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.
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).