Schools, Breweries, and Nightclubs in Sawmill - Albuquerque, NM 

Sawmill has a number of schools, breweries, and nightclubs we’ll discuss in this short post. First, a quick introduction to the area.

The Sawmill Area neighborhood, which is to the north of Old Town and Plaza Vieja, is home to many of Downtown Albuquerque’s beloved landmarks. There are numerous more popular tourist and neighborhood destinations, including the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. In addition, a large number of local small businesses support Albuquerque’s economy.

ACE Leadership High School

ACE Leadership High School is most likely significantly different from the institution you attended when you were a child. The curriculum stresses teaching reading, writing, math, history, and science via architecture, engineering, and building, and is project-based (ACE). The goal of the school is to prepare pupils for life outside of the classroom.

Ponderosa Brewing

Ponderosa Brewing is a popular hangout for both visitors and residents, in addition to the museums in the Sawmill Area. In fact, several of their beers have names that pay respect to the historical Sawmill Area, such as Rip Saw Red, and they typically have ten or more regional beers on tap, including their well-known Ghost Train I.P.A.

One Google reviewer, Gayle V. shared;

“Cool brewery close to Old Town. The beers are great. Food is very good. They used to have happy hour specials which made it much more fun and reasonable but it’s still a fun place to visit. The Oktoberfest is really good. The IPA’s are very good too. They forgot a key ingredient in our salad too, which they need to be more careful about. Portion sizes were nice.”

Casa Esencia

One of Sawmill’s highlights is Casa Esencia, a high-end cocktail lounge and nightclub housed in a renovated hacienda. Visitors admire its sumptuous atmosphere, which has been recognized as a monument on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.

Driving Directions from Casa Esencia to ABQ-IT

Drive 15 min (8.6 miles)

Casa Esencia

800 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, United States

Take I-40 E, E Frontage Rd, Pan American Frontage Rd N and I-25 N to Hawkins St NE

14 min (8.1 mi)

Head north on Rio Grande Blvd NW toward Pueblo Bonito Ct NW

0.4 mi

Turn right to merge onto I-40 E

1.1 mi

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 159A for 4th St toward University Blvd/Downtown/2nd St

0.3 mi

Continue onto E Frontage Rd/Indian School Rd NW

Continue to follow E Frontage Rd

1.1 mi

Turn left onto Frontage Rd N (signs for I-25 N)

0.3 mi

Continue onto Pan American Frontage Rd N

1.2 mi

Use the left lane to take the ramp onto I-25 N

2.7 mi

Take exit 231 toward San Antonio Dr/Ellison Rd

0.3 mi

Use the left lane to merge onto Pan American Frontage Rd N

0.1 mi

Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Ellison St NE

0.4 mi

Turn right onto Jefferson St NE

0.1 mi

Turn left onto Hawkins St NE

Destination will be on the left

1 min (0.5 mi)


3734 Hawkins St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, United States

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