Downtown Albuquerque recently completed a successful 10-year, multi-million dollar revitalization. Here you’ll find bustling nightlife along Central Avenue (Route 66), including many nightclubs, theaters, restaurants and events. The Albuquerque Convention Center is located downtown and is surrounded by several major hotels.
When the railroad came to Albuquerque in 1880, the city expanded eastward toward the tracks, which were located on higher ground about a mile from Old Town. The arrival of the railroad brought commerce and activity to New Town, as it was then known. Today we call this area
Downtown Albuquerque, and it remains a hub of activity. Like many other urban areas, Albuquerque’s downtown declined as rapid development expanded the city’s borders. But our Downtown is in the midst of an ongoing multi-million dollar revitalization and it is now home to a 12-screen movie theater, bustling restaurants, trendy shops, art galleries and a lively entertainment district. Several of the areas older buildings have been converted into stylish lofts, eclectic lounges and venues for live music, all of which are within easy walking distance of Downtown’s high-rise hotels.
The famous Route 66, now Central Avenue, is Downtown’s main artery, and at First and Central lies the new Alvarado Transportation Center, which is home to the city’s regional transportation system, linking Amtrak, commuter rail, Greyhound bus service and local bus service. The Mission Revival-style Alvarado Transportation Center echoes the style of an old railroad hotel, the Alvarado, which once stood on the same site.
The Downtown Albuquerque Civic Plaza is home to many festive events. The Albuquerque Convention Center plays host not only to conventions, but also to concerts, lectures and other public events. The famous Pueblo Deco-style KiMo Theatre offers a wide variety of entertainment. Be sure to check out the calendar of events to see what’s happening during your visit.
Downtown Albuquerque nightlife is almost as hot as the area’s green chile. Bar hop down Central Avenue or take in one of the many festive events on the Albuquerque Civic Plaza. During the summer, Downtown sizzles with summer entertainment. Listen to Jazz on the Fourth Street Mall or take in a concert or play in the historic and acclaimed KiMo Theatre.
For more information on Downtown, see Things to Do: Tours & Sightseeing: Walking Tours: Plaza to Plaza Walking Tour