Best Santa Fe, NM Nightlife

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    10. Shadeh at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino

    You don't have to go all the way to Vegas to find top-notch shows, entertainment and casinos. Look no further than Santa Fe, and more specifically Buffalo Thunder Casino. Forming a large portion of the Buffalo...

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    9. La Cantina at Casa Sena

    Love to hum along? Servers have been singing for your supper at The Cantina at La Casa Sena for over 30 years. Hear the best of Broadway mixed with pop tunes. In between taking your order and delivering the food,...

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    8. The Palace Restaurant and Saloon

    The Palace is the place to go for late-night music. Adjacent to Burro Alley, in the city's former Red Light District, it has a rich history. The circa 1900 former saloon is built on the site where the legendary Doña...

    Photo courtesy of The Palace Restaurant and Saloon
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    7. La Fiesta at La Fonda on the Plaza

    La Fiesta Lounge at La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe's oldest hotel, is popular night spot with music six nights a week. The dimly-lit bar just off the lobby has a loyal local following of 50- plus folks, but younger...

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    6. El Farol

    El Farol, the site of the oldest restaurant in Santa Fe, is known for its extensive tapas menu and late night scene with music until around midnight seven days a week. The eclectic music heard here includes blues,...

    Photo courtesy of Courtesy El Farol Santa Fe
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    5. Cowgirl

    Want a western bar straight out of Central Casting? Head to Cowgirl BBQ. Walls here are lined with cowgirl memorabilia and you'll often see working cowgirls and boys bellied up to the bar. On any given night, you may...

    Photo courtesy of Cowgirl Santa Fe
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    4. ¡ Chispa! at El Meson

    ¡Chispa! the bar at the Spanish restaurant El Meson, has been a Santa Fe music destination since the start of the new millennium. There's music five nights a week. Tuesday is Argentine Tango Milonga night. People...

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    3. Vanessie Santa Fe

    Love listening to mellow piano music? Head to Vanessie, Santa Fe's popular piano bar where they've been tickling the ivories nightly since 1983. Local favorite, Doug Montgomery, has been there since the doors opened...

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    2. The Den

    See and be seen at The Den, downstairs from the popular Coyote Café. This chic cocktail lounge part with its young vibe is a favorite of Santa Fe's under-40 crowd. Tourists find their way there, too. Mixologist par...

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    1. Secreto Lounge

    Secreto is one of the worst-kept secrets in town. This popular bar, just off the striking lobby of the vintage Hotel St. Francis, has a dedicated following of local young professionals and tourists. The bartenders...

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About Santa Fe, NM Nightlife

At night, Santa Fe is a city of lights especially during Christmas season when farolito, once sand-filled paper bags with candles, now made from plastic and electrified, sit atop adobe walls and buildings. It’s a slow-paced city. Think mañana. Nightlife in The City Different runs from really laid back to frenetic dance clubs. For mellow evenings check out the piano bar at Vanessie or the quiet Spanish music and jazz at ¡ Chispa! the bar at El Meson of head to Secreto at the Hotel St. Francis known for their ace mixologists. Ratchet it up a notch with the DJs at The Den or the bands at Cowgirl BBQ or El Farol. For real night club action head to Shadeh at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casinos; it really rocks. If you want a truly low-key evening, check out the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the premier concert venue. This 821 seat former movie house with its deco ambiance showcases anything from classical music to circus performers. Want something quieter? Make a leisurely dinner at a place like Geronimo your evening activity.


About Billie Frank

Billie Frank is a freelance travel, food and feature writer based in Santa Fe New Mexico. Her blog, Santa Fe Travelers, is a treasure trove of information on the oldest capital city in the USA. Billie is also co-owner of The Santa Fe Traveler, a trip-planning and tour business.

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