At first glance the customers may seem to be just another Bud Light/Coors Light swilling crowd but a close examination yields what sets Billy's apart from the mega-pushing bars. 50 taps line the wall behind the bar and the beer menu lists another 72 bottled brands available. A chalkboard greets visitors with the daily drink specials and often a distributor-sponsored event is occurring that involves merchandise give-always and tasting opportunities. Competition is fierce for tap handles but locals and seasonals from regional micros often get their chance to make an impression. Hot sandwiches are available and if corporate greed could take a holiday, the adjacent space from a defunct Pizza Hut could offer future expanded seating that now tops out at 150. Billy's draws people from all around for numerous reasons and although the state may someday close the popular drive-through window they can't destroy the reputation this establishment has of employing the most attractive yet beer-savvy waitresses in town. Whatever your initial interest, make a first visit to Billy's Long Bar and it likely won't be your last.
Billy's Long Bar
4800-C San Mateo Blvd. N.E.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - April, 1998
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