Where to go after the sun sets.

There's a wide varieties of nightlife experiences, from punk clubs to sophisticated establishments sure to impress any date. Here's a cross section of places sure to fit whatever experience you're looking for, whether it's to hang with hipsters at live music clubs or sip martinis in velvet chairs. Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Albuquerque nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Albuquerque Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Sandia Resort and Casino, standing alone in its splendor, on the Sandia Pueblo reservation, with the Sandia Mountains as its backdrop, has widespread musical entertainment along with its casino and top notch dining. Just in front of the resort...  Read More

O'Niell's Irish Pub

This comfortable neighborhood bar has been a favorite Nob Hill hangout for years and it's no secret why – friendly staff, laid-back atmosphere, long hours, good prices and a good selection of beers, spirits and pub grub. Great service and...  Read More

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company
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Turtle Mountain is in Rio Rancho, just north of Albuquerque, and worth the drive. There are always the brewery's award-winning beers on tap, and many others from around the state, as well as national and international beers. The food is almost...  Read More

Marble Brewery
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Marble Brewery is a production brewery with an on-site tasting room and outdoor beer garden located in downtown Albuquerque. Marble Brewery offers a line up of seven house beers and a variety of seasonal styles in draft and bottle. The attached...  Read More

Downtown Distillery
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Two-level local bar downtown, nicely on the divey side in a hipster kind of way. Pool tables, dark lighting, $2 PBRs. Free pool and on Thurdays all beer and well drinks are $2.75. Open until 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and midnight on Sundays.

Kellys Brew Pub, housed in the historic Jones Motor Company, is a great summertime hangout, as the large patio has a very relaxing feel and being popular with the younger college crowd, it is always hopping. A sports bar and place to play pool...  Read More

Billy's Longbar
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Laid-back, friendly bar where you'll see bikers sitting next to business guys in suits. The bar menu is fairly standard, but the waitstaff and bartenders are welcoming and the beer selection is impressive. Lot's of TVs tuned to sports, darts,...  Read More

Burt's Tiki Lounge
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If you're into local dives, this is the place. The seats are torn, the floor is sticky and the music is live and loud. Some of the best live music in the Southwest is performed here, an eclectic mix of cowpunk/alternative. The crowd looks rough...  Read More

Apothecary Lounge
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Apothecary Lounge is worth a visit for the view alone. Perched on the roof of Hotel Parq Central, Apothecary Lounge offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains, downtown skyline and New Mexico's famous sunsets from its heated...  Read More

Q Bar
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Voted "Albuquerque's Best Happy Hour" venue 3 years in a row and "Best Ladies Night Out," and now " Best Lounge" and "Best Bachelorette Party Location," this multi-venue bar is Albuquerque's most sophisticated and upscale nightspot. Offering a...  Read More


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