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Albuquerque Nightlife

Nightlife options in Albuquerque range across a broad spectrum of characterful alternative music venues, dance clubs, sports bars, and microbreweries, not forgetting restaurants with outdoor patio dining, with a beautiful Southwest sunset as a backdrop.
For information on cultural events, contact the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.itsatrip.org) or pick up free newspapers in dispensers around the city.

Bars in Albuquerque

Anodyne

This lively and eclectic downtown bar is a hip spot to shoot pool and listen to music on what's arguably the best jukebox in town. They don't serve any food though.

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Telephone: +1 505 244 1820
Website: http://www.facebook.com/Anodyne-135481269862856

Kelly's Brewpub

Occupying a former 1930s petrol station that's a legendary pit stop on Route 66, Kelly's Brewpub has a huge patio and serves over twenty excellent house-brewed ales. There's a sports bar too.

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Telephone: +1 505 262 2739
Website: http://www.kellysbrewpub.com

Marble Brewery

Giant steel vats of irresistible beer mark the location of Albuquerque's best-loved brewpub, a couple of blocks north of central downtown. On hot summer days and evenings, patrons congregate on the large patio out front; in winter, the interior makes a cosy, convivial retreat.

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Telephone: +1 505 243 2739
Website: http://www.marblebrewery.com

Clubs in Albuquerque

Casa Esencia

A Las Vegas style nightclub in the heart of ABQ, Casa Esencia adds a touch of VIP style to Friday evenings with guest and celebrity DJs spin the latest dance and club music from 2100. Relax in one of the club's lounge areas or dance under the stars by an open waterfall, reflecting pool and outdoor fireplace.

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Telephone: +1 505 843 6300
Website: http://www.casaesencia.com

Effex

Having carved out an identity as Albuquerque's premier gay club, this enormous place, a stalwart of the downtown scene, has proved so popular with clubbers of all persuasions, thanks largely to its enthusiastic championing of EDM, that the crowd these days has become much more mixed.

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Telephone: +1 505 842 8870
Website: http://www.effexabq.com

Imbibe

An undeniably unusual combination of cigar bar and night club, on Route 66 in Albuquerque's Nob Hill district, east of downtown, Imbibe has three main rooms. As well as the glass humidor cigar room for smoking, there's a rooftop patio with a separate bar and three fire pits, and the MOD room, which hosts weekly jazz nights. The decor is all neon lights, white leather couches and seating and offers a smart, exclusive atmosphere.

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Telephone: +1 505 255 4200
Website: http://www.imbibenobhill.com

Live music in Albuquerque

Burt's Tiki Lounge

Retaining its colourful tropic-themed flavour and décor despite its recent move to spacious new premises, this downtown veteran remains a true local favourite. Every night sees live music of some kind, and there's a weekly calendar of themed events and dance parties.

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Telephone: +1 404 992 4376
Website: http://www.facebook.com/BurtsTikiABQ

KiMo Theatre

A seminal example of Pueblo Deco architecture, the KiMo Theatre is the city's architectural gem and plays host to a wide range of local, national and international performance events, including appearances by the New Mexico Ballet Company. Several other small theatres are located downtown and around the University of New Mexico.

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Telephone: +1 505 768 3544
Website: http://www.cabq.gov/kimo

The Launchpad

A downtown showcase for indie, reggae and blues bands, the Launchpad has two levels: a downstairs with a stage and a bar, and an upstairs lounge area with a separate bar, pool tables, video games and a view of the stage below. The atmosphere is casual, and there is no dress code.

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Telephone: +1 505 674 8887
Website: http://www.launchpadrocks.com

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Hotel Andaluz

Built just before World War II by local-born Conrad Hilton, as the flagship property for his new hotel chain, this magnificently restored downtown gem is a delightful place to stay. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and very comfortable, while the public spaces are superb, and include an excellent Spanish restaurant.

Hotel Blue

Just west of downtown along legendary Route 66, this four-storey 1960s hotel has spacious, airy rooms at reasonable rates, decorated with a certain Art Deco flair. The rooms are on the small side, but there's complimentary breakfast, coffee, and a free shuttle service to and from the airport, bus or train station.

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

A short walk north of Old Town, this 11-storey hotel blends Native American, Mexican, Spanish and Western cultural traditions and includes a fitness centre, two well-respected restaurants and bars, and an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool. There's even a wedding chapel, should you decide to get hitched.

Embassy Suites Hotel Albuquerque

One of the city's most attractive hotels, on the northeast edge of downtown, this all-suite property features a full-service day spa and a lovely open atrium with a cascade and meandering water trails. Each of its sizeable suites features a separate living area with sofa bed, armchair and well-lit work/dining table, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker.

Sandia Peak Inn

There's nothing very fancy about this modest low-slung motel, just across the Rio Grande from the Old Town, but it's clean and comfortable, and offers some of the best value rooms around.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn

Set close to the Rio Grande, amid lavender fields and lush formal gardens, Los Poblanos Inn is one of the most prestigious historic properties in the Southwest. Rooms are designed in a classic New Mexican style with kiva fireplaces, carved ceiling beams, hardwood floors, and antique furnishings. Relax in the enticing Spanish hacienda-style courtyard, or alternatively, explore the extensive gardens and organic farm. A very special place to stay.