Bars in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico with Dancing
Albuquerque - Downtown
Tue-Sat 4pm-2am (hours can change without notice)
If you’re in the mood to stay up with the twinkling stars and experience how wild Downtown can get, put on your tallest stilettos and totter over to Effex. This popular gay nightclub features go-go dancers, badass DJs, a rooftop bar and tons of people with whom you can get your groove on. Grab a drink from one of multiple bar areas and shake that thang.
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.
Tues 430PM-9PM, Wed-Thurs 11AM-130AM, Fri-Sat 11AM-130AM, Sun 430PM-1130PM (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • DJ • Karaoke • Dancing • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
For your consideration: Zullo’s Bistro. Pop over to sip a glass of pinot noir and munch on a insalata caprese in their spacious back patio, complete with twinkle lights and overhead shades.
Albuquerque - Fairgrounds
Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm Sat: noon-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm Sun: noon-9pm (hours can change without notice)
The Cooperage is old-school Albuquerque, right down to the dusty light fixtures. The barrel-shaped steakhouse has been a standby for 30 years thanks to its mile-long complimentary salad and soup bar, aged steaks (at a place like this, prime rib is king) and a big dance floor that’s always packed on the weekends.
Albuquerque - Nob Hill
Mon-Sat: 11am-2am Sun: noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: Bar and Grill/Pub
Imbibe is an über-trendy cigar lounge with backlit smoke-tendril art and contemporary seating. There are hordes of annoying knockoff-clad barflies as far as the eye can see, but the humidor is well-stocked and well-attended by knowledgeable staff, and there’s a rooftop deck (if you can make it up there; there’s always a line). Get there early for the best seats.
Sun-Mon: 11am-9pm Tues: 11am-9:30pm Wed-Thurs: 11am-10pm Fri-Sat: 11am-2am (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • DJ • Dancing • Outdoor Patio
If you like your comfort food with a gourmet twist, it’s here. Nob Hill Bar & Grill boasts meatloaf (crowned with smoked bacon) and burgers (American kobe). The appetizers and classic cocktails alone are worth the visit. Cheese sticks encrusted in nuts and miso-seared ahi tuna on wontons go down swimmingly (Did we mention the saltwater aquarium?) with a signature cocktail or an organic ale. A few vegetarian entrées, decent hours, a full bar, and a comfy but chic atmosphere make Nob Hill Bar & Grill a mainstay in the neighborhood.
Albuquerque - Northeast Heights
4800 San Mateo Blvd NE (Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87109
Albuquerque NM 87109
Mon-Sat 11am-1:30am Sun 12pm-12am (hours can change without notice)
Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • DJ • Dancing • Pool Tables • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Wireless Internet
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Albuquerque - Old Town
Tues-Thurs: 4pm-11pm Fri: 4pm-2:am Sat: 6pm-2am Closed Sunday and Monday (hours can change without notice)
In addition to an upscale selection of booze, the cozy and modern Q Bar serves a brief but pleasantly appetizing menu of nibbles and noshes. The dishes are small enough to make good snacks and expensive enough to keep them that way—you'd have to spend more than you'd like in order to really fill up.
Albuquerque - Southeast
Sun 2pm-midnight, Mon-Sat 4pm-2am (hours can change without notice)
One of Burque’s most happenin’ gay bars, Sidewinders is the place to go if you’d like to grab a drink, socialize and be entertained. Just what kind of fun are we talking here? Leather Daddys! Drag performances! Karaoke! Underwear parties! Oh my!
Albuquerque - Westside
8pm-2am (hours can change without notice)
Wanna get all dressed up and baile to the tunes of Caballos, Marineros del Norte, Monarcas del Valle and other bands of dudes in matching black cowboy hats? Well ClubRio has just what you’re looking for. Drink your drink, and dance your dance. ¡Sube!