Where Are the Best Bars in Santa Fe?

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There’s nothing better than enjoying a cold cocktail or beer in the evening after exploring the City Different on a hot New Mexico summer day. It’s not difficult to find one of the many watering holes around town, but if you want to indulge in the best food and drinks, you must experience at least one of our favorite bars in Santa Fe. Live music, unique art, and exciting atmospheres make for a memorable evening in a fantastic city. For more dining options, entertainment venues, and activities in the area, request our free Vacation Guide!

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8 Great Bars in Santa Fe

Dragon Room Lounge

The Dragon Room Lounge at The Pink Adobe restaurant sits a few blocks from the heart of Santa Fe. This Southwestern-themed lounge is open Tuesday through Friday and holds titles from local and national media as one of the best bars in Santa Fe. We recommend grabbing a drink and some food here for a quintessential experience in the City Different.

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.

Evangelo’s Cocktail Lounge

Evangelo’s Cocktail Lounge is one of our favorite places to listen to live music in town and one of the best bars in Santa Fe. This cash-only bar is a classic hangout, with a variety of beers on tap and a full liquor list that doesn’t disappoint.

The Matador

The Matador is a small dive bar that offers a fun and exciting nightlife experience in the City Different. 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.

Coyote Cafe & Rooftop Cantina

Vibrant paintings, delicious eats, and an open-air bar on the rooftop make the Coyote Cafe & Rooftop Cantina a must-visit. The lower level cafe and den boast a more upscale atmosphere while the bar is great for a fun and casual night of enjoying a drink while looking up at the starry New Mexico sky.


Half dive bar, half cocktail lounge—Crowbar is one of Santa Fe’s newest bars. It sits two blocks west of the plaza and has an eccentric style culminating through the art on the walls. You won’t have to search for the brightly colored crow looming behind the bar.

Low ‘N Slow Lowrider Bar

Evoking a sense of old New Mexico and the famous Route 66 highway, Low ‘N Slow Lowrider Bar has classic car decor gracing the walls of their beautiful bar. Sip a specialty cocktail while sitting at your table with overhead chrome hubcap lights!


This dimly lit jazz bar in Santa Fe offers a fun mix of cocktails and local eats. A contemporary art deco atmosphere with touches of the American Southwest make Tonic an excellent place to stop for drinks.

Plan Your Santa Fe GetawayThe Interior Of The Delgado Room

Experiencing all of these bars in and around downtown is easy when you stay at El Farolito! We are within a 15-minute walking distance of Santa Fe Plaza, so you can hop from bar to bar without having to worry about getting a ride! Our warm and cozy rooms are perfect for sleeping off a fun night, and a complimentary gourmet breakfast prepares you for another day in the City Different.

Book your stay with us today and prepare to revel in one of the most unique destinations in the country!

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