As a teenager I visited Juarez maybe 100 times. The young drinking age was appealing. My first experience going to Juarez as a teen seeking alcohol was sophomore year of high school 1987. We went to "The Cavern" and my first drink was a freakin Zombie. I quickly evolved to the Tequila Derby for buckets of Coronitas and $.50 tequila slammers that were so weak on the tequila that you could drink 10 at 160 pounds and not be bombed. And I sure miss Fred's sandwich shop! I vaguely recall Sarawalk, Cosmos and Copa. And the classic Kentucky Club.
The city wasn't safe - got mugged once, saw loads of nasty fights, theft was common and the police were scary.
But that was nothing compared to where Juarez is now. 400 murders in 2010 through mid march.
I searched around and found that all of our old haunts have closed down. The strip is vacant... I think Fred's and Kentucky Club remain.
Great Juarez recap here: http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2009/03/06/juarez-was-fun-before-it-was-dangerous/