New summer hoursMarch 7, 2014
Howdy folks! Spring is in the air, the birds are a chirpin, and we have started our summer hours. We will be open Thursday through Sunday at 12 o’clock noon.Join us for a great cocktail, huge selection of craft beer, and order some awesome grub from our sister at Sabertooth Food Co.
Ryan Martinez Farewell BashFebruary 13, 2014
After 8 years as the editor for What’s Up, Ryan Martinez will be passing the torch to a new editor in pursuit of new opportunities in Austin. As a final farewell, Hope and Anchor will be hosting his goodbye party and wish that all of you can attend. The event will go on from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Cheers El Paso.
Come celebrate the passing of the torch from one editor to another.
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.