Happy Hour in Albuquerque

by Sharyl Stockstill, an AOL Travel ContributorPosted Oct 12th 2010 04:23 PM

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Happy hour specials in Albuquerque, NM offer something for everyone. If you are looking for something upscale to impress your clients, Albuquerque has that. If you want a place to cheer for your sports team, Albuquerque has that, too. Interested in something that is as spicy and colorful as Albuquerque itself? There is no end to that. One of the great things about happy hour in Albuquerque is that designated drivers can score free soft drinks. Each local Albuquerque bar, lounge, and pub has different policies but it never hurts to inquire.


The Barley Room


Best Deal: $2.75 Pints

With a giant patio and a location tucked up close to the Sandia Mountains, The Barley Room features daily happy hour specials on food and entertainment such as $1 beef tacos and karaoke on Tuesdays. There is live local music on Fridays and Saturdays and a monthly open mic night. Everyone can score discounts on the happy hour menu Sundays and Mondays by showing a student ID or a paystub. Mondays are "Irish it was Friday," with Irish drink specials from 6PM till close, and Thursdays are "Jamaican Me Thirsty," featuring 11AM to 7PM specials on rum and Red Stripe. Happy hour specials are offered Mon-Thu 4PM-7PM.

The Barley Room, 5200 Eubank NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111; 505-332-0800; Mon-Thu 4PM-7PM

One Up Elevated Lounge


Best Deal: $4 Drafts

Located on the second floor with floor to ceiling views of the downtown area of Albuquerque, the One Up Elevated Lounge is the perfect place to take your clients or guests when you want a more upscale experience for happy hour in Albuquerque. There is a dress code, so skip the jeans and favor business dress. Check out their $1 Wing Special from 8PM to midnight on Tuesdays. They also have a free taco bar on Friday nights, or try their green chili corn bites or fried goat cheese with raspberry glaze for something different. Happy hour specials are offered every day from 5PM to 8PM.

One Up Elevated Lounge, 301 Central NW - 2nd Fl, Albuquerque, NM 87102; 505-242-1966

The Fox and Hound Pub & Grill


Best Deal: All drafts $2 on Tuesday


The Fox and Hound Pub & Grill is part of the Bailey's chain. This happy hour in Albuquerque promises "Sports, spirits, and fun." They deliver on all counts. The high-energy environment has satellite and cable coverage of a variety of sporting events and music videos with a full-service bar and great food. There are happy hour specials daily, including Sunday and Monday Miller Lite Big Beers for $3 and Wednesday Wicked Wheat where several brands are only $3. Check out their weekday lunch menu for the best lunch in town. Happy hour specials are offered all day every day.

The Fox and Hound Pub & Grill, 4301 The Lane @ 25 NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109; 505-344-9430

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company


Best Deal: $3 Pint of Freshly Brewed Beer

Just up the mesa on the west side overlooking Albuquerque is Rio Rancho. Rio Rancho is home to a microbrewery that The Urban Spoon recommends for happy hour, especially if you are looking for something with an Italian twist. Turtle Mountain Brewing Company began with features including oven-baked pizzas and great calzones. Recently relocated, the Turtle Mountain Brewing Company now has a full menu with just about everything you can dream of. Their special happy hour menu is available Mon-Fri from 3PM-6PM. Choose from their specialty brewed beers and pair your drink with chips and fresh salsa for $7 or check out their Half Nambe Nachos for $5.

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company, 905 36th Pl, Rio Rancho, NM 87124; 505-994-9497

Garduños Restaurant


Best Deal: $4.99 Margaritas

No trip to Albuquerque is complete without checking out Garduño's Restaurant and Cantina on Fourth Street. Garduño's began as a small family restaurant in 1969 in a charming adobe style building. It has grown and now has several locations, but the original is still a personal favorite. Voted "Best Mexican Food in Albuquerque" for many years, Garduño's offers a weekday complimentary appetizer buffet from 4PM-6PM and domestic drafts are $1.85. You can also order off this Albuquerque happy hour menu and get taco wings for $1. Garduño's takes pride in providing their customers with the most authentic homemade New Mexican recipes available. Happy hour specials offered Mon-Fri 3PM-6PM.

Garduño's Restaurant and Cantina, 8806 4th St, NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114; 505-898-2772

Sonic Drive-In



If you have the kids with you, check out any local Sonic Drive-In (http://www.sonicdrivein.com) for their own happy hour specials. There you will find 1/2 price soft drinks and slushes between 2PM and 4PM daily.
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