Scented smoke wafts through the air of the casual Terrene Hookah lounge. Like at a buffet, patrons choose what the like from a bottomless menu of various tobacco flavors. Upgrades make the experience extra luxurious, including supplemental ice that fills hookahs to create thick billows of chilled smoke, and premium flavors from shisha tobacco brands such as Fantasia that go down smoother than a fistful of buttery marbles. Terrene also sells hookahs and hookah accessories including steam stones and coals.
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Run by a mother-daughter team of stitchery specialists, The Designer’s Lounge draws on the pair’s deep-rooted family expertise to help students expand their fashion design repertoires. During private lessons, threadheads can study whatever sewing subject catches their fancy, from basic stitches and seam finishes to more advanced techniques, such as working with silk. Piece together an eye-catching pair of pants, or draft a skirt pattern for a broke friend who’s been trying to pass off her newspaper dress as a fashion statement.
The Orchid Chamber tantalizes taste buds and trigger fingers with its offerings of hookah smoking and video gaming. For the uninitiated, a hookah is a glass water pipe used for smoking Mu‘assel, a syrup- and flavor-soaked tobacco popular among nursery-rhyme-spouting caterpillars, while video games are best known for killing the book. The Orchid Chamber stocks its smoky shelves with 24-karat-gold Al Fakher hookahs, as well as Al Fakher shisha and coconut coals. Three sizes of lung-filling entertainment are available, ranging from small ($12 for 10 grams), medium ($18 for 20 grams), and large ($23 for 30 grams). The hookah menu features 13 taste-bud-tantalizing flavors, including apple, double apple, grenadine, guava, and mint, ideal for giving your upper respiratory system that mouthwash-fresh feel.
O'Niell's sports all the usual accoutrements of Irish pub¬–Celtic culture, like open-mic events, dark and mysterious pints, and trivia nights, and a few unusual ones as well, such as works from local artists dotting the walls, a modest gluten-free menu, bartenders in druidic robes, and a few actual Irish car bombs here and there to keep things exciting.
Featured in the Albuquerque Journal, Allure Bar & Grill houses American eats, a variety of brews, and a wealth of evening entertainment in its 5,000-square-foot space. Imbibers belly up to a 43-foot granite bar to swig one of 30 bottled brews, with bartenders pouring 13 beers on tap. The daytime menu brims with wraps and sandwiches such as the Monte Cristo, layered with turkey, ham, and cheddar atop texas toast before chefs dunk it in batter, deep-fry it, sprinkle it with powdered sugar, anoint it during an elaborate knighting ceremony, and serve the savory-and-sweet eat with a raspberry-jelly mélange ($6.95). The patty melt piles oozy swiss cheese and grilled onions atop a house-made patty enclosed in sourdough bread ($6.95), and, like all entrees, comes with a salad or fries in a choice of regular, sweet-potato, curly seasoned, or glow-in-the-dark varieties. The appetizer-heavy late-night menu spotlights queso dip served with house-made tricolored chips ideal for excavating cheesy caverns ($7.50). Nighttime diners can also get a head start on breakfast with scrambled eggs, hash browns, meat, and shredded cheddar stuffed inside a breakfast burrito's supple suitcase ($4.95).
Knuckeheads features a menu that delivers massive flavors to stomachs that are trying to watch a game on TV. Try an appetizer of jalapeño or regular cheese sticks to set the pub-grub mood ($5.95) before ordering a knuckle sandwich, heaping with fist-free flavors of turkey, ham, bacon, American, Swiss, avocado, lettuce, tomato, green chile, and mayo ($8.95). For a quick cram during a commercial break, devour an all-beef hot dog ($2.50), or if you want a culinary companion for an entire boxing match, opt for the hickory-barbecue St. Louis–style pork ribs, with your choice of sides (half rack, $9.95; full rack, $13.95).
Start your gustatorial voyage by sinking enamel into a double green-chile cheeseburger ($9.25), a half pound of meat heaped with more chile and cheese than a chili-cookoff runoff pond. The menu is stocked with classic bar bites such as mountainous nachos ($6.50), hand-cut New York strip steaks ($17), and flocks of buffalo-chicken sandwiches ($9). There are creative dishes too; try carne adovada egg rolls ($7.50) or a warm garlic-herb tortilla wrap with avocado, sprouts, cucumbers, and mozzarella cheese ($7.50). Cleanse your esophagus with a Stone (Arrogant Bastard, $6.75) or Rogue (Dead Guy Ale, $3.75) frothy brew from the beer menu, which has 20 draft beers and another dozen or two bottled brews.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
The aromas of sizzling fajitas and marinated shrimp mingle in Mariscos Altamar’s dining room while hosts welcome diners with charming Spanish greetings. Along with the Aztec paintings, Owner Hector Hernandez’s menu, with seafood as the primary focus, hearkens back to northern Mexico where he grew up. Along with grilling steaks and spooning ranchero sauce over chiles rellenos, chefs also stuff sautéed crabmeat into enchiladas and fry platefuls of breaded shrimp.
The dining room maintains an airy ambiance with its light wooden tones and neutral-colored walls, and an aquarium full of small fish and adorable baby Poseidons catch diners' eyes at the entrance. On Thursday and Saturday evenings and Friday afternoons, the restaurant regales guests with the lilting melodies of live musicians.
Servers clad in traditional Vietnamese dresses escort guests to linen-topped tables inside Miss Sai Gon Bar & Grill’s expansive two-story dining room. Behind the scenes, chefs pair stir-fried shrimp with rice cooked in a hot clay pot and tuck beef inside piles of fried rice noodles. Spicy pho broth topped with thin slices of beef is served as sunlight floods in through the floor-to-ceiling windows and potted plants, scattered throughout the space, quietly keep on keeping on. On the second level, a natural-stone wall complements the slate flooring and wood tabletops. For those who are really, really popular, chefs can prepare meals en masse for parties of up to 400 inside the dining room, which also includes a dance floor and professional stage.
At Squeezed Juice Bar, nutrition-minded customers can find fresh fruits and vegetables wrung into smoothies and juices packed with antioxidants and vitamins. Raw juice blends such as the fruity Citrus Cold Buster and the garlic- and tabasco-laced Blazin’ Beets headline the menu alongside smoothies such as the Bangin’ Blueberry, whose berries and banana are pulverized on top of a snare drum. Nutritive boosts can be added to each drink, such as multivitamins, chia seeds, and whey protein. Snacks supplement Squeezed Juice Bar’s juices, such as tabbouleh, muffins, scones, and açaí bowls with granola, honey, and other fruits.
When she founded Rhythm Dance Company in 2009, Rachel Green flung open the doors of a performance sanctuary. The spacious studio is an all-purpose haven for instructors, students, and socializers with a sense of rhythm, where lessons on everything from hip-hop routines to hula-hoop twirls can grace the calendar. Patrons can also rent out the space for events—the hardwood floors readily support parties, martial-arts meet-ups, and the life-size baking-soda volcanoes of grad-student science fairs.
The company itself specializes in vintage swing, showcasing the lindy hop, Charleston, and jitterbug for learners of all experience levels. Pupils hoping to steadily broaden their rug-cutting repertoire can take progressive lessons from The Rhythm Project, a collective of award-winning teachers that hosts monthly class series and social dances.
Dublin's Street Pub puts a New Mexican twist on the sociable atmosphere and hearty fare of Irish pubs. This juxtaposition of culinary traditions characterizes its menu, where corned beef and cabbage and shepherd's pie share the spotlight with green-chili cheeseburgers and New Mexican–style pizza. Barkeeps also draw from both cultures, sliding pints of local, imported, and specialty beers toward patrons as they cheer for games emblazoned across satellite-fed TVs. Almost every night of the week the pub hosts a raucous event, including open-mic night on Sunday, karaoke on Wednesday, and live DJs and dancing on Saturday. Revelry unfolds amid rough-hewn wooden booths, which are sheltered beneath a skeletal overhang of wooden slats like an ineffectual carpenter stranded on a desert island.
Fat Sat's Bar and Grill conjures memories of the jazz age with its 1920s-style ornamentation and murals of old-time Chicago street scenes, each hand-painted by world-renowned artist Michael Ostaski. The owners named the bar in fond remembrance of their grandfather, Uncle Saturnino Trujillo, who grew up in the era of prohibition and speakeasies. Inside the kitchen, chefs bustle day and night, whipping up breakfasts, twirling pastas, hand-cutting rib-eye steaks, and grilling seafood. Bartenders behind three separate bars communicate to one another by angling mirrors as they fill cups to the brim with margaritas and 14 draft beers. Nineteen flat screens beam down upon the bars and tabletops, and a fire pit blazes amid two large outdoor patios. Live bands serenade guests Thursdays through Saturdays, while Friday nights entertain guests with games, trivia, dancing, and karaoke, offering them a welcome reprieve from evenings spent thumb-wrestling their aunts.