1501 Gibson Blvd
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: (505) 245-7363
Fax: (505) 245-8316
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.
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
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.
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 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
This hipster bar and pool hall has the best jukebox in town. "The 'Dyne" is an unpretentious kind of joint. Chat at the bar, skulk in a dimly lit, leather upholstered booth or grab one of the ten or so pool tables. Cocktails are served in pint glasses. The huge fridge packed with unusual beers should meet the needs of those seeking the grain.
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.
Chama River MicroBar is the perfect place to grab a pint after work or after a show. As its name indicates, this space is indeed small, but there always seems to be enough room for at least one more person to saddle up to the bar.
Not all pubs can give you the pubbing experience which Irish pubs do. Located in the heart of the Nob Hill district in Albuquerque, Two Fools Tavern gives you a true feel of Ireland. A fireplace keeps the insides of the pub warm and cozy, while illuminating and adding to the beauty of the wooden interiors. The seating arrangement is generously done, which makes Two Fools a class a apart from the usual dingy and cluttered pubs. Due to its casual and inviting atmosphere, it provides for the perfect place to relish some authentic Irish pub fare and indulge in conversations. Needless to say, the pub stacks up on a variety of Irish stouts, beers and intoxications which complement the delicious food.