Albuquerque - Corrales
Sun-Thu 11am-11pm Fri-Sat 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
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 on the patio.
Albuquerque - Downtown
Sun-Mon 3-10pm,Tue-Thu 3pm-midnight, Fri 3pm-2am, Sat 1pm-2am (hours can change without notice)
Boese Brothers Brewing doesn’t use any tricks or gimmicks to get people to come to their location because they don’t have to—people know they consistently serve good craft beer at a reasonable price. If you’re in the Downtown area and don’t want to walk into a crowded night club or bar to get a drink, Boese Brothers’ is the best place to go. With this variety of quality brews, there is a beer for anyone. We recommend going on a Sunday night when there’s a comedy open mic.
Sun-Thu 11am-midnight Fri-Sat 11am-1am (hours can change without notice)
With everything all shiny and new, you may feel overwhelmed on entry but allow the friendly staff guide you to your table and own little slice of heaven. While the menu is on the concise side, all the dishes here are executed to perfection. While you wait, watch the game or play a game—a board game, that is! With all the hubbub happening at night Downtown, this is a perfectly chill place to escape for a drink or two.
Mon-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu-Sun noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Cider • Live Music • DJ • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
This indoor-outdoor brewery is as cozy as it is fun. The bartenders are friendly and informative, and you’ll often find the owners working the taps with a smile. The identifying feature of the outdoor patio are metal towers stretching high above the building. Gaze up at them as you savor an American dark sour or Scarlet beh gose.
Tue-Sat 4pm-2am (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Open Late
If you’re in the mood to stay up with the twinkling stars and experience how wild Downtown can get, put on your tallest stilettos and totter over to Effex. This popular gay nightclub features go-go dancers, badass DJs, a rooftop bar and tons of people with whom you can get your groove on. Grab a drink from one of multiple bar areas and shake that thang.
Mon-Thu 11am - 10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11PM Sun:11am-9pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio
The New Mexico grass-fed Holy Cow burger comes on a brioche bun, while the equally yummy ahi tuna sandwich, veggie club and dinner salads offer bovine-averse diners a larger selection. Beer and wine, shakes, malts and floats are available to complete the sacrament.
Mon-Thurs: 4pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 4pm-midnight (hours can change without notice)
This rooftop bar offers a menu of small plates and specialty cocktails to relax with after a long day at work. The food here is fine, but the house-created cocktails—such as the the spicy and refreshing cucumber-jalapeño margarita—make a visit to Ibiza well worth the trip.
Mon-Sat: 11am-2am Sun: noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)Happy Hour!: every Friday 3:00:00 pm - 8:00:00 pm
Happy Hour!: 4:00:00 pm - 7:00:00 pm
Located in the heart of downtown Albuquerque, this is a perfect place to enjoy dancing, brews, pub food, televised sports and get served by their world-famous “librarians.” Study sessions in the stacks have never been so fun.
Mon–Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–10:30pm (hours can change without notice)
After admiring the expanded interior and hip industrial-style lighting, have an award-winning beer or three and wobble on over to whatever food truck is there (which you can find on their website). While the trucks stay until about 10pm, Marble is open ‘til midnight every night except Sunday. Listen to some live bands on the community patio every Saturday night, or grab a growler, six-pack or keg to go if you want to avoid the loyal following this Albuquerque favorite has gathered.
Mon noon-10pm, Tue-Thu noon–11pm, Fri-Sat noon-1am, Sun 11am–10pm (hours can change without notice)
Craft Beer • Bar snacks • Growler refills • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
Rio Bravo Brewing Company’s motto is, “Live bold!” So go courageously into that good brewery, and open yourself up to the possibilities of the Duke City pils, La Luz lager or a Level 3 IPA. Pair your brew with something fresh from one of the rotating food trucks that visit, and dance the night away to the slick tunes brought by live musicians.
Mon-Thu: 3pm-Midnight Fri-Sat: Noon-Midnight Sun: Noon-10pm (hours can change without notice)
Another creation I tried was the Candice Rose. Named after infamous bank robber Candice Rose Martinez - the college girl who robbed banks while on her phone, such a millennial move - this drink features Teller Vodka, a house-made hibiscus simple syrup, rose and lime with a mint-rose garnish. The ice in this drink is hand-cut, adding an extra bit of flair and design to the look. Slightly sweet, the hibiscus and rose fuse together to create a floral taste that is gentle and relaxing, truly the energy of the so-called Cellphone Bandit herself is on display in this drink.
Alibi recommends: Candice Rose. Trust us.
Vibe: Craft distillery focused on easy going interactions
Mon-Thur 3-11pm, Fri 3pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-10pm (hours can change without notice)
If you’re in need of a good conversation and a personalized sampling flight, Sidetrack is the best brewery to go to. The servers are personable and chatty, but if you’re feeling introspective or want a private conversation, take your drink and meal (the food is provided by local restaurants that they have on rotation) and head out to the gorgeous patio. The beer selection is always changing, so there’s always something new to try at this modern taproom.
$ • 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. Make sure to try one of their fun and refreshing cocktails like the Ho Chi Minh coffee.
Mon: 7:30am-3pm Tue-Thurs: 7:30am-3pm, 5-9pm Fri: 7:30am-3pm, 5-10pm Sat: 9am-2pm, 5-10pm Sun: 9am-2pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Lounge
Slate is on a quiet, blink-and-you-miss-it avenue between Fifth and Sixth Street, nestled right in the heart of the legal district. Like the space itself, the menu is polished and unintimidating. Don’t miss the ahi tuna sandwich (with gluten-free bread available!). It's all very affordable for its level of quality. There’s also a fabulous wine loft with the wines listed by style—“just a little sweet,” “ABC: Anything But Chardonnay” or “sexy, elegant, austere”—not varietal or region. Demystifying the label like this makes it easy for patrons to pair wine and food.
Albuquerque - Far Northeast Heights
Mon-Sat: 11am-2am Sun: 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • 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)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine • Live Music • Karaoke • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
Gecko’s expanded with a popular Northeast Heights location that’s housed in a building that looks like a jukebox, for some reason. Even though it’s clear across town, you’ll still probably bump into folks you know as you’re sipping a wicked Bloody Mary and enjoying tidbits from the affordably priced tapas menu.
Mon-Fri: 11am-10pm Sat-Sun: 11:30am-10pm Winter Hours: Sun-Mon Noon to 9:00 PM (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Lounge
This Asian-American eatery has a reputation for retro Pacific Rim decor and the clink of drinks with little umbrellas in them. If you're in the mood for East-meets-West fare like lettuce wraps, orange peel beef or Tokyo crispy tofu, then load up the Prius and take a drive down Paseo del Norte. You’ll also find a large selection of fine loose teas and more liquor than you can shake a limbo stick at. Have a yen for wine? Here it comes in white, red and plum.
9800 Montgomery Blvd NE (Far Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87111
Albuquerque NM 87111
Mon-Thurs: 4pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 4pm-11pm Sun: 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Dinner
Rough-hewn wood planks lead you into this nautically-themed steak and seafood restaurant, which doesn’t start seating for dinner until 5pm. Luckily, happy hour begins at 4pm. Have a Lady Godiva hot cocktail and a baker's dozen of topless oysters in the bar while you wait. Then dive into creamy clam chowder, butter-sweet Australian lobster tail and Ranchero center-cut top sirloin. There's plenty of key lime pie in the icebox and Phil Collins on the speakers.
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.
5850 Eubank Blvd NE (Far Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87111
Albuquerque NM 87111
11:30-1:00-Mon-Sat, 12:00-11:00 (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: Bar and Grill/Pub
Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine • Delivery • Catering • Karaoke • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Wireless InternetHappy Hour!: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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