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.
Mon-Sat 11am - 2am Sun closed (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: Bar and Grill/Pub
$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Pool Tables • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
We still miss Jack’s, but its copper-ceilinged replacement has been around long enough to become an institution itself. The rambly old building has plenty of dark corners to hide in as you make your way through the extensive beer menu and, if the weather’s nice, an inviting patio area to scarf down a brick-oven cooked pizza in the fresh spring breeze.
Albuquerque - Uptown
Sun-Thu: 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm (hours can change without notice)Happy Hour!: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
If you’re in the Uptown Mall and in need of a bite to eat, and perhaps an elephant safari, Elephant Bar might be your ticket. OK, so the elephants aren’t real, and you can’t ride on them, but the large dining room is full of carvings and sculptures of them, even more than palm trees. The food is Americanized Asian mishmash, with good salads and seafood. An organic green salad with walnuts and creamy gorgonzola is large, tasty and simple in a good way. The wood grilled trout with lobster sauce is pure joy to eat. Even better is the ahi tuna salad, available as both entrée and appetizer sized, which consists of slices of seared fish atop a pile of seaweed and salad greens, with pickled ginger, wasabi and green sesame seeds.