Santa Fe Nightlife

Culturally endowed though it is, Santa Fe has a pretty mellow nightlife scene; its key strength is live music, which is presented at numerous bars, hotel lounges, and restaurants. Austin-based blues and country groups and other acts wander into town, and members of blockbuster bands have been known to perform unannounced at small clubs while vacationing in the area. But on most nights your best

bet might be quiet cocktails beside the flickering embers of a piñon fire or under the stars out on the patio.

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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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