Concierge Picks from the Hotel Andaluz

Nightlife, Things to Do — By Zain Iqbal on April 6, 2010 at 11:01 am

Walk inside the Hotel Andaluz and you’ll discover one of Albuquerque’s premier boutique hotels. A recent $30 million renovation incorporated several green initiatives, and the staff members take care to follow through on promoting the hotel’s commitment to the local movement. So, when the concierge at the Andaluz mentioned tequila and micro-brews as being some of her top choices for drinking in Albuquerque, we knew we were going to get the inside local tip.

A selection of Nob Hill beers

Zinc Wine Bar, Yanni’s, and Nob Hill Bar and Grill were three immediate picks right of the top of our concierge’s head, all within Albuquerque’s historic Nob Hill district. Zinc is primarily a wine bar, but also serves a wide range of martinis, specialty cocktails and American-style fare. Try one of their four tasting flights, featuring a selection of whites, reds, and sparkling wines. Yanni’s is a lively Mediterranean restaurant with excellent food, but check out their Opa Bar for nightly drink specials and live music on weekends. Head over to Nob Hill Bar and Grill, which describes itself as “an upscale joint,” which has casual, classic American food – yet gourmands will appreciate the menu – and a great happy hour. Can someone say ice luge?

Two noted local micro-breweries in Albuquerque craft a variety of different beers which are well-known throughout the state. Marble Brewery is an actual production brewery featuring seven different beers, with a tasting room and an outdoor patio. They also feature live-music acts from Thursdays to Sundays. Kelly’s Brew Pub is located right off the Historic Route 66 and has an atmosphere for all tastes, whether you’re looking to watch a game, chill on their outdoor patio with beer, or simply take in the history relics that decorate the walls.

You can’t go to Albuquerque and not sample tequila (and we’re not talking about the plastic jug tequila they serve in college bars.) Go to El Pinto for their world-famous salsa and traditional New Mexican cuisine, but stick around for their pitchers of margaritas. Sadie’s Dining Room is just north of downtown, but has an extensive margarita list and more than 30 types of bottled (glass, not plastic) tequila on hand.

[photos courtesy of Hotel Andaluz and Nob Hill Bar and Grill]