Address: 6825 Lomas Blvd NE Albuquerque NM 87110 · 505-265-1604
Dave and I always refer to this place as Bar and Grill rather than the other way around. But maybe we should mend our ways, because every time we go, we look for the food. Not off the menu (I assume they have menus…) but honest to god, free happy-hour food. They have a cart with Sterno and paper bowls and everything. I think it’s leftover lunch fare, usually tacos (no sauce but they will haul out a bottle of TABASCO for you from behind the bar) or chips and cheese dip. But once, that time we will never quit talking about, we scored some chicken fried something, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Holy cow. It’s been a lot of years since I’ve seen a bar do the free food thing.
But is it a restaurant instead of a bar? There is a big seating area with those type of cheesy, fake-darkwood tables and lightweight chairs. They are scattered around the dancefloor in a very bar-like way, and it’s always dark in there. The whole place is dark. Dive dark. But the thing that really makes it a bar is that when you walk you are greeted with pool tables and the bar, a big bar that commands attention. To get to this “dining” area you have to go into another room. Maybe there’s another entrance door to that area, but if so, it doesn’t concern me. Because this is a bar.
Is it a dive? While Sunset lost points for nice flooring and bathroom, they scored in every other category, giving it an 8 out of 10. It’s a dive!
|Cheap drinks||$2.50 PBR pints|
|Floor irregularities||The floor is currently in good condition|
|Bathroom deficiencies||Clean, functional, kind of nice|
|Forbidden Fru Fru Drinks||Not a chocotini in sight|
|Regulars||Definitely. Although karaoke doesn’t officially start until later, you might find regulars on the small stage early, not only singing, but singing well|
|Quiet||Very quiet, music playing but in the background, great, relaxed atmosphere|
|Questionable décor||A few unusual, automotive-themed items. Like the old-style gas pump in a corner.|