Art Bar to close its doors

Art bar
Art Bar to close its doors

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A non-profit bar that used its revenues to support artists is calling it quits.

Art Bar in downtown Albuquerque was cited by the state because they appeared in a calendar write up in the weekly Alibi newspaper.

State alcohol regulators said that violated a rule that as a non-profit; they are not allowed to advertise.

The citation was reduced to a warning, but the founders say continued scrutiny by the state is forcing them to close.

The bar was also cited for a membership policy that it adjusted because of the citation.

More than 1,000 people have signed an online petition criticizing regulators in this case.

Regulators tell KRQE News 13 they would like the business to operate in the state, but they have to follow the rules for a non-profit. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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