Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico with Live Music
Albuquerque - North Valley
Mon-Thu 10:30am-8pm Fri: 9am-9pm Sat: 8am-9pm Sun: 8am-3pm (hours can change without notice)
One of the most beautiful patios in town. Benavidez is way the hell up there in the North Valley, but if you’re looking for a good breakfast burrito or simply someplace to sit and have some chips, queso and a mind-erasing Bloody Mary, this place is worth your time.
Mon-Sun 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Lounge
New Mexican food in the Garduño’s vein—plus burgers and booze—in a bucolic valley setting. In fact, El Bruno’s does indeed occupy the site (and, one might assume, the demographic) of the former North Valley Garduño’s.
Mon-Thurs: 11am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm Sun: 10:30am-9 pm (Sun Brunch 10:30am-2pm) (hours can change without notice)
$$ • 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.
Monday-Saturday: 7am-9pm Sunday: 7am-4pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Two words: fry bread. Use this heaping hunk of pillowy carbs to sop up green or red chile posole, mutton stew and huevos rancheros. When you’re stuffed tighter than a stocking on Christmas morning, go check out what events, classes or dances are going on at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Mon-Sun: 4:30pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat Happy Hour: 9pm-11pm Sunday Brunch: 10:30am-3pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Lounge
Vernon’s is a swanky underground spot for good eats and high times, delivered speakeasy-style. The dining room is walled with lustrous, ebony adobe, and the tables are clothed in crisp, black and white linens. By the glass or bottle, there’s plenty of quality hooch. The menu is classic steakhouse stuff with beef tournedos in a silky demi-glace, fresh fish and a damn fine veal Oscar. Check out the Black Diamond Lounge to take in the fancy cocktails and live music.
Albuquerque - Northeast Heights
3301 Juan Tabo Blvd NE (Northeast Heights) (Northeast Heights)
Sun-Thu 11am-midnight Fri 11am-1am Sat 10am-1am (hours can change without notice)
$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio
O'Niell's is comforting, a little cheeky and unapologetically Irish-American. The Juan Tabo location offers a gigantic patio and more floor space, but still features old favorites like the Burger in Paradise and fish and chips. And there’s plenty of live music at both locations. Build-your-own Mimosas make O’Niell’s a unique place to brunch.
Albuquerque - Old Town
Mon-Sat: 8am-9pm Sun: 8am-4pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Delivery • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio
This warm and welcoming café occupies one of the oldest houses in Albuquerque, and now you can even drink on its fabulous patio! Look for it behind the San Felipe de Neri Church, and don’t miss out on the posole with your choice of red or green chile. The Navajo taco is delicioso! We won’t tell anyone if you wolf down a few sopaipillas drenched in honey.
Sun 12pm-9pm Mon-Sat 11am-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Wireless Internet • Lounge
This Old Town favorite offers something to suit most appetites, from green chile cheeseburgers to rock shrimp pappardelle, and it’s all served up in the adobe warmth of a 200-year-old hacienda. Don’t skip the drinks: They offer several excellent Margaritas to slake your thirst.
Another brewery jostles for recognition in the crowded Albuquerque market place. This one, an expansion of a Portland, Ore. outfit, offers a tastefully appointed and classy dining area and a menu of pub-inspired gastro-delights like fish and chips, burgers and the like. As far as beer is concerned, check out the oatmeal stout or the Ghost Train IPA.
Tues-Thurs: 4pm-11pm Fri: 4pm-2:am Sat: 6pm-2am Closed Sunday and Monday (hours can change without notice)
In addition to an upscale selection of booze, the cozy and modern Q Bar serves a brief but pleasantly appetizing menu of nibbles and noshes. The dishes are small enough to make good snacks and expensive enough to keep them that way—you'd have to spend more than you'd like in order to really fill up.
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm Dinner: Daily 5-9pm The Rooftop: Daily 4-10pm Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4-6:30pm, 9-10pm (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: American, Fine Dining, Bar, Dessert, Fusion, Organic/Locally Grown, Seafood, Steakhouse, Take Out/To-Go, Vegetarian, Wine Bar
$$$ • 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.
Mon-Thurs: 5:30-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 5:30-10pm (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Dinner
Ranchers Club is arguably the city’s fanciest restaurant, where fine steaks and seafood are king. Certainly, it has the dining room with the most formal service—tuxedos and golden-domed plates and all—but with live music and expertly crafted cocktails, the resplendent bar is also worth your time. This is the place we like to go for really special occasions—like when someone else is paying or when we want to break a hunger strike.
Albuquerque - Upper Nob Hill
Mon-Thu: 11am-midnight Fri: 11am-1am Sat: 10am-1am Sun: 10am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio
O'Niell's is comforting, a little cheeky and unapologetically Irish-American. The menu features favorites like the Burger in Paradise and fish and chips, and there’s a children’s menu to satisfy the little ones. The huge, enclosed dog-friendly patio is gorgeous, with enough space for boisterous tables of in-laws and extra kids to sit comfortably, and of course beer on tap to help the experience go down smoothly.
Albuquerque - Westside
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Bar snacks • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Wireless Internet
Anyone who is nervous about trying new beers doesn’t have to worry at Blue Grasshopper, they offer all of the local beers you already love and offer some of their own brews if you want to try something new. Those who enjoy good music with a cold beer will enjoy this taproom because there is never a shortage of live bands.
1708 State Highway 528 NW (Westside)
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 • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Wireless InternetHappy Hour!: every weekday 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Happy Hour!: every weekday 9:00pm - 11:00pm
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Mon-Thu noon-11pm, Fri.-Sat noon-midnight Sun noon-10pm (hours can change without notice)
While the trucks stay until about 10pm, Marble is open ‘til just about 11pm most nights. Listen to some live bands or grab a growler, six-pack or keg to go if you want to avoid the loyal following this Albuquerque favorite has gathered.
Bernalillo - Bernalillo
Mon-Thu: 7:30am-9pm Fri-Sat: 7:30am-9:00pm Sun: 7:30am-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
Not only do these people serve thick, meaty bacon, dreamy globs of queso and hot, buttery biscuits—because that would most certainly be enough on its own—but The Range Café in Bernalillo also happens to keep things interesting at night. Step into their Lizard Rodeo Lounge for free live music three or four nights a week, a full-service bar, nice atmosphere and fine BLT. Thank you, Range people.
Cedar Crest - East Mountains
12480 State Hwy N 14 (East Mountains)
Cedar Crest NM 87047
Cedar Crest NM 87047
A lively bar frequented by the snowboarder crowd, the Lizard offers up a fine selection of locally brewed beer. La Cumbre, Marble and even Blue Corn are all well represented, along with labels from all over the country. The food isn’t much to leave town for, but it’s still a fine spot to toss back a few chicken wings and listen to a local band tear it up.