* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show presented by Rt. 66 Hotel Casino * 7 to 8:30 a.m. Mass Ascension * 8 to 9 a.m. Chainsaw Wood Carving Contest (north end of launch field)
Spend the Day in Nob Hill Nob Hill is one of Albuquerque's favorite corridors. It's brimming with local flavor, shopping, and both casual and fine dining alike. It's easy to spend a day wandering its arteries without ever glancing at the clock. Here are some of our readers' favorite pit stops.
Morningside Antiques Best Antiques Store In a district known for antiques, this title is a high honor. 4001 Central NE, 268-0188
Natural Sound Best Local Music Store This place stocks all the major releases, of course, but the real gems are the local albums you won’t find anywhere else. 3422 Central SE, 255-8295, myspace.com/naturalsound505
Astro-Zombies Best Comic Book Store Graphic novels are hitting the mainstream, but some of us have always known comics are cool. 3108 Central, SE 232-7800, astrozombies.com
Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Best Wine Bar, tied Best Happy Hour Zinc's fabulous happy hour lasts from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tonight, if you come between 9:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., you can also catch live music by Meat & Potatoes in the downstairs Cellar Bar. 3009 Central NE, 254-9462, zincabq.com
Imbibe Best Bar in Which to Be Seen You may have noticed that New Mexico has a ban on smoking in most places. But unlike the other smoke-free bars in Albuquerque, Imbibe is a “cigar bar”—since it sells cigars from a well-stocked humidor, smoking is permitted here. Light up and enjoy happy hour prices every day until 7 p.m. 3101 Central NE, 255-4200, imbibenobhill.com, myspace.com/imbibenobhill
* 5 to 7 p.m. Chainsaw Carvers Auction (north end of launch field) * 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Night Magic™ Glow * 8 to 9 p.m. AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show presented by the Albuquerque Journal