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.
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).
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.
Florent and Hervé Lescombes carry on winemaking traditions created by six generations of vintners in the Lescombes family. The winery’s 120 acres of vineyards stretch across the high desert, where the temperate climate and fertile soil help produce 7–10 tons of grapes per acre. After maturing, the grapes travel back to the winery, where state-of-the-art equipment transforms them into more than 70 different wines, including Blue Teal and DH Lescombes. On weekends, live jazz acts play at St. Clair’s four local bistros, which serve French country dishes and gourmet fare. St. Clair's wine festivals invite patrons to crush grapes between their toes and try to catch falling sparks on their tongues at fireworks shows.
The Barley Room transports customers on a gustative voyage of hearty pub fare and thirst-quenching beers served in a sports-centric atmosphere. The menu is stocked with nine different gourmet burgers, ranging from the geographically specific Left Coast burger, topped with avocado, monterey jack cheese, and jalapeños ($9), to the plains-swept 8-ounce Bison burger ($9). Pub-goers can cleanse their esophagi or proclaim their pleasant dispositions with a 22-ounce Arrogant Bastard ale ($7) from the expansive beer menu, which boasts a selection of more than 20 beers on tap and a collection of bottled brews.
In appearance, noise, and flavor, Uptown is the platonic ideal of a sports bar, replete with darts, pool, and trivia nights. But when it comes to the games themselves, the relationship is brazenly amorous. Big-screen TVs stay tuned to worldwide athletic matchups, while theme rooms such as Lobo Land and 19th Hole keep you in the zone for the extreme exertion of focusing your eyes.
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.