Drinking at the best bars in Albuquerque and Santa Fe is going to be covered in full detail as this post goes along. Some may be searching for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to save money on liquor during local drink special times, or maybe to sing karaoke and either way you should have a much better understanding of the scene soon.
We will kick this baby off with the best wine and cocktail bars in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool or throw some darts will get our second section.
The best drink specials at bars near you with cheaper alcohol will come next before we pivot to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area. Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will garner our final section.
Expect to find a bar map with all these spots pinned on it so you can have a better feel for what venues are closest to your current area at the moment. The Southwest region is one that we have written about many times in the past if you are interested in reading more.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
The best cocktail and wine bars in Albuquerque and Santa Fe might just be:
- Ibiza Urban Lounge at 125 2nd St NW
- The Copper Lounge at 1504 Central Ave SE
- Apothecary Lounge at 806 Central Ave SE
- Evangelo’s Cocktail Lounge at 200 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe
- Tonic at 103 E Water St, Santa Fe
The Copper Lounge is a one-of-a-kind swanky bar in your area with inventive cocktails and elevated pub bites plus they have weekly karaoke.
Apothecary is a chic hotel bar providing seasonal cocktails and unique small meals with a beautiful rooftop lounge. They specialize in seasonal drinks and have some of Albuquerque’s best liquor and beer plus they have prohibition-era classics like The Pink Lady and The Sazerac as their signature cocktails.
Evangelo’s is a lively hangout with a tropical design offering a wide selection of exotic beers, live music on occasion, and a pool hall for billiards.
Tonic is a buzzy dimly-lit lounge with live jazz acts offering classic cocktails and inventive comfort food.
You can also head to Tumbleroot, Craft Republic, Red Door Brewing Company, and Sunset Grill and Bar from some different lists for more exquisite cocktails and fine wines.
Albuquerque & Santa Fe Breweries & Sports Bars
Watch the big game with your friends and sample new flavors of beers at the best breweries and sports bars in your area:
- Marble Brewery at 111 Marble Ave NW
- Santa Fe Brewing Company at 3600 Cutler Ave NE #1
- The 377 Brewery at 2027 Yale Blvd SE
- La Cumbre Brewing Co at 3313 Girard Blvd NE
- Boxing Bear Brewing Co at 10200 Corrales Rd
- Craft Republic at 4301 The Lane at 25 NE
- Howie’s Sports Page at 4188, 12500 Montgomery Blvd NE #133
- Ojos Locos Sports Cantina at 2105 Louisiana Blvd NE
- Second Street Brewery at 814 2nd St, Santa Fe
- Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery at 2791 Agua Fria St, Santa Fe
- Boxcar at 530 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe
Marble Brewery has been offering all classic and seasonal flavors including the Double White Brewed and the 30 Barrel Brewhouse which are their most popular beverages since 2008.
La Cumbre is a microbrewery near you providing house specialties and seasonal specials plus they have food trucks, live music, yoga, and other activities.
Beer samplers and pub fare are served in a friendly modern setting at Second Street Brewery who actually won a silver medal at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival competition.
Craft Republic serves burgers, flatbreads, cocktails, and other American fare in an ABQ sports bar setting and even offers bar games and TV’s where you can watch your favorite sporting events.
Ojos Locos Sports Cantina has state-of-the-art wall-to-wall HD TV’s that stream sports all day including football, boxing, the UFC, NFL, NBA, and MLB.
Since 2018 Tumbleroot has been producing a wide range of local beers, spirits, liqueurs, bitters, and canned cocktails using garden grown and wild harvested ingredients.
Boxcar is a spacious nightclub serving conventional fare like burgers and fries and features multiple TV’s.
Local Drink Specials
Save some money buying cheaper alcohol at these bars with drink specials near you:
- Gecko’s Bar & Tapas at 5801 Academy Rd NE
- Uptown Sports Bar at 6601 Uptown Blvd NE
- Effingbar & Grill at 5300 Sequoia Rd NW
- The Copper Lounge at 1504 Central Ave SE
Gecko’s Bar and Tapas offers some of the best bar food, beverages, and entertainment in town plus they have daily drink specials from 4pm to 7pm.
Alcoholic drinks are cheaper from 4pm to 7pm and 11pm to 1am at Uptown Sports Bar in Albuquerque where they also serve burgers, steaks, and other delicious pub food and feature widescreen TV’s.
Effingbar and Grill is a laid-back neighborhood hangout featuring live music, several TV’s, and karaoke nights as well as drink specials from 4pm to 7pm on weekdays.
La Cumbre Brewing Co from our best breweries and sports bar list offers good local liquor specials too.
Trivia, Quiz, & Game Nights
There are plenty of bars with local trivia, quiz, and game nights:
- O’Niell’s at 4310 Central Ave SE
- Spectators Sports Bar & Grill at 5850 Eubank Blvd NE #59
- Red Door Brewing Company at 509 Central Ave SW
- Canteen Brewhouse at 2381 Aztec Rd NE
- Rio Bravo Brewing Company at 1912 2nd St NW
O’Niell’s is an Irish pub with an outdoor terrace that is open every day from 11am to 10pm offering a wide range of pub food and host lowkey live music as well as local bar quiz nights on Thursday nights at 7pm.
Daily buzz time trivia sessions are held at Spectator’s Sports Bar and Grill where they also feature American fare and beverages along with sports on TV, pool tables, shuffleboard, and arcade games.
Red Door Brewing Company has a complete selection of liquors, beers, ciders, specialty cocktails, and pub cuisine as well as a quiz on Tuesday nights at 7pm.
Bar trivia near you is also hosted on Monday and Wednesday starting at 6pm at Canteen Brewhouse who also features outdoor seating, house beers, light cuisine, and live entertainment.
Rio Bravo Brewing Company makes food from scratch and features a canning system and even hosts trivia on Tuesday nights starting at 7pm.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
These bars are great for dancing, live music, and karaoke:
- The Dirty Bourbon at 9800 Montgomery Blvd NE
- Sister at 407 Central Ave NW
- Punky’s Place Karaoke Lounge at 3010 Eubank Blvd NE
- Sunset Grill & Bar at 6825 Lomas Blvd NE
- The First Turn Lounge at 145 Louisiana Blvd NE
The Dirty Bourbon is a rustic western pub with live country music and a massive dance floor that is available from 6pm to 2am Thursday through Saturday.
Sister Bar is a premier live music venue and nightlife attraction that is open from 11am to 12am Tuesday through Sunday.
Karaoke nights are hosted at Punky’s Place Karaoke Lounge where they also provide excellent drinks, pool and darts, and great music.
Live music, cocktails, casual American fare, and some of the most fun bar karaoke nights in your area are offered at Sunset Grill and Bar.
The First Turn Lounge features karaoke nights, frequent live music, casino slots, casual dining, and live horse racing.
Other places in this post with karaoke and/or live music include Evangelo’s, The Copper Lounge, and Effingbar and Grill.
We also have written posts on:
- The Best Bars In El Paso
- The Best Bars In Tucson
- The Best Bars In Phoenix
- The Best Bars In San Antonio
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Albuquerque & Santa Fe
Now that you have read all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available in your area. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you.
If you notice us listing any venues that are no longer open or just think we got something wrong please tell us in the comments so this page stays as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.