In the heart of the Railyard District, Junction harnesses fresh, local ingredients to populate an eclectic menu where Frito pie and baby back ribs are equally at home—making for "better food than any other sports bar in town," according to the Santa Fe Reporter. New Mexico grass-fed beef stampedes through gourmet burger toppings such as green chili, New Mexico cheddar, and jalapeño rajas. Bartenders garnish boutique liquors such as Hendrick's gin with orange-blossom water, maple cherries, and fresh juices and herbs, High ceilings angle above a bright, minimalistic interior set up for communal revelry and hung with nine flat-screen HDTVs, including a massive central 83-inch screen constantly endangered by passing basketball players trying to join the action.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.