Santa Fe

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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Santa Fe Nightlife

El Farol

Head to this neighborhood tavern and rock out to live music, great food, and some of the best flamenco dancing in the nation (Wednesdays) courtesy of internationally renowned Maria Martinez and her protégés.

808 Canyon Rd., NM, 505-983-9912,
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | smart splurge

Evangelos Cocktail Lounge

This neighborhood dive bar features live blues. Look for the sign with a U.S. postage stamp (that’s late-owner, and former WWII marine, Angelo’s face on the stamp).

200 W. San Francisco St., NM, 505-982-9014
Tags: nightlife | local favorite | bar


This retro-chic club holds its own with its coastal competitors. Think Astroturf-covered bathrooms, contemporary lighting, an Asian-fusion bar menu, and plenty of lounge chairs, couches, and aquariums.

135 W. Palace Ave., Level 3, NM, 505-955-0400
Tags: nightlife | lounge | dancing | bar

La Fiesta Lounge

Residents have been flocking to this La Fonda hotel bar since the 1850s. The live music (everything from jazz to western swing) is as eclectic as the friendly crowd.

100 E. San Francisco St., NM, 505-982-5511,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | local favorite | history | bar

Santa Fe Brewing Company

Santa Fe's oldest brewpub is making a name for itself with quality national touring acts like Taj Mahal and They Might Be Giants. An onsite brewery produces beer that is shipped statewide.

Top of the Turquoise Trail, 35 Fire Pl., NM, 505-424-3333,
Tags: nightlife | brewpub

Second Street Brewery

Great handcrafted beer coupled with burgers, fries, and live music on the weekends makes this hangout popular among locals.

1814 Second St., NM, 505-982-3030,
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | local favorite | brewpub

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