V.20 No.14 | April 7 - 13, 2011 

Best of Burque 2011

The High Life

Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Best Bar Staff


409 Central NW
It's a low-key place to begin with. Add the kick-ass staff and you've really got something. If you’re on the wagon, they’re just as happy to bring you a rum-free Coke.
2) O'Niell's Irish Pub
3) Gecko's Bar & Tapas

Best Dive Bar

Burt's Tiki Lounge

313 Gold SW
It makes sense, in an entirely irony-free way, that a beach-themed bar would be the best “dive” in town. Free live music, tattoo-covered drink menus and a total lack of cover charge put Burt's in the highest class of low-class booze pits.
2) Tie: Anodyne, Joe's Place (inside Carraro's Pizza)
3) Low Spirits

Best Swanky Bar

Q-Bar (inside Hotel Albuquerque)

800 Rio Grande NW
Of course, if you wanna drink top-shelf liquor and rub elbows with people in suits, Hotel Albuquerque's Q-Bar is the place to do it. It's got a piano bar, a billiards lounge and a lot of very red decor. Trust us: You'll look posh drinking there.
2) Apothecary Lounge (inside Hotel Parq Central)
3) imbibe Cigar Bar

Best Gay Bar

Effex Nightclub

100 Fifth Street SW
When Effex took home this very same prize at the 2011 OUTstanding Awards, the owners were gracious. In the spirit of community, they thanked the LGBT gathering spots that came before them, as well as the others open today. The more the merrier.
2) Albuquerque Social Club
3) Exhale Bar & Grill

Best Rock Bar


618 Central SW
Damn skippy! If you can't find a band you like at Launchpad, you don't love rock. Downtown's premier live music spot has been putting bands on stage just about every night of the week for as long as we can remember. Local, national, international—doesn't matter. Joe Anderson has given them all a spotlight and you've rocked out to 'em.
2) Burt's Tiki Lounge
3) Low Spirits

Best Cocktails

Tie: Apothecary Lounge, Nob Hill Bar & Grill

Apothecary Lounge
806 Central SE

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