I already know what you're thinking... and yes. At the risk of shameless self promotion I just have to, of course, plug Martini World! Mondays at imbibe. But, I'll come back to that later.

I have just been so busy lately that I don't even know where to begin. I guess I'll just stick with the recent past. It's a bit of a blur but I know I've had a good time. A real good time. Most of the time anyway. Some of you have been there with me too.

Road trips up north, Art Galleries, Parades, Parties, Club events, Networking events, Sushi. I need a rest already! OK, so maybe I should just get to what's hot and what's not. Just in time for your weekend pleasure. I'm sure every magazine in town does this.. but I don't care!

Let's start with "not".
Not. The Cooperage. Unless of course you are looking for a $9 martini in the smallest glass available by law... during HAPPY HOUR! Oh, with a bunch of blue hairs anxious to get their "Nawlens" on.

Not. Two Fools Tavern. Still can't get a "shot"! You can get a "glass" of whiskey but don't shoot it or you're out on your ass.

Not. NM Rail Runner on a Friday night. If you hop on right after work (downtown Abq 5:21 pm) you will have just enough time for a drink or two in Santa Fe before catching the last train back at 9:30! Without reservations you will have a 2-3 hour wait in the popular restaurants... unless you're me.

Not. Albuquerque Cab. If you want to wait an hour on your way out or your way home go for it. I had the rudest driver for a "safe ride" & when I called to complain all they did was defend him. I had only had 2 drinks & food, so it wasn't me. I have swapped out my speed dial to Yellow Cab 505-247-8888.

Aaaaannnnd HOT! What's hot lately? More than the "not" luckily. So many hots, so little time.

HOT. Mac-Tire of Skye Pipes and Drums. Voted “Best Upcoming Scottish Musical Group” in Albuquerque the Magazine’s 2008 Best of the City issue. Featured in an online exclusive at Alibi.com, "Not just pipe dreams" a few weeks ago. Starring in my backyard for the "Post St. Patty's Day Parade Party" recently. I love you guys.

HOT. NM Rail Runner on a Saturday. Crowded? Perhaps. Do you want to stand for 1.5 hours from Santa Fe? Perhaps not. But it does run later than Friday! You have all day to get there and the last train home leaves at 10 PM.

HOT. Cake Fetish. Cupcakes that are delicious works of art! And they have delivery too! “Cake Fetish is Albuquerque's first gourmet cupcake bakery.
Each cupcake is made from scratch in small batches by our highly creative
bakers using the freshest ingredients.” Uptown, downtown, and the west side.

HOT. Giovanni's Pizza. They recently delivered pies all the way to Central and Girard! And it is still the best authentic NY Style Pizza around.

HOT. Yellow Cab. Fast, friendly, no grief. NOT owned by the same company as Albuquerque Cab contrary to popular belief! 505-247-8888

HOT. Local IQ Magazine. For the "25 and over" crowd who appreciate the finer things in life. Read the column called "Fabü" by my long time friend Lisa Van Dyke!

HOT. Shogun. Still. I love to start the "boat note" and communicate with strangers on the other side of the sushi bar. The sushi is top notch. The people are friendly and the beer's cold. What else do you want? I swear these are the best Spider Rolls on earth! And try a Crispy Dragon Roll.

And last but not least HOT. Monday nights at imbibe. I saw that. Don't wince. I heard that! Just read on, and no, I am not an owner or investor. There are people of all ages here at all times it appears. And what the hell else is there to do on a Monday in Albuquerque?!
MartiniWorld.com Presents Martini World! Mondays...

So who wants to party like a rock star?
Weekends are for amateurs anyway!
Too hip for you?

Wait. What about a relaxing happy hour? 4-7 I dare you to find a normal size premium martini for $5 in this town! There are pints of premium imports for $2 too! And I personally put together this ever changing playlist for 4-8 PM. Everything from Dean Martin to songs you recognize from every popular mob movie, even the newer ones.

Still not hooked? How about the cool movie I show at 6? Last week was the original Scarface (1932). This week will be On the Waterfront (1954), with Marlon Brando.
Come watch a movie after work. NCAA Final Four?
Have a drink.
Have a cigar.

This is Albuquerque's only legal smoking bar.
Don't like smoke?
There is a state of the art filtration system.
They open the garage doors for the warm weather too.
Next Monday 4/06/09 alleged to be 69 degrees, sunny, no wind.

There is also a rooftop patio with great views of Route 66.
And I have the handsome, talented, and single DJ Ryan (the Friday night DJ) at 8 on Mondays.

Hmmm... what else? It's cool. All your friends are doing it.
There'll be models, some promotion every week.
Did I mention surprises too? Like FREE stuff?

Recently featured in abqonthecheap.com! Hope to see you there. Ciao

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Comment by Kelly on April 3, 2009 at 2:38pm
HOT! That cake with the Playboy Bunny comes from ABC Cake Shop!
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on April 3, 2009 at 3:33pm
OMG! It was so perfect I thought for sure it was just a prop. They must have ate it long after I was gone. I know ABC rocks.
Comment by Chroma Studios on April 4, 2009 at 2:56pm
Another shameless self promo; HOT, Chroma Studios One Year Anniversary show last night! Packed with people, great live music and the best art in town! The show will be up all month, come by and check it out! One of these days I WILL make it out to your Matrini World Monday!!
Comment by Chroma Studios on April 4, 2009 at 2:57pm
OOPS Martini, NOT Matrini! :)
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on April 4, 2009 at 5:28pm
CHROMA= HOT. True. Sorry I missed you! Happy Anniversary!!
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on April 4, 2009 at 5:29pm
I suppose we can all just keep adding to this list. Farina. HOT. Finally made it there last night! I am already craving more of their awesome gourmet pizza. Shoulda taken the camera. tsk tsk tsk.
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on April 6, 2009 at 11:26am
We have a long story/history behind the 2 Fools. I'll tell ya sometime. I rarely set foot in there. Nice decor though.
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on April 6, 2009 at 1:20pm
This blog could just go on forever. How about "I Scream Ice Cream"? HOT.
Finally made it there yesterday for some "movie food". Very cool, very tasty. Owner said that Bob Newhart was in last week with Bill Daily!

Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on April 6, 2009 at 2:37pm
Carlisle- north of Indian School. Or was it north of Menaul?
Tell him Martini Mike sent you. Maybe he'll let you lick the spoon.

2000 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 268-0139

Susan- glad someone reads these!
Comment by mombat on April 6, 2009 at 3:24pm
I Sceam Ice Cream is a local treasure. The owner is a super nice guy. We were in on Friday and he had a great conversation with oldest daughter about her current taste in music, nothing recorded before about 1975.


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