This antique adobe cantina seems like the kind of place where a cowboy might just ride his horse up to the bar. According to local legend, that sort of thing actually used to happen back when this was the original Canyon Road watering hole. (There has been a bar in this location since 1835, making it the oldest in this very old city.) Today, "The Lantern" serves high-end tapas and other Spanish and Mexican fare, but the bar manages to retain most of its historic atmosphere, from its low-beamed ceiling to the colorful, rustic wall paintings and well-worn bar stools. Come for the drinks, stay for the live music seven nights a week, including blues, jazz, and more. Every Saturday brings a flamenco dinner show ($25). This is a convivial place to meet locals and hit the dance floor.
Santa Fe› Nightlife
808 Canyon Rd.
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Hours Daily 11:30am–3pm and 5:30–10pm; bar until 2am Mon–Sat, until midnight Sun Phone 505/983-9912 Prices Entrées $28–$35, tapas three for $25 Web site El Farol
Map808 Canyon Rd. Santa Fe
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