Nightlife and Bars in Ruidoso

Wondering about what to do in Ruidoso at night? Don’t fret! Our small town has plenty of things to do. We’ve gone through and selected some of the best local businesses to for you to experience the nightlife in Ruidoso.

The Hidden Tap

Downshift Brewing Company, also known as The Hidden Tap in Ruidoso, is perhaps the premier taproom in the whole town. Their slogan is “Where somebody goes to be nobody”, which perfectly sums up their atmosphere: It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, it only matters that you have a great time. Hidden tap offers a surprising wide array of locally crafted beers with rich and distinctive flavors, including original creations of their own. In addition, they do offer a great selection of hearty pub fare that pairs perfectly with their offered beverages. Combine this with live music shows and you have a recipe for a laid back night to remember.

Win Place Show

Does live music, country dancing, great beers, and axe throwing sound like a great time? Win Place Show in Ruidoso has you covered. The owners for this country bar have gone out of their way to create a welcoming atmosphere. With a large dance floor and a sizable patio with a breathtaking view, this bar has a perfect location for fun and relaxation. They have live music events every Thursday through Sunday. While they don’t serve any food, Win Place Show happily allows guests to bring in outside food from local eateries. The bar also has an impressive selection of drinks available, carefully cultivated from distilleries around the state. In fact, they have an annual Bourbon auction to showcase their finds. Whatever your reason for going, Win Place Show is sure to show you a great time.

Club 49

Looking for more of a nightclub scene? Club 49 is near Ruidoso, New Mexico and offers a more urban feel to their nightlife activities.

Located at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, Club 49 hosts plenty of activities that are sure to entertain. No matter what event is going on, Club 49 has a reputation of hosting some of the best DJs, comedians, and bands in the southwest.

These events include:

  • Comedy events
  • Karaoke
  • Live DJs
  • Concert Nights


Note that there is a cover charge upon entry and the establishment does enforce a dress code. You can learn more by visiting their website.

Tall Pines Beer and Wine Garden

If a cozy evening is what you desire, Tall Pines in Ruidoso is ready to help. The main centerpiece to the Tall Pines location is a huge outdoor patio with a gorgeous view. There are two fire pits and heated glass tables as well as a wonderful selection of New Mexican beer and wine that add to the relaxing ambience of the property. The inside is furnished with comfortable couches and chairs in case you’d rather enjoy your drink indoors. Tall Pines is dog-friendly, so you are welcome to bring your pet to enjoy the patio as well. The staff have a reputation for being helpful and friendly, so your experience is sure to be a great one. 

If you’d like to learn more, feel free to visit their website.

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After experiencing the nightlife in Ruidoso, it’s nice to retreat to a private, intimate cabin to enjoy the company of your loved ones. At Ruidoso Luxury Cabins, we offer the most elegant lodging with a romantic landscape that lets you get the most out of your vacation. Book with us today!