Albuquerque - Nob Hill
Tues-Thurs: 11am-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10:30pm Sun-Mon: 11:30am-8:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Live Music
You love Yanni's. So do we. Their adjoined Lemoni Bar seats about 85 people and is open for lunch, dinner or just cocktails. Painted natural tones and accented with elegant lighting, the lounge provides a subtle contrast to the bright, light and airy dining rooms at Yanni's. It’s an ideal place for pre- or post-movie cocktails and snacks, or more substantial cuisine. Their green chile Bloody Mary will certainly boost your brunch.
Brunch: Sat-Sun: 11am-2:30pm Dinner: Sun: 5pm-9pm Mon-Thurs: 5pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm Cellar Bar: Tues-Sat: 4:30pm-12am Sun-Mon: 4:30pm-11pm (kitchen until 10pm) (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: American, Fine Dining, French, Organic/Locally Grown, Wine Bar, Bar, Dessert, Fusion, Steakhouse, Vegetarian
$$$ • 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-Sun 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Lounge
New Mexican food in the Garduño’s vein—plus burgers and booze—in a bucolic valley setting. In fact, El Bruno’s does indeed occupy the site (and, one might assume, the demographic) of the former North Valley Garduño’s.
Mon-Thurs: 11am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm Sun: 10:30am-9 pm (Sun Brunch 10:30am-2pm) (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: New Mexican
$$ • 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.
1119 Candelaria Rd NW (North Valley)
Albuquerque NM 87107
Albuquerque NM 87107
Sun-Thu 1pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 1pm-2am (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Open Late
What goes better with a cold Budweiser and fresh chicharrones from Bandido Mexican Food than some rousing music? This joint has a variety of genres to pull in anyone. Karaoke? Down some liquid courage, and grab the mike on Wednesdays. Want that Latin polka feel? Dance to the musico banda on Fridays.
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.
Mon-Sun: 4:30pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat Happy Hour: 9pm-11pm Sunday Brunch: 10:30am-3pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Lounge
Vernon’s is a swanky underground spot for good eats and high times, delivered speakeasy-style. The dining room is walled with lustrous, ebony adobe, and the tables are clothed in crisp, black and white linens. By the glass or bottle, there’s plenty of quality hooch. The menu is classic steakhouse stuff with beef tournedos in a silky demi-glace, fresh fish and a damn fine veal Oscar. Check out the Black Diamond Lounge to take in the fancy cocktails and live music.
Albuquerque - Northeast Heights
Mon–Thu 3–10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm , Sun noon–10pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
This excellent local brewery has live music and a large patio to relax at (which makes it an excellent summertime destination). Try the Flashback IPA, Pecos Trail brown ale or the Dougie Style amber. Balance the liquids with brats, flatbreads, sandwiches or salads. Canteen has seasonal items always making appearances on the menu so there is always something new to try.
2906 Juan Tabo Blvd NE (Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87112
Albuquerque NM 87112
Sun noon-midnight, Mon 2pm-2am, Tue-Sat noon-2am (hours can change without notice)
Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Live Music • Karaoke • Jukebox • Pool Tables • Outdoor Patio • Smoking PermittedHappy Hour!: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Enter this cavern ... erm, we mean tavern ... and get ready to relax the old fashioned way: drink alcohol and throw around sharp, pointy objects. With refreshing brews, pool, darts and bangin’ live music from local groups like the Memphis P Tails, this the coolest dive with an underground feel.
9800 Montgomery Blvd NE (Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87111
Albuquerque NM 87111
Mon-Wed noon-10pm Thu-Sun noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Aside from the obvious priority of providing a fine selection of local beers, the customer service is top-notch. 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.
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 12pm-9pm Mon-Sat 11am-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Wireless Internet • Lounge
This Old Town favorite offers something to suit most appetites, from green chile cheeseburgers to rock shrimp pappardelle, and it’s all served up in the adobe warmth of a 200-year-old hacienda. Don’t skip the drinks: They offer several excellent Margaritas to slake your thirst.
Hidden in the Sawmill District, Ponderosa is a family-friendly brewery with spot-on beers and a kids’ play area. The suds lean toward the hoppy end of the spectrum. Our favorites include the Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw red and 200th Brew Baltic porter.
Tues-Thurs: 4pm-11pm Fri: 4pm-2:am Sat: 6pm-2am Closed Sunday and Monday (hours can change without notice)
In addition to an upscale selection of booze, the cozy and modern Q Bar serves a brief but pleasantly appetizing menu of nibbles and noshes. The dishes are small enough to make good snacks and expensive enough to keep them that way—you'd have to spend more than you'd like in order to really fill up.
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm Dinner: Daily 5-9pm The Rooftop: Daily 4-10pm Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4-6:30pm, 9-10pm (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: American, Fine Dining, Bar, Dessert, Fusion, Organic/Locally Grown, Seafood, Steakhouse, Take Out/To-Go, Vegetarian, Wine Bar
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Seasons’ rooftop patio is one of our favorite wine-drinking destinations, especially when it’s nice out. There are heaters up there for chilly nights, the courtyard fountain provides a calming gurgle, the view of the mountains is great, and the happy hour menu has outstanding dishes at more-than-reasonable prices.
Albuquerque - Southeast
5409 Gibson Blvd SE (Southeast)
Albuquerque NM 87108
Albuquerque NM 87108
This seemingly small hole-in-the-wall is quite a surprise when you first walk in: On the outside one would expect the restaurant to be small, but it’s quite spacious inside. Try the burger with fries for just $6.25.
Albuquerque - University
Mon-Sat: 11am-1:30am Sun: 11:am-11:30pm (hours can change without notice)
Brickyard Pizza is known for fast slices and beers on the cheap. It's the only full bar directly across from UNM, making it the prime watering hole for your post-theater and post- or pre-class needs. It also sometimes has live music and, usually, more televised sports than you can handle. The best thing about Brickyard, though, is that it's also the only noncorporate pizza establishment with late-night delivery (until 2:30am on Friday and Saturday and until 1:30am all other nights) in Burque, which satiates an otherwise unfortunate void.
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Delivery • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • DJ • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
A tried-and-true college sandwich shop, Cheba Hut is Albuquerque’s answer to a Which Wich or any number of grab-n-go deli situations. With fresh-baked bread, loaded sammies and plenty of vegetarian options, they definitely know how to cater to their crowd. They’re open ‘til midnight, too, so provide a great solution to those late-night munchies.
Albuquerque - Upper Nob Hill
Mon-Thu: 11am-midnight Fri: 11am-1am Sat: 10am-1am Sun: 10am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • 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 menu features favorites like the Burger in Paradise and fish and chips, and there’s a children’s menu to satisfy the little ones. The huge, enclosed dog-friendly patio is gorgeous, with enough space for boisterous tables of in-laws and extra kids to sit comfortably, and of course beer on tap to help the experience go down smoothly.