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.
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.