La Kiva was the brainchild of Gilbert Felts, an irreverent and eccentric Texan given to excess who passed away in 1989. This sprawling bar was owned by Gil’s nephew, Glenn Felts, from 1991 to 2014.
La Kiva was also named “one of the 50 best bars in America” by
Men’s Journal magazine. Great reviews were also reported in the
Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, the LA Times Travel
section, Texas Monthly, Texas Highways and countless
worldwide travel guidebooks.
A party mecca for locals and a “must-see” for tourists, La Kiva is the place GQ magazine calls “the #1 most bizarre bar you must visit before you die”.
Glenn died in tragic circumstances in the early morning hours of the 4th of February, 2014. The best description of the events can be found at A Death in the Texas Desert.
John and Josie Holroyd purchased the bar and restaurant in August, 2014 and are currently organizing sensitive renovations in anticipation of re-opening later in the year.