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Local Experts: Santa Fe, Stephanie Pearson

By Local Expert Stephanie Pearson

Top Bars in Santa Fe

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The Palace Saloon

The Palace Saloon

This institution on Palace Avenue has scarlet velvet walls, a deep walnut bar, and was once adorned with oil paintings of naked women. The paintings have disappeared, but the bordello-like atmosphere remains. Order a dirty martini.

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Cowgirl Hall of Fame

Cowgirl Hall of Fame

Co-owner Barry Secular may be a New Yorker and baseball fanatic, but he and his staff have mastered northern New Mexican cowboy comfort food. Sit on the patio, order a Bunkhouse Brisket and a La Cumbre Hefeweizen, listen to the Railyard Reunion Blue Grass Band, and relax in the sun.

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The Matador

The Matador

Descend down a dark staircase on a side street off the Plaza and you will have entered the anti-Santa Fe. Reminiscent of a college dive bar, the Matador has no Southwestern touches, no frou-frou fancy drinks, and takes no credit cards.  Order a PBR and like it. 

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Second Street Brewery

Second Street Brewery

There’s no hard liquor here, which makes for a kid-friendly atmosphere. And once you sample some of the nearly 50 beers on the menu you won’t mind the lack of spirits in the least. The original Second Street Brewery is where you’re likely to find most of the locals, but the new location, with a courtyard to watch the Railyard action, is the better bet on a hot summer day. The darker beer, the better, so I order a German Bock or the locally brewed Pecos Porter.

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Tiny’s Lounge

Tiny’s Lounge

This fourth-generation nightclub started in 1950 as “Tiny’s Dine and Dance.” With its pleather booths, the Southwest’s largest decanter collection, and local art decorating the walls, Tiny’s is a local treasure not to be missed. Some locals have been dancing here since the day Tiny’s opened. For Karaoke, Jim Beam, and a guaranteed dance partner—especially if you’re a woman—stop by on Saturday night. 


Visit the Top Bars in Santa Fe

Tiny’s Lounge
1005 S Saint Francis Dr Ste 117 (Cerrillos Road), Santa Fe, NM 87505, United States
8.2/10

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Second Street Brewery
35 Fire Place, Santa Fe, NM 87508, United States
8.8/10

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The Matador
San Francisco St & Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87503, United States
7.4/10

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Cowgirl Hall of Fame
Santa Fe, NM, United States
0/10

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The Palace Saloon
Santa Fe, NM, United States
6.4/10

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