The Ritchey Wine Saloon at the Hotel Ritchey

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Hotel Ritchey photo group
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102 East Murphy Ave.
Alpine, Texas 79830

(432) 244-7560

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TUE-THU 5pm–10pm
FRI-SAT 5pm–midnight
SUN 5pm-10pm
Beverage Menu (PDF) Sample Menu only

December 1, 2018:


Sunday, December 2, 6:30 PM – Music Sunday at The Ritchey with The Swifts
Friday, December 7, 7:00 PM – Matt B. Lara and David Keller
Sunday, December 16, 6:30 PM – Music Sundays at The Ritchey with Anthony Ray Wright
Thursday, December 20, 6:30 PM – Nerd Nite Big Bend #9
Sunday, December 23, 6:30 PM – Music Sundays at The Ritchey with Tribed & True
Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED for Christmas
Sunday, December 30, 6:30 PM – Music Sundays at The Ritchey with Neil Trammell
Monday, December 31, 6:00 PM-1:00 AM – Open for New Year's Eve
Music by The Swifts and Anthony Ray Wright starts at 7:00 PM.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – CLOSED for New Year's Day

All events are either upstairs or downstairs depending on the whim of the band or the bartender. Admission is free.
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November 1, 2018:


Thursday, November 1, 6:00 PM – Nerd Nite Big Bend #7
Friday, November 2, 6:30 PM – Singer/songwriter Jerialice
Sunday, November 4, 4:30 PM – Día de Los Quesos
The Swifts start at 6:00 PM and
Buck Meek starts at 8:00 PM.
Thursday, November 8, 6:30 PM – Tom Griffith
Saturday, November 10, 6:30 PM – Bobkats
Sunday, November 11, 6:30 PM – Music Sundays at The Ritchey with Anthony Ray Wright
Friday, November 16, Artwalk Art & Music Festival
Tom Griffith at 4:00 PM
Tribed and True at 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 17, Artwalk Art & Music Festival
Tribed and True at 4:00 PM
Neil Trammell at 6:00 PM
Tom Griffith at 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 18, 6:30 PM – Music Sundays at The Ritchey with Jean Caffeine
Sunday, November 25, 6:30 PM – Music Sundays at The Ritchey with Neil Trammell
Thursday, November 29, 6:00 PM – Nerd Nite Big Bend #8

All events are either in the courtyard or upstairs depending on the weather. Admission is free.
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October 1, 2018:


October 7, 7:30 PM – Music Sundays at The Ritchey with Anthony Ray Wright
October 11, 7:30 PM - Tom Griffith
October 14, 7:30 PM – Music Sundays at The Ritchey with The Swifts
October 18, 6:00 PM - Nerd Nite Big Bend #7
October 21, 7:30 PM – Music Sundays at The Ritchey with Chris McWilliams (hopefully!)
October 28, 7:30 PM – Music Sundays at The Ritchey with Neil Trammell
October 31 - Halloween Gumbo Night

All events are in the courtyard - weather permitting. Admission is free. If you want a guaranteed seat, bring a chair.
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September 19, 2018:

As part of Harvest Moon Weekend: Art & Music Under the Stars in Alpine,

The Swifts will be playing on Friday, September 21 at 8:00 PM and Chris McWilliams will be playing Sunday, September 23 at 7:30 PM.

And on Sunday, September 30 – Music by Neil Trammell

All shows are in the courtyard. Admission is free. Bring your own chair if you can!

August 26, 2018:

August 30, 5:30pm - Official Ribbon Cutting for The Ritchey Wine Saloon & Beer Garden

September MUSIC SUNDAYS at The Ritchey 7:30pm

September 2 – The Swifts
September 9 – Anthony Ray Wright
September 16 – Johnny Nicholas & His Band
All-Star Rhythm and Blues out of Austin
September 23 – Chris McWilliams
September 30 – Neil Trammell

Admission to all shows is free. Bring your own chair if you can!

Music Sunday in the courtyard

Photo by Eden Hinshaw

August 7, 2018:

MUSIC SUNDAYS at The Ritchey 7:30pm

We had two great Sunday shows with Chris McWilliams on August 5th and The Swifts on August 7th.

The calendar for the rest of August:
August 12 – Anthony Ray Wright
August 19 – Neil Trammell
August 26 – Chris McWilliams

July 10, 2018:


Coming Soon: Music Sundays at The Ritchey 7:30pm

July 22 – Chris McWilliams
August 5 – The Swifts
August 12 – Anthony Ray Wright
August 19 – Neil Trammell
August 26 – Chris McWilliams

There will be music during Viva Big Bend
at The Ritchey on July 28.

The Swifts 5:00 - 6:00pm
Kathryn Legendre 6:30 - 8:00pm

July 29: Acoustic Music Circle from 4:00 - 6:30pm

Photo by Alfonso Anaya

June 4, 2018:

Ritchey open sign

We are serving wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages including coffee and tea (see our beverage menu). We are dog friendly. There are now Ritchey Wine Saloon 100% cotton t-shirts available for $15.

Our hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 5–10pm, Friday and Saturday, 10pm–midnight and Sunday, 5–10pm. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to keep up with our Wednesday Specials and other happenings.

The upstairs parlor and the courtyard are available for private parties (except for 5pm–midnight, Friday and Saturday).

In other news, we are working on a commercial kitchen and will start serving food sometime this summer. Stay tuned.

Sunset from the Hotel Ritchey balcony

Don’t be shy, come on by! There’s no extra charge for the sunset!

April 12, 2018:


Front of Hotel Ritchey

We had a fantastic Grand Opening celebration, and we thank everyone who came out to join us. Please stop in for a visit during our regular hours.

Front of Hotel Ritchey

March 9, 2018:

We are announcing the opening of
The Ritchey Wine Saloon!
Friday, March 30
Opening at 5:00pm
5:30pm - Walk-through tour of the renovations
of the oldest establishment in Alpine
that is still standing – 140 years later!

Front of Hotel Ritchey

Thanks to steadfast support and a phenomenal crew, we have completed the windows, floors, bar reconstruction and the replacement of the wraparound porch and are ready to open our doors!

Come out Friday, March 30 for a great party and to have a look at this gem of a building that was almost lost to history!

September 4, 2017:

Front of Hotel Ritchey

It has been a great summer at the Ritchey! We have been working hard and steady and have been bringing the humble structure back to life. We have completed major structural repairs to the wood frame portion and we have all new plumbing and electric almost ready to go. We even found time to completely restore the little shack in the back which also dates back to the late 1800s.

Floor repairs at Hotel Ritchey

Now we are starting on the window and wood floor repairs and the reconstruction of the bar. We have been meticulously saving all of the artifacts that we find, and there are a lot! We’ve found bullets and buttons and bottles and coins and marbles and ladies hair pins and even a pair of suspenders.
Thank you all!

August 5, 2017:
Wow! Here at the Ritchey it has been a heck of a year so far! At the beginning of 2017 we were just wrapping up a crowdfunding effort where many more people than I ever could have hoped for participated, showing a community wide commitment to the restoration of the Hotel Ritchey. My everlasting thanks to everyone who contributed! And since then there has been much activity on the corner of 5 th and Murphy St.

Work on The Ritchey officially began at the beginning of June and since then there has been major progress on the big ticket items including upgrading the electric, installing new plumbing, building bathrooms and a utility room, and repairing the foundation. We are also fixing the clapboard shack in the back which was built in the late 1800s as a residence.

The Ritchey was in such dire need of TLC that it had been slated for demolition in the recent past. It was in such disrepair. I can’t begin to express my gratitude to this community and to all of the friends of The Ritchey who have made this transformation possible. And we are just getting started. It is too early to say with certainty when we will be open for business but I will keep y’all posted. Thank you!

February 6, 2017:
What has been happening at the Ritchey lately?

Since the close of the crowd funding effort (Thanks, everyone!) quite a bit has been going on behind the scenes. Those of you who were at the Mercado event may recall my mentioning of an odd little hoop that needed jumping through concerning a sidewalk. It turns out that the City of Alpine owns the sidewalk directly in front of the Ritchey and in order to rebuild the two-story wraparound porch the city would have to determine first if they want to sell the sidewalk and then for how much. This is apparently the one way to get to put the porch back where it was. I was asked to write a proposal with a thorough explanation of why the city should sell a sidewalk to me. I submitted the proposal to the city manager last week who will then present it to the council.
This is the big week where the council will review my request and if they agree then we get to hire an appraiser to determine just how much a sidewalk costs.

January 30, 2017:
My crowd funding campaign is officially closed and I want to again thank everyone who contributed. I know that finding money to donate is not always easy to come by so I want to acknowledge everyone who pitched in with a really big thank you. Please stay tuned. I will be posting detailed updates throughout the week.

Our endless thanks to these contributors, helpers and volunteers!
(Click here to view the list.)

Restore the Ritchey from Megan Wilde on Vimeo.

The Hotel Ritchey, once called City Hotel, is located on Alpine’s Historic Murphy Street in the Big Bend region of West Texas. Built in 1886, it was the working man’s saloon and hotel on the south side of the Union Pacific railroad tracks.

It has been nearly half a century since the Ritchey was open to the public. In this first phase of our restoration we will reopen the saloon portion of the building along with the courtyard and two-story veranda as a modern day saloon specializing in fine wine, beer, coffee, tea and casual cuisine. The Ritchey will also be a community oriented arts and performance space.

We are eager to reopen the Ritchey, but we need your help. We have given it a face-lift and a lot of TLC. Now is the time for the big stuff. Before the Ritchey can again be the community social hub it once was, the plumbing, electric and foundation need to be brought completely up to code—and that’s expensive.