Brewster's Pub

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The attraction of Brewster's Pub is split between the 30 taps and the high-energy atmosphere. A narrow 20 by 100 foot layout keeps things close in but not crowded, except on weekends when the crowds flock to hear the bands and down the suds. The long, lacquered, light wood bar offers a view of the draught selections along with the classic beer mirrors and memorabilia while the tall lounge tables draw the attention of the attractive young waitresses. The two dartboards see action only until the music starts, the band plays just above the boards in a loft at the rear of the long room. Silent TVs are scattered about overhead and the sound system plays Rock & Roll tunes from the radio. From the 15 foot ceiling above electric fans provide plenty of circulation but no ventilation. Neon beer signs glow from their positions along the red brick walls common to buildings of this era. As downtown Albuquerque struggles to survive, this venue seems able to pack them in with its live music, young crowd and draught beers ranging from megas and imports to large regional micros. Only time will tell if Brewster's becomes the last survivor of a dying downtown or a becan that attracts other businesses that give customers what they're looking for.

Brewster's Pub
312 Central Ave. SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - April, 1998

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