Albuquerque is one of the cities I visited over my winter break this year and I was not disappointed. It’s my boyfriends hometown, so he knows exactly where to take me…even if it just so happens that his parents own some of those places. His mom, Cindy Chalamidas, recently took over and remodeled her family’s restaurant and bar, The Copper Lounge. Petros and I have been dying to come check out the new and improved Copper Lounge, so it was one of our first stops. We even went twice in one day! When we went for lunch, we sat at the bar and had a great time trying the cocktails and talking to the bartender. The second time, we went with a friend and met up with Cindy and Tom (who has a few drinks named after him at CL) and we sat at a booth by the bar.
People are always hanging out in the lounge, which is decorated beautifully. The pictures I took, do not do it justice! They redid the ceiling in the lounge to match the original ceiling in the main bar area, but they decided to switch up the color. Almost everything was remodeled over the summer, including the seating area, the floor, the kitchen, the lounge, some of the bar area, the bathrooms, and more! If you have been to The Copper Lounge in the past, you should definitely check it out again.
The theme of The Copper Lounge is Art Deco and Prohibition era. It seriously feels like you walked into a Gatsby era bar. I would not write a post about it, if I didn’t actually LOVE it, but I do! It is so glamorous, and I like to think of myself as a glamorous girl. This is for sure, hands down, my new favorite spot in the Q. Not only is the decor amazing, the cocktails are tasty, the food is delicious, and there are plenty of photo-ops! What more could you ask for!?
You see one of the photo-ops with a pink LED sign that says “Shhh…” right when you walk in. It TOTALLY goes with the theme, if you know what I mean 😉 One of the other photo-ops is a brick wall outside The Copper Lounge that faces Route 66 and says “Vote Against Prohibition” another creative idea to match the theme.
One of the first things you notice when you arrive to The Copper Lounge is ‘The Boiler Room,’ the patio bar that offers shots and pints of beer. The Boiler Room has a separate bar from the main bar inside The Copper Lounge. It even has its own Instagram! (@theboilerroom_abq)
I love that The Copper Lounge has so many drinks to choose from specialty cocktails, to pints and shots. They have the perfect drink for everyone! My favorite cocktail was the secret “The Copper Cocktail,” it is not on the main drink menu but you can find it on the “Happy Hour” menu…it’s maybe my all time favorite drink. Petros and I literally wanted to try every single cocktail on the menu, but thats A LOT of drinks and we have our limits haha. The Copper Lounge has 20 beers on tap and 2 house made cocktails on tap, Fraola Spritz and Rose All Day.
Here is what we had…
Food: Copper Burger, Tacos, BBQ Wings, and House Fries- it was all so good!
Drinks (left to right): The Copper Cocktail, The Italian Stallion, Pontchartrain, Kentucky Ninja, Purple Rain, The Indian Army, Rosé All Day, The Tom Ford, Raspberry Tart, West Side (not pictured)
Check them out on Instagram (@TheCopperLounge) and Facebook (@TheCopperLounge) for photos of beautiful cocktails & unique decor!