Santa Fe New Mexican
Eat & Drink
SECRETO LOUNGE 210 Don Gaspar Ave. I 505-983-5700 I hotelstf rancis.com Inside the historic Hotel St. Francis, Secreto Lounge’s budget-friendly happy hour is hopping. People come for two things: the sexy ambiance and cocktails expertly made by talented barkeeps using premium ingredients. Offered daily during the winter from 4 to 6 p.m., happy hour consists of beer and wine specials and $2 off cocktails. Begin your progressive dinner around town with Secreto’s signature: the smoked sage margarita made with añejo tequila, fresh lime, and orange liqueur and then smudged with sage. The bartenders’ performative preparation of this cocktail suits a night of enjoying other performing arts. Or warm up on a chilly night with the Fuzzy Sweater, a wintertime offering of apple- and cinnamon-infused whiskey. ALTAR SPIRITS 545 Camino de la Familia I 505-916-8596 I altarspirits.com Opened in late 2021 in the Railyard District, Altar Spirits is a distillery and a chic cocktail lounge, utilizing New Mexican–made spirits, both their own and those crafted by others. The bartenders are some of the most creative in the city; they push the edge of craft with house-made tinctures, syrups, and exotic produce. Grab a seat on the plush chartreuse couch and order a flight of Altar Spirits creations, made by co-founder and master distiller Caley Shoemaker, to sample their full line (vodka, gin, and aperitivo liqueur) or try their signature Spanish-style gin and tonic. Insider secret: show your Ski Santa Fe lift ticket or season pass for drink discounts.