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.
Try the chicken-fried antelope steak. 2 for 1 burgers on Mondays. Good Mexican food. Try the Prime Rib salad.
Local singer-songwriters during the week. Weekends and during “the season” look for high-quality Austin acts like Slim Richie and the Ghosts.
La Kiva- currently closed.
You gotta see this place to believe it and, depending on the mood Gumby’s in that night and how heavy he pours your drink, you still might not believe it. Be sure to check out the men’s room and the fossils embedded in the walls. You’ll be talking about the Penisauras Erectus for days…
Showcase venue in the courtyard. Longest running open-mic in the world on Wednesdays at 8 pm. Local shows inside. Full-service restaurant. Sweetest, grumpiest bartender in Texas.
<<<La Kiva is currently not open. Hopefully, it will be open again soon.>>>
El Dorado/High Sierra- Hotel, Restaurant, and live music venue. Excellent food, cold and reasonably priced beer, and eccentric live music. Sports on the TV. Try the tacos alambra, it’s excellent.
Thirsty Goat Saloon – Lajitas – 17 Miles West of Terlingua. Improbable dude ranch vibe. Private airstrip- think “Miami Vice.” Suites and hotel rooms. Restaurant is wildly erratic- from “that’ll do” to “so that’s what the Ben E. Keith truck delivered this week.”
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. Singer-songwriters make this their final stop on the tour, so you get some decent touring acts as well as good local music.
.Bad Rabbit Restaurant – newly reopened under new management.
Restaurant and occasional live-music venue.
This is wild country. On the ride in you’ll see how we live in the desert. Lean-to’s, adobe houses, and converted school buses dot the desert. Some of the locals are fascinating. The odds are good so strike up a conversation with the people you meet.
20 miles North of Terlingua (or 5 miles South of the Legion) turn East at the Terlingua Ranch main entrance. That road is 16 miles long and the first 13 are paved.