Why Are There No Gay Bars in Santa Fe? - Santa Fe Gay Realtor
“In Santa Fe, the consensus among those gathered at the Friends of Dorothy event is that the gay bars have become unnecessary when acceptance is so high. Gay people feel welcome wherever they go. So why limit one’s options?”
On a recent Friday night in the historic downtown district in Santa Fe, N.M., a well-heeled crowd of predominantly silver-haired gay men filled the lobby of the Hotel St. Francis. The crowd mingled among the Franciscan décor of the lobby — a metal chandelier, crosses, and a baptismal font, in homage to the city’s patron saint.
Among the holy relics, guests traded the news and gossip of the day: the return of the shirtless Tongan flag-bearer to the Olympics; Tom Ford’s nearby ranch, listed for sale at $75 million; rumors of snow. Hors d’oeuvres were passed. Drinks were mixed from the adjoining Secreto Lounge. The bar boasted wines made from ancient recipes as well as “garden-to-glass” cocktails like its Smoked Sage Margarita, which earned it a coveted place on Santa Fe’s Margarita Trail.