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Albuquerque LGBTQ Experience

Experience pride with this LGBTQ friendly guide while visiting Albuquerque!

Where to stay: Hotel Zazz This groovy spot is more than a retro hotel, it's an experience in and of itself. Their Z-Lounge speakeasy bar features incredible mixology cocktails. Guests can expect excellent service and drink options, nightly food trucks, community events, large musical acts, and some super special events!

Breakfast: Flying Star Located on Nob Hill, this location is a LGBTQ local favorite. You have to try Flying Star's Fabulous French Toast! (Yes, it's actually called "Fabulous French Toast" on the menu)

Morning activity: A. Hurd Gallery

Featuring the artwork of Anthony Hurd.

Gay owned & operated, The Range Cafe Downtown is also located near Nob Hill. If this is your first time to New Mexico, you want to order the Santa Fe Line Burger - with New Mexico green chile!

Afternoon activity: Sandia Peak Tramway

A breathtaking assent into the Sandia Mountains...amazing mountain views and an unforgettable experience.

Dinner & evening activity: Sidewinders

Enjoy dinner at Sidewinders, then head over to the bar side for drinks, dancing and drag shows!

Hotel Zazz

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"Not your Mother's Motel"

Hotel Zazz is the brainchild and passion project of hospitality visionary Dr. Sharmin Dharas, an Albuquerque and Nob Hill native. Her parents owned and operated the property as the University Lodge motel since 1996. This meant many long days and late nights as a child, with just the hallways, rooms, and her imagination as her playground.

Ever since then, her mission was simple: create an unforgettable immersive boutique hotel experience though unique art, a melody of chromatic visuals, and a vibration of sounds that breaks free from the ordinary. With a dream, a lot of elbow grease, and some help from local artists, she turned an old motel into a bold hotel that prides itself sustainability, community, and charitable giving. “The vibrancy and life of my culture has been at the heart of the Hotel Zazz design. I hope this project will bring a new colorful culture and experience to the already diverse Albuquerque community, in a different way than we’re used to.”

Flying Star Cafe


Hours: Monday 7 AM–9 PM

Tuesday 7 AM–9 PM

Wednesday 7 AM–9 PM

Thursday 7 AM–10 PM

Friday 7 AM–10 PM

Saturday 7 AM–10 PM

Sunday 7 AM–9 PM

A. Hurd Gallery

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A. Hurd Gallery is the personal studio space of Anthony Hurd. They are no longer operating as a gallery space for other people unless it's a specific event. The primary space is used solely as a space or Anthony to create and explore. Please contact & before visiting. I CONTACT

Range Cafe Downtown

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Hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 9pm

Saturday & Sunday: 7am - 9pm

Sandia Peak Tramway

Photo source: Sandia Peak Tramway

A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles.

See some of nature’s more dramatic beauty unfold before you. At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color, and your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. Located on the eastern edge of Albuquerque in the Sandia Foothills at the end of Tramway Road.

Hours: Monday 9 AM–8 PM

Tuesday9 AM–8 PM

Wednesday 9 AM–8 PM

Thursday 9 AM–8 PM

Friday 9 AM–8 PM

Saturday 9 AM–8 PM

Sunday 9 AM–8 PM


Something-for-everyone club featuring eclectic music, dancing, karaoke, pool tables & drag shows.

Hours: Monday 2 PM–2 AM

Tuesday 2 PM–2 AM

Wednesday 2 PM–2 AM

Thursday 2 PM–2 AM

Friday 2 PM–2 AM

Saturday 2 PM–2 AM

Sunday 2 PM–2 AM

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