2015 Menaul Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque, NM, US, 87107
- Phone: (505) 881-3210
- Fax: (505) 888-1196
Bars & Cafes
Located across the Gold Avenue, the Gold Manor is a happening and lively watering hole. This gay friendly bar invites popular and amateur bands/artists to entertain its patrons. Many renowned performers have rocked its stage in the past and continue to do so.
For good cheer, good libations and good food go to this popular, neighborhood bar and grill. Folks from nearby UNM, hospitals and doctors offices frequent this place to watch Monday Night Football, the playoffs, or weekend afternoons of car racing, golf tournaments and tennis matches. The menu offers everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to 12 ounces of crab legs. The 10-oz. prime rib is nothing short of fabulous and burgers, salads and various snacks are also excellent choices. Happy hour features complimentary salsa and chips, as well as enchiladas.
This independent coffee house situated directly across from the main campus of University of New Mexico is a favorite haunt of students and hipsters. A wide selection of excellent coffee drinks, reasonably priced food, comfy couches, outdoor seating, free wireless internet access and lots of light and plants all add to its appeal. In an age dominated by chain establishments, RB Winning certainly stands out. It is owned and managed by theatre artists and a great deal of emphasis is placed on supporting the local arts. The venue regularly plays host to everything from dance displays to poetry slams, art shows to theatrical improv.
El Patio is so named because the majority of the seating is on an attractive tree-lined patio, ideal for people watching in Albuquerque's only pedestrian-friendly area of town. Reservations are not taken and the establishment is relatively small so to ensure an outdoor table, avoid the busiest times of day. They serve all the usual New Mexican fare, such as substantial portions of enchiladas, tacos and fajitas accompanied by sopaipillas. Should you forget that they do not accept credit cards, you can get in line for the money machine inside with the other diners who did the same.
Saggios is a family-owned and operated pizzeria with an upbeat atmosphere. Massive pillars preside over booths and the front and side-panel of a Mercedes Benz serves as a sidebar and soda fountain. Choose from gourmet pizzas big and flavorful calzones, tasty sandwiches, salads, pasta and desserts. Beer and wine is served and if you have a craving for something sweet, try a piece of cheesecake.
The Albuquerque Press Club is a private club primarily intended for and managed by members of the media, but also offering social memberships. Those who are not in town long enough to justify a membership purchase can still check the place out by calling for details on special events when the club opens its doors to non-members. This is well worth doing, as the Press Club is a truly unique part of the Albuquerque scene. Bars, billiards, music and more are offered in a truly bizarre and cool historic wooden building that is perched, seemingly precariously, on the edge of a hill and spreads over several floors. - Pip Lustgarten
Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro comprises of three levels, which include the main dining area and bar, an upper balcony, and the Blues Cellar. The dining room is done up in earth tones, with stained glass and flowers creating a blithe ambiance, while the bar has an antique look—a combination of dark wood and mirrors. The upper balcony offers a view of diners below, while the Blues Cellar boasts of muted shades, small tables, and dim lighting—the perfect place for a private conversation. Zinc's menu comprises of contemporary American-French cuisine, you can munch on Steak Frites, Seared Ahi Tuna, and a host of other meat dishes (the bar features a lighter menu). The Cellar also features live jazz entertainment every Sunday, so music lovers can freak out!
This family-owned and -operated coffeeshop sells quite simply the best baked goods ever. Made from scratch and on the premises, the scones are the lightest you will have ever tasted, and the key lime pie is also not to be missed. The sandwiches that comprise the bulk of the lunch menu are not cheap, but they are enormous, and include a choice of chips, side salad, cottage cheese, or the side of the day. The salads are similarly priced, but the breakfast menu is cheaper, offering signature French toast and sizzling breakfast burritos. Grab a seat by the window and watch the world go by on Central as you relax in this small, mellow establishment. - Pip Lustgarten
If you are in the mood for tasty Mediterranean cuisine, Yanni's is your stop. This setting is spacious and charming offering a wide array of favorite Greek dishes. Customers also have the option of dining out under the glistening, tiny white lights in the courtyard and gazing at the stars in the evenings. Yanni's serves wine from all over the world and the special Retsina Kourtaki is a crowd pleaser. Service is friendly and efficient and the food found is made with fresh ingredients. Quality and cleanliness is of paramount concern to this fine Greek establishment. A definite restaurant to visit.
This new and already wildly popular establishment includes bar and restaurant sections, plus an outdoor patio that is open to both diners and drinkers. The extensive drinks menu is laid out in order of price, low to high, so whether your pocketbook is in the mood for a miniature Miller High Life or a top shelf tequila, there should be something for you. Most cocktails are $8: choose locally-themed originals like the South Valley Pitbull and Sandia Caipirinha or get creative with the "You Call It" margaritas, daiquiris and mojitos, where you build your own, varying the label and fruit. The Shrimp Corn Dogs appetizer is a must.
This brewery has rapidly established itself as an Albuquerque favorite. It is located in a stylish old car dealership whose former showroom serves as the tavern. Everything about it drips with nostalgia, but not to the shameless point of reducing it to a cheap tourist attraction. A huge outdoor patio makes for a perfect perch overlooking historic Route 66. Burgers, soups, salads, steaks, and even lamb shanks line its menu.