An Insider’s Guide to the Most Awesome Santa Fe Bars

If you’re looking for live music in Santa Fe or just a way to enjoy Santa Fe nightlife, explore the vivacious bar scene. Some of the best bars in Santa Fe offer lively entertainment, delicious drinks, and great times to be remembered. Enjoy great laughs and make lasting memories during your stay in Santa Fe. You will be enjoying yourself and letting loose before you know it! Leave all your worries behind and embrace the vacation mindset. You deserve it! There are quite a few Santa Fe bars near El Farolito, but here are a few of our favorite.

5 of Our Favorite Santa Fe Bars

Dragon Room Lounge

Recently named the top bar in Santa Fe by the Santa Fe Reporter, the Dragon Room Lounge is a continuous hot spot. The atmosphere is authentic Santa Fe, featuring trees growing through the roof of the bar, Rosalea Murphy artwork on the walls, and string lights creating an ambiance. Whether you show up for a lively lunch or sit down for happy hour and enjoy dinner, the Dragon Room Lounge has a great menu to go with its atmosphere. Enjoy green chile or gypsy stew, follow up with luncheon lobster salad, and then indulge in a variety of specialties. The enchilada pink adobe or tilapia tacos should do the trick! Finish up with Rosalea’s legendary French apple pie, Chocolate Denise, or Southwestern bread pudding.

Del Charro

One favorite of Santa Fe bars is Del Charro. This watering hole has a unique environment that will take you back in time to the Wild West. The downtown location is one perk of Del Charro, but the great menu is also an ideal reason to visit. The homemade red chile burger, chipotle wings, or nachos royale serve as classic Southwestern bar grub. Pair your fare with some delicious drinks, including a variety of tasty margaritas. Choose from house, pomegranate, agave nectar, green chile-mango, or lemon and lime blends. Bar specialties include electric lemonade, a Mexican mule, White House sangria, and a classic old-fashioned.

Evangelo’s Cocktail Lounge

One of the best Santa Fe bars for a live music destination is Evangelo’s Cocktail Lounge. This cash-only bar is a favorite hangout, just one block west of the famous Santa Fe Plaza. Featuring live music in the main bar and live music and DJs in separate bar “The Underground,” this is one of the most exciting Santa Fe bars to visit during your stay. With a classic variety of beers on tap and a full liquor list, you won’t be disappointed with the drinks menu, either.

The Matador

For an underground dive that won’t disappoint with $3 PBRs, try The Matador. With a maximum capacity of 67, you will be nice and cozy in this fun choice of Santa Fe bars. Take in the wild decor, from velvet paintings to bullfighting paraphernalia while listening to some punk rock music. Venturing below street-level will be well worth it with big tequila shots, gritty playlists, and funky movies playing in the background. Embrace the oddities of Santa Fe here!

Coyote Cafe & Rooftop Cantina

A staple in the Santa Fe bars scene is the Coyote Cafe & Rooftop Cantina. While the downstairs atmosphere boasts a romantic, high-class tone and features some truly exquisite fare, upstairs hosts the exuberant rooftop cantina. You can order some food to go along with your bar drinks, from a trio of salsas to ginger chile pork ribs. The Navajo taco is another great option, combining pulled pork, roasted chicken, ground beef, crispy lettuce, black beans, white cheddar, and red chile. Can you say yum?! As for the drinks, try the cinnamon blood orange Samurai, a green chile-infused margarita, or the lemon and maple syrup Agave Flip. The plum martini is another favorite, and if you’re looking for something different, order the Scottish Tea.

From the Bar to the B&B: El Farolito

Settle into Santa Fe by staying at our downtown bed and breakfast, El Farolito. Enjoy proximity to many Santa Fe bars while also experiencing authentic Southwestern decor and delicious breakfasts each morning. If you’re looking for more great bars and restaurants in the area, read our free vacation guide!