$$$$ Bars in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
Albuquerque - Downtown
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm Dinner: Sun-Thu: 5pm-9pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-10pm Happy Hour: Mon-Fri: 3pm-6pm Closed Sun (hours can change without notice)
It only makes sense to order the steamed artichoke at the Artichoke Café. Slathered in lemon-caper oil and a raspberry vinaigrette, it makes a great starter before trying a more hefty order of grilled curried chicken or sliced steak. Once your lunch or dinner at the upscale Artichoke Café has concluded, you’ve got to adjourn to the sexy wine bar next door. The wine list is actually a leather-bound tome with a massive assortment of wines. Prices start at a decent $28 or $30 a bottle and zoom up into the upper stratospheres of frivolity, but you can also order select vintages by the half-bottle or glass. You'll love the front-facing "big city" windows, curvy wooden bar and comfortable seats.
Albuquerque - Far Northeast Heights
9800 Montgomery Blvd NE (Far Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87111
Albuquerque NM 87111
Mon-Thurs: 4pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 4pm-11pm Sun: 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Dinner
Rough-hewn wood planks lead you into this nautically-themed steak and seafood restaurant, which doesn’t start seating for dinner until 5pm. Luckily, happy hour begins at 4pm. Have a Lady Godiva hot cocktail and a baker's dozen of topless oysters in the bar while you wait. Then dive into creamy clam chowder, butter-sweet Australian lobster tail and Ranchero center-cut top sirloin. There's plenty of key lime pie in the icebox and Phil Collins on the speakers.
Albuquerque - Nob Hill
Tues-Thurs: 11am-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10:30pm Sun-Mon: 11:30am-8:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Live Music
You love Yanni's. So do we. Their adjoined Lemoni Bar seats about 85 people and is open for lunch, dinner or just cocktails. Painted natural tones and accented with elegant lighting, the lounge provides a subtle contrast to the bright, light and airy dining rooms at Yanni's. It’s an ideal place for pre- or post-movie cocktails and snacks, or more substantial cuisine. Their green chile Bloody Mary will certainly boost your brunch.
Albuquerque - North Valley
Mon-Sun: 4:30pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat Happy Hour: 9pm-11pm Sunday Brunch: 10:30am-3pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Lounge
Vernon’s is a swanky underground spot for good eats and high times, delivered speakeasy-style. The dining room is walled with lustrous, ebony adobe, and the tables are clothed in crisp, black and white linens. By the glass or bottle, there’s plenty of quality hooch. The menu is classic steakhouse stuff with beef tournedos in a silky demi-glace, fresh fish and a damn fine veal Oscar. Check out the Black Diamond Lounge to take in the fancy cocktails and live music.
Albuquerque - Old Town
Sun 12pm-9pm Mon-Sat 11am-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Wireless Internet • Lounge
This Old Town favorite offers something to suit most appetites, from green chile cheeseburgers to rock shrimp pappardelle, and it’s all served up in the adobe warmth of a 200-year-old hacienda. Don’t skip the drinks: They offer several excellent Margaritas to slake your thirst.
Need to impress somebody from out of town? Take them to Level 5. This rooftop restaurant and bar on top of Hotel Chaco has panoramic views of the Sandias and a cocktail menu made for people who really like good cocktails. Want to know what venison carpaccio tastes like? Or a $48 steak? Make a reservation at Level 5 tonight.
Albuquerque - Westside
Mon-Thurs: 5-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 5-11:30pm Sun: 11am-10pm *Bar opens every day at 4pm (hours can change without notice)
Rough-hewn wood planks lead you into this nautically themed steak and seafood restaurant, which doesn’t start seating for dinner until 5pm. Luckily, happy hour begins at 4pm. Have a Lady Godiva hot cocktail and a baker's dozen of topless oysters in the bar while you wait. Then dive into creamy clam chowder, butter-sweet Australian lobster tail and Ranchero center-cut top sirloin. There's plenty of key lime pie in the icebox and Phil Collins on the speakers.