7 Fun Reasons to Visit Albuquerque Casinos
Though spread far and wide, these Albuquerque casinos offer some of the best recreation and cuisine in the city.
These Albuquerque casinos provide destination options for a fun night out with friends, featuring live entertainment, a variety of food choices, and plenty of gaming opportunities. Each inviting casino has its own flavor of hospitality and entertainment, some boasting several thousand slot machines and others presenting only several hundred. Almost every casino in this list has a player's club that offers rewards opportunities to play and win. Whether your idea of a relaxing day off requires the camaraderie of people you know or is most fun mingling with strangers, these six Duke City casinos provide the venues you need. If you're seeking a day's refuge after a long week at work or want to camp out for a long resort vacation, you'll find what you need on this list.
1) Go Golfing at Sandia Resort and Casino
Sandia Resort and Casino is a deluxe concert and entertainment venue offering free Wifi and free parking. Known for food variety at its Thur Shan Buffet, Sandia Resort delivers an exceptional view of the Sandia Mountains in a lovely southwestern setting. The resort sports a golf course with rolling hills and provides specials on golf packages. For meals, Sandia invites guests into the Council Room Restaurant and Bar for custom omelets, sandwiches, steaks, and salads. Equipped with an outdoor pool, spa, hot tub, and gym, the child-friendly location boasts excellent service from its hotel amenities to its Las Vegas-style casino.
With over 2,300 slot machines, the casino is packed with hours of playing and opportunities to win. Sandia also offers blackjack, craps, roulette, mini baccarat, three card poker, pai gow poker, live keno, and live bingo. Whatever your gaming mood, this casino is equipped with enough gambling fun to keep you enjoying yourself. With a porte cochère entrance, the luxurious resort creates a memorable first impression. Located on the north east edge Albuquerque, Sandia Resort and Casino celebrates the region's pueblo heritage with artwork and original photographs.
2) Sing Karaoke at The Downs Racetrack and Casino
The Downs Racetrack and Casino is located on Louisiana and Central on the New Mexico Fairgrounds property. The Downs Cafe delivers food specials on select days, serving up brisket, prime rib, and barbecue dinners. The casino's First Turn Lounge offers live music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights and karaoke night on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Crown Room is the casino's premier dining location boasting a quiet, intimate experience with excellent wine offerings and fine cuisine.
Offering sports fans happy hour pricing and food specials on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays, The Downs is an ideal football-watching venue with 24 flat-screen TVs. Promising live horse racing at certain times of the year, the venue sets itself apart as more than just a casino.
3) Eat Authentic New Mexican Food at Santa Ana Star Casino
Santa Ana Star Casino is a full-service casino with gaming, entertainment, and attractions. Santa Ana's own nightclub, The Stage, delivers a Las Vegas nightlife experience with a detailed sound system and stylish ambiance. With disc jockeys on Fridays and Saturdays and stand-up comedy on Thursdays, The Stage provides entertainment and laughter for the enjoyment of its patrons. Lounge 54 is the casino's casual lounge, open daily with live entertainment just on Friday and Saturday nights.
Santa Ana provides four dining options for convenient refueling between games and mingling. The Feast Buffet delivers different buffet options each day, with options including such dishes as Alaskan crab and prime rib on Fridays and Saturdays. The Mesa Grille offers quick and convenient bites from hot wings to salsa dogs at reasonable prices. Sadie's at the Star is an authentic New Mexican restaurant that promises fine dining with all the food and drinks Sadie's Albuquerque restaurant is known to serve. The Starlight Bar and Grill, located in the casino's Starlight Bowling Alley (another fun entertainment option found inside Santa Ana), offers a menu of delicious burgers and wraps.
Located north of Albuquerque's city limits on Santa Ana Pueblo, Santa Ana Star Casino also provides a golf course and gift shop. For concerts and nights of entertainment, the casino offers another venue, the Santa Ana Star Center. From couples outings and family nights to a solo night out, Santa Ana offers the fun you need to make for a memorable time.
4) Santa Ana Star Center
The Santa Ana Star Center, just minutes away from Santa Ana Star Casino in Rio Rancho, is the casino's sister venue designed for entertainment. The center hosts concerts, sporting events, and rodeos throughout the year. The multipurpose arena has been known to host conferences, monster truck tours, bull riding, college basketball games, and state wrestling and basketball championships. It is also equipped to host boxing, theatrical productions, and motocross events. About ten miles outside Albuquerque, Santa Ana Star Center provides ample seating for comfortable recreation and a top-quality sound system made for concert performances.
5) Go Fishing at Isleta Casino and Resort
Known for its many concerts and live music events, Isleta Casino and Resort also promises a golf course, an RV park, and fishing lakes. The casino is located south of Albuquerque near Isleta Pueblo, just north of Bosque Farms. Drink specials are available at Tiki Tuesday and Three Olive Thursday. The casino features a “Trout Derby,” in which the goal is to catch a tagged fish for a chance at winning $1,000. This contest takes place at the adjoining Isleta Lakes and RV Park, situated right on the Rio Grande not far from the casino itself. Providing year-round fishing in two lakes containing Rainbow Trout and Channel Catfish, Isleta Lakes also offers a park store which provides all the fishing basics including bait, tackle, ice, beer, sodas, and snacks.
The casino houses over 1,800 slots and offers 25 table games as well as bingo and poker. In a convenient location just seven minutes south of Albuquerque's downtown, Isleta Casino and Resort also provides amenities for fun with family and friends such as laser tag, an arcade, pool tables, bowling, and billiards. The snack bar provides food to keep you gaming without hearing your stomach rumble. For a more planned dining experience, the Embers Steakhouse, TIWA Restaurant and Lounge, Chile Ristra, and Daubers are all available. Yet another food venue offered by the casino is Chill, a little ice cream bar that serves Starbucks coffee.
Like a beautiful oasis in a desert landscape, Isleta welcomes guests to enjoy its full-service spa in addition to all its dining, gambling, golfing, fishing, and fun-making offerings.
6) Enjoy Live Music and Dancing at San Felipe Casino Hollywood
San Felipe Casino Hollywood invites guests to play on its over 600 slots and penny slots. The casino, located on San Felipe Pueblo, welcomes bands on Friday and Saturday nights for live music and dancing. For dining, San Felipe provides an all-you-can-eat buffet with varying culinary offerings; in addition, The Pueblo Grill serves up green chile cheeseburgers, burritos, and posole with frybread. The casino also allows RV parking, offers free valet parking on show nights, and a deliver shuttle service by San Felipe Shuttle, which stops at Bernalillo and Santo Domingo. Though smaller in size than other casinos in the area, what San Felipe Casino Hollywood lacks in size and amenities, it makes up for in entertainment and consistency of service.
7) Enjoy All-Night Food and Libations at Route 66 Casino Hotel
Route 66 Casino Hotel boasts over 1,600 slots, a variety of gaming tables, and a bingo hall. Located on Laguna Pueblo, the casino and hotel provides four drinking and dining options, starting with Buffet 66, which serves up over 200 menu items including crab and prime rib. Buffet 66 also provides live entertainment during dinner for guests' enjoyment. Thunder Road Steakhouse and Cantina serves steaks and also provides live entertainment. Main Street Restaurant is open all night beginning with dinner options and ending with breakfast. The 360 Lounge delivers a disc jockey and cocktails.
Route 66 Hotel entertains guests with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and either a king-size or two queen-size beds in each room. The hotel also offers a fitness center and an indoor pool with an outdoor deck. The casino's Legends Theater contains 2,800 seats for indoor entertainment and an entertainment option for kids at Kidsquest and Cyberquest. Delivering comfortable accommodation and recreation for the whole family, Route 66 Hotel Casino is replete with the trappings of an enjoyable stay.
Albuquerque's casinos, as spread out as they are, provide residents and visitors with venues for enjoying entertainment and gaming. Pairing great food and delightful drink with recreation, the wildly different casinos in the Duke City area offer unique amenities and activities. Some offer overnight accommodations in quality rooms with luxurious bedding, while others offer live music and dancing every single weekend. Providing fun outing options for gamers and concert-goers alike, these casinos are equipped to host guests for a fun time no matter the length of their stay.
The large casinos that offer outdoor sports such as golfing and fishing are a cut above the rest in terms of leisure and convenience. While a casino may seem hardly a place to find artistic sharpness and bountiful history, the historic opulence found among the mesas and rolling prairies that are found surrounding these casinos can scarcely be ignored. To add to the cultural richness found in these venues, each and every one of these casinos is set in a lovely desert landscape surrounded by the homelands of Native American pueblos.
The Native people still practice many of the traditions handed down to them from many generations of ancestors. It is within these traditions that Albuquerque's unique beauty grows and creates an allure that is more enchanting than the simple glow of casino lights and gaming floors. The Albuquerque experience is made beautiful through the rich heritage found in these pueblos.
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