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The Best Bars for Foodies in Albuquerque

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.

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13 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Vintage 423, Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro, MÁS Tapas y Vino
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
Neighborhoods:Albuquerque
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Vintage 423

$$$$
American
Albuquerque
4.2
796 reviews

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 Albuquerque” list? Because of sublime drinks like the shockingly pink Aston Martin, the McLaren Manhattan with bourbon and vermouth, or the Love Potion- a symphony in apple. Food is just as superb, with USDA Prime meat always on the menu and other options including salads, charcuterie, and a shareable seafood tower. Opulent and welcoming, for a quick afternoon cocktail and sandwich or a leisurely dinner.


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Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

$$$$
Contemporary American
Albuquerque
4.5
985 reviews

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 dinner menu. The Cellar Bar downstairs is where the serious wine fans need to head. Small plates are lovingly paired with top-quality reds and whites, and there’s a range of signature cocktails taking inventiveness to new levels. Try the Gin Basil Smash, and ask about their vegan cocktails.


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MÁS Tapas y Vino

$$$$
Tapas / Small Plates
Albuquerque
4.3
1104 reviews

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 much continues the Spanish theme that the hotel’s name suggests. Plates include tender garlic shrimp, bone marrow with Padron peppers, and Iberico ribs with barbecued corn. Diners can find an intimate spot to enjoy a wine from their extensive list, or indulge in a rich port or sherry. A true taste of Spain.


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Blades' Bistro

$$$$
International
Placitas
4.7
1445 reviews

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 and gloomy pub building, transforming it into an intimate and welcoming dining space. Small plates include beets with rich balsamic vinegar and pan-seared crab cakes. Bistro favorites range from Boeuf Bourguignon to an award-winning Con Frutti de Mare. The bar offers wine tasting to allow diners confidence in their final choice from the extensive list. Sophisticated yet with the warm feel of a neighborhood joint.


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Vernon's Speakeasy

$$$$
Steak
Los Ranchos
4.8
4153 reviews

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 eyes away. A live pianist tinkles the ivories while diners enjoy succulent steak, crab cakes, and creations from one of the best bars in Albuquerque The Dillinger takes gin and elderflower and makes it sour, their basil julep uses house-made syrup, and there’s a Manhattan with a hit of cilantro. Prohibition just got classy.


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M'tucci's Moderno Italian - Rio Rancho

$$$$
Italian
Albuquerque
4.6
605 reviews

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 well as the full (and very popular) menu, the restaurant offers some of the most stunning views right out onto the Sandia Mountains. Their bar program contains many original cocktails, plus a diverse range of wines. An experience for all the senses.


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Seasons 52 - Albuquerque

$$$$
Contemporary American
Albuquerque
4.8
1372 reviews

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 crab and beets in winter. They have an extended weekday happy hour with a range of small plates and handcrafted cocktails as well as the award-winning wine list. An uptown destination for both diners and drinkers. Booking recommended.


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Seasons Rotisserie & Grill

$$$$
American
Albuquerque
4.6
1351 reviews

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 surroundings. Head upstairs, though, and diners find themselves in the rooftop cantina, with views stretching right out over town. Enjoy a glass from their extensive wine list while watching the sun go down- it doesn’t get better than this.


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Savoy Bar and Grill Albuquerque

$$$$
Californian
Albuquerque
4.7
1025 reviews

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 exterior to the sleek interior, this is fine dining made accessible. Their love of California Wine Country is evident is the diversity and quality of the wines on offer, plus look out for locally crafted beers and inventive cocktails. Perfect for special occasions. Booking recommended.


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El Pinto

$$$$
Mexican / Southwestern
Albuquerque
4.5
5275 reviews

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 restaurant in North America both approved by Animal Welfare and with their own laying hens on site. These fresh eggs end up as Sunday brunch, in breakfast tacos, Chile Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros and so much more. The “Biggest Little Tequila Bar” has everything from Cuervo la Familia to Silver Coin, and bar staff will happily turn any tequila on the menu into a margarita.


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Indigo Crow

$$$$
Contemporary American
Albuquerque
4.6
1815 reviews

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 brunch. Happy hour happens daily between 3 and 5. Small and more casual plates become available, as do the drinks specials. These include some excellent wines, Bloody Marys, Mimosa, plus a range of beers. A leisurely experience in sublime surroundings.


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Prairie Star Restaurant & Winebar

$$$$
Contemporary American
Santa Ana Pueblo
4.6
1707 reviews

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 Golf Course, the restaurant regularly hosts weddings and other big celebrations. Their wines are so popular that they’ve had to start selling them to take home, so diners can visit the onsite bottle shop before they leave. Enjoy the same wines in the bar, alongside small plates including rare tuna tostados, artichokes Rockefeller, or a flavor-filled antipasto board.


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The Melting Pot - Albuquerque

$$$$
Fondue
Albuquerque
4.2
2202 reviews

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, and even salads are all complemented beautifully by a huge beverage menu. Craft beers and local tipples are popular, as are the signature cocktails. Ask about the Melting Pot Mule, and the signature mug which diners can take home.


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