Where to Get Drunk With Your High School Friends the Night Before Thanksgiving in Farmington, NM


Farmington, New Mexico, is about as exciting as it sounds. Of course, I grew up there, and we'll just say it wasn't the best place for a creative kid who pierces his eyebrow and dyes his hair blue to go to middle school.

But it turns out I'm pretty old, and dying your hair is apparently pretty normal now. And whether they're still there or happen to be in town over the holidays, I still love meeting up with the old high school crew to grab a few drinks.

To ensure you don't step into the wrong place, follow my handy guide to the best places to get drunk with your high school friends in Farmington, NM, when you're back in town this holiday season.

Three Rivers Brewery

For many years Farmington was the kind of town that celebrated when an Applebee's opened up. Three Rivers was one of the first places to start loosening the chain-restaurant chokehold. They feature award-winning beer, solid food (the pizza is nice, but I recommend the Albuquerque turkey because it's just so damn New Mexican).

They also expanded to include a pool table and other bar games. With the casual vibe and upbeat vibe, it's a downtown staple in a town that didn't have much a downtown a decade ago, and even if you didn't plan it, you'll probably run into old friends here.

Top Deck

I know what you're thinking — won't I get shot here?

I used to think that too, especially since my brother almost had to shoot someone in the Top Deck parking lot once. Anyways, that's a story for another time.

I was pretty skeptical of this place for a long, long time, until I got dragged there on a night out. And turns out it's actually a pretty fun time. Cowboys, hip-hop fans and skater dudes all seem to congregate here, and it's not uncommon to see them all on the dance floor at the same time.

You're not going to find anything fancy here, but it's a surprisingly good time.

Among the Bushes

If you really want to get back to your high school days, grab a tent, a keg, and some hand drums and just head out into the dirt. You know where I'm talking about.

Also, there's really nowhere else to go outside of chains, so ... yeah.

See ya'll in a few weeks.

James was born and raised in Farmington, New Mexico, and now lives in Denver.