Sleep Inn Airport
2300 International Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: (505) 244-3325
Fax: (505) 244-3312
Bars & Cafes
El Patio is so named because the majority of the seating is on an attractive tree-lined patio, ideal for people watching in Albuquerque's only pedestrian-friendly area of town. Reservations are not taken and the establishment is relatively small so to ensure an outdoor table, avoid the busiest times of day. They serve all the usual New Mexican fare, such as substantial portions of enchiladas, tacos and fajitas accompanied by sopaipillas. Should you forget that they do not accept credit cards, you can get in line for the money machine inside with the other diners who did the same.
Located across the Gold Avenue, the Gold Manor is a happening and lively watering hole. This gay friendly bar invites popular and amateur bands/artists to entertain its patrons. Many renowned performers have rocked its stage in the past and continue to do so.
This independent coffee house situated directly across from the main campus of University of New Mexico is a favorite haunt of students and hipsters. A wide selection of excellent coffee drinks, reasonably priced food, comfy couches, outdoor seating, free wireless internet access and lots of light and plants all add to its appeal. In an age dominated by chain establishments, RB Winning certainly stands out. It is owned and managed by theatre artists and a great deal of emphasis is placed on supporting the local arts. The venue regularly plays host to everything from dance displays to poetry slams, art shows to theatrical improv.
Saggios is a family-owned and operated pizzeria with an upbeat atmosphere. Massive pillars preside over booths and the front and side-panel of a Mercedes Benz serves as a sidebar and soda fountain. Choose from gourmet pizzas big and flavorful calzones, tasty sandwiches, salads, pasta and desserts. Beer and wine is served and if you have a craving for something sweet, try a piece of cheesecake.
Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro comprises of three levels, which include the main dining area and bar, an upper balcony, and the Blues Cellar. The dining room is done up in earth tones, with stained glass and flowers creating a blithe ambiance, while the bar has an antique look—a combination of dark wood and mirrors. The upper balcony offers a view of diners below, while the Blues Cellar boasts of muted shades, small tables, and dim lighting—the perfect place for a private conversation. Zinc's menu comprises of contemporary American-French cuisine, you can munch on Steak Frites, Seared Ahi Tuna, and a host of other meat dishes (the bar features a lighter menu). The Cellar also features live jazz entertainment every Sunday, so music lovers can freak out!
This new and already wildly popular establishment includes bar and restaurant sections, plus an outdoor patio that is open to both diners and drinkers. The extensive drinks menu is laid out in order of price, low to high, so whether your pocketbook is in the mood for a miniature Miller High Life or a top shelf tequila, there should be something for you. Most cocktails are $8: choose locally-themed originals like the South Valley Pitbull and Sandia Caipirinha or get creative with the "You Call It" margaritas, daiquiris and mojitos, where you build your own, varying the label and fruit. The Shrimp Corn Dogs appetizer is a must.
If you are in the mood for tasty Mediterranean cuisine, Yanni's is your stop. This setting is spacious and charming offering a wide array of favorite Greek dishes. Customers also have the option of dining out under the glistening, tiny white lights in the courtyard and gazing at the stars in the evenings. Yanni's serves wine from all over the world and the special Retsina Kourtaki is a crowd pleaser. Service is friendly and efficient and the food found is made with fresh ingredients. Quality and cleanliness is of paramount concern to this fine Greek establishment. A definite restaurant to visit.
This brewery has rapidly established itself as an Albuquerque favorite. It is located in a stylish old car dealership whose former showroom serves as the tavern. Everything about it drips with nostalgia, but not to the shameless point of reducing it to a cheap tourist attraction. A huge outdoor patio makes for a perfect perch overlooking historic Route 66. Burgers, soups, salads, steaks, and even lamb shanks line its menu.
Not all pubs can give you the pubbing experience which Irish pubs do. Located in the heart of the Nob Hill district in Albuquerque, Two Fools Tavern gives you a true feel of Ireland. A fireplace keeps the insides of the pub warm and cozy, while illuminating and adding to the beauty of the wooden interiors. The seating arrangement is generously done, which makes Two Fools a class a apart from the usual dingy and cluttered pubs. Due to its casual and inviting atmosphere, it provides for the perfect place to relish some authentic Irish pub fare and indulge in conversations. Needless to say, the pub stacks up on a variety of Irish stouts, beers and intoxications which complement the delicious food.
If you are in the Nob Hill neighbourhood, drop in to this energetic spot for a latte or the house pasta. Soup, salads and daily specials like quiche, pot pies and various blue plate specials populate the menu. Order a simple cup of coffee, a fresh malt or shake. Enjoy a magazine or newspaper from the well stocked magazine rack and watch an interesting array of people, young and old, hanging out here. Tall ceilings and murals of big blue skies, fluffy clouds and hand gliders adorn the walls.
The food offered at Il Vicino is rich and distinctively Italian. Classics such as wood-fired pizza, calzones, savory sandwiches are all modestly priced. The homemade-tasting sweets include crunchy biscotti, a flourless, silky chocolate cake and a down right decadent, chocolate-soaked cannoli. The atmosphere is busy, modern and modest with tables and chairs Al Fresco for those who want to take in the great outdoors. An in house microbrewery brews up full flavored ambers and ales.
Gecko's may not be the hottest bar and restaurant around, but its modest and casual atmosphere still makes it a hit with a younger crowd. The bar has a very warm and inviting feel to it. It specializes in a variety of wines, beers and other intoxications because of which its is frequented by the local bar mongers a lot as well. And if you're a sports freak, then this is where you can catch up on you favorite sports too, while enjoying some delectable tapas on offer. Youngsters usually come here for their daily quota of junk food as Gecko's is really famous for its burgers and sandwiches. The interiors are done very intricately with funny murals adorning the walls to retain the youthful and relaxed atmosphere of the place. Come here to enjoy a round of drinks with your friends.