No matter the occasion, happy hour is a time for friends to gather and relax. For those living or looking to move into Mariposa and the Rio Rancho area, there is a wide range of culinary opportunities that pair adult beverages, appetizers and talented musicians to create happy hour experiences that are a true delight. Whether you are in the mood for seafood, steak, tapas or simply a swig of beer from a local brewery, here are nine distinct Happy Hour spots in the Rio Rancho and Albuquerque area; so party down and enjoy.
Brew Lab 101: Brew Lab 101 offers some of the best local brews around in a family friendly setting. With options like the Sexi NuMexi or Sassy Brunette, you’ll have as much fun reading the menu as you will tasting the drinks themselves. You can choose to enjoy your favorite brew and grub on the patio or take it to go. Located at 3301 Southern Blvd SE. Location: 3301 Southern Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho, 12 miles from Mariposa Cost: $$
M’tucci’s Moderno: In the mood for Italian? M’tucci’s Moderno will satisfy your craving and their happy hour prices will satisfy your budget. On Mondays, M’tucci’s offers all night happy hour (3 p.m. to close), and Thursday through Saturday you can take advantage of nightly dinner specials. Share a charcuterie board, Crab & Spinach Fonduta or Caprese Classico. The ambience of the restaurant pairs perfectly with a nice glass of their assorted wines. Lovely atmosphere, live music on Friday and incredibly friendly service! Visit their website to check out the latest specials. Location: 1908 Wellspring Ave. SE, Rio Rancho, 12.9 miles from Mariposa Cost: $$
The Salt Yard – East: Among its many locations, The Salt Yard – East combines good food and good fun. With weekly events that turn your dinner into an event, this is the place to be during the week. From Wednesday Trivia to Greek Night on Thursdays, there’s more to this happy hour than just the deals on the menu. Grab your friends and come hang out. Location: 6001 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, 24.9 miles from Mariposa, or 3700 Ellison Rd. NW, Albuquerque Cost: $
Season’s Rotisserie & Grill: This restaurant has everything from steak and seafood to vegetarian dishes, truly something for everyone. Season’s Rotisserie & Grill prides itself on their fresh, local ingredients that adds in order to add a new flare to your favorite American dish. This spot offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Additionally, they offer discounted drinks like their nonalcoholic Kiwi Lemonade or their Japanese whiskey Slamurai. Location: 2031 Mountain Rd. Northwest, Albuquerque, 27 miles from Mariposa Cost: $$
Sixty- Six Acres: This great happy hour spot serves lunch, dinner and happy hour every day. Sixty- Six Acres honors restaurant and bar workers on Monday’s from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with 15% off. Regardless, bring your friends, even a furry friend, and enjoy a wonderful view of the Sandias on the patio. Sixty- Six Acres offers a great spread of food, cocktails and craft beers. Location: 2400 12th St. NW, Building B North, Albuquerque, 27.5 miles from Mariposa Cost: $$
Seasons 52: Beyond the lovely dishes at Seasons 52, this restaurant is known for its 52 options of wine. Seasons 52 offers a happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to close. Grab a $6 glass of wine and try a tasty pairing of a flatbread and salad or something from the Entrées section like their Wood-Grilled Dry-Rubbed Pork Chop. Location: 660 Menaul Blvd., Albuquerque, 27.8 miles from Mariposa Costs: $
Apothecary Lounge: Noted as one of the top bars in Albuquerque, this lounge has impeccable views overlooking the mountains and city life. Dine and relax with daily happy hours from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and all- day happy hours on Sunday’s. Start with some Bacon Wrapped Dates and finish the evening with a Prickly Pear Margarita. Location: 806 Central Ave., SE, Albuquerque, 30.2 miles from Mariposa Cost: $$
MÁS – Tapas y Vino: Step inside the extravagant Hotel Andaluz to find this hidden gem. MÁS – Tapas y Vino by Marc Quinones offers traditional Spanish flavors, local inspirations and a passion for flavor blended into mouth-watering creations inside their full-service restaurant. They also offer a wide assortment of wines and specialty cocktails like The Sazerac at their MAS Tapas y Vinotapas bar. Favorite Tapas (sophisticated small plates perfect for sharing) include Crispy Brussel Sprouts with a Romesco Sauce and Sherry Reduction, Spicy Patatas Bravas as well as Honey Bacon Wrapped Dates with a Warm Goat Cheese Dip. Location: 125 E. Second St., NW, Albuquerque, 30.5 miles from Mariposa Cost: $$
Salt and Board: Charcuteries are all the rave right now and this is exactly what Salt and Board specializes in. Try an assortment of cheeses and gourmet toasts while sipping on your favorite beverage, whether it be wine or craft beer. Grab a friend and give one of their large charcuterie boards a try. Location: 115 Harvard Dr., SE #9, Albuquerque, 31.1 miles from Mariposa Cost: $$
Whether looking for live music and drinks, or sampling new culinary delights, enjoy discovering new Happy Hour destinations just minutes from Mariposa in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque!
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