Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico with Live Music
Corrales - Food Truck
Sun 9am-2pm, Wed-Fri 10 am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm; Make reservations (hours can change without notice)
Magically nestled inside a 1955 Fageol Twin Coach bus is a French fine dining restaurant with gold cutlery, burgundy cloth napkins, handpainted wood paneling and soft European cafe music. The price and menu are fixed for the month, but the $50 per person price tag seems like nothing after six courses of delectable food made with fresh, local ingredients. There’s even a waiter, and you can see Chef John Young cooking in the back third of the bus. Reservations required.
Albuquerque - Downtown
Mon-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu-Sun noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Cider • Live Music • DJ • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
This indoor-outdoor brewery is as cozy as it is fun. The bartenders are friendly and informative, and you’ll often find the owners working the taps with a smile. The identifying feature of the outdoor patio are metal towers stretching high above the building. Enjoy Asian-fusion food from their resident food truck, Kitsune, or order a pizza from their wood fire pizza oven.
Sun 1-8pm Mon-Thu noon-10pm Fri-Sat noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • DJ
Grab one of the many sampler trays from the deli while unwinding with a pint of your favorite locally crafted beer at this cavernous bar, deli and gallery. We recommend the Stacious and Fiction.
$ • Vegetarian Available • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
There are indeed “few choices left to get that cool Haight-Ashbury ’60s feeling.” Don’t get the wrong idea though, this neighborhood coffee shop isn’t overflowing with hippies. It attracts a diverse crowd of cyclists, artists, musicians, hipsters and grown-ups just looking for a cuppa joe (albeit one with in-house roasted beans). The food is simple and satisfying, from freshly baked scones to waffles, sandwiches and salads. Warning: The scrambled-egg breakfast burrito may cause you to moan out loud. Don’t worry though, the people sitting around you will understand.
$ • 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. Foodies must try the kimchi fries and the divine brisket tacos.
Tues 430PM-9PM, Wed-Thurs 11AM-130AM, Fri-Sat 11AM-130AM, Sun 430PM-1130PM (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • DJ • Karaoke • Dancing • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
For your consideration: Zullo’s Bistro. Pop over to sip a glass of pinot noir and munch on a insalata caprese in their spacious back patio, complete with twinkle lights and overhead shades.
Albuquerque - Fairgrounds
Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm Sat: noon-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm Sun: noon-9pm (hours can change without notice)
The Cooperage is old-school Albuquerque, right down to the dusty light fixtures. The barrel-shaped steakhouse has been a standby for 30 years thanks to its mile-long complimentary salad and soup bar, aged steaks (at a place like this, prime rib is king) and a big dance floor that’s always packed on the weekends.
Albuquerque - Far Northeast Heights
Mon-Sat: 11am-2am Sun: 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
The Barley Room is a watering hole in the far Northeast Heights that fills patrons up with live music, lots of libations and a surprisingly ample menu. Snack on bar-friendly fried things (say yes to the sweet potato fries!), or have a proper meal with burgers, salads, pasta, New Mexican dishes, and a few grilled meat and fish entrées. There’s a palpable sports bar feel to the place, but a diverse clientele keeps this bar/grill comfortable for just about everyone. The kitchen stays open until midnight every night; go ahead and linger.
5801 Academy Rd NE (Northeast Heights) (Far Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87109
Albuquerque NM 87109
Sun-Thrs: 11am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11am- midnight Bar hours: Mon-Sun: 11am- midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine • Live Music • Karaoke • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
Gecko’s expanded with a popular Northeast Heights location that’s housed in a building that looks like a jukebox, for some reason. Even though it’s clear across town, you’ll still probably bump into folks you know as you’re sipping a wicked Bloody Mary and enjoying tidbits from the affordably priced tapas menu.
5900 Eubank Blvd NE (Far Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87111
Albuquerque NM 87111
Sun-Thu: 11am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
This is Greek food that’s elegant, straightforward and absolutely delicious. White tile and recessed blue light create an island oasis that’s suggested rather than spelled out (no 8-foot murals here), and the service is friendly and attentive. The lentil soup is seasoned with just a whisper of aged balsamic vinegar, perfect with a toasty triangle of imported pita bread and a light Greek salad.
Dinner: Daily from 5pm The Lounge: Daily from 3pm Happy Hour: Daily 3-6pm (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: Fine Dining, American, Bar, Dessert, Fusion, Organic/Locally Grown, Seafood, Steakhouse, Vegetarian, Wine Bar
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Wine flights are the best way to try different selections without going broke, and Savoy has some interesting choices. They pair perfectly with the restaurant’s stunning interiors and lovely New American dishes—stovetop clam bake, grilled peach salad and the house charcuterie plate. For dessert, there’s praline-chocolate torte, house-made blackberry-Chambord ice cream, cheese plates and, of course, a glass of La Spinetta Moscato d’Asti.
Albuquerque - I-25 Corridor
Mon-Thurs-11-11, Fri-Sat-11-12, Sun 11-10 (hours can change without notice)
Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • NM Beer • Delivery • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Karaoke • Pool Tables • Smoking Permitted • Wireless InternetHappy Hour!: every weekday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
: every weekday 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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4730 Pan American Fwy NE Ste. D (I-25 Corridor)
Albuquerque NM 87109
Albuquerque NM 87109
Mon-Thu: 11am-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm Sun: 11am-8:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Growler refills • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
This brewery has quite a following, both for the beer and as a “New Mexican soul food” gastropub. The menu offers specialties like New Orleans-style gumbo and the delicious marriage of chicken and waffles. It’s just the place to take your corn-bread-and-Frito-pie-craving friends while still getting your craft beer fix.
Albuquerque - Midtown
2500 Carlisle Blvd NE (Hotel Cascada) (Midtown)
Albuquerque NM 87110
Albuquerque NM 87110
Wrung out from playing with the kiddos at the water park in Hotel Cascada? Head over to Altitude, a sports-themed hotel bar with sandwiches, salads and pizza. If lots of TVs with sports are what you’re looking for, this is the place.
Albuquerque - Nob Hill
Mon-Fri: 3pm-2am Sat: 11am-2am Sun: noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio
With sometimes too-loud live music and a party-hard crowd, it’s usually best to avoid this place on the weekends. But stop in for a late lunch or weeknight burger and a beer, and you’ll get a different experience. The beef here is grass-fed, New Mexico-grown, and steroid- and antibiotic-free, and the cooks at Monte Vista deserve praise for what they do with it. The freshly ground burgers are juicy and big, the chile cheese fries hit the spot, and the beef skewers are tender and one of the best deals on cow in town.
Sun: 11am–2:30pm & 5pm–9pm Mon–Tues: 11:30am–2:30pm & 5pm–9pm Wed–Fri: 11:30am–2:30pm & 5pm–10pm Sat: 11am-2:30pm & 5pm-10pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Lounge
The surprising thing about Scalo is that it’s simultaneously more fancy and less expensive than you’d think. It’s just as breezy and classy as ever in its high-ceilinged dining room. All of the bottles on the wine list are half-price on Monday nights, and there’s free, live music in the bar. Try their Bloody Mary bar on the weekends or their Sunday brunch. There’s plenty of fresh-pressed espresso to sip with it.
Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Deep-frying may well be a Scottish national pastime, pursued with the same extremist zeal as soccer hooliganism and pub patronage. Sink your teeth into one of the breaded and fried items Two Fools Tavern offers and you'll understand why. This British Isles-style pub is the brainchild of successful restaurateur Tom White (Scalo and Il Vicino). Highlights include perfect fish and chips, buckets of beer, scads of Scotches, and Saturday and Sunday brunch with, of course, live Celtic music. They also serve a perfectly rationed hot toddy. Order one in the colder months and sip on it by the fireplace. You won’t be disappointed.
Tues-Thurs: 11am-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10:30pm Sun-Mon: 11:30am-8:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Live Music
You love Yanni's. So do we. Their adjoined Lemoni Bar seats about 85 people and is open for lunch, dinner or just cocktails. Painted natural tones and accented with elegant lighting, the lounge provides a subtle contrast to the bright, light and airy dining rooms at Yanni's. It’s an ideal place for pre- or post-movie cocktails and snacks, or more substantial cuisine. Their green chile Bloody Mary will certainly boost your brunch.
Tues-Thu: 4pm-9pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am-10pm Sun: 11:30am-9pm Closed Monday (hours can change without notice): -
: every Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Zacatecas is an upscale taco-and-tequila concept and the baby of Mark Kiffin, whose Santa Fe restaurant The Compound is renowned for its ingredients and artistry. His Pacific rock cod taco is perfectly browned on the outside, juicy on the inside and oozing with glorious fish grease. With the addition of coleslaw and habañero salsa, this is not the taco of anyone’s abuelita. Toast her health with a three-mescal sampler, which comes in terra cotta dishes. Often features live music.
Brunch: Sat-Sun: 11am-2:30pm Dinner: Sun: 5pm-9pm Mon-Thurs: 5pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm Cellar Bar: Tues-Sat: 4:30pm-12am Sun-Mon: 4:30pm-11pm (kitchen until 10pm) (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: American, Fine Dining, French, Organic/Locally Grown, Wine Bar, Bar, Dessert, Fusion, Steakhouse, Vegetarian
$$$ • 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.