It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over

The Alibi's New Year's Guide

Amy Dalness
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The end is upon us, but it’s not here yet. The wrapping paper is still piled on the floor, and there's enough turkey in the freezer to feed a family of six for weeks. It’s been a stressful year, topped with a maddening holiday season, but, finally, 2005 is on its last legs.

The Alibi wants to make sure you get the most out of the end of the year festivities. We've made the phone calls, visited the websites and dug deep into our vast wells of institutional knowledge to offer you a wide range of celebration options. Browse the galas, know the nightclubs, be the bartender—put 2005 behind you in style.


Atomic Cantina
315 Gold SW | 242-2200
Cost: Free
The New Year’s rockin’ will start at 10 p.m. Who will the bands be? We didn’t know come press time, but it’s sure to be a crazy good time.

Blue Dragon Coffeehouse
1517 Girard NE | 268-5159
Cost: Free
It’s a Mutant Mariachi New Year! An all-age celebration with the musical goodness of Fast Heart Mart, Mother Engine, Hobos in Limbo, Saltine Ramblers and Ever Norm from 6 p.m. until it’s 2006! Coffee, tea and some most excellent scones will be available for munching.

Burt’s Tiki Lounge
313 Gold SW | 247-2878
Cost: Free
Black Maria, Unit 7 Drain and Sin Serenade will rock in the New Year at Burt’s. Grab a Mai Tai and enjoy.

Caravan East Night Club
7605 Central NE | 265-7877
Cost: $16 general admission, $18.50 for reserved seating
Come on over to Caravan East for a night of fun and feast featuring live music by the Asphalt Cowboys and Donna Christine. Munch down on a roast beef buffet with all the fixings from 5 to 8 p.m. Also enjoy some wacky party favors, a champagne toast and a breakfast buffet to bring in the New Year.

7220 Lomas NE | 255-1657
Cost: $10 at the door, $5 with dinner
Salsa dancers: This is the one for you. Son Como Son will play all night, keeping the dance floor packed. Champagne and party favors will be handed out before the midnight toast.

District Bar and Grill
115 Fourth Street NW | 243-0003
Cost: Call for details
Something’s going on at the District, and it’s sure to take place on their awesome patio. Call for details, or just risk it (but show up early).

Geckos Bar & Tapas
3500 Central Ave SE | 262-1848
Cost: Free
The peeps over at Geckos say they are fun to hang out with. Try them at their word while guzzling some complimentary champagne and blowing on some noisemakers this New Year’s Eve. They’ll even feed you breakfast burritos, meat or veggie, to curb those midnight munchies.

Graham Central Station
4770 Montgomery NE | 883-3041
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
They promise a big bash, but as of press time we have yet to hear from headquarters what exactly this will entail. Graham Central Station has four different club themes under one roof. A party here is, by nature, huge.

Holiday Bowl
7515 Lomas NE | 268-3308
Cost: $28 per adult, $20 per child 10 and under
Families want to party for New Year’s, too! Holiday Bowl has got a deal for you. For those who don’t want to stay up late, celebrate Noon Year’s from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or come in later from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. The admission includes one hour of bowling, shoe rentals, an Italian buffet and a champagne toast (sparkling cider for the kids).

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Ballroom
800 Rio Grande NW | 843-6300
Cost: Packages run from $109 to $325
Smooth out the evening with a Motown theme at the Hotel Albuquerque. Linda Cotton will show her stuff from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., while you dance and enjoy some champagne, a balloon drop and party favors. Once the dancing is done, relax back in your room with more champagne and some chocolate strawberries.

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Q-Bar
800 Rio Grande NW | 222-8718
Cost: Free
The Motown theme continues into the Q-Bar with performances by Ron Hill and The Paz. Toast in the New Year with complimentary champagne and party favors.

Jockey Club
The Downs at the State Fair Grounds | 266-5555
Cost: Free
Spinning Wheel will be performing, the prime rib will be cooking and the champagne will be flowing. Who needs to go to Las Vegas for a $10.95 prime rib dinner? Mmm, mmm, good.

Joker’s Pub
2509 San Mateo NE | 884-4151
Cost: Call for information
Have some bubbly, wave some party favors in the air and rock out to Hit Parade.

Laff’s Comedy Club
San Mateo and Osuna | 296-5653
Cost: $16.95 in advance, $21.95 at the door for the early show; $21.95 in advance, $26.95 at the door for the late show
Laugh in the New Year with Albuquerque’s own Russ Rivas. Laff’s will host a nonsmoking show at 8 p.m. and a 10:30 p.m. show to take you into the New Year. Both will include fresh fruit, chips and salsa, a champagne toast, a balloon drop and party favors.

618 Central SW | 764-8887
Cost: Call for details
Who will be there? What secret tricks do the party hounds at the Launchpad have up their sleeves? We don’t know, but it’s sure to be kickin’. Check out their website at or call for more details.

Leisure Bowl
7400 Lomas NE | 268-4371
Cost: $45 for a family of four
If you want something special to do with the family, or if you just want to keep away from the bar scene, head over to Leisure Bowl. For $45, four family members get two hours of bowling, a large pizza, soft drinks and shoes rentals. Take the kids early, put them to bed and enjoy a quiet midnight with your sweetie.

Library Bar and Grill
312 Central SW | 242-2992
Cost: Call for details
Stroll in ready to party with the ladies on the bar and DJ Sweet Pea, or call ahead to assure your spot. VIP areas come with some special treats, party favors, munchies and shuttle ride tickets. It pays to be prepared.

Maloney’s Tavern
325 Central NW | 242-7422
Cost: Free
Yup, they’re having a big New Year’s party, complete with a champagne toast at midnight. It’s gonna be crowded, so reserve your booth. Live DJs and giveaways will make an appearance, so be alert.

Misty’s Hideaway
1522 Eubank NE | 271-9839
Cost: $5 cover, $25 for table of 3, $50 for table of 6
Misty’s will not fail you, rock lovers. Shit Happens will be playing loud and proud into the New Year. If you call now for a table, you’ll also get champagne and some party favors.

211 Gold SW | 243-0955
Cost: $200 for the VIP package; $10 general admission
If you want to make it a bling-blingin’ New Year, call up OPM and reserve one of their VIP packages. It includes a room at the Hilton Gardens, a limo ride between the club and the hotel, VIP entrance and a warm breakfast to recover with in the morning. The club will be open to the public, with a cover, and everyone will enjoy a fine champagne toast.

4100 Central SE | 255-3334
Cost: Call for details
It will be a fantastic New Year at Pulse and Blu’s Winter White New Year’s Eve Party. Wear white, go wild! Dance and dream with the music of DJ Jakob Jay and DJ Leo Matthew. There’ll be a champagne toast and balloon drop at the moment it turns 2006.

The Ranch Bar
8900 Central SE | 275-1616
Cost: Call for details
There will be a Black and White Ball starting at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, but that’s all we know. It’s sure to be full of dancing, drinking and some killer costumes.

Sandia Resort and Casino
Tramway and I-25, Exit 234 | 796-7500
Cost: $90, $70, $60
A hot, hot, hot night of dance and celebration awaits at the upgraded Sandia Resort. Sparx and Lorenzo Antonio will entertain, the champagne will flow and the party won’t stop ’til it’s 2006.

Sauce Liquid Lounge and Raw
405 Central NW | 242-5839
Cost: Call for details
There’ll be plenty of bumpin’ and grindin’ at Sauce and Raw on New Year’s Eve. DJ 12 Tribe will be spinnin’ in Raw, and DJ Justincredible will be in the lounge. Take advantage of the drink specials, but not the drunks.

Solo Club
2500 Candelaria NE | 884-0220
Cost: $25
Make sure to reserve your table for this hoot and hollerin’ event. Danny Silva and Company will perform variety music to your heart’s content, and you’ll enjoy a champagne breakfast as your first meal in 2006. We hope you find a hottie to smooch at midnight.

Sonny’s Bar & Grille
4214 Central SE | 255-5932
Cost: $5
Groove with Liquid Gypsy, sip some champagne and enjoy all the friends you’ll make after a few drink specials. Don’t forget the number for a cab!

Stone Face Tavern
8201 San Pedro NE | 822-8855
Cost: Free
For the low, low cost of free, enjoy the rockabilly sounds of the Memphis P. Tails. Expect Gruet specials and more friendly faces than you can shake a stick at.

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