Downtown Albuquerque provides a beautiful sight when the sun settles in the West Mesa and the city lights start glimmering off the tall buildings. But it’s even better when you have the chance to glance upon that charming atmosphere surrounded by friends with a drink in hand.

Right outside the heart of Downtown is the famous Hotel Parq Central. Inside of the allegedly haunted and mysterious hotel is their classy bar, the Apothecary Lounge. One of my top 10 Albuquerque bars, the Apothecary provides a stunning view of the Downtown scenery. It’s the perfect place to find yourself drooling over the alluring cityscape.

But you won’t just be drooling over the scenery. Apothecary provides wonderful drink options to help settle into the sparkling environment. With both a set and seasonal menu, you’ll be able to find a cocktail that fits every occasion. Since it’s summertime, I decided to choose the seasonal option. The Weekend at Bernie’s ($11) grabbed my attention, since it adopted the name of a classic ’80s movie and featured brandy as its base. The cocktail was superb, to say the least.

You can grab all the classic mixes here, and the options are almost endless. But if you’re in the mood to grab some appetizers, the lounge offers a nice little selection. My app of choice is their bacon wrapped dates ($10), which are also stuffed with whipped goat cheese and jalapeños. This dish pairs with nearly every choice of cocktail, so don’t be afraid to order a second serving.

Summer is in full swing, so be adventurous and experience the heart of the city on Apothacary’s rooftop patio and stimulate your senses.

Downtown Albuquerque provides a beautiful sight when the sun settles in the West Mesa and the city lights start glimmering off the tall buildings. But it’s even better when you have the chance to glance upon that charming atmosphere surrounded by friends with a drink in hand.

806 Central Ave. SE

Neighborhood: Downtown

Category: Bar and Lounge

Phone: (505) 242-0040

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Cade Guererro

Cade is young journalist who has worked at publication in Austin, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He focuses on the cultural topics of Albuquerque.

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