Econo Lodge Old Town
2321 Central Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone: (505) 243-8475
Fax: (505) 243-4205
Bars & Cafes
Crave Ice Cream & Coffee is a centrally located place to stop in for a break from your Old Town plaza shopping. Indeed it is so convenient that you can loiter on its front steps to watch the activities taking place on the plaza, such as music on the bandstand on summer evenings. Crave doesn't have the most extensive ice cream selection you'll ever see, nor does it offer toppings, but it certainly offers convenience of locale. There are also sundaes, smoothies, malts, shakes, floats, espresso drinks, flavored syrups, iced drinks, sorbet, frozen yogurt, fountain drinks, muffins and cookies rounding out the menu. -Pip Lustgarten
Church Street Cafe was built in 1706, making it the oldest house in Albuquerque and one of the oldest in the country. The parlors and bedrooms that sheltered the Ruiz family for nearly three centuries are now dining rooms where modern-day guests enjoy the finest in New Mexican cuisine. There is something here to please everyone, from red and green chilly to hamburgers, breakfast standards and hearty sandwiches.
The Roasted Bean Cafe serves smoothies, milkshakes, and hot and iced espresso drinks, as well as breakfasts, burgers, salads, soups, sandwiches, dinner plates and desserts. Try the value menu, which offers half sandwiches, chili, hot dogs and the like for an extraordinarily reasonable price. The cafe features comfy chairs and free Wifi. Live music is offered periodically; this includes an open mic night that, rather unusually, mostly features opera performers. Additional Roasted Bean locations can be found in the eastern part of the city at 1501 San Pedro Drive Northeast, 3120 San Mateo Boulevard Northeast, and 414 Aberdeen Way Southeast. -Pip Lustgarten
Find your way to this little spot in Old Town and you will not be sorry. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly. A nice selection of meat and cheese is available, or you can enjoy a platter of fresh fruit and vegetables. The soft and hard crust bread is baked everyday from scratch along with the mouthwatering cakes, cookies, pies and pastries. Coffee, tea and a selection of soft drinks are available for take-out or you can retreat to a quiet, comfortable corner in the bakery/café to enjoy your refreshment.
Stop in this lively, new cantina located in a quaint shopping plaza near historic Old Town. Many locals meet here for happy hour featuring a great selection of Mexican and other imported beers plus tasty margaritas. You will not be sorry if you order the Beef Fajitas. The menu offers mouthwatering items such as Butterfly Shrimp. Roving Mariachis serenade guests inside and out on the patio during Friday night happy hour. The kitchen closes for the day at 9p.
St. Clair Winery and Bistro offers a variety of experiences to choose from: an affordable lunch or dinner, a beautiful outdoor patio packed with flowering plants and an indoor bar area for drinks, a special events room, and a tasting room. Whichever the occasion, you will be served St. Clair's wines from their own New Mexico vineyard, which is located in the Mimbres Valley in the southwestern corner of the state and has been run by the same family for six generations. St. Clair also offers a novel gift idea: buy a bottle of wine and they will hand paint a design onto it appropriate to the occasion.
After a fun filled day of shopping and sightseeing, sit back and relax at Zia Lounge. It is located inside Rio Grande Inn and is a cool place to taste homemade margaritas and other amazing cocktails. Enjoy traditional music and the best in authentic Mexican cuisine. Zia is also a local favorite and is well known for polite service. Local artist David Schuman has made this place a visual treat. So come with a bunch of your friends and shoot the breeze!
Located just West of the Rio Grande on famous Route 66, this popular steak house and liquor store has been serving up favorites since 1970. The salads are simple and served with soda crackers and big, puffy, Texas Toast. The grilled New York Strip is served with all the fixings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Shrimp and Salmon is offered as well as an outstanding, juicy, Green-chili burger. A complete bar with a big TV screen for sports viewing is available.
The Slate Street Café is a favorite with the crowd who work at the nearby courthouses. You can dine at the downstairs restaurant or go upstairs to the Wine Loft to enjoy a drink. The restaurant also makes for a fun or romantic spot for dinner and Saturday brunch. The Wine Loft plays host to monthly tastings. The restaurant also hosts the Albuquerque Songwriter Series, an initiative of the City Music Office. The goal of the Series is to showcase songwriters from all genres of music by presenting an evening exploring song craft in an intimate setting. The Series runs 7p-9p on the first Thursday of each month and admission is free.
Step into the Launchpad and take off to the 'universal' world of music. In the background of a space-theme and dark-lit laid-back atmosphere, this hip country bar entertains with an eclectic mix of music played by local musicians and renowned talents. The dance floor invites the vivacious crowd to shake a leg or head-bang to the upbeat punk or the 1000 volt hard rock. While the state-of-art setting amplifies the performances, the full-stocked bar serves you with a premium selection to add to the experience. Hop in late to enjoy the peak of a power-packed night.
Blackbird Buvette is where you should head if you want to just grab a drink and listen to some live music from local and national artists. Open late every night of the week, this bar is a popular spot on the weekends. Outside seating is available.
In the late 1920s, when the main street of Albuquerque was the place to be seen, Lindy's was built. Then Route 66 was established and this hometown diner became the place for locals and tourists alike. Breakfast consists of all the normal choices like pancakes, eggs and omelets. The breakfast burrito, smothered in green chile and melted cheese, seems to be a favorite. Lunch and dinner choices are just as varied with fresh sandwiches, burgers and diner favorites like meatloaf. The pie case is always full of fresh pies.