Starlight Theatre – Very cool showcase club and restaurant in the historic movie theatre building. After a few beers, go outside and look at the stars. This was the old mining camp office complex. The porch is famous world-wide. Get there early, grab a beer at the Terlingua store, find a seat and listen to the conversations or the music.
The Boathouse– The Boathouse is closed.
La Kiva- newly remodeled, new roof, new kitchen… amazing decor on the inside retains the flavor of the original with major upgrades.
La Kiva is now open. Full bar, surprisingly good food, and live music.
They feature local acts and the occasional road show.
Thirsty Goat Saloon – Lajitas – 12 Miles West of Terlingua. Improbable dude ranch vibe. Private airstrip- think “Miami Vice.” Owned by Kelcy Warren, the fracking king of Texas and the owner of Energy Transfer Partners- they’re behind the North Dakota pipeline and the big bend pipeline.
Don’t tell the locals you’re staying there. In fact, if you’re going to stay there, you might as well stay in Dallas. It’s a cosmopolitan bubble that will allow you to ignore and avoid nature.
Suites and hotel rooms, swimming pools, golf course, zip line…
Restaurant is wildly erratic- from “that’ll do” to “so that’s what the Ben E. Keith truck delivered this week.” Occasionally, the waitresses speak English.
The saloon has a good selection of beer, wine and your best chance of finding a decent single-malt scotch on this stretch of the border- but, you’re gonna pay “country club” prices for it. Bring that gold card and be prepared to use it.
The restaurant delivers to the bar, so you can sit on the leather couch and watch sports- even while the band is playing.
High Sierra / El Dorado
Occasionally has live music.