Step into the Launchpad and take off to the 'universal' world of music. In the background of a space-theme and dark-lit laid-back atmosphere, this hip country bar entertains with an eclectic mix of music played by local musicians and renowned talents. The dance floor invites the vivacious crowd to shake a leg or head-bang to the upbeat punk or the 1000 volt hard rock. While the state-of-art setting amplifies the performances, the full-stocked bar serves you with a premium selection to add to the experience. Hop in late to enjoy the peak of a power-packed night.
The Marble Brewery occupies a former warehouse, and is set in an expansive space replete with an indoor tasting room, an outdoor patio and a stage for live music. With its trendy upbeat vibe, the Marble Brewery and its adjacent brewpub attract youth from in and around Downtown Albuquerque for a sample of their best brews. The beers at Marble Brewery are brewed with methods borrowed from old centuries as well as modern techniques, creating hops, award-winning pilsners, Indian Pale Ales, red ales and draft varieties.
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 looking for something different but not hard to find, check out this saucy little bistro. Sample steamed artichoke with three dipping sauces or the roasted garlic with Mon trachet goat cheese, bruschetta, roasted red peppers and virgin olive oil. Entrées include Pan-Seared Smoked Duck Breast with apricot-tomato chutney, Chinese five spice sauce and basmati rice with. An extensive wine list is available and prices are on per glass basis.
The Apothecary Lounge welcomes patrons in a mesmerizing setting, atop the Hotel Parq Central. The lounge is beautifully laid out with cozy chairs, encouraging conversations. The lounge overlooks the spectacular Downtown area and offers phenomenal views of the setting sun. Perfect for a date night or a hangout with friends, the lounge promises a good time to everyone. The menu features crafty cocktails, premium wines, beers, and other mixed drinks. To accompany your tipples, they serve delicious local fare. Garnered with lavish accolades, the lounge is the recipient of the prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Dance the night away at the sophisticated Casa Esencia. Every Friday night, this upscale entertainment venue turns into a trendy nightclub. Set up like a house, with multiple rooms providing different music, you can find exactly what you want. There is even an outdoor courtyard dance floor so you can dance under the stars. If you get tired head to the bar to enjoy a cocktail created by a mixologist and relax in a lounge. Reserve a VIP table and get treated like a star as you listen to top DJs spin tunes. Make sure you dress up since the club has a dress code.
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!
Imbibe is a trendy cigar lounge and nightclub. One of the main draws of the club is the impressive Humidor Lounge. This all-glass cigar humidor creates provides a luxurious focus in the club and creates an upscale atmosphere. The MOD Room has state-of-the-art sound technology and is known for hosting live musical acts. Reserve a seat in a VIP booth and enjoy the entertainment. If you want to relax head upstairs to the Rooftop Patio Bar. Take a seat next to one of the fire pits and admire the outstanding view as you sip on fine wine or a cocktail.