The building housing the High Noon Restaurant and Saloon dates from the 1700's and 1800's. As with most buildings around here, it started as a small building and was added to over time, probably a number of times. The older, front part of the building has low ceilings and the "newer" part in the back (1800's) has high ceilings.
It's a comfortable place with brick floors, whitewashed adobe walls and vigas (big log beams) holding up the roof. The Christmas decorations are lovely, they usually have a fire burning in the fireplace in the corner, and there is live Spanish guitar music Thursdays through Sundays. If I go in there in the late afternoon, I usually see someone I know sitting at the copper-topped bar.
About ten years ago they wanted to put in a nice Christmas tree but were concerned about taking out a table to make room for the tree. They do a good business at Christmas and often have groups in for parties, so they can't afford to lose a table.
I don't know who came up with the idea of hanging the Christmas tree from the ceiling, complete with lights, ornaments and wrapped packages. It works well for them. They still have the table space, and it's also become quite an attraction. I always encourage people to pop in and take a look at the tree, have a drink, have dinner...
High Noon Restaurant and Saloon
425 San Felipe Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104