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Bars Along Central in Nob Hill Albuquerque

Albuquerque Nob Hill Bars


Nob Hill in Albuquerque has a lot to offer, not the least of which is some of the city’s top bars, all within a few blocks along Central Avenue.


Gecko’s has long been a favorite of UNM students. The outdoor patio seating offers a place to watch Nob Hill shoppers while taking in the views of the Sandias. Gecko’s is known for its tapas.


The newest addition to the Nob Hill lineup, Imbibe’s rooftop patio bar with three built-in fire pits has a direct view to the Sandias. On weekends it’s hard to get a seat, so get there early. Imbibe has a humidor room for those who imbibe. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Happy Hour, Monday – Friday.

Kelly's Brew Pub

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What began as a gas station on the eastern edge of Albuquerque in 1939 has morphed into a casual, friendly place to gather with family and friends. The original filling station look is Kelly’s unique décor. Offering excellent, in-house brews, Kelly’s is a local hot spot. The sports bar features games. The outdoor patio seating features the perfect spot to try the 20 different brewed beers.

O'Niells Pub

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If they don’t win you over with the good pub grub, they will with the Stone Brew Company Double Ale on tap. The live music on Sunday night ranges from folk to bluegrass, and on the walls, they always feature the work of a local artist. O’Niell’s has been an Albuquerque legend since 1994. Happy hour 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Scalo's Bar

With a sophisticated ambiance and award winning northern Italian cuisine, this Albuquerque restaurant and bar have remained popular for 22 years. Features live music throughout the week. Outdoor patio seating available, weather permitting.

Two Fools Tavern

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Two Fools Tavern looks every bit like a real Irish pub, with dark wood, small round tables designed for intimate talk, and plenty of warm stout on tap. Two Fools is fashioned after an authentic Irish pub, and like the real thing, features live music and real pub grub.

Zinc Bar

Zinc features a wine cellar on the lower level with deep, cushioned seating and an extensive wine list. Whether heading out for a play or looking for an evening of relaxation, the Zinc bar delivers. Live music Sundays through Thursdays.
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