Albuquerque - Downtown
Tue-Sat 4pm-2am (hours can change without notice)
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-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.
Thu-Sat 10pm-2am (hours can change without notice)
If twerking contests, 18-year-olds and urban dance music is your bag, well, enjoy. Drink some vodka (if you’re over 21), get sweaty on the dance floor with a stranger, and gaze up at the go-go dancers in boots with the fur (with the fur) as they get everybody amped up and ready to drop it like it’s hawt.
$ • 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. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch—our favorite hangover cure is the breakfast burger.
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 - Nob Hill
Mon-Sat: 11am-2am Sun: noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
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.
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.
Albuquerque - Northeast Heights
4800 San Mateo Blvd NE (Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87109
Albuquerque NM 87109
Mon-Sat 11am-1:30am Sun 12pm-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • DJ • Dancing • Pool Tables • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Wireless Internet
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Albuquerque - Old Town
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.
Albuquerque - Southeast
Sun 2pm-midnight, Mon-Sat 4pm-2am (hours can change without notice)
One of Burque’s most happenin’ gay bars, Sidewinders is the place to go if you’d like to grab a drink, socialize and be entertained. Just what kind of fun are we talking here? Leather Daddys! Drag performances! Karaoke! Underwear parties! Oh my!
Albuquerque - Westside
8pm-2am (hours can change without notice)
Wanna get all dressed up and baile to the tunes of Caballos, Marineros del Norte, Monarcas del Valle and other bands of dudes in matching black cowboy hats? Well ClubRio has just what you’re looking for. Drink your drink, and dance your dance. ¡Sube!