Quality Inn University
2015 Menaul Blvd. N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 881-3210
Fax: (505) 888-1196
Bars & Cafes
If you are looking for just the right place to impress the boss or your associates, you might find this spot located in the Hilton of Albuquerque perfect for the occasion. Guests can dine in an elegant, formal dining room that is dimly-lit, cozy and contemporary. The menu encompasses everything from succulent steaks, fresh salads, and beautifully prepared and presented seafood. Try the Dry-Aged Ribeye, Filet Mignon or Alaskan Wild Salmon.
I Scream Ice Cream is an affordable, fun, family-oriented ice cream shop that includes a cafe-meets-play space packed with children's toys. The ice cream is not top of the range but this place is designed for the kids and is cheap and cheerful. Over thirty flavors are on offer, as well as twenty mix-ins (the first of which comes free with your ice cream). A variety of espresso drinks are on the menu for the less sweet-toothed. The cafe resembles the living room of a large family, with everything from rocking horses to books to Darth Vader masks scattered around to be played with.
Altitude is a more upscale option to have a greal meal, grab a brew and catch the game. With large televisions on almost every wall, you won't miss a moment of the action. Besides tables, customers can dine in private booths and comfy couches.
Low Spirits launched itself in 2009 to fill the late-night live music niche in North Valley. Once people started actually being able to find it (the windowless low building and nearly invisible sign are seemingly not designed for easy access, and lend the place a Speakeasy vibe), it became immensely popular among locals. Usually hosting three bands per night from around 8:00 pm till about 1:00 am, Low Spirits features a range of musical styles, with a predominance of blues and jazz. There are also open mic nights, burlesque shows, and poetry slams. Drinks are affordable but there is usually a cover charge. See the website for details on business hours.
If you enjoy microbrews, try this converted warehouse bar where the beer is brewed in the adjacent room. Marble Brewery makes ten different beers, some of which you can take home in six packs or enjoy at other New Mexico bars, and all of which you can sample in the tasting room. A limited food menu is available, but you are also welcome to bring your own or order local take-out to be delivered to your table. In summer, try the large outdoor patio; in winter, pull up a stool near the window looking through to the brewing facilities. Tours are also available. - Pip Lustgarten
The Slate Street Café is a favorite with the crowd who work at the nearby courthouses. You can dine at the downstairs restaurant or go upstairs to the Wine Loft to enjoy a drink. The restaurant also makes for a fun or romantic spot for dinner and Saturday brunch. The Wine Loft plays host to monthly tastings. The restaurant also hosts the Albuquerque Songwriter Series, an initiative of the City Music Office. The goal of the Series is to showcase songwriters from all genres of music by presenting an evening exploring song craft in an intimate setting. The Series runs 7p-9p on the first Thursday of each month and admission is free.
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.
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.
The Apothecary Lounge is the perfect place to relax and enjoy one of their custom cocktails. Located in the Hotel Parq Central, some of the cocktails that are offered include The Sazerac and The Pink Lady. A tapas menu is also available.
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.
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!
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.