As a city known for its history, beautiful architecture, and breathtaking natural beauty, The City Different turns out the lights relatively early on most nights. While this is true for a majority of the city, there are more than a few spots that provide a fun and adventurous scene for nightlife in Santa Fe. Live music, excellent Southwestern food, and a great selection of bars await you in New Mexico’s capital city. You may even find a new favorite late night watering hole! So, whether you want to dance the night away, enjoy an array of libations, or even have waiters sing to you as they bring you food, you’re in for a great time at one of these spots! Looking for other restaurants or activities to fill up your day before a night of fun? Request our free Vacation Guide for access to all of our favorite things to do and places to see in Santa Fe!
Our Favorite Santa Fe Nightlife Hotspots
The energy of El Mesón is sure to keep you lively until its 2 a.m. closing time. The bar offers live music five nights a week. Every Tuesday, professional and novice dancers take the floor to dance the Argentine Tango. Sit back and watch, or take part in this intricate dance duet with a partner!
El Farol is the oldest bar and restaurant in Santa Fe, providing locals and visitors over a century of food, fun, drinks, and memories. Their menu features traditional Spanish tapas and small plates as well as daily specials. However, the restaurant is probably best known for its dinner shows featuring musicians and dancers from the renowned National Institute of Flamenco!
La Boca and Taberna
La Boca and Taberna are sister restaurants. The front dining room is home to La Boca and provides a romantic setting for dinner. In the back, Taberna resembles more of a bustling tavern with live music and seating both indoors and outdoors. Enjoy tapas or dinner in the Taberna as you listen to live music by local artists into the late hours of the night.
La Cantina at La Casa Sena
A show comes with your dinner at La Cantina at La Casa Sena, literally! Get ready for your server to deliver your meal through song. From Broadway show tunes to today’s pop music, the trained singing waiters cover it all! There are even themed evenings with scores from a particular show or band. Get ready for a night of fantastic food and singing!
Evangelo’s Cocktail Lounge
Evangelo’s Cocktail Lounge gives patrons options for their Santa Fe nightlife experience. Live music rings through the main bar, but the scene changes a bit in the back bar. Enter “The Underground” for a DJ or more live music, depending on the night! Just remember, this bar is cash only!
Relax at El Farolito
After experiencing the best of Santa Fe’s nightlife, rest your weary head at El Farolito! Our guest rooms feature authentic Southwestern furnishings and modern amenities that make for a perfect and unique stay in the Land of Enchantment. Wake up to a delicious breakfastserved from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in our beautiful dining room. Our Inn is less than a mile-long walk from Loretto Chapel, Palace of the Governors, and the historic center of Santa Fe, making it easy to explore everything in and around the city.
If you’re looking for something a little more secluded, check out our Santa Fe Vacation Rental. It’s only a 20-minute drive from El Farolito and provides breathtaking views of the city and the mountains.
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