My favorite bar in Ensenada is El Patio Bar.
El Patio’s main room provides a large semi-circular bar and a perimeter of stool and tables against the walls with great views of the tv screens for sporting events. If there is a Mexican national team sporting event or Mexicano boxing match, this is your place to see it.
Beer steins of draft beer are 250pesos(~$2USD) and Bohemias/other bottles are 350pesos(~$2.80USD). We sipped Dos Equis Ambar most of the night.
We had a team of four on the Saturday night of the Pacquiao v. Rios fight. One of my friends had a need for smoking his cigar. El Patio offers outside seating on 1st Street to watch the crowds as well as an indoor/outdoor room to accommodate smokers. The rest of the bar is non-smoking.
In addition to the main bar room, two other large rooms have ample seating and comfy service. The indoor/outdoor room seats approximately 20 and has a huge opening to the street to allow ventilation for the smoke. Though I am no fan of cigarette smoke, I have always enjoyed the aroma of a cigar, as long as the smoke is not enveloping me. The open window of the in/out room provides plenty of air(see photo lower right).
When our initial beer order was fully quaffed, there was a slight lull in service. El Patio made up for the omission with two servers competing, in a fun way, for our subsequent orders.
Because of a busy Saturday, I had not yet eaten. El Patio offers a small menu of bar food to satisfy your munchie mechanism. I ordered guacamole, salsa and chicken wings. The wings were meaty and juicy. Hot and BBQ style wings are offered, though neither are very spicy. El Patio food menu.
Live music is usually on the schedule for weekends when big sporting events are not.
El Patio is located at 1088 Lopez Mateos(1st street) across from Hotel El Cid. They open every day at 1PM. 646-178-3866 for info/reservations and reservations are highly recommended for a big sporting event on the weekend. www.elpatiobar.com