Albuquerque's rooftop bars come with spectacular sunsets at no extra charge. It's no wonder that rooftop bars would be someone's idea of a good place for a happy hour. Since weather is typically good in Albuquerque year round, being outside to see the views is usually comfortable.
The city offers a variety of places to throw back a beer or margarita on the roof, beneath the sun or stars. There are full bars, nightclubs and restaurants to choose from, some with happy hours, some with just enough space to enjoy a glass of wine or beer. Whatever you're looking for, there's a place to relax with a drink and spend time taking in the city's panoramic views.
The Apothecary Lounge is located at the top of the Hotel Parq Central in East Downtown (EDo), and provides stunning views of downtown and the Sandias. The Lounge is a great place to watch the sunset, drink in hand.
The bar is decorated with a medical motif, a reference to the building's prior use as a hospital. Apothecary bottles line the bar, where the bartender will make seasonal cocktails. The Apothecary Lounge specializes in Prohibition-era classics such as a Pink Lady or Sazerac.
Try some of the specialty drinks such as Room Without a Roof, with vodka, lychee fruit, lime juice and cardamom syrup. Bitters are the bar's specialty, with blood orange, cranberry, grapefruit, celery, Aztec chocolate, rhubarb, Old Fashioned and Peychad's available for mixing. Along with cocktails, you'll find a selection of wine and local beers on tap.
The Apothecary Lounge's menu changes seasonally and provides small plates or tapas. Flatbread pizza, waffle battered chicken tenders, crispy calamari and ahi tuna tostadas are a sampling of what's available.
Effex in downtown Albuquerque is a nightclub with a rooftop dance space. Electronic music, dancing, and two DJs to choose from, upstairs and downstairs, make for a high energy experience. If you want to dance, this is the bar you're looking for.
Hotel Andaluz in downtown Albuquerque is known for being a world-class hotel, and its bar is just one of the draws.The Ibiza bar has a rooftop patio that overlooks the Sandias to the east, which makes it a great spot for watching sunsets. The spacious patio has comfortable cushioned seating, and after the sun goes down, a fire pit adds to the ambiance.
Appetizer favorites include truffle fries, sliders, cheese plate, and achiote potatoes and chorizo.
Ibiza has live entertainment Thursdays and Fridays. Suggested dress is upscale.
Imbibe in Nob Hill is a cigar lounge with several areas for smoking. It also has a rooftop patio bar with table and lounge seating where you'll find great views of the Sandias and Central Avenue. Three built-in fire pits help take off the chill on cool nights. Imbibe is not a smoke-free environment.
The Monte Vista Fire Station in Nob Hill has two bars, one with a rooftop patio. The building was once a fire station and is a great example of Pueblo Revival style architecture.
Monte Vista's covered rooftop patio is a favorite with the college students from nearby UNM. There is a good selection of specialty beers. The rooftop bar is busy on Friday and Saturday nights.
Bar menu items include chili cheese fries, guacamole, hot wings, chicken tenders, and nachos. Sandwiches are also available.
Seasons Restaurant in Old Town has a rooftop patio bar with views of downtown and the Sandias. Happy hour is served Monday through Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Happy hour food includes tacos, steak frites, crispy shrimp, crispy calamari with tomato salsa and buffalo wings. Happy hour drink specials include Seasons' Sangria, the margarita, the Cruzin Julius, and wine specialties.
Because it's a restaurant, the rooftop patio is also a cantina from 4 to 10 p.m., so if you need more than happy hour fare, you can find it.
Weekends feature live music.
The patio is a popular place for happy hour, and there is no reserved seating, but if you linger you'll find it's well worth the wait.