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  If you're in search of nonstop varied nightlife, may we suggest you catch the next flight to Miami or L.A. It's not that nighttime entertainment doesn't exist in Santa Fe. In fact, The City Different boasts a thriving nightlife        

 You just have to look a little harder for it than you would in larger cities, and it's somewhat limited in scope, especially as evening turns into night and night turns into morning. Except for bars, a few dancing locales and a handful of cafes, Santa Fe rolls up the sidewalks after 10 PM. Many bars close at 11:30 PM or midnight during the week, some even on weekends.

Locals are resourceful, however. They create their own nightlife, much of which consists of meeting friends at favorite restaurants or bars, which, like their denizens, have distinct personalities. For those who live to dance, there's one honest-to-goodness "disco" in town, several country-and-western venues and a few Latino clubs. Many hotels also offer live entertainment, much of it home-grown -- though that by no means rules out the occasional big-name act. Thanks to Santa Fe's magnetic attraction for artists, musicians and celebrities of all ilk and notoriety, local talent is excellent and plentiful here.

The Second Street Brewery Staff 

1814 Second Street. 982-3030

works hard to present a neighborhood brewpub that is welcoming to all, local residents and visitors alike, to enjoy the delightful company of others. What?! You mean there's still exists such a place that encourages good old fashion conversation?!

Pink Adobe
406 Old Santa Fe Trail. • 983-7712

You'll meet everyone in town at this long-standing landmark that's the "essential Santa Fe experience" for enthusiasts who come to Santa Fe. Rosalea Murphey has owned this restaurant for 50 years. The several dining rooms have fireplaces and works by artists that include Rosalea herself. The steak Dunnigan, smothered in green chili and mushrooms, and the savory shrimp Louisianne--fat and deep-fried crispy--are among the perennial Continental, New Orleans creole, and New Mexican dishes served here. The apple pie drenched in rum sauce is a perennial favorite. 

El Paseo Bar & Grill

208 Galisteo Street.

This local hangout offers a little bit of everything: cold beer, food and cocktails any time of day or night, and live music Tuesday through Saturday. It’s the kind of place where musicians hangout, along with a middle-aged crowd of hipsters that appreciate good, music. Tuesdays are open mic nights. Acts change Thursday through Saturday, featuring many types of music; rock/pop, alternative, reggae, singer/songwriter, blues, funk, hip/hop and soul. The crowd here is mostly made up of locals, but most folks are over 30. This is a good place to check out the ever-rotating music scene in Santa Fe. From 11am to 10pm.

El Farol
808 Canyon Rd. • 983-9912

Owner David Salazar sums up his food in one word: "Spanish." Order a classic entrée like paella or make a meal from the 20 different tapas--from tiny fried squid to wild mushrooms. Dining is indoors and outdoors at relaxed El Farol. People push back the chairs and start dancing at around 9:30.


For detailed information about how to fill your evenings in Santa Fe, check the "Comings and goings" section of "Pasatiempo," the Friday arts and entertainment section of the local daily newspaper The Santa Fe New Mexican. The section lists nightly entertainment and events and contains a special jazz section as well as family-oriented nightlife ideas. Journal North and The Santa Fe Reporter also publicize entertainment information. (See our Media chapter.)

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