5 Best Santa Fe Locations For Happy Hour

Happy hours are a great way for restaurants and bars to incentivize patrons during slower hours and can be a great deal for those who want to relax and grab a cheap drink or bite without staying out too late.

The duration and time of happy hours vary by place but tend to occur on the early afternoon side from around 4-6 pm (with some exceptions, as you’ll see below!). If you don’t drink, you can still find plenty of places that also have deals on food and appetizers during that time as well!

5 Best Santa Fe Locations For Happy Hour

Taking a vacation in Santa Fe usually means you will have tons to do outdoors, but you should also take some time to explore the city and local living. If there’s one thing that is not scarce in this city, it’s culture; and you have no shortage of places to find delicious food and drink.

Check out below for 5 of our favorite Santa Fe Happy Hour locations – keep in mind all of these specials are current as of November 2021 but are subject to change per each individual establishment.

We recommend calling ahead to see whether the pricing seen here is still active, or if their Happy Hour specials have changed!

1. Taberna La Boca

What goes better with a happy hour than tapas?

Chef James Campbell Caruso artfully pairs Spanish and French flavors into some of the most delicious small plates Santa Fe has to offer.

Taberna La Boca

Fans rave about the seafood paella, which is also offered as a vegetarian option as well. At only .3 miles away from the Inn on the Paseo, this is a great spot to walk to without having to worry about finding an Uber or designated driver!

When Is Happy Hour?

5 pm – 6 pm Daily

Happy Hour Specials: Select tapas are up to 50% off, house wines are between $6-7 each, and select draft beers are $3.*

Happy Hour Tip:

If you’re lucky enough to go on a Tuesday, you can snag an amazing three-course prix fixe dinner for just $20!*

*Happy Hour deals subject to change – contact the establishment for confirmation of specials.


2. Plaza Cafe

With two locations to choose from – one nearby the Inn on the Paseo, and another a little further away, the Plaza Cafe is consistently a recommendation from tourists and locals alike. Known for its incredibly friendly service, this is a great diner-like place to relax and unwind after a busy day of exploring Santa Fe.

Plaza Cafe Downtown

When Is Happy Hour?

4 pm – 6 pm every day

Happy Hour Specials:

Half-priced appetizers (try the calamari!) and daily drink specials* – we recommend their margarita.

Happy Hour Tip:

This restaurant has more of a diner-feel and is very family-friendly – you could score some great happy hour specials while still enjoying a family meal on your vacation!

*Happy Hour deals subject to change – contact the establishment for confirmation of specials.


3. Santa Fe Capitol Grill

The Santa Fe Capitol Grill is a great place to go for some classic American fare – and if you sit at the bar, you can enjoy one of the best Happy Hour specials in town. Like many others on this list, the Capitol Grill offers Happy Hour specials on select appetizers as well as a variety of different adult beverages. The Capitol Grill is located next door to our previous recommendation, Plaza Cafe (Southside location), so you can bar hop and explore two places for happy hour!

Santa Fe Capitol Grill

When Is Happy Hour?

3 pm – 6 pm Daily

Happy Hour Specials:

All draft beers $3.25, Well drinks & select red/white wines $5.25, Signature drinks $2.00 off, and select appetizers $6.95.*

Happy Hour Tip:

Make an evening out of it and visit the Regal Theater after dinner and drinks. While they are still closed due to the pandemic, they anticipate opening up in the coming months!

* Happy Hour deals subject to change – contact the establishment for confirmation of specials.


4. Santa Fe Brewing Brakeroom

This is such a fun location that frequently hosts events at its downtown HQ (it has two locations in the immediate Santa Fe area). Offering sprawling outside seating and beautiful patios, this is a gorgeous spot to experience the Santa Fe climate while enjoying some great happy hour deals.


When Is Happy Hour?

Every day of the week from 6 pm – 7 pm

Happy Hour Specials:

$1 Social Hour pints at every SFBC taproom*. Social Hour is a “hazy, wit-style ale with tropical fruit. 7% ABV”

Happy Hour Tip:

One of the brewery locations is situated at the top of the famous Turquoise Trail – we can’t think of a better way to end a day hike than with a trip to one of “New Mexico’s Original Craft Brewery”.

* Happy Hour deals subject to change – contact the establishment for confirmation of specials.

5. Anasazi Bar & Lounge

A quintessential Santa Fe must-see, the Anasazi Bar & Lounge has a very impressive lounge area that boasts an eclectic – yet comfortable – vibe. Its sister restaurant offers exquisite dishes curated with New Mexico’s local delights and offers unique dining experiences like a bespoke romantic dinner and comprehensive tequila tasting.

ar & Lounge

When Is Happy Hour?

Sunday through Thursday from 3 pm – 5:30 pm

Happy Hour Specials:

Discounts on its signature Silver Coin margarita, cocktails, and local craft beers.

Happy Hour Tip: This is more of an upscale happy hour location which does require a dress code of “smart casual,” so be sure to dress for the occasion. Tequila-lovers will thoroughly enjoy the Mezcal tasting menu that can be paired with delicious food or sampled alone (not part of the happy hour special, however).

* Happy Hour deals subject to change – contact the establishment for confirmation of specials.


Is Santa Fe A Nightlife City?

Keep in mind that while the area does have plenty to do for adult fun, it is not a town that is
known for wild nightlife. In fact, a lot of the area does close down relatively early, so be sure to
check closing times for specific restaurants & bars to make plans accordingly.

However, the abundance of happy hours available in the city can be a great way to wind down a
busy day of hiking or visiting the hot springs in the early afternoon; just plan to end your hike
around 4 pm and you shouldn’t miss them!

Why Choose the Inn on the Paseo?

While you are able to navigate the city through Ubers or rental cars, the advantageous proximity
of our Santa Fe B&B in town is perfect for those who want to explore the happy hour specials
around town on foot.

Staying with us means access to many restaurants and bars that feature
some fantastic happy hour deals without the hassle of finding transportation!

Our inn in Santa Fe is locally owned by innkeepers who are more than happy to share their
recommendations for food, drinks, activities – or all three!

Simply give us a call to inquire, and we can help you build an exhilarating itinerary for your
upcoming stay with us. If you haven’t yet booked with us, you can easily do so online here.

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