Welcome to San Bonifacio, Texas: Briarpatch Filming Locations Guide

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The new USA Network series Briarpatch is set in the fictional city of San Bonifacio. At first, there was very little information about the filming locations of this twisted tale in ten parts, filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The story revolves around Allegra Dill, a stubborn investigator, who after her sister's murder returns to the place where she grew up, a border town in Texas.

The taxi driver who picks her up at the airport refers to the city as Saint Disgrace. As if it was a bad omen, the sign at the entrance of the town reads 'Welcome to San Bonifacio, Texas... it stays with you!'.

San Bonifacio Texas sign

Allegra will have to face old acquaintances and strange situations -like finding doing wild exotic animals running loose all over town- to solve the mystery and find the murderer in her corrupt hometown.

Briarpatch combines film noir and dark comedy with Pulp Fiction, Fargo, and the world of David Lynch in it. This project is a modern re-imagining of Ross Thomas' 1984 book that it’s based upon.

The first few episodes were screened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival TIFF, receiving positive reactions from the audience and international critics.

The series is written for television by Andy Greenwald (Legion, After the Thrones) and executive produced by Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr. Robot (starring Rami Malek) and Homecoming (with Julia Roberts). Rosario Dawson (Rent, Top Five, and Claire Temple in several Marvel/Netflix series like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) plays Allegra Dill.

Where is Briarpatch filmed?

Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque hall
The Hawkins Hotel is the Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque, Curio Collection by Hilton.

This boutique hotel, erected in 1939 at the heart of the city, was once Albuquerque's tallest building.

Although the facade is quite bland, The restored grand Barcelona Ballroom banquet hall (pictured), is a historic landmark including decor inspired by Spain's Andalusian region.

The hotel is also an exclusive wedding venue with 7,000 square feet of event space and a rooftop bar and lounge.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of USA Network and Joel Kramer - Film Location

Albuquerque street junction kangaroo killed
When Allegra arrives in the town coming from the airfield Jack T. Warden at the beginning of the first episode, there is a scene with a kangaroo shot dead in the middle of the street.

This was filmed at the junction between 4th Street SW and Pacific Ave SW in Barelas, Albuquerque. Notice that there's a graffiti mural on the left wall that reads San Bonifacio.
Image courtesy of USA Network and Google Maps - Thanks Matt for your help in finding this location!

Cemetery shooting location
The cemetery featured in Briarpatch was filmed in the Mount Calvary Cemetery (also known as Santa Barbara Cemetery) in Albuquerque.
Image courtesy of USA Network and Google Maps

filming in a city street
The only San Bonifacio in Texas is a small street in the city of Houston. Vulture.com commented that the show is lovely to look at, but the second you stop watching it, none of its burrs stick.

We'll have more on the show's filming locations once new episodes are off the air.
Image courtesy of USA Network

Briarpatch drehort
Dawson didn't read the finale until after filming two scenes from it, because she wanted to enjoy the thrill of the mystery and not have it ruined for her.

Briarpatch also stars Alan Cumming as Clyde Brattle (Instinct, The Good Wife), Jay R. Ferguson as Jake Spivey (Mad Men, The Romanoffs), Edi Gathegi as A.D. Singe (House, Twilight, Into the Badlands), Brian Geraghty as Captain Gene Colder (The Hurt Locker, Boardwalk Empire) and Kim Dickens as Eve Raytek (Fear the Walking Dead, House of Cards).

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  1. Briarpatch always leaves me with more questions than answers.


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