Top 10 Events & Nightlife in Santa Fe

10. Shadeh Nightclub

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Starting off our Top Ten Santa Fe clubs is a place that you should feel cool going to. Shadeh Nightclub at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino is the place to be in Santa Fe, drawing in a young and eclectic crowd to its super trendy atmosphere. Covered in bright lights and serving up delicious and adventurous cocktails, you’ll feel like you got invited to the cool kids’ party without even trying! Come get your party on and rage like a local. Open 9 PM – 4 AM. 

9. Secreto Lounge

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Shhhh, we don’t want to give away how amazingly stellar this secret place is…Just kidding—it’s one of the hottest places in Santa Fe, so the secret’s already out. Secreto Lounge boasts incredible indoor and outdoor patio seating along with some crafty cocktails you won’t want to miss. Come dance, romance, and prance the night away (nailed it) at this Top 10 Santa Fe lounge. Open Mon – Thurs 4 PM – 12 AM, Fri – Sat 12 PM – 12 AM, and Sun 12 PM – 10 PM.  

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8. Cowgirl

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Cowgirl up, travelers! Literally—strap on your boots and head on down to this Top 10 Santa Fe bar for some country music, BBQ, and beer. This Western hotspot has been a Santa Fe favorite for years and brings in live music almost every night for your utter entertainment. Come listen to country, blues, and folk artists sing the night away while you sip on some beer and pretend you’re a cowboy or cowgirl for the night. Just try to remember where you tied up your horse…Open Mon – Sat 11 AM – 12:30 AM and Sun 11 AM – 11 PM. 

7. El Farol

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If you’re looking for an authentic, Southwestern, New Mexico experience, head to El Farol right away. An easy contender for our Top 10 Santa Fe venues, this classy joint presents live music and features gorgeous flamenco dancers—oo la la! A Spanish art form, flamenco features a guitar, a song, and a dancer in a gorgeous costume that is reminiscent of a flamingo. Come and get a side of culture with that wine. Tues, Fri, and Sat 11 AM – 11:30 PM and Sun – Mon and Wed – Thurs 11 AM – 10 PM. 

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6. Vanessie Piano Bar

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For all our classy travelers, here is an extra special treat -- the Vanessie Piano Bar boasts delicious drinks alongside incredible classical tunes. Listen as your host tickles the ivories while your worries melt away in the beautiful Santa Fe. The perfect date spot or time spent with the family, this Top 10 Santa fe piano bar is sure to leave you feeling more relaxed than when you walked in. What has 88 keys but no locks? You guessed it—a piano. Open daily 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 

5. La Cantina

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Don’t be fooled by the welcoming adobe charm this elegant, yet rustic, restaurant emits during the day. By night, this Top 10 Santa Fe venue comes alive with the flavors and dances of the Southwest. Colorful lights paired with music you can’t seem to stop dancing to will make your visit one for the record books. Open daily 11 AM – 10 PM.

4. Santa Fe Bandstand

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Get ready for this Top Ten Santa Fe event, travelers—the Santa Fe Bandstand Festival is one of the biggest and coolest around! Lasting over a month and putting on over 75 free performances (yes, free!), this festival has won more awards than we have space to list. From local artists to big-name bands, this festival in the heart of Santa Fe will make your trip a 10 out of 10. Usually running from July – August, this is a special summer treat to beat the heat. Performance times vary by artist. 

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3. The Palace

Prepare for a new level of swag, travelers. This super cool speakeasy-themed Top 10 Santa Fe cocktail lounge serves up retro vibes with inventive eats. Dishing up ultra-modern food in an experiential way, you won’t know whether to focus on your food or the old-fashion American décor surrounding your table. With a name like ‘The Palace’ and an atmosphere like a saloon, you might not be able to put your finger on it, but you’ll know it’s awesome. Open Tues – Sat 5 PM – 2 AM.

2. Lensic Center

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Entertainment in style is what you get when you visit the Lensic Performing Arts Center located in the heart of this gorgeous town. Come see world-class performances on a stunning stage in a modern Top 10 Santa Fe venue during your cultured travels. From operas to movie screenings to all kinds of theatrical performances, who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired enough to finish that vampire opera you’ve been working on. Performance times vary by artist.

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1. Opera House

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Oh, did you think the Lensic Performing Arts Center was the only place to see a killer performance in Santa Fe? Well, turns out, the Santa Fe Opera House has been putting on ovation-worthy performances for years. Bringing in regional and national artists, you’ll definitely want to check on these performances during your travels. Beat the heat and see an elegant opera in a stunning, air-conditioned venue. Open Mon – Fri 9 AM – 5 PM.

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