their historic government building in downtown. The shops were kool but a lot of unnecessary things as is the case of most tourist shops.
In addition to silly and overpriced tourist shops though, Sante Fe has some good points; food and tequilla. There are about 10 or so very good restaurants ranging from southwest to sushi and all seem to have a good selection of tequilla. Being from the East Coast where tequilla = Cuervo, it was nice to have a selection of not so mainstream tequillas.
Also in Santa Fe the adobe architecture is amazing. Some of these buildings are over one hundred years old and made of nothing but dried mud. Unreal. It really is interesting to check out the pueblo style buildings and notice the engineering subtleties which reflect the buildings era.
Watching sunset on the roof...
Watching sunset on the roof top bar of La Fonda Hotel.
With the Christo de Sangre mountains behind you turning beautiful colors while the sun sets is incredible. The best view for a romantic start of the evening.
Dress Code: Dress warm, even when I was there in June, it was pretty cool.
If you're looking for a club...
If you're looking for a club atmosphere, you should probably check out the clubs in El Paso, Texas (50 miles south of Las Cruces on the border with Mexico). However, a 'must see' in this area is the western-style club...in Las Cruces, 'Rodeo USA' is the place to experience it. If you haven't seen a mirrored saddle turning from the ceiling instead of a disco ball, and you haven't tried the two step, you should check this place out!
There are also plenty of pubs to visit. My favorites are High Desert Brewery, Farleys, and ORyans.
Dress Code: Wear your best pair of Wranglers to Rodeo USA! Yeah, they still make Wranglers. If you wear Levis, people will know you're from out of town! I wear Levis anyway! :)
People tend to dress really casual here, so if you get dressed up like you would for a night out in a city, you'll get some stares and probably a lot of attention if you're female!
Most of the clubs in Las...
Most of the clubs in Las Cruces are western...for those that don't like country music, the atmosphere may not be for you (although at Rodeo USA club, there is a sequined western saddle that rotates like a disco ball - pretty amusing!). For a more traditional club scene, check out the nightlife just down highway I-10 in El Paso.
I personally prefer the brewpub/pub scene. High Desert Brewery has great beers and good food. If you like wines, you've come to the right place! Blue Teal Winery is my favorite and is located right in town. Check for tasting room hours and be sure to say hi to Danielle (the proprietor) when you visit!
Dress Code: For the western clubs, wear your cowboy hats and wranglers! For other clubs, dress as you would on any club night out.
Hooters: Good Beer, Better Waitresses in Las Cruces
Hooters is famous for their wings, a good selection of beer, and their cute women in bright orange short shorts and Hooters T-shirts.
Dress Code: Casual.Related to:
- Road Trip
The American Bar: Not a whole lot to do on Coal Street
Good place to shoot pool. This friendly bar located the old downtown section of Gallup. It?s fun place to hang out on the Saturday night.
The American Bar: The American Bar in Gallup, New Mexico
We meet friendly locals. Even we know that we?re from the out of town. We feel welcome from the locals people.
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