Fifth Annual Charity Chili Cook OffNovember 17, 2013
Come join us for food, fun, and helping others! Details in the Event section of this website.
YOGA and COCKTAILSOctober 20, 2013
YOGA TIME! with CASA DE YOGA here at Hope & Anchor
This Sunday October 20th. Will start promptly at 2PM so get here early order your Bloody Mary’s and grilled cheese before yoga starts.
BEST OF THE BEST 2013August 7, 2013
Every year El Paso’s own What’s Up magazine has a citywide voting contest that awards (mostly) local businesses and artists and such. The event is called The Best of The Best. The voting party is a really fun event and a ton of El Pasoans come out and party and vote on who they think is the best in town. This year Hope and Anchor was nominated for eleven categories and we won four! We, of course are thrilled.
Best Bar Atmosphere
Best 21+ Place to Play
Best Place to Take a Date
Best Service in Town
Best Happy Hour
Best Tasting Mixed Drinks
Best Beer Selection
Best Hottest Staff
Best Place to Pick Up a Hottie
Here are the categories we won!
BEST TASTING MIXED DRINKS
This westside patio bar is the “Breaking Bad” of mixed drinks. Eschewing crystal meth (we hope) for spirits and mixers, these barkeeps are doing it right. Their menu is dotted with infused blends, fresh fruit and tasty liquors that make you want to take the leisurely path to Black Out Town. See the Mañana Mule, a mix of vodka and ginger ale with a bit of lime juice, sugar and cucumber. The Ginger Hot Toddy challenges the cold drink hegemony with hot water, honey, lemon, and Domaine de Canton. The list goes on, and it’s only inhanced with drink-of-the-day and the bar’s openness to requests. “We have a lot of bartenders on staff who have been doing this for a long time,” says bartender Tara Ditlevson, “and (they) know the best recipes and the best techniques that aren’t commonly found other places.”
BEST HAPPY HOUR
As if this Westside bar doesn’t have enough going for it (see it’s other wins), Hope and Anchor offers sweet deals every day. Everything in the bar is 50 cents off until 8PM, and there’s a $5 special that changes daily , appealing to the niche-drink enthusiasts across the board. Bloody Mary mix is rich and delicious, and you don’t have to worry about angling yourself at the right area of the bar to catch the “good” bartender. They’re all good. Same goes for lovers of tequila (Tuesdays), whiskey (Wednesdays), and martinis (Thursdays). Post 8PM.? It’s time for the drink of the night, where bartenders try out their latest recipes on your palate. At Hope and Anchor, every hour is happy.
Some people go to ultra lounges to lounge at the ultra level – the laser light shows, cover charges, beeps and bloops that pass for the music, scantily clad women, open collared shirts, overpriced drinks, dance floors, sweaty people, screaming, etc. Chris Lewels and his comfortable Hope and Anchor have gone a different route to win this year’s Best Hotspot. Instead of trying to sell you cool, a comfortable patio, a real jukebox with actual records and the conversation of your company. For those who like their lounging done lazily, it’s the coolest hotspot there is.
BEST HOTTEST STAFF
There is no bikini-clad cliches at Hope and Anchor, this years winner of Best Hottest Staff. It turns out “hot” is 2013 is a kind smile, knowledge of the customers, friendly rapport, and the ability to mix and pour. OK, and they’re all kind of hot-asses whom we wouldn’t kick out of bed (we’re only human, dammit!). Sure, the Westside bar patio’s wait personnel fall squarely in the XX category, but the XY eye candy behind the bar and at the door for the ladies. After all, objectifications is always hottest when it goes both ways.
Blues and Brews
Blues and Brews
THE CONVERSOS Y TACOS EXPERIENCEJuly 21, 2013
We have a special treat for you all today. One day only, starting at about 5PM a very unique culinary experience will be gracing Hope and Anchor with their presence. Please join us and remember to bring canned foods to donate to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.
THE CONVERSOS Y TACOS EXPERIENCE:
A JEWISH-MEXICAN CULINARY EXPERIENCE REVEALED AFTER 500 YEARS
El Pasoan Peter Svarzbein, with the generous support of the City of El Paso’s Artist Incubator Program, B’nai Zion’s Anousim Conference and the Jewish federation of El Paso, cordially invites you to attend…
In an effort to discover forgotten history through delicious food, artist Peter Svarzbein brings together some of the best and brightest people from the border to ask the question “Why Kosher Tacos”?
With Conversos y Tacos Kosher Gourmet Trucks and Svarzbein has crafted a language to connect Jewish and Mexican food traditions in order to spark an interaction about the often hidden Spanish-Jewish presence in the Southwest and Latin America.
This innovative art installation, utilizing the language and form of a food truck company, deals with the history, culture and mythology that exists here in the borderlands between the varied citizens of the Southwest. "Starting 8 years ago I began to work on a body of work photographing and interviewing Latino families who have made an effort to return or convert to Judaism, believing that they were descendants of forced Jewish Converts to Catholicism, (aka Conversos), “ says Svarzbein. “I travelled from Mexicali to Midland, Texas collecting images and stories along the way. When I found out about the City of El Paso’s Artist Incubator Program, which helps to fund innovative and location based work by El Paso Artists, a light bulb went off in my head and my belly growled and I knew El Paso needed some delicious Kosher Tacos as a way to create a space to talk about this interesting and relatively unknown aspect between our shared Spanish and Jewish histories."
Visitors of all ages will get the unique opportunity to participate in a culinary experience like no other here in the Paso del Norte region: Kosher Gourmet Tacos. Svarzbein collaborating with Downtown El Paso’s Hello Day Cafe will be set up to sling delectable Kosher Tacos at 5 different locations throughout the city from July 20-27th.
In an effort to engage and uplift the community all food truck stops will also be collecting cans of food for
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank
What is a Cripto Jew, Converso or Anousim?
A converso and its feminine form conversa was a Jew, or one of their descendents, who converted under duress to Catholicism in Spain or Portugal, particularly during the 14th and 15th centuries. Mass conversions once took place under significant government pressure such as the Spanish Inquisition of 1492.
Other names for converso include, Marrano, crypto-Jew, New Christian, and Anusim (Hebrew for forced ones).
There is no Brad Warner, and he is here in El Paso to talk.July 13, 2013
On July 13th Hope and Anchor will have the honor of hosting a speaking engagement by a very special man named Brad Warner. Brad Warner is a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest, author, blogger, and a punk rocker! He is the author of books such as Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen’s Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye., Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies & the Truth About Reality, Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between., among many other literary treasures. He will be here speaking from 2PM to about 3PM. This event is open to anyone and everyone so come by grab a drink and be at one with the wuniverse.
Donations will be requested at the door. Proceeds go to Brad Warner and Philosophical Systems Institute.