Santa Fe Nightlife

Few, if any, small cities in America can claim an arts scene as thriving as Santa Fe's—with opera, symphony, and theater in splendid abundance. The music acts here tend to be high-caliber, but rather sporadic. Nightlife, as in dance clubs, is considered fairly "bleak." When popular acts come to town the whole community shows up and dances like there's no tomorrow. A super, seven-week series

of music on the Plaza bandstand runs through the summer with performances four nights a week. Gallery openings, poetry readings, plays, and dance concerts take place year-round, not to mention the famed opera and chamber-music festivals. Check the arts and entertainment listings in Santa Fe's daily newspaper, the New Mexican (, particularly on Friday, when the arts and entertainment section, "Pasatiempo," is included, or check the weekly Santa Fe Reporter ( for shows and events. As you probably suspect by now, activities peak in the summer.

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Agave Lounge

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The side bar at the Hotel Eldorado is stylish and contemporary, making it just as much of a hit with locals and nonguests as with those...

Cowgirl Santa Fe

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This rollicking spot is one of the most popular places in town for live blues, country, rock, folk, and even comedy, on occasion. The...

Del Charro

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The laid-back saloon at the centrally-located Inn of the Governors serves one of the better green-chile cheeseburgers in town, plus fine...

El Farol

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With its long front portal and expansive back patio, this ancient adobe restaurant is a lovely spot to enjoy the afternoon and evenings...


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The quintessential old-school dive bar, this street-side spot a couple of blocks from the Plaza has pool tables downstairs, a good selection...

Rouge Cat

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Although not strictly a gay bar, this LGBT-owned bi-level nightspot does draw heavily from the alternative community—it's a fun and...

Santa Fe Brewing Company

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A little off the beaten path, about a 20-minute drive south of the Plaza right where the Turquoise Trail intersects with Interstate 25,...

Second Street Brewery

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This long-popular brewpub has two locations in town, the newest of which, at the Railyard, is especially spiffy and is within easy walking...

Secreto Lounge

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This beautifully designed bar inside the dramatically renovated Hotel St. Francis makes the best and most interesting craft cocktails...


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This retro-fabulous restaurant serving steaks and New Mexican fare is a legend in this town with politicos, reporters, and deal makers.


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