Albuquerque - Nob Hill
Sun-Thu noon–11pm Fri-Sat 11am–midnight (hours can change without notice)
The 377 makes a point to honor the men and women who have served in America's armed forces and public safety, which is likely why they’ve set up near Kirtland Airforce Base. They offer a variety of house brews and aim to create new beers every season. We prefer their Mexican lager.
Mon and Tue 4pm-9pm Wed 12pm-9pm Thur-Sat 12pm-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • Wireless Internet
This small restaurant has a straightforward goal: to serve the best damn local-beef hamburgers and microbrewed beers around. With eight burgers to choose from—including the delectable Nawlins with bleu cheese—and 33 local beers on tap, the joint should be a beacon for anyone with a carnivorous appetite while a selection of meatless burgers and impressive salads should satisfy vegetarians.
Mon-Wed: 11am-11pm Thurs:11am-midnight Fri-Sat: 11am-1am Sun: 12pm-11pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Growler refills • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Bosque has expanded its robust brew selection to a taproom in the Nob Hill/University area. This location offers food and a sunny patio.
Mon 4:30-11pm, Tue-Sat 4:30pm-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Live Music • Lounge
When you walk into Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro, turn right and head down the stairway into small and sultry little bar. With a curated wine list and killer nightly specials, the Cellar Bar is an excellent date night that won’t break the bank (if you order right). We recommend stopping in for their Wine and Cheese Wednesdays.
Mon-Fri: 11:30-2am Sat-Sun: noon-2am (hours can change without notice)
$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Karaoke • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
Gecko’s killer patio sits on a Nob Hill corner that’s simply perfect for people-watching. Set directly between La Montañita Co-op and Scalo, you’re sure to bump into folks you know as you sip a cocktail and enjoy tidbits from the affordably priced tapas menu. On Mondays, the wings are 50 cents each, and on Wednesdays after 6pm, you can get a cheeseburger for $5.50. Watch some sports, eat a burger and enjoy a seasonal ale.
Mon: Closed Tues-Thurs: 2–10pm Fri-Sat: 12–10pm Sun: 12–9pm (hours can change without notice)
The latest edition to the craft beer scene in Albuquerque, High and Dry Brewing has only a handful of flagship beers on tap at the moment, but they’re all pretty tasty. The place is owned by the good folks at Humble Coffee, so you know it looks real cute inside—and you can get Humble Coffee there when you’ve had enough of the whole alcohol thing. The small patio is a great spot to soak up some Vitamin D and put away a couple pints. There’s usually a food truck or two parked there from the middle of the afternoon on, so come hungry.
Sun-Thu noon-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Head to Nob Hill for one of Head Brewer Ken Wimmer’s tasty brews such as the Tipsy Cow, Dad Joke or An Irish Tan. This joint has 40 local taps and savory pub grub like the Brew Dog with sauerkraut and a Pub-B-Q quesadilla with smoked brisket and melted cheddar jack.
Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm Fri- Sat: 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio
Il Vicino’s thin-crusted, gourmet-topped pizzas are perennial favorites among Alibi readers, but the big salads are equally popular. Order at the register, and a server brings the food to your table, making weekday lunches speedy. The open kitchen gives you something to stare at while you wait. Stop in for a quick lunch or a late afternoon microbrew at one of the sidewalk tables.
Mon-Sat: 11am-2am Sun: noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Open Late
Cuisine: Bar and Grill/Pub
Imbibe is an über-trendy cigar lounge with backlit smoke-tendril art and contemporary seating. There are hordes of annoying knockoff-clad barflies as far as the eye can see, but the humidor is well-stocked and well-attended by knowledgeable staff, and there’s a rooftop deck (if you can make it up there; there’s always a line). Get there early for the best seats.
Sun-Thu: 8am-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 8am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Besides its late-night menu and 20-odd house-brewed beers, Kelly's has an enormous, dog-friendly patio that somehow manages to be packed to the elbows, lively and laidback at the same time. Snag a spot by the rails for some of the best people-watching in Nob Hill. The food is decidedly geared toward the bar crowd (the kitchen stays open until 11pm, but the food isn’t the strength here), with shades of cow, ostrich, turkey, buffalo or veggie on the burger menu. Get one with a side of sweet potato fries.
3201 Central Ave NE (Nob Hill)
Albuquerque NM 87106
Albuquerque NM 87106
Mon-Fri: 3pm-2am Sat: 11am-2am Sun: noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio
If you don’t like it loud, it’s best to avoid this place on the weekends. But stop in for a late lunch or weeknight burger and a beer, and you’ll have a whole different experience. The beef here is grass-fed, New Mexico-grown, and steroid- and antibiotic-free, and Monte Vista’s cooks deserve praise for what they do with it. The freshly ground burgers are big and juicy, the chile cheese fries hit the spot, and the beef skewers are tender and one of the best deals on cow in town.
Mon: Closed Tue-Fri, Sun: 11am-9pm Sat: 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • DJ • Dancing • Outdoor Patio • Lounge
Finally, the Fried Chicken. When talking with someone at the bar the next day, he asked what I should order, and I told him the fried chicken, wherein I described it as “the crispiest, crunchiest skin you’ve ever had, packed full of seasoning, all holding in some of the most moist white chicken you’ve ever had, with the perfect pairing of sides and a hot sauce that doesn’t need to be there, but is so much better for existing for it.” Afterwards, he told me I undersold the dish to him. I cannot begin to tell you how highly I think of this fried chicken. With a buttermilk brine, the mashed potatoes and gravy and that incredible hot sauce, it is so incredibly good I felt shame when I couldn’t finish my second piece.
Alibi recommends: The fried chicken, the meatloaf, and the barbacoa nachos.
Vibe: High-end-dining featuring American cuisine with a cocktail lounge.
1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE Ste. 50 (Nob Hill)
Albuquerque NM 87110
Albuquerque NM 87110
Everyone’s a little Irish at this friendly place! The whole joint smells wonderfully like hot cereal, and the brewery tanks are visible from the eating area. Try any of the friend taps with other local brews or taste one of Quarter Celtic’s standards like the Crimson Lass or Quarter porter. We especially recommend their perfect fish and chips paired with a pint o’ the Rye’t Side of Dublin. Sláinte!
Alibi recommends: Shepherd’s Pie, Tiramisu
Vibe: Friendly, open spaced Irish pub
Sun-Thu noon-midnight Fri-Sat noon-2am (hours can change without notice)
$ • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Growler refills • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Dog-Friendly
Tractor draws the crowd by serving beer that’s come a long way since head brewer Dave Hargis took over. Today’s Tractor offers up nine taps, with five constants (IPA, red, honey wheat, pale ale and stout) and four rotating taps. The doppelbock is excellent, and Tractor seems to excel at the bock styles. (It took first place at the 2011 Santa Fe BockFest.) There is no kitchen, but Albuquerque’s best food trucks are almost always parked right outside.
Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
This British Isles-style pub is the brainchild of successful restaurateur Tom White (Scalo and Il Vicino). Highlights include 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. Or go for a perfectly poured Guinness during the hotter months. They’ll even decorate the head with a nifty little shamrock!
Tues-Thurs: 11am-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10:30pm Sun-Mon: 11:30am-8:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Live Music
You love Yanni's. So do we. Their adjoined Lemoni Bar seats about 85 people and is open for lunch, dinner or just cocktails. Painted natural tones and accented with elegant lighting, the lounge provides a subtle contrast to the bright, light and airy dining rooms at Yanni's. It’s an ideal place for pre- or post-movie cocktails and snacks, or more substantial cuisine. Their green chile Bloody Mary will certainly boost your brunch.
Brunch: Sun: 11am-2:30pm Dinner: Sun: 5pm-9pm Mon-Thurs: 5pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm Cellar Bar: Tues-Sat: 4:30pm-12am Mon: 4:30pm-11pm (kitchen until 10pm) (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: American, Fine Dining, French, Organic/Locally Grown, Wine Bar, Bar, Dessert, Fusion, Steakhouse, Vegetarian
$$$ • 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.