Planning a Night Out? Top 10 Hotspots in New Mexico

No matter where you live, the inescapable question arises when you’re with your friends and looking for a fun place to spend the night out: “What are we doing tonight?” If you happen to be in Albuquerque, Las Cruces or Santa Fe when the query is made, the number of ways you can spend the night are as diverse as the cities themselves.

If you’re looking for a night filled with good tunes, dancing and laughter, check out this list we scoured for you and your friends to have a good time.

1. Casa Esencia

Casa Esencia in Old Town - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Casa Esencia in Old Town – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque has an abundance of great bars and clubs, but Casa Esencia is worth a special visit. Sip unique cocktails, while enjoying the club’s sophisticated air. What makes Casa Esencia so special is the building’s history. Located across from Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Casa Esencia has maintained its historic architectural elements for more than 230 years and is a landmark with the National Register Of Historic Places.

With 17 indoor and outdoor rooms, talented mixologists, and DJs, Casa Esencia is the perfect place to socialize and celebrate with friends and to meet new people. To learn about about upcoming events and entertainment, visit Casa Esencia’s Facebook page.

2. QBar Lounge at Hotel Albuquerque

QBar in Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

QBar Lounge in Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

You don’t want to miss out on QBar. This upscale nightspot draws Albuquerque’s most beautiful people looking to tear up the dance floor. Voted “Best Ladies Night Out,” “Albuquerque’s Best Happy Hour,” and “Best Lounge,” the 5,000 square-foot space is located inside Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. The gallery-dance floor pumps out great tunes from local and celebrity DJs on weekends. To learn about about upcoming events and entertainment, visit QBar Lounge’s Facebook page.

3. The Lobby Bar at Nativo Lodge

The Lobby Bar in Nativo Lodge - Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Lobby Bar in Nativo Lodge – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Enjoy a drink before or after dinner. The Lobby Bar at Nativo Lodge is open every night and features happy hour specials as well as seasonal special events. Take a group of friends to the outdoor teepee to enjoy the private hookah lounge. Visit Nativo Lodge’s Facebook page for details about the Lobby Bar.

4. The Box Performance Space

When work gets old and the world seems bleak, counter the melancholy with a visit to one of Albuquerque’s best improv and stand-up theaters. The entertainment haven provides nights of laughter and escape, where its ensured the audience will walk away with a lighter spirit. Shows include stand-up, improve, group comedy. For showtimes, visit TheBoxAbq.com.

6. History and Ghost Tour of Old Town

Albuquerque has a rich history. A vast part of downtown, surrounding Old Town, has 300 years of haunted history. Professional Tour Guides escort you on a 90-minute, lantern-lit adventure to share legends, folklore and ghost stories. Bring your friends and a digital camera, and witness unexplained phenomena. Visit Ghost Tours of Old Town to reserve your spot on the tour. 

7. Azul Ultralounge

Azul Ultra Lounge in Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

Azul Ultra Lounge in Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

This posh lounge in Las Cruces attracts an elegant crowd looking to mix and mingle. Azul Ultralounge in Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces has an expansive cocktail and cuisine with flavors that take you on a journey from Mexico to Rio de Janeiro to Havana. Enjoy live music with a beautiful view that overlooks the Mesilla Valley.

8. AGAVE Lounge

Agave Lounge in Eldorado Hotel & Spa - Santa Fe, New Mexico

AGAVE Lounge in Eldorado Hotel & Spa – Santa Fe, New Mexico

One of the trendiest lounges and bars in Santa Fe, AGAVE Lounge, features a menu of wines and specialty cocktails. Relax and unwind with some friends in the heart of downtown Santa Fe.

9. Lensic Performing Arts Center

Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

There are many reasons why theatre has been around for thousands of years. The theatre is magical and truly extraordinary, so why not share the experience with friends? Enrich your life when visiting the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The Lensic Theatre brings diverse art and diverse people together.  Check the calendar out before you go.

10. Low ‘n Slow Lowrider Bar and Lounge

Low n' Slow Lowrider Bar and Lounge at Hotel Chimayo in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Low n’ Slow Lowrider Bar and Lounge at Hotel Chimayo in Santa Fe, New Mexico

If you’re looking for a place that’s true to New Mexico, you need not look further than Low ‘n Slow Lowrider Bar, jut steps from Santa Fe Plaza at Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe.  Inspired by Jack Parson and Carmella Padilla’s book, “Low ‘n Slow – Lowriding in New Mexico,” Low ‘n Slow pays tribute to Lowrider artistry culture.

Head to this bar for the best relaxing atmosphere with authentic New Mexico food and drinks. Enjoy the indoor dining area or outdoor patio, decorated with the diamond-tuck upholstered seats, creative photos and tables made of chromed chain-link steering wheels. Professional mixologists make specialty cocktails that complement the atmosphere, leaving an unforgettable car-themed experience.

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