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Albuquerque Social Club, private gay bar in Nob Hill (open to all for a cover)

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Albuquerque Social Club, private gay bar in Nob Hill (open to all for a cover)
photo by Andrew Collins
The Albuquerque Social Club (aka "The SOCH") (4021 Central Ave. NE, 505-262-1088) is a private club for gay and lesbians, and it's become the funky Nob Hill neighborhood's - and one of the city's - most popular gay venues. Recent renovations to the interior and sound system have helped make this an even bigger draw.

You must be a member to enter, but all are welcome (as long as they have a valid photo ID). The cost is $30 for an annual membership if you live in-state, and $5 for temporary membership if you live out of state. This had been mostly a locals' hangout, but it's enjoyed a resurgence of late and now draws sizable crowds, especially on weekends, and has a friendly staff. The one drawback for late-night owls is that the club is only open until midnight most evenings, although on Fridays and Saturdays the doors stay open until 2 am. Also keep in mind that because it's a private club, it's except from Albuquerque's laws forbidding smoking in bars (good news if you like to light up indoors, and bad news if you aren't wild about smoke-filled hangouts).

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