The warm and inviting atmosphere of Antiquity will immediately make you feel at home. With brightly polished antique wooden furniture sprawled around and ancient lamps and chandeliers illuminating the entire area, you almost feel as if you've gone two or three centuries back in time. However the contemporary steak and seafood delicacies which are on offer, immediately bring you back to the present. The seasonal menu is an added attraction, so you can relish the best of every season. Shrimps, lobsters and some mouthwatering desserts are the specialties and are available all seasons. Antiquity is truly, one of Albuquerque's hidden treasures.
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.
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.
Located along the Rio Grande Bosque, El Pinto's shaded patio draws diners from throughout New Mexico. Established in 1962, this dining gem has maintained its reputation for serving authentic New Mexican dishes. A number of tables are situated in private nooks for more private, romantic dining. Award-winning salsa precedes each meal. Generous portions of New Mexican dishes such as carne adovada, chile rellenos, enchiladas, and burritos are offered. As ultimate proof of its glowing reputation it has been visited by President Bush and Mick Jagger (separately, of course).
Named after a Mediterranean island where ancient myth said that it was home to the gods of music, Ibiza is now a cocktail bar and hot spot for music. This rooftop bar is located at Andaluz Hotel and has a stunning view of the surrounding area. Enjoy a cocktail and try a bite from the tapas menu. Ibiza has an enclosed bar and terrace for cold nights. The bar also hosts events, including DJs and private events.
Weekend brunch hours at the Grove Café and Marke find it packed, and for good reason. The Grove offers a delicious selection of freshly made breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches, and salads (try the Farmers Salad: a medley of golden beets, almonds, goat cheese, asparagus, yellow peppers and greens). Cocktails brighten up the brunch hour: sample a glass of vinho verde (Portuguese "green wine", which can be hard to find in the United States) or play it safe with a mimosa. Last but not least, The Grove also makes the absolute best cupcakes in town.
Crave Ice Cream & Coffee is a centrally located place to stop in for a break from your Old Town plaza shopping. Indeed it is so convenient that you can loiter on its front steps to watch the activities taking place on the plaza, such as music on the bandstand on summer evenings. Crave doesn't have the most extensive ice cream selection you'll ever see, nor does it offer toppings, but it certainly offers convenience of locale. There are also sundaes, smoothies, malts, shakes, floats, espresso drinks, flavored syrups, iced drinks, sorbet, frozen yogurt, fountain drinks, muffins and cookies rounding out the menu.
Delivering phenomenal quality of pizzas at reasonable prices is the strongest feature of Giovanni's Pizza. Also named as New Mexico's best pizza, this trendy pizzeria located in downtown is one of the highlights of Albuquerque.Here, what you will fall in love with the most, is the crispy and well-crafted thin crust. They can serve you pizzas that blend perfectly with your taste palate or they can prepare the classic New York style pie for you with the same amount of excellence. You can order either a full pizza or a single slice. Options such as home delivery and takeaway are also available.
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.
For the last 20 years Frontier has slowly acquired the better part of the block facing Central Avenue across from the UNM campus. You will see study groups, people having coffee and lunch or the famous Frontier Cinnamon Roll, which is a huge, fresh sweet roll swimming in butter. The atmosphere is western and simple, with booths and tables. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at no particular time. New Mexican dishes, sandwiches, soups, stew and salads, chicken, ribs, fresh squeezed juice, sodas, tea and cappuccino are also offered.