The next time you’re in Albuquerque, don’t head back to your hotel after a day of exploring. Instead, stay awake with Albuquerque’s vibrant nightlife. From breweries, to bars and clubs, to night tours, and shows, Albuquerque will keep you partying until you drop.
1. Murder mystery show
For a night full of laughs and mystery, check out Albuquerque’s Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show. As America’s largest murder mystery dinner show, you will help solve a hilarious homicide while you feast on a four-course plated dinner. Just beware; the killer is hiding somewhere in the room—and you may be the Prime Suspect. What makes this show unique from other murder mysteries is non-costumed actors are placed throughout the audience, and pretend to be regular guests. As a result, you will be much more engaged with solving the murder than in other shows, including being interrogated by the detectives. If you give the best answer for who committed the crime, before the killer is revealed, you will walk away with the grand prize. The dinner is held every Saturday night, but if you can’t make it to the main performance, private shows for just you and a few friends are available for your viewing pleasure.
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show
Address: Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
2. The Firkin Brewhouse
If you’re looking for a more laid-back night, but still want to hit the town, head to the Firkin Brewhouse. Celebrating the end of Prohibition, the Firkin Brewhouse serves house-brewed beers in a 1920s and 30s themed restaurant. Enjoy a meal while you sample beers, or just sit back and make new friends during a game of Cards Against Humanity, played every Thursday night. Other events are held year-round, including live music and dance classes, making the Firkin Brewhouse a great place to spend your evening.
The Firkin Brewhouse
Address: 3351B Columbia Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Website: The Firkin Brewhouse
3. Flamenco Dancing
Located in the heart of Albuquerque Old Town is a show that brings Latin culture alive. At Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque, experience the beauty, passion, and energy of professional flamenco dancers during their traditional Spanish dance. With performers from both Spain and the United States, Tablao Flamenco performs at the Hotel Albuquerque where you can also enjoy a delicious tapas meal before the show. In viewing the show, you’ll not only have the experience of a lifetime, but also help preserve the art as proceeds go to the National Institute of Flamenco.
Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque
Address: Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Website: Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque
4. Duke City Pedaler
If you’re looking to tour Albuquerque’s nightlife and want to make a few friends on the way, take the Duke City Pedaler. This tour combines cycling with group tours to make a fun, spontaneous adventure around Albuquerque. The pedaler is a 14-passenger party bike, perfect for you and 13 of your friends with Group Rides, or, if you book a Social Ticket, you can ride with 13 soon-to-be friends. This eco-friendly ride takes you through the city, making stops at bars, clubs, and pubs, a trip you’re sure to repeat on your next ‘Burque visit.
The Duke City Pedaler
Address: 219 Central Ave NW #102, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Website: Duke City Pedaler
5. Red Door Brewing Company
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After a long day of exploring Albuquerque, head to the Red Door Brewing Company for a pint of micro-brewed beer and a badger-free environment. At two locations, Red Door Brewing Company focuses on quality service, providing a relaxing environment for customers and dogs alike—so long as they stay on a leash. At the Candelaria taproom, you can also play Super Mario Bros and Punch Out on Red Door’s original Nintendo console, but feel free to bring other games.
Red Door Brewing Company Candelaria Taproom
Address: Candelaria Taproom, 1001 Candelaria Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87107
Website: Red Door Brewing Company
Red Door Brewing Company Downtown Taproom
Address: Downtown Taproom, 400 Gold Ave SW #105, Albuquerque, NM, 87102
Website: Red Door Brewing Company
6. Imbibe Cigar Bar
For a unique bar experience, try Imbibe Cigar Bar, located in the Nob Hill area of Albuquerque. Imbibe serves more than just liquor and wine, housing a wide range of cigars and cigarettes for you to enjoy. Pick a cigar from the Humidor Lounge, an all-glass cigar humidor, home to a large selection of premium hand-rolled cigars and popular brand cigarettes. Enjoy your cigar and drink in the MOD room, featuring live music on select evenings and private booths for you and your friends. Want to enjoy the night air? Imbibe also features a rooftop patio where you can sit next to a fire pit and watch the nightlife of Central Avenue from above.
Imbibe Cigar Bar
Address: 3101 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Website: Imbibe Cigar Bar
7. Dance Hall and Saloon
While in Albuquerque, re-live the old west at the Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall and Saloon. At this Country Western bar, the servers are all dressed to impress in old west attire, making you feel like you’re back in the 1860s America. The Dirty Bourbon also boasts a huge dance floor AND two 16-meter (53-foot) bars—the only location of its kind in Albuquerque. Don’t dance? The Dirty Bourbon also has two pool tables and a shuffleboard table to keep you entertained all night. Featuring nightly drink specials & live bands and music performers weekly, the Dirty Bourbon is sure to be popping whenever you visit.
Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall and Saloon
Address: 9800 Montgomery Blvd., Albuquerque, NM 87111
Website: Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall and Saloon
8. Uptown Funk Dueling Pianos
For a fun girl’s night out, head to Uptown Funk Dueling Pianos. This interactive entertainment venue is a performance you won’t forget, with professional pianists playing any song you can think of from every genre. Requests are taken live, and with the performers calling on the audience to participate, anything can happen during the show. Both food and drinks are served during the performance, ensuring an exciting and hilarious night.
Uptown Funk Dueling Pianos
Address: 6501 Americas Parkway NE Suite 110, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Website: Uptown Funk Dueling Pianos
9. Sister Bar
For late night fun, head to Sister Bar, a bar, restaurant, and arcade all rolled into one. That’s right, this bar serves more than drinks and food, but also your childhood favorites like Donkey Kong, Mrs. Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat II, and pinball. With regular live music shows and a sweet dance floor, Sister Bar is the perfect destination to dance—and play—the night away.
Address: 407 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Website: Sister Bar
10. Envy Nightlife
Finally, stop by Envy Nightlife for the ultimate after-hours party. With a multi-level dance floor, popping light & sound system, three bars, and an outdoor patio, your night will be anything but dull. While Envy’s only constant service night is Saturday (9pm – 2am), special events and concerts are occasionally held on Fridays, making the night and your experience doubly spectacular.
Address: 14500 Central Ave SWI-40 Exit 140, Albuquerque, NM 87121
Website: Envy Nightlife
Stay awake in Albuquerque
Albuquerque, known for its rich history and art, truly comes alive at night. From murder mysteries, to pedaling tours, to bars and nightclubs, you’ll never be bored—and possibly never sleep.
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