The Best Bars for Foodies in Albuquerque

The OpenTable Team

Albuquerque lays in the heart of New Mexico and displays unforgettable sunsets followed by legendary nights out. The diverse culture of the city means that revelers can enjoy wild cocktails with a hint of chili and find Irish bars promising craft beer and craic just down the road. But which are the absolute best bars in Albuquerque? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Here's a list of the finest watering holes in town, all tried and tested by our expert team.

Some bars in Albuquerque promise billiards, pool or the big game on a screen. Some feel luxurious and leisurely, allowing friends to chat quietly over a bottle of award-winning wine. For the ultimate romantic Albuquerque drinking experience, find one of the many rooftop bars just before sunset. Sip something cool while the sun slips below the horizon, promising a great evening ahead. Browse our list and book a table for a night of crazy cocktails, craft beers, and magical memories.

Restaurants:Brixens, Vintage 423, Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Burgers, American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Albuquerque

Brixens

$$$$·Burgers·
Albuquerque
157 reviews
  • Fun
  • Happy Hour
  • Casual
Brixens is a bright and beautiful bar designed to appeal to sports fans and diners alike. Big-screen TVs keep the game going while drinkers enjoy a range of craft beers and select Read more
97% recommended
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Vintage 423

$$$$·American·
Albuquerque
588 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
High-backed booths in gorgeous upholstery create the illusion of privacy at this steakhouse just off the Paseo del Norte. Why does a steakhouse make it onto our “Best Bars in AlbuqRead more
Vibrant Bar Scene in New Mexico

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
1,009 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
As the term Bistro suggests, there’s a good dollop of French influence on the menu at Zinc. Onion soup, duck confit eggrolls, and Manhattan steak frites are all on offer on the dinRead more
96% recommended
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Campo at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

$$$$·American·
Albuquerque
1,296 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Los Poblanos is a huge estate, 25 acres of fragrant lavender fields, plush accommodation, an events space- and a farm-to-table restaurant that doubles as one of the best bars in AlRead more
94% recommended
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MÁS Tapas y Vino

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Albuquerque
831 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Tapas
Tapas y vin: literally, small plates and wine. The perfect combo for sharing, either on a date or with a big group of friends. MÁS resides in the upscale Hotel Andaluz, and very muRead more
84% recommended
Good for Groups in New Mexico

Blades' Bistro

$$$$·International·
Placitas
1,261 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Placitas is a beautiful village way out north from Albuquerque. It’s always developing and evolving, so it makes sense that Blades’ Bistro should spring from the ashes of a dark anRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Mexico

Vernon's Speakeasy

$$$$·Steak·
Los Ranchos
3,961 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
A hidden gem that’s, well, not so well hidden anymore. This Speakeasy really dedicates itself to its theme, with a nearly hidden entranceway and blacked-out windows to keep prying Read more
94% recommended
Best Service in New Mexico
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M'tucci's Moderno Italian - Rio Rancho

$$$$·Italian·
Albuquerque
361 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Neighborhood Gem
M’Tucci’s is all about blending the traditional and the modern, and they must be doing it right as they have been frequently called the best Italian restaurant in Albuquerque. As wRead more
100% recommended
Good for Groups in New Mexico

Seasons 52 - Albuquerque

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
870 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
The 52 in the restaurant’s name refers to the 52 different wines they offer at their bar. All the wines aim to complement their seasonal menu- corn and salmon in summer; stone crabRead more
99% recommended
Healthy in New Mexico

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill

$$$$·American·
Albuquerque
1,052 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
Enjoy exploring the historic Old Town then head to Seasons for one of their famous house margaritas. Downstairs serves up steak, seafood and vegetarian fare in relaxed yet elegant Read more
96% recommended
Best Overall in New Mexico

The Cellar: Tapas, Beer, Wine

$$$$·Spanish·
Albuquerque
349 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Just east of Downtown, The Cellar is a little slice of Old Spain. Dark wood, a simple yet well-stocked bar, and fairly spartan yet warm décor all provide the backdrop for some qualRead more
91% recommended
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Bien Shur - Sandia Resort and Casino

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
1,016 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
There are, of course, rooftop restaurants all over the world. But none have quite the impact of sitting atop a roof in Albuquerque, watching the city or basking in the sun. Add to Read more
85% recommended
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Savoy Bar and Grill Albuquerque

$$$$·Californian·
Albuquerque
859 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Savoy Bar and Grill is Northeast Heights’ premier Californian-style restaurant, with an eye for fine wines and superb ingredients. Sophisticated and impressive from the grand exterRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in New Mexico

El Pinto

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Albuquerque
3,968 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
El Pinto is a beloved New Mexican restaurant with a flair for fun and flavor and an entire menu of margaritas and tequilas. Ethical and socially conscious, El Pinto is the only resRead more
91% recommended
Good for Groups in New Mexico
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Indigo Crow

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
1,592 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Filled with the delightful ambiance of real fireplaces and fine art, Indigo Crow is a luxurious yet relaxed setting for a fine dining experience at dinner, or a more relaxed brunchRead more
93% recommended

The Salt Yard

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
Albuquerque
Some bars are just a little bit more fun than others. With a slogan like, “Come, sit, stay and play,” it’s clear that The Salt Yard is going to be one of the fun ones. Bar games anRead more
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Ibiza at Hotel Andaluz

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
Albuquerque
4 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
  • Tapas
The Hotel Andaluz, in true Hilton style, has plenty of options for drinking and dining. Ibiza provides the contemporary stylings of a sophisticated yet thoroughly modern cocktail bRead more
100% recommended
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Prairie Star Restaurant & Winebar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Santa Ana Pueblo
1,654 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
A New American upscale eatery set among enchanting surroundings, Prairie Star resides inside a 90-year-old adobe ranch house, restored to its original beauty. Set in the Santa Ana Read more
97% recommended
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The Melting Pot - Albuquerque

$$$$·Fondue·
Albuquerque
2,609 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
When hungry diners want something a little different and totally satisfying, what could be better than a fondue restaurant with a fully stocked bar? Cheese fondue, steak, shrimp, aRead more
90% recommended
Special Occasion in New Mexico
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Sandiago's Grill At The Tram - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
422 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Sandiago’s is at the foot of the Sandia Tramway, and boasts some of the best views of any eatery in Albuquerque. Diners can sit and watch trams making their way up the stunning mouRead more
85% recommended
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