Where is the best nightlife in Santa Fe?

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Steve Larese

Compared to many cities, Santa Fe may seem a bit quiet at night, but there are several notable places to go if you’re not ready to call it a day. The Secreto Lounge in Hotel St. Francis has become the spot for vintage cocktails and their Gardens-to-Glass program, in which local fruits and vegetables are used in custom cocktails. El Farol restaurant on Canyon Road is known for its exciting flamenco dancing and live Latin, jazz and blues music on select nights. The Matador at 116 West San Francisco is a downstairs, cash-only, hipster dive bar that plays punk and rockabilly music; it’s popular with locals and welcoming to tourists. The Underground at Evangelos near the Plaza feels like two bars in one, both divey in feel, with Evangelos playing live rock, blues or jazz upstairs, and the Underground spinning hip hop and live music downstairs. The Cowgirl and Vanessie’s restaurants are known for their live music, and many hotels have popular lounges that feature live music, such as La Fiesta Lounge at La Fonda de Santa Fe.

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