Bars in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico serving Brunch
Albuquerque - Downtown
Sun-Thu 11am-12am Fri-Sat 11am-1am (hours can change without notice)
With everything all shiny and new, you may be overwhelmed upon entry but let the friendly, understanding staff guide you to your table and your soon to be slice of heaven. While the menu is a bit on the small side, all dishes are executed to perfection. While you wait, watch the game or play a game—board games, that is! With all the hubbub around Downtown at night, this is definitely a chill place to escape for a drink or two.
$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Cider • Bar snacks • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • DJ • Dancing • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
The cavernous, ground-floor counterpart to Anodyne, Sister is a space tailor-made for happenings. This is a perfect spot for enjoying a quiet dip into the vast draft beer selection with your comrades after work or boogying to the multitude of live bands that occupy its stage nearly every night. Make sure to try one of their fun and refreshing cocktails like the Ho Chi Minh coffee.
Mon: 7:30am-3pm Tue-Thurs: 7:30am-3pm, 5-9pm Fri: 7:30am-3pm, 5-10pm Sat: 9am-2pm, 5-10pm Sun: 9am-2pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Lounge
Slate is on a quiet, blink-and-you-miss-it avenue between Fifth and Sixth Street, nestled right in the heart of the legal district. Like the space itself, the menu is polished and unintimidating. Don’t miss the ahi tuna sandwich (with gluten-free bread available!). It's all very affordable for its level of quality. There’s also a fabulous wine loft with the wines listed by style—“just a little sweet,” “ABC: Anything But Chardonnay” or “sexy, elegant, austere”—not varietal or region. Demystifying the label like this makes it easy for patrons to pair wine and food.
Albuquerque - Far Northeast Heights
5900 Eubank Blvd NE (Far Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87111
Albuquerque NM 87111
Sun-Thu: 11am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
This is Greek food that’s elegant, straightforward and absolutely delicious. White tile and recessed blue light create an island oasis that’s suggested rather than spelled out (no 8-foot murals here), and the service is friendly and attentive. The lentil soup is seasoned with just a whisper of aged balsamic vinegar, perfect with a toasty triangle of imported pita bread and a light Greek salad.
Albuquerque - I-25 Corridor
Mon: Closed Tue-Thu: 3-9pm Fri-Sat: 3-10pm Sun: 11am-6pm (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Brunch
Plan on staying for a few hours here because after sampling these locally made spirits you won’t want to leave. Bloody Mary Brunch on Sundays (11am-2pm) is our favorite time to stop by.
4730 Pan American Fwy NE Ste. D (I-25 Corridor)
Albuquerque NM 87109
Albuquerque NM 87109
Mon-Thu: 11am-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm Sun: 11am-8:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Growler refills • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
Chow down on “New Mexican soul food” and wash it all down with American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup-winning brews. The Imperial cream ale is crisp and smooth, the milk stout is rich and creamy. Not a beer person? Go for Black Mesa wines or Santa Fe Cider Works hard ciders.
Albuquerque - Midtown
2500 Carlisle Blvd NE (Hotel Cascada) (Midtown)
Albuquerque NM 87110
Albuquerque NM 87110
Wrung out from playing with the kiddos at the water park in Hotel Cascada? Head over to Altitude, a sports-themed hotel bar with sandwiches, salads and pizza. If lots of TVs with sports are what you’re looking for, this is the place.
Sun noon-6pm, Mon-Wed 3-9pm, Thu-Fri 3-11pm, Sat noon-11pm (hours can change without notice)
Pray your spirit guide takes you here because Left Turn Distillery offers a heavenly selection. Albuquerque's first distillery offers several different spirits including gin, whiskey, rum and vodka, all created with handmade equipment. Take advantage of their Monday through Friday happy hour—but we recommend going for their Sunday Bloody Sunday Bloody Mary bar.
Albuquerque - Nob Hill
Sun: 11am–2:30pm & 5pm–9pm Mon–Tues: 11:30am–2:30pm & 5pm–9pm Wed–Fri: 11:30am–2:30pm & 5pm–10pm Sat: 11am-2:30pm & 5pm-10pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Lounge
The surprising thing about Scalo is that it’s simultaneously more fancy and less expensive than you’d think. It’s just as breezy and classy as ever in its high-ceilinged dining room. All of the bottles on the wine list are half-price on Monday nights, and there’s free, live music in the bar. Try their Bloody Mary bar on the weekends or their Sunday brunch. There’s plenty of fresh-pressed espresso to sip with it.
Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
This British Isles-style pub is the brainchild of successful restaurateur Tom White (Scalo and Il Vicino). Highlights include buckets of beer, scads of Scotches, and Saturday and Sunday brunch with, of course, live Celtic music. They also serve a perfectly rationed hot toddy. Order one in the colder months and sip on it by the fireplace—you won’t be disappointed. Or go for a perfectly poured Guinness during the hotter months. They’ll even decorate the head with a nifty little shamrock!
Tues-Thurs: 11am-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10:30pm Sun-Mon: 11:30am-8:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Live Music
You love Yanni's. So do we. Their adjoined Lemoni Bar seats about 85 people and is open for lunch, dinner or just cocktails. Painted natural tones and accented with elegant lighting, the lounge provides a subtle contrast to the bright, light and airy dining rooms at Yanni's. It’s an ideal place for pre- or post-movie cocktails and snacks, or more substantial cuisine. Their green chile Bloody Mary will certainly boost your brunch.
Brunch: Sat-Sun: 11am-2:30pm Dinner: Sun: 5pm-9pm Mon-Thurs: 5pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm Cellar Bar: Tues-Sat: 4:30pm-12am Sun-Mon: 4:30pm-11pm (kitchen until 10pm) (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: American, Fine Dining, French, Organic/Locally Grown, Wine Bar, Bar, Dessert, Fusion, Steakhouse, Vegetarian
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Wireless Internet
Zinc is a delightfully renovated historic space in Nob Hill, reborn as an upscale restaurant serving elegant American food with noticeable French inspiration. Downstairs, the cellar bar attracts a younger crowd for drinks and music. The happy hour menu, wines by the glass and prices are the best around. Give the brunch a try, and while you’re at it, try a Taos Mule from the bar.
Albuquerque - North Valley
Mon-Thurs: 11am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm Sun: 10:30am-9 pm (Sun Brunch 10:30am-2pm) (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: New Mexican
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio
Touted as New Mexico’s largest restaurant, the North Valley’s El Pinto is best known for its gorgeous, shady environment (perennially Best Patio in our restaurant polls) and award-winning jarred salsa. Try it for margaritas, brunch and a little flan.
Albuquerque - Old Town
1919 Old Town Rd NW (Old Town)
Sunday - Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
If you’re cruising through Old Town, look no further than this patio dining restaurant, pleasantly located beneath a spreading elm tree on the east side of Old Town. Fantastic hamburgers, Mexican pizzas and street tacos all await your jaded palate, and there’s plenty of local beer on tap to wash them down with. Finally, a new reason for locals to hit the plaza.
Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm (hours can change without notice)
This casual, reasonably priced eatery is located just to the northwest of the Sheraton Old Town off Rio Grande. Regular live jazz music, two patios and a spacious front specialty wine and gift shop bring wine festival flair to thirsty Burqueños year-round, while the menu is built around the Vineyard's signature wines.
Corrales - Corrales
Mon- Sun: 8am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Catering • Live Music • Dog-Friendly
Fritz Allen opened the Corrales Bistro Brewery next door to his Hanselmann Pottery shop in the Corrales Artisan Center. The menu is full of appetizers, salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers. Roasted garlic and feta bread dippers are replete with crumbled feta, olive tapenade, balsamic dipping sauce and toasted pita. Hand-cut fries and an assortment of sides complete the mix, with good brews to wash it all down. Stop by for the almost-daily live music and you’ll feel right at home.
Placitas - Placitas
Lunch: Fri-Sat: 11am-2pm Dinner: Tues-Thurs: 5-9pm Fri-Sat: 5-9:30pm Brunch: Sun: 10:30am-2pm Happy Hour: Tues-Thurs: 4-7pm Closed Monday (hours can change without notice)
At Blades, the mood is jovial and boisterous, in keeping with the neighborhood bistro feeling to which its aspires. A stainless-steel counter at one end extends the feeling of openness by offering a view into the kitchen, while across the dining area is a beautifully crafted hardwood bar. On the short, dinner-only menu, there’s an eclectic mix of appetizers (roasted beets with toasted goat cheese and balsamic glaze), European-style entrées (paella), and several salad and soup options, all beautifully presented.
Rio Rancho - Rio Rancho
Closed Mondays Sun,Tue,Wed and Thu 9am-9pm Fri and Sat 7am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Catering • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Cazuela's Mexican Grill & Brewery offers a wide selection of cocktails, wine and award-winning house brews. The outdoor patio can seat up to 300 people for parties. Cazuela's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with options that include Mexican seafood, as well as steaks, soups and salads. They offer daily specials on both food and drinks, and live music is played on Fridays and Saturdays. Happy Hour is one dollar off all drinks from 2-6pm every day.