$ Bars in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
Albuquerque - Downtown
Sun-Mon 3-10pm,Tue-Thu 3pm-midnight, Fri 3pm-2am, Sat 1pm-2am (hours can change without notice)
Boese Brothers Brewing doesn’t use any tricks or gimmicks to get people to come to their location because they don’t have to—people know they consistently serve good craft beer at a reasonable price. If you’re in the Downtown area and don’t want to walk into a crowded night club or bar to get a drink, Boese Brothers’ is the best place to go. With this variety of quality brews, there is a beer for anyone. We recommend going on a Sunday night when there’s a comedy open mic.
Mon-Sat: 11am-2am Sun: noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)Happy Hour!: every Friday 3:00:00 pm - 8:00:00 pm
Happy Hour!: 4:00:00 pm - 7:00:00 pm
The food is pretty standard bar fare with burgers and the like. But hey, you can have a delicious Pickleback (whiskey and pickle juice) to wash it down. Then hop out onto the dance floor, cheer on the neon go-go dancers and boogie.
Thu-Sat 10pm-2am (hours can change without notice)
If twerking contests, 18-year-olds and urban dance music is your bag, well, enjoy. Drink some vodka (if you’re over 21), get sweaty on the dance floor with a stranger, and gaze up at the go-go dancers in boots with the fur (with the fur) as they get everybody amped up and ready to drop it like it’s hawt.
$ • 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.
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.
Sun-Mon noon-10pm, Tue-Wed noon-10:30pm, Thu noon-11:30pm, Fri-Sat noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Open Late
$ • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Growler refills • Take Out / To-Go • Pool Tables • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly • Lounge
Jeff Erway presents a variety of beer styles brewed right on the premises, one of which will almost certainly fulfill your specific craving. In addition to the cold taps, one or two of the beers are often available woody and cellar-temperature from the cask. As you sip, play a game of pool upstairs, scratch under your well-behaved pet’s collar and chat with the always-friendly fellow beer-lovers.
Albuquerque - Midtown
Sun-Thu: noon-10pm Fri-Sat: noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Growler refills • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-FriendlyCask Conditioned Ale: every Wednesday 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Canteen Brewhouse picks up where the Il Vacino Vassar taproom left off. The canteen is spacious, and so is its shaded patio filled with picnic benches—a comfortable spot to enjoy the brew, regular live music and a casual menu. There’s no pizza here, but there are satisfying sandwiches. As always, the ingredients are top-notch, the microbrews are award-winning, and the home-brewed root beer float is a real treat.
Sun 1-8pm, Mon 11am-8pm, Tue 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
This locally-owned and family-operated brewery serves award-winning beer brewed by the co-owner and brewmaster, Mike Campbell. Fridays you can enjoy food trucks that come at 5pm and live music is played on Saturdays. Drafty Kilt gives back to the community by serving Happy Hour prices all day every day to teachers, police officers, first responders, active military and veterans. We like the Groundskeeper Willie cream ale.
Sun noon-6pm, Mon-Wed 3-9pm, Thu-Fri 3-11pm, Sat noon-11pm (hours can change without notice)
Aside from the obvious priority of providing a fine selection of local beers, the customer service is top-knotch. We prefer the malty, bready pale ale, the Horned Honey Pale. Make sure to keep up to date on their seasonal beers like the summer 2017 Sour Cherry Wit or Flanders red ale.
Albuquerque - Nob Hill
Sun-Thu noon–11pm Fri-Sat 11am–midnight (hours can change without notice)
The 377 makes a point to honor the men and women who have served in America's armed forces and public safety, which is likely why they’ve set up near Kirtland Airforce Base. They offer a variety of house brews and aim to create new beers every season. We prefer their Mexican lager.
Mon-Fri: 11:30-2am Sat-Sun: noon-2am (hours can change without notice)
$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Karaoke • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
Gecko’s has a killer patio in a corner of Nob Hill that’s perfect for people-watching. Set directly between La Montañita Co-op and Scalo, you’ll be sure to bump into folks you know as you’re sipping a cocktail and enjoying tidbits from the affordably-priced tapas menu. On Mondays the wings are 50 cents each, and on Wednesdays after 6pm you can get a cheeseburger for $5.50. Watch some sports, eat a burger and enjoy a seasonal ale.
Sun-Thu: 8am-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 8am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Besides the late-night menus and 20-odd house-brewed beers, Kelly's has an enormous, dog-friendly patio that somehow manages to be packed to the elbows, lively and laid-back all at the same time. Snag a spot by the rails for the best people-watching in Nob Hill. The food is decidedly geared toward the bar crowd (the kitchen stays open until 11pm, but food isn’t the strength here), with shades of cow, ostrich, turkey, buffalo or veggie on the burger menu. Get one with a side of sweet potato fries.
Sun-Thu noon-midnight Fri-Sat noon-2am (hours can change without notice)
$ • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Growler refills • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Dog-Friendly
Tractor draws the crowd by serving beer that’s come a long way since head brewer Dave Hargis took over. Today’s Tractor offers up nine taps, with five constants (IPA, red, honey wheat, pale ale and stout) and four rotating taps. The doppelbock is excellent, and Tractor seems to excel at the bock styles. (It took first place at the 2011 Santa Fe BockFest.) There is no kitchen, but Albuquerque’s best food trucks are almost always parked right outside.
Albuquerque - North Valley
Mon-Thu: 11am-11pm Fri: 11am-midnight Sat: 7am-midnight Sun: noon-10pm (hours can change without notice)
Stop by at lunchtime for a creative craft beer like their Blackberry hefeweizen and to play some Super Mario Bros like the professional you are. Or hang out and dine on something tasty from a local food truck and listen to some live jams. Or if you just got off the night shift, head over at 7am on a Saturday for breakfast and beer.
Albuquerque - Northeast Heights
Mon-Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-10:30pm (hours can change without notice)
Have an award-winning beer or three and wobble on over to whatever food truck is there (which you can find on their website). While the trucks stay until about 9pm, Marble is open ‘til midnight every night except Sunday. Listen to some live bands every Saturday night or grab a growler, six-pack or keg to go if you want to avoid the loyal following this Albuquerque favorite has gathered.
3301 Juan Tabo Blvd NE (Northeast Heights) (Northeast Heights)
Sun-Thu 11am-midnight Fri 11am-1am Sat 10am-1am (hours can change without notice)
$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio
O'Niell's is comforting, a little cheeky and unapologetically Irish-American. The Juan Tabo location offers a gigantic patio and more floor space, but still features old favorites like the Burger in Paradise and fish and chips. And there’s plenty of live music at both locations. Build-your-own Mimosas make O’Niell’s a unique place to brunch.
Albuquerque - Old Town
Sun noon-9pm, Mon-Wed 3-10pm, Thur 3-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Open Late
$ • Vegetarian Available • Craft Beer • Cider • Bar snacks • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly • Lounge
This trendy, modern brew house is the epitome of hip. Craft beer options range from the rich and earthy Flint & Grit ale to the chocolaty Rustic Oak porter. Each beer has a unique flavor with striking yet subtle undertones, and the friendly bartenders are happy to give samples of each irresistible flavor. Try their popcorn nibbles.
302 San Felipe St NW (Old Town)
Albuquerque NM 87104
Albuquerque NM 87104
So it's one of those touristy places that claims to be "authentic" with Margaritas and "homemade" tortilla chips. Eh, your out-of-state in-laws won't know the difference, and you won't have to hear your monster-in-law complain that your chicken is dry—again.
Albuquerque - Rio Rancho
Mon-Sat: 11am-2am Sun: 10am-12am (hours can change without notice)
Play a round (or 10) of billards, grab some potato skins and chicken wings (we prefer the Thai seasoning) with your favorite drink, whether that’s an Old Fashioned or Marble IPA.
Albuquerque - University
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2am Sat: 2pm-2am Sun: 2pm-midnight (hours can change without notice)
In the front, it's a standard restaurant laid out with a small bar and big window facing the street. Travel a short way through a blacklit hall and enter the kind of divey neighborhood hangout this city needs more of, complete with TVs, a jukebox, a ping-pong table, air hockey and arcade games. Though the entire menu is available no matter where you choose to spend your time, you can't go wrong with the twisty-crust pizza.