|Chance of Hooking Up||5.5|
|Male to Female Ratio||.98|
|Average Date Price||$86.90|
|Most Popular Dating App||Zoosk|
|Identify as Religious||48%|
If you’re new to Albuquerque – or however you spell it – just visiting, or even a life-long resident looking to learn more about the dating scene in New Mexico’s largest city, then you’re in the right place.
Albuquerque is the epicenter of southwestern culture. It’s an incredibly diverse city with an equally diverse dating scene. The city is known for its historic adobe buildings and rich Native American roots. It’s also famous for its cuisine, which is a blend of Native American and Mexican flavors.
The landscape is stunning – Albuquerque sits just beneath the Sandia Mountains, which tower over the city at 10,600 feet. It’s the best of both worlds; a city-life experience with outdoorsy activities nearby. Whether it’s a night out at Nob Hill or a hike in the mountains, you’re bound to find someone that shares the same interests as you.
Although not well-known for its LBQT+ community, Albuquerque has a well-established gay and lesbian scene and its fair share of gay-owned businesses. It’s a low-key and artsy community that can be found mingling at gay bars, clubs, and social clubs near Historic Route 66.
Albuquerque is unique in that females outnumber men by about 3%. The dating scene statistically works in men’s favor here. But don’t let that discourage you, ladies!
Singles can be found scattered throughout the city of Albuquerque, but you’ll have the best chances of meeting them at any of the recommendations below:
A buzzing stretch of bars, restaurants, clubs, and food trucks on Central Avenue, Nob Hill is Albuquerque’s premier nightlife destination. It is located just a stone’s throw away from the University of New Mexico, which has an enrollment of about 27,000. The area is saturated with young singles who are looking for a good time.
Gecko’s Nob Hill is nuzzled in the Nob Hill Business Center and is always fun. This is a local favorite and an all-around good place to meet singles. The atmosphere is safe, the food is great, and the people are welcoming.
Two Fools Tavern is a nearby Irish alehouse. It’s not corny like you’d think and is located right off of Central Avenue. It’s an incredibly safe place to put yourself out there and approach other singles. The pub-style atmosphere is bound to get people engaged and conversing. It’s an easy place to strike up a conversation with other singles.
If nightlife isn’t so much your thing, then head on over to Creative Culture ABQ. They offer fun and authentic paper-cutting classes for all skill levels. Creative Culture ABQ hosts a number of events that encourage singles to join and mingle.
If you can't find what you want at Nob Hill, then maybe you’ll find luck meeting singles downtown. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, and activities that will help you increase your chances of meeting another single.
Sister Bar is a fun bar with an amazing pinball collection. If you’re looking to meet the retro girl/guy of your dreams, then this is the place. It’s not overly nerdy and attracts a fairly normal crowd. Just above Sister Bar is Anodyne, which is a popular pool hall bar. Sister Bar and Anodyne are great places to play games and socialize with other singles.
If the nightlife and partying aren’t for you and you’re looking for other outdoorsy singles, then hiking in the Sandia Mountains is a must. There are a number of Facebook groups and other hiking groups on social media that are incredibly inclusive and friendly. Many hiking groups host special ‘singles’ hikes.
Make sure to download a trail app like AllTrails so you don’t get lost. AllTrails also ranks popular trails by their popularity and difficulty level. Albuquerque is a big city and there are sure to be singles within your ability level to hike with!
If you are looking for more of a hook up, Albuquerque has around 54% of its population identifying as single, which ranks relatively high compared to other cities. It also has a college population of about 33,000 and they tend to hang out in the downtown area. There are a handful of cool downtown bars to look for hookups if that's what you're into. Here are a few to check out.
Anodyne is a cool place to grab a drink and hang out. It’s really a pool hall, everything looks like you traveled back in time 40 years. Check out the juke box for some cool music that you won’t hear at most other bars.
This is a great spot for listening to live music. They also pour some stiff drinks. Also check out the cool old school arcade games and pinball machines.
During the day this is a great place to grab a hamburger and watch the game. At night it becomes more of a fun bar with reasonably priced drinks. But be aware that this place usually has a cover, normally from $5-$10.
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So you met another single on a hike, downtown, or at Nob Hill and you had the courage to ask him/her out on a date. What are your options now? Let’s explore some fun things to do on a first date in Albuquerque:
A beach in New Mexico? Yes, you heard it right! Tingley Beach is a small recreational area on the east side of the Rio Grande. It’s part of the Albuquerque Biological Park complex, so there’s plenty to do to keep your date interested and engaged.
Tingley Beach is a perfect place to take your first date if you’re nervous about it becoming stagnant. It has a beach for tanning, little ponds for fishing, paddleboat rentals, and a nature preserve. If you’re confident enough about your body, take your date for a relaxing day on the beach.
You could step it up one notch and rent a paddleboat and explore one of the many ponds. If your date is into fishing, then try to bring out a fishing pole! Tingley Beach is popular amongst anglers as there are plenty of fish to be caught.
If the date is becoming monotonous and boring, or you just want to switch it up, then stretch out your legs by taking a walk around the nature preserve. It’s a gorgeous area to roam around and get lost in together. Did we mention that this whole date idea is FREE? That’s right! This date won’t cost you any more than gas money or Uber.
If you or your date are not particularly scared of heights, then you definitely need to check out the Sandia Peak Tramway. It’s the longest tram in the United States of America and you take you up a 10,300-foot peak. Once you’re at the top, you can either soak in the 360-degree views or go for a short hike.
The tram ride itself is only 15 minutes. Remember that there is no turning back once it leaves the station. Be sure that you’re confident with heights so that you don’t have an embarrassing panic attack. But hey – maybe consoling your date through a panic attack would draw you two closer together? On second thought, let’s not go there.
A round-trip ride for the tram is $25 per adult (21+). We recommend planning your trip ahead of time and purchasing tickets in advance, as it can get crowded and sell out on the weekends.
The narrow, winding streets of Old Town are home to some of Albuquerque’s most delicious and authentic foods. Consider taking your date for a walk to explore the century-old adobe houses and tiny artisan shops.
Old Town is home to the Rattlesnake Museum and the Albuquerque Museum. The Rattlesnake Museum is exactly what you think it is – a museum of rattlesnakes. The Albuquerque Museum is a little less frightening, as it’s an educational exhibit of the city’s history.
High Noon Restaurant Saloon and Backstreet Grill are amongst the two most popular restaurants in High Town. You can’t go wrong with either. High Noon is more of a western cowboy ambiance and has a wild-game-focused menu. Backstreet Grill is where you’ll find authentic street tacos with a nice patio to relax at.
Albuquerque is a city with plenty of southwestern flairs. The dating scene is diverse and inclusive, as is its culture. Between the access to the outdoors and the city-life, Albuquerque probably has a nice lady or man that you’ll get along with nicely.
Nob Hill and Downtown are the two premier destinations with Albuquerque to meet other singles. Nob Hill has a younger crowd thanks to its close proximity to the University of New Mexico. Downtown is better for more mature singles who still like to have fun.
The Sandia Mountains tower over Albuquerque and offer an endless amount of recreational activities. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life, then you’re better off finding other singles out this way. If you have any experience with dating in Albuquerque, or want to offer some dating ideas, leave a comment below!