Albuquerque - Downtown
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-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.
Albuquerque - Midtown
Cider lovers, cry no more, we’ve found your hard cider haven. Beer drinkers shan’t fret, they offer craft beers, as well. Don’t forget to try their house pizza! (We like it with corned beef and onion.)
Albuquerque - Old Town
Sun noon-9pm, Mon-Wed 3-10pm, Thur 3-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Open Late
$ • Vegetarian Available • Craft Beer • Cider • Bar snacks • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly • Lounge
This trendy, modern brew house is the epitome of hip. Craft beer options range from the rich and earthy Flint & Grit ale to the chocolaty Rustic Oak porter. Each beer has a unique flavor with striking yet subtle undertones, and the friendly bartenders are happy to give samples of each irresistible flavor. Try their popcorn nibbles.
Need to impress somebody from out of town? Take them to Level 5. This rooftop restaurant and bar on top of Hotel Chaco has panoramic views of the Sandias and a cocktail menu made for people who really like good cocktails. Want to know what venison carpaccio tastes like? Or a $48 steak? Make a reservation at Level 5 tonight.
Hidden in the Sawmill District, Ponderosa is a family-friendly brewery with spot-on beers and a kids’ play area. The suds lean toward the hoppy end of the spectrum. Our favorites include the Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw red and 200th Brew Baltic porter.
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.
Sun-Sat 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
This space rocks. If you’re with your drinking buddies, play a game of Jenga. Flying solo? Bring a book and nestle into a quiet corner in the expansive outdoor area. For “beer with a punch” Boxing Bear offers an array of suds from IPAs to amber ales to stouts. Not a beer dude? Try the AppleBear hard cider or wine. Soak up the drinks with sandwiches like a cubano or the vegetarian Green.