6 Santa Fe Happy Hours to Discover
Who doesn’t love a Happy Hour? A dedicated time to score incredible values on food and drinks and the opportunity to sit among a boisterous mix of visitors and locals is always a treat. We went out recently to some of Santa Fe’s best happy hours at a few of the city’s well-known locales. Some were new and some, truth be told, are our long time local favorite haunts. Some of the Santa Fe happy hour bonuses come with bargain prices and smaller crowds but some of best reasons are live music with no cover charge, networking opportunities and social bonding with new and old friends.
Hotel Happy Hours
If you love hotel bars, Secreto is a must do. It is located in the historic Hotel St. Francis. It is popular amongst tourists and locals alike. There is a special liveliness here, a kind of artsy-traveler vibe that gives the atmosphere life and energy. If you’re feeling adventuresome, ask one of the talented mixologists to surprise you and delight in the creativity of these concoctions. Secreto is known for specializing in award winning “Garden-To-Glass” and vintage cocktails. Here’s a hot tip…order the signature Smoked Sage Margarita which is also part of the Santa Fe Margarita Trail. Happy hour at Secreto is daily from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. During happy hour all specialty drinks are $7, all appetizers are $7, 16 oz. draft beers are $5 and a $1 discount on wines by the glass is offered.
Agave is hip and modern with an elegant nod to the southwest in decor. The low lighting and deep tones of wood and leather are inviting and relaxing. Located inside the Eldorado Hotel, this place is serious about fresh ingredients and has perfected the blending of tequila into some mighty fine cocktails. If you are a tequila aficionado, Agave is your dream come true. Happy hour is offered daily 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and includes $3 draft beer, $5 house wines and cocktails, and half-price appetizers which include Sriracha Honey Wings, Green Chile Kobe Sliders and Mesquite Grilled Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla.
Low ‘n Slow Lowrider Bar
This hotel bar’s decor reflects the Northern New Mexico car culture phenomenon. For locals, this is the real “lowrider” deal when it comes to ambience! The Low ‘n Slow hosts two sessions of reduced prices daily. An early happy hour is held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and features $4 draft beers. The second happy hour begins at 4:00 p.m. and offers $5 well drinks and Frito Pies for $6 until 7:00 p.m. A popular bar for visitors and Santa Fe’s young clientele.
Restaurant Happy Hours
Happy hour at TerraCotta, is the happy hour of choice for wine aficionados. This charming bistro is located in a 19th century adobe down the street from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Relax and check out their 60 wines by the glass for $6 until 6:00 p.m.
The Dragon Room at The Pink Adobe
One of Santa Fe’s best known haunts is the Pink Adobe’s Dragon Room. Locals and visitors have been faithfully patronizing for over 47 years.
years. This watering hole contains all the rustic elegance Santa Fe charm is known for. Order yourself a drink and then you’ll find yourself striking up a conversation with colorful locals. They might even share a tale or two of a bygone era when the Pink’s legendary founder, Rosalea Murphy would sit in her corner table and invite strangers to her table and break the bread. The Dragon Room is located at 416 Old Santa Fe Trail and is open from Tuesday through Sunday. Happy hour runs from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Another must do happy hour is at La Boca, where happy hour takes place from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Experience the specially priced renowned tapas and fresh sangria that this award-winning restaurant is known for. With its simple, unpretentious decor and intimate seating, La Boca is all about quality ingredients and adventurous flavors. Think intimate happy hour!
With the holidays right around the corner we wanted to provide you with these happy hour suggestions in the City Different. As always, please drink responsibly. Santa Fe sits at 7,000 feet above sea level which makes it a high altitude mountain town and the physical effects of alcohol can be more dramatic here. You’ll want to be cautious with your alcohol intake, especially for the first few days of your trip. Stay hydrated with water.