V.23 No.51 | 12/18/2014
ABQ comics: Cyrus Moses, Drew Wayne, Margaret Rodgers, the author, John Cuellar, Sarah Kennedy and Curt Fletcher
Jerry Spears

Arts Feature

The 9 Best Comedy Venues in ABQ

Burque runneth over with great comedy spaces and hilarious shows. These nine top-notch venues each offer something excellent.
V.23 No.33 | 8/14/2014


Introduction to Venues, ABQ 505

A primer on concert geography

Wherein we break down the science of discovering the best music venues in Albuquerque.
V.18 No.35 | 8/27/2009

The Afterlife of Albuquerque Bars and Restaurants: Part II

Hallelujah! My Sisyphusian task of sorting through the Alibi's ancient calendar contact records is completed. As promised, here's the second half of the extinct places I shook loose from our database, and what's become of them since. (The first half is here. ... And I knocked it down from 989 records to 650 on the nose, in unlikely event you were wondering.)


Rio Grande Yacht Club --> ?

Rio Grande Cantina --> St. Clair Winery & Bistro

Café Broadway --> Several places, all gone now

Café Voila --> ?

Town House Lounge --> Still empty

Café Next Door (it was next door to Brothers and Sisters) --> Still empty

Copeland’s Restaurant --> Still empty

Johnny Carino's --> 1st location (next to Sweet Tomatoes) empty, second (Century Rio lot) is Nick + Jimmy's (from Yanni's)

Gin Mill --> looks like a "discount steakhouse" has opened there

Café Riviera --> several galleries/cafes, all closed now

La Siringitu --> Wimpy Burger --> Little Red Hamburger Hut

Mr. K’s Chinese Restaurant (formerly New Chinatown) --> empty

Blue Corn Tap Room --> Chama River Tap Room

Jamaica Jamaica --> New "bistro" of some sort

Graze (and Kanome before that) --> Nob Hill Bar and Grill

Relaxations --> A boxing gym?

Mediterranean Café --> Quesada's

Alfredo's Coffeehouse --> empty

Marty G.’s Diner --> I think this later became that Hot Diggity Dog place over on North Second, which is also long-gone


Blu (the back half of Pulse, totally 80s) --> empty

Empire ( + G-Spot Lounge) --> half of O'Neill's

Albuquerque Mining Company --> empty

The Phoenix --> ?

District Bar & Grill --> empty

Swig (Santa Fe) --> uh, Fusion Restaurant & Night Club? No idea.

Gulp --> Nob Hill Bar and Grill

Harlow's on the Hill (which was Club Rhythm & Blues before that) --> Obama for President HQ, now empty

Ground Zero --> ?

Bear Assets Bar --> I just talked to Joe Anderson about this place. He mentioned he's working on a new venue there. Gutting the place. Installing live American roots music like blues, Rockabilly. That part of town could really use a good neighborhood joint at night.

Nuts and Bolts --> ?

Art, Performance

Laffs Comedy Club --> empty

Out ch’Yonda --> empty?

Hiland Theater --> giant meth lab

Gorilla Tango Comedy Theatre --> Village Roaster Coffee

Donkey Gallery --> empty. (and Larry Bob moved to Cruces)

Sol Arts --> Cirq

Windchime Champagne Gallery --> Empty

VERB Collective --> See "Cafe Riviera"

STOVE --> Black Market Goods

The Agency --> looks like someone's doing something in there. Anyone got any leads?


Red or Green? --> more tattoos?

Alphaville Video --> Heart + Soul salon

The Cigar Lounge --> empty

Hunab Hookah Lounge --> See VERB Collective, Cafe Riviera