Bailey’s on the Beach

image of Bailey's On the Beach (storefront)

Roy ‘Iron Man’ (he competes!) Solomon, daughter Bailey, and Kirk Clark (plays with local group Chris Kill Trio), had a vision. A silky, wavy-palm-tree, with plenty of drinks in a lawn chair, in the middle of the city… type of vision. Continue Reading

Zinc Blues Cellar


This ain’t about the swankish joint upstairs. This is the basement – the underground – where peeps relax with pricey drinks and damn good bar food, local live music and occasional touring acts.  Continue Reading

Ezra’s Place

Ezra's Place (storefront)

The Funky, eclectic, quirky second of three amazing brainchildren of Dennis Apodaca (Sophia’s and Jo’s holding down the trifecta).  A small regular menu and an ever-changing list of specials bring creative variations like enchiladas (duck!?!),  tacos (fish, beef, or scallop), burgers (kobe, bison, poblano/mole), pancakes (lemon),  and other unexpected treats. Continue Reading

Il Vicino Canteen


Back open after quite a hiatus, the Canteen is where all the beer gets brewed for Il Vicino (the pizza place). It’s totally updated and 100% worth the trip to that weird, industrial part of town.

They serve the beer big here, so get an order of “Beer Sponges” (giant pretzels) and stick around. Sorry they don’t have the regular Il Vicino pizza menu, but the other options give the chefs a chance to be more creative than usual.

Even when it’s hot, you’re going to want to sit outside—the patio is that awesome. And yes, it is impressive that the waitstaff put orders in via iPod Touch. Oh, maybe they’re not doing it anymore? We can’t keep up with you kids and your damn technology.

La Cumbre Brewing Company

The Guide‘s Kat has a rule of thumb about ABQ breweries: You can often guess how good the beer and/or taproom is going to be by the quality of writing on their newsletters or website. And La Cumbre is no exception, pairing perfect grammar with delicious beer and a cozy bar.
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Apothecary Lounge (Hotel Parq Central)


Burqueños know exactly why this swanky east-of-downtown hotel bar is both creepy and cool: The Hotel Parq Central used to be a (possibly haunted) mental institution. And a Tuberculosis hospital. Continue Reading

Two Fools Tavern

image of Two Fools Tavern (front)

The look and feel of a London tourist pub, complete with dark woods, bench seating, and overpriced mixed drinks. Attracts a diverse group of suits, yuppies, indie fashionistas and middle-aged couples. Dear Lord, one hell of a whisky list.

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The ultimate sports bar, Sneakerz offers every micro-sport we can think of: league volleyball, karaoke, pinball, shuffleboard, dart tournaments, pool, ping pong and more. Between the all-female, heavy-pouring staff and satisfying grub, just try to leave. Continue Reading


Retro's (front)

Booths and tables in (you guessed it) a retro-themed bar. The drinks are good enough, the bartenders are friendly (and hate food table-service on weeknights), and karaoke abounds. Continue Reading

O’Neill’s Pub

A laundry-list of beers; fantastic (smoking-okay) patio well shielded from Central; and a decidedly Irish menu. Continue Reading