Skylight: Dance the Night Away at Santa Fe's Hottest Nightspot

Two dance floors, four bars, DJs and live entertainment make for lots of fun

By Billie Frank,

Santa Fe's nightlife scene got a big infusion of energy when Skylight opened in July 2014. Located on San Francisco Street in the heart of the city’s historic downtown, it’s become one of the hottest nightspots in "The City Different."

Named for the huge skylight that tops the venue, the two-story space offers four bars and two dance floors. Downstairs, there’s a DJ area and two bars. Upstairs, you’ll find an intimate lounge with its own bar that offers seating on over-stuffed furniture.

The second-story dance floor, dubbed “The Skylab,” was designed to feel like a trendy city loft; think Brooklyn meets Santa Fe. Want to watch the action and yet be above it all? Grab a seat on the balcony overlooking the dance floor; it’s a great vantage point.

A DJ spins at Skylight — Photo courtesy of G2 Imaging (Gabriel Gonzales) / Skylight

Skylight is a hip entertainment venue offering music or other genres. They’ve hosted comedians, flamenco dancers and even circus performers.

Music offerings range from shows – usually with an early 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. start time – to late-night DJs. While most of these masters of dance music are local, occasionally the club will bring in a celebrity DJ from out of town. There's a cover charge for the dance sessions, which varies depending on who’s spinning.

Enjoy the show at Skylight — Photo courtesy of G2 Imaging (Gabriel Gonzales) / Skylight

Skylight opens Tuesday through Saturday at 5 p.m. for their daily happy hour. Thirst-quenchers run from shots, beer and wine to margaritas and their signature cocktail: "The Skylight." This concoction, designed to look like a sunset, layers vodka, orange juice and grenadine with a float of blue curacao at the top.

Hungry? The extensive bar menu has a range of options, from New Mexico-influenced food to a Cuban torta. Local favorites include fresh house-made chips and salsa, an all-day breakfast burrito, green chile cheese fries and green chile cheeseburgers.

Other offerings include a classic wedge salad, chicken wings, chicken kabobs and “Santa Fe Pizza,” topped with beef, red onions, bell peppers and fresh cilantro. Or you can always build your own pie.

A packed floor for a musical performance at Skylight — Photo courtesy of G2 Imaging (Gabriel Gonzales) / Skylight

Skylight was a long time coming. Major shareholders Joe Ray Sandoval and Aaron Banks worked with a dedicated team to bring the nightspot to fruition. Everyone involved has a long background in either hospitality or the entertainment business; some even have both.

Amanda Morris, the club’s assistant general manager, says that the team that put the venue together had “long shared a vision of opening a spot of our own."

"The search lasted many years and finally came together when we found this great space," says Morris.

Want to get out at night and boogie? Santa Fe’s Skylight is one of the hottest nightspots in town. Head over after 10 p.m., and dance what’s left of the night away.