8900 Central Ave Se, Albuquerque, NM | Directions 8712335.073175 -106.547939
Neighborhoods: South Los Altos, Southeast
Went this weekend, had a great time. – How fun was this weekend? Loads. I haven't gone out in a while but my friends said it was happening so I went to check it out. They have some hot bartenders!
Great show on Saturday – They held a great show on Saturday, really impressed with all the new additions to the audio and video equipment. The bar got packed afterwards and it was harder to get around but fun all the way through.
Better off staying at home! – Granted the gay bars and clubs in Albuquerque have never been anything to write home about. As a matter of fact all of them have verged on the edge of sad and pathetic. And it's been years since I've set foot in any of them. But last night my partner and I and our 2 best friends decided to hit the old place known as the Ranch after dinner. Reason being is one of our friends told us that there was a story in the paper about them doing some $40 thousand bucks in renovations. If your thinking what could they have done with such a small amount, the answer is nothing! Well, apparently nothing you can see with the naked eye. It's still the same rat hole it's always been, with one exception. They took down the wall between the main bar and the small bar on the side that used to show porn. We figured they must have used the money to bring the place up to code so they could reopen.
That's 45 minutes from my life I'll never get back – Sidewinders reopened under new ownership on 29-Sep-2011. I went last night (Saturday 1-Oct-2011) to see what the new incarnation was like. Best brief description I can come up with is "generic". It's neither the old Sidewinders nor a new bar. It was pretty much the same place, just stripped of any decor or memorabilia that gave it any personality. Even the same old misspelled "If you want to open a bar tab..." signs were still taped to the bar. The wall with picture window that used to separate the Wolf Pack bar was knocked down, and a fresh coat of paint was slapped on the walls, but that's about it. No decor whatsoever. No style, no charm, no personality. It was pretty much like the bar at a VFW hall. The bartenders all wear black polo shirts with white pinstriped cuffs and collars, so no one has any unique charm or style. The bartenders have to use a robotic portion dispenser so the drinks are all uniform, which robs them of any mix mastery or character. The staff always asked me, "How are you tonight?" and I always answered "Disappointed. The owner kept telling everyone it'll be worth the wait, and THIS is all it is?" And the staff always answered the same thing: "Hey, I just work here." So much for an attitude of hospitality. Would it have hurt to ask me, "What were you expecting?" The best was the doorman who said, and I quote, "I don't care! I'm just the doorman! I don't have to put up with all this negativity!" Also, the current crowd is so mixed as to be bland, perhaps even twink-ish. But that makes sense (sadly) because the new owner is a total twink. Overall I'd say the "new" Sidewinders isn't bad, it's just that it's not anything, really.
The WORST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Came from CO to celebrate my 28th Bday with my mom and within 25 min of sitting at the bar my phone,digital camera,purse, and moms jacket disappeared. A guy on my left said he could get me a drink , cause the bartenders where tending to people they knew & ignoring me, and another bartender was talking to my mom on her right, as the items were stolen. I asked to speak to security about a lost & found and 4 huge guys came, grabbed me up and threw me out!! Didnt get a chance to catch a buzz and I was not irrate in the least bit, so why!? Cause its an inside job and people have flipped out b4. Next day someone answered my phone and said she found an empty purse and jacket in the back of her truck with my phone. She was there that night and her fav jacket dissapeared from coat check. Thats what a coat check is for, to not loose it. Sidewinders was the worst experience in my life and I wasn't even there an hour! Literally!
Has become a lot like Foxes! – Sidewinders has become a lot like Foxes Lounge in recent years. Bartenders are not as friendly as they used to be and items are easily lost or stolen anywhere in the bar. Be careful of someone spiking your drink or setting you up to be rolled later. All in all, a very dangerous to place to entertain friends but a good
place to find criminals on the down low. NMGRA is the only exception to this rule.
What can I say, this ain't San Francisco – Since this place changed hands, there have been improvements to say nothing about the city not allowing smoking in bars, I can actually go in the place now and breath. The music scene has changed with terrible C&W music from Nashville. The management has done everything that they can to encourage business in a town where the gay bar scene isn't the best. As far as running up a tab, I was born at night but not last night, just don't be that stupid.
Wow, Albuquerque is a HICK Town! – I know that Albuquerque is a "big town" and it's a "college" town, but when it comes to gay nightclubs, it's just not the place to be. I went to Sidewinders, ordered a beer, and the bartenders and patrons weren't very friendly. The place didn't appear clean, and honestly, it wasn't much more than a dive bar for gay cowboys. The area it was in, and the parking situation made me fear for my life too. I stuck around for about an hour, then I gave up and went back to the hotel. I don't think I'll go "clubbing" in Albuquerque again. It's sad that a city of this size doesn't have anything to offer when it comes to night life.
Be carefull with staff dishonest. – Poor service rude bartender named skip.Count you money very carefull, if you run a tab be warned it seams to be the bar policy to overcharge. Also watch his buddy Marcos same as above.Very carefill if they have any cuts on hands.
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