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We’ve searched throughout Albuquerque to find the best places for you to showcase your St. Paddy’s Day spirit! So cover yourself from head to toe in green and get ready for a night on the town.
By Ana Gutierrez
Two Cranes Bistro and Brew
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Raise your hand if you feel victimized by your only option on St. Paddy’s Day for drinks coming in the form of obnoxious green pitchers every year. Switch it up this year and seek refuge at Two Cranes Bistro and Brew. Instead of green, reach out for the red chili. Rather than a nice glass of Guinness, take a shot of their freshly pressed juice or delicious cocktails made from the freshest of fruits. Make this Sunday a relaxing one, and take pride in knowing that if you do have a hangover Monday morning that at least it came courtesy of only the finest of ingredients.
Two Cranes: 901 Rio Grande Blvd NW Suite A192, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Two Fools Tavern
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What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than to be in Albuquerque’s own Irish pub? With the largest Whiskey collection in the Southwest and the pure essence of the European feel and experience, there is no better way to spend March 17th. Come on in and enjoy a craftily poured Guinness, and partake in their famous Two Fools Irish Nachos!
Two Fools Tavern: 3211 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Why stop at just ‘two’? Make it a triple whammy and walk right into O’Niell’s Pub, and experience their motto in real time: “Good Food, Honest Drink”. Starting March 12th all the way onto St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy a steaming plate of corned beef and cabbage while watching the sensational performance of Irish Step Dancers at 2:30 p.m, at the Nob Hill location. It’s a week-long party!
No minors after 6 p.m.
O’Niell’s Pub: Nob Hill: 4310 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87108
Heights: 3301 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
The Salt Yard
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Ain’t no party like a Salt Yard party, because a Salt Yard party don’t stop! Call in sick on March 17th, because everyone will be at the St. Paddy’s Day Patio Bash! Not only will you be able to immerse yourself in Irish tradition with a live performance of World Champion pipe band, High Desert Pipes and Drums, you will also get the chance to wash down their limited time Irish menu items with a $4 green beer!
The Salt Yard: 6001 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109
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Ke$ha once said, “The party don’t start ‘til Marble walks in…”, those are the exact words she said in her legendary song, “Tik Tok”. Staying true to those words, join Marble Brewery in their annual St. Paddy’s Fest! An all-day event on March 16th, at all three locations. It’s never-ending fun with free live music, an oyster shucking at 3 p.m., and it wouldn’t be St. Paddy’s without their Paddy McNitro stout release!
Marble Brewery: Downtown: 111 Marble Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
NE Heights: 9904 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
Westside: 5740 Night Whisper Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
We’ve narrowed it down and lined up a handful of ways to treat your special someone this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re in for something sweet or looking for something more interactive we’ve got you.
By Nichole Harwood
Sweet Cup Espresso & Boba Bar
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Valentine’s Day is approaching and you still don’t have the ideal destinations for a date in mind? Worry not! ABQ Live has you covered, starting with the most delicious date spot of all! With a new line up of desserts just in time for Valentine’s Day ranging from fluffy strawberry cheesecake to flavorful Matcha Mont Blanc, Sweet Cup provides an array of mouthwatering dishes you and your date can enjoy.
Sweet Cup Espresso & Boba Bar : 3517 Wyoming Blvd NE suite a, Albuquerque, NM 87111
Nob Hill Bar & Grill
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Some restaurants are prepared for the Valentine’s Day rush while others are not. Nob Hill Bar & Grill decidedly is in the former category and not the latter with an array of menu items made just for Valentine’s Day! With specialty choices such as the rosemary creme brûlée with fig preserve combined with the melodies of live music performed by Le Chat Lunatique you and your date will surely feel the love. Be mindful that hot spots such as this get taken up quickly so make your reservations now by calling 505-266-4455.
Nob Hill Bar & Grill: 3128 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
New Mexico Escape Room
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Looking for the key to your significant other’s heart? Well chances are you’ll find it amongst the many laying hidden beneath the secret entrances and troves of wonder within the multiple puzzles available at the New Mexico Escape Room. An ideal double date to have with a close friend, all who attend will be thrilled to find every clue that will aid in a miraculous escape.
New Mexico Escape Room: 3916 Carlisle Blvd NE C, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Poki Poki Cevicheria
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With a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks including local craft beers, sangrias, cocktales, and premium bubble tea you and your date will toast to a successful Valentine’s Day at this alluring location. While you and your partner sample some of the best beverages in Albuquerque don’t miss out on the cuisine! The Carne Adovada with red chile ranch or the Baja Chicken Tacos are sure to delight your taste buds.
Poki Poki Cevicheria: 3417 Central Ave NE, 3517 Wyoming Blvd NE
The Salt Yard
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While a new addition to the Albuquerque scene, Salt Yard has not failed to surpass expectations! With live sports, games and a variety of food that will leave you salivating, the new kid on the block is intent to make themself at home in the Duke City. You and your date can toast to a successful evening as you enjoy the variety of activities and drinks this establishment has to offer.
The Salt Yard: 6001 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
The countdown has begun, less than a week until Summerween and with costume contests and kick-ass prizes up for grabs it’s time you start planning what ensemble you’ll sport.
Whether you’re looking for scary, funny, or sexy DIY costumes are always a hit so here are 15 do it yourself costume ideas to inspire your Hallow’s Eve spirit in August:
1. Bloody Torso in A Suitcase (I think): Maybe you guys have a better title for this costume but, title or no title, it’ll get some attention.
2. Rock, Paper, Scissors: Grab two friends and play rock, paper, scissors to decide who’s who, this is a cool idea for a group costume and you can even find a full tutorial of this DIY here.
3. Ginger Bread Man: Hey Josh, you can put your costume search to an end.
4. Boobs: You might need to keep your hubby close for this one to make sense.
5. Soap and a loofah: We go together like peanut butter and jelly, like a hand and a glove, like peas and carrots; like hygiene products.
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: If you and your friends have ever bonded over the urge to paint your entire bodies green then this is definitely the costume for you.
7. Kool-Aid Man: No shirt required, need I say more?
8. Strawberry: “… Oooooohhh I get it.”
9. Starbucks Cups: Can you even?
10. Castaway Tom Hanks & Wilson: Show the world you’ve found your Wilson.
11. Zoolander: Life isn’t all about being ridiculously good looking but you can just call this look Blue Steel.
12. Pageant Girls: Just because Honey Boo Boo’s show was cancelled doesn’t mean we can’t keep the Toddlers & Tiaras humor alive.
13. Shark Week: Simple but great, another cool group costume idea (by the way, Shark Week starts on July 5th this year!).
14. Golddigger: If you want a costume and for the song Gold Digger by Kanye West to be stuck in your head for the next two weeks, look no further.
15. One Night Stand: Nothing beats a good pun.
There you have it, few ideas of some DIY costumes that might just be cool enough to earn a prize at the ABQ Live event Summerween on AUGUST 10th at The Salt Yard