The largest city in New Mexico, Albuquerque has an unbeatable location along the mighty Rio Grande. Set in the arid Southwest, it’s a mecca for outdoors lovers. Albuquerque’s gay community is small and friendly. Most of the city's gay bars and clubs are location in the Nob Hill neighborhood, bisected by famous Route 66.
Things to do
The Sandia Peak Tramway, the world's longest passenger aerial tram, takes hikers and skiers up into the Sandia Mountains.
One of the biggest annual events is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a nine-day event in October, during which 750 hot-air balloons add vivid splashes of color to the vast desert sky.
The New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association hosts the Zia Regional Rodeo each summer, in August. Check their site for details.
The Albuquerque International Sunport is 3 miles southeast of downtown. The ABQ RIDE city bus service can get you from the Sunport into town. There are also shuttles and limos, taxis and car rentals. See the Sunport website for full information.
As in many cities in this region, you’ll probably need a car to get around. For public transportation see the website of ABQ Ride.
Media & Resources
Duke City Fix is a community website with a Queer Albuquerque blog.
Common Bond aims to be the local LGBT "virtual community center."
For general news and local listings consult the Alibi weekly paper.
For map locations and website links to the businesses below, and more, see our gay Albuquerque listings pages.
Bars and Clubs
Albuquerque Social Club (4021 Central Ave NE), membership club, pool games, drag shows, good drinks prices.
Effex Nightclub (420 Central Avenue SW), Wednesday through Saturday gay dance nightclub; mixed/alternative industrial/goth Wednesdays, Beer Bust Thursdays, Friday/Saturday dances, shows.
QBar (800 Rio Grande Blvd NW), upscale bar and lounge, wine and cocktails, tapas menu, Asian, New Mexico traditional and French fusion.
Sidewinders (8900 Central Ave SE), country western, Latin, and hip-hop music mix; drag queen bingo and shows, karaoke, retro dances, pool tournaments and bartender hunks.