A Walk In Juarez

Who knew that we would spend time in El Paso? If you did, why didn’t you tell us? Also, why didn’t we know that you could just stroll over to Juarez, Mexico for a lunch of tacos and margaritas?

The bar is called The Kentucky Club, and it opened in 192o, just in time to lure thirsty Americans stuck in prohibition over the border. It’s here where “they say” (who the hell are they?) that the margarita was invented. No matter your margarita-lore beliefs, the margaritas (plural) were some of the best we’ve had.

The delicious tacos were served as a side dish to the margaritas on an amazing bar. It was hand carved in France and shipped to Juarez in 1934.

Fun Fact: In 2010 Juarez was the murder capital of the world. It’s not anymore, so that’s nice. The government made a pretty big sweep of the main street that is just over the border, literally tearing down every bar and bordello where the cartels might carouse. Now, there are cell phone stores, a few knick knack shacks, and other ordinary non-murdery businesses.

The Kentucky Club seems to be one of the few bars to survive the sweep. Well, that and the Holywood club (see below).

Just being real casual crossing the border line.
The Kentucky Club. Very cool vibe. Also, if you look closely, you’ll see a trough at the bottom of the bar. This is where men who didn’t want to give up their space at the bar used to relieve themselves, pee-wise. I’m serious.


Here is the margarita that was super delicious. There are some tacos next to it.

Author: Matt Casper

Writer, Traveler, Human.

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