The 11 Best Hotel Bars in Santa Fe

Andrew Collins | February 06, 2018

Santa Fe may not be a late-night town, but it is very much a destination for sunset margaritas on the patio, or after-dinner sipping in a leather sofa before roaring flames in a kiva-style fireplace. These hotels all have atmospheric bars that are popular with locals and overnight guests alike, and many offer excellent food menus and happy hours, too.


Inn at Vanessie

Why it made the list

Adjoining this small, upscale inn, the cabaret inside Vanessie restaurant is a favorite place to listen to talented pianists and singers belt out Broadway-style tunes.

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Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel

Why it made the list

The hotel's restaurant and bar, Ortiz, serves reliably good Southwestern and American fare and has an excellent cocktail list. It's one of the more popular hotel lounges in town with business travelers.

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Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe

Why it made the list

Decked in colorful vintage car memorabilia and photos, the quirky and lively Low 'n Slow Lowrider Bar is a friendly and fun place to sample a mezcal-based smoky margaritas.

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Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Why it made the list

This large and stylish lobby of Downtown's biggest hotel opens to snazzy Cava, where you can sample Basque-inspired food and wine while relaxing in a plush lounge chair or sofa. The hotel's other excellent option for drinks, the lounge section of Agave Restaurant is a great bet for late-night drinking and tasty bar food.

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Inn of the Governors

Why it made the list

One of only a few venues in town serving food late at night, Del Charro Saloon lures plenty of locals as well as hotel guests with its superb margaritas and tasty bites, from green-chile cheeseburgers to frito pies.

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Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Why it made the list

One of the best late-afternoon spots for watching the world go by while sipping creative cocktails, the bar at this upscale hotel just steps from the Plaza has a terrific patio. Inside, the bar area has comfy seating and the same excellent menu of fine drinks and wines, and upscale bar food.

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Inn and Spa at Loretto

Why it made the list

The Living Room lounge at this upscale Pueblo Revival hotel is one of the warmest and most inviting venues on a cold night for after-dinner drinks and dessert (especially the decadent banana chocolate bread pudding). A big fireplace warms this space that's just off the lobby, and you'll find plenty of comfy seating in leather sofas and armchairs.

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Drury Plaza Hotel

Why it made the list

Bar Alto occupies the roofdeck and is beside the pool of this stylish five-story hotel on the east side of downtown. From the bar and surrounding patio, you're treated to expansive mountain views. It's especially beautiful, and popular here, around sunset. Hotel guests can also enjoy complimentary cocktails each afternoon in the lobby.

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Hotel St. Francis

Why it made the list

This historic hotel near the Plaza offers two very different but equally appealing drinking options. Secreto Lounge has garnered awards and plenty of acclaim for its sophisticated mixology program and such memorable drinks as the smoked-sage margarita. Across the lobby, you can sample some of the finest domestic sparkling wines in the country in the Gruet Winery Tasting Room.

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La Fonda on the Plaza

Why it made the list

Santa Fe's most storied and centrally located hotel is a must for drinks at least once during your stay, even if you're not a hotel guest. Both of the hotels option are local treasures. Just off the lobby, La Fiesta Lounge has great live entertainment many nights and serves first-rate margaritas. During the warmer months, drinks on the roof-deck Bell Tower Bar—ideally during sunset—are another of the city's most revered traditions.

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La Posada de Santa Fe

Why it made the list

The bars at this luxurious resort on the east side of Downtown rank among the most atmospheric venues in Santa Fe for socializing and sipping. Both the larger Staab House and cozy Julia's Social Club are set inside the grand Victorian building around which this resort is built. Staab House has both a gorgeous interior space and a lovely open-air patio, and at Julia's, the wine list is notable for its emphasis on Iberian and South American wines.

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