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With their grand opening on January 30, 1998, Albuquerque's latest upscale bar shows how little imagination there is left in the bar business. Sprockets is located directly across from the University of New Mexico so the place will no doubt thrive in spite of its lack of distinction. The seating layout is a healthy blend of booths, tall tables, small wooded tables, comfortable lounges and sofas, and stools at the medium-sized bar. The sound level of the Rock&Roll CD sounds make conversation possible but not easy. The bar features a full liquor selection and ten taps of the most commonly distributed all malt beer, both imports and national micros. No local brews on tap. Two TVs are visible from throughout the large open room but fortunately have their audio squelched. The low, ten foot ceiling and lack of ventilation make breathing difficult given the number of chain-smoking college students. A "back bar" seems to have potential and calls for further exploration. At $3.75 a pint and $4.75 for a 22 ounce draught this won't be a hang out for the college pitcher crowd. Unfortunately, it also won't be the place to enjoy a craft beer without your clothes shortly smelling like an ashtray. Looks like plenty of room for competition.

2216 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - January, 1998

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