First Turn Lounge & Patio







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First Turn Lounge & Patio


The First Turn Lounge remains temporarily closed at this time.


Entertainment?  We have it all, and at your convenience! 

  • Daily Happy Hour (ALL Day on Sundays!) featuring your favorite beverages
  • Live music and dancing by the best bands each Friday and Saturday 9:00pm to 1:00am and NEVER A COVER!!
  • Wager, watch and win with simulcast horse racing and AND seasonal live horse racing
  • Karaoke with cash prizes Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Ladies Night every Thursday with LIVE Music, dancing and drink specials
  • Food specials
  • Themed events including our record-breaking annual 80’s party, a 90’s party, Kentucky Derby and so much more
  • Enjoy your favorite food and beverages on our huge outdoor patio and revel in the spectacular view of the Sandia Mountains, plus the live racing action up close from the patio.

And….the First Turn Lounge and patio is available for your private parties!









First Turn Lounge & Patio

First Turn Lounge & Patio


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Fine Dining

The Crown Room is an elegant dining
experience tucked away in a quiet intimate
setting inside the New Downs.

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  • Over 750 casino slots
  • Live horse racing (seasonal) and daily simulcast racing and wagering
  • Live entertainment and 33 screens in the First Turn Lounge
  • Dining at its finest in our Crown Room
  • Casual dining in our Food Court and Downs Café

About the Downs

145 Louisiana Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Phone: 505.767.7171

Mailing Address:
PO Box 8510
Albuquerque, NM 87198

Hours of Operation

Building opens daily at 9:30am

Casino Hours:
Sunday: 10:00am to 1:00am
Monday: 10:00am to 1:00am
Tuesday: 10:00am to 1:00am
Wednesday: 10:00am to 1:00am
Thursday: 10:00am to 2:00am
Friday: 10:00am to 4:00am
Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00am