Flamenco is from Spain. Tango is from Argentina. What could they possibly have in common? Both music forms are lively, rhythmic, sensuous. passionate, intense. And both are regular entertainment options in Santa Fe, NM. Santa Fe boasts two downtown venues where viewers can combine a culinary experience with Flamenco and Tango performances.
EL FAROL | 808 CANYON ROAD
El Farol, is located on the world-renowned Canyon Road, among serene sculpture gardens and a dizzying array of art. El Farol has been a Santa Fe staple for decades. Enjoy traditional tapas and paella before the performance. Dinner performances are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights by members of the National Institute of Flamenco. Here are notes from their website:
"You must enter "Flamenco Dinner Show" in Maitre D' notes when making a reservation via OPENTABLE. Show admission is $25 per seat that is conveniently added to your dinner ticket. Dinner seating starts at 6:30 PM and performance begins at 8:00 PM. In respect to the performers, we try to limit service while the show is on going. Our Flamenco Dinner Show is limited to 50 seats only, if you do not see a 6:30 PM seating on OPENTABLE this means the show is sold out and if we become full we will call you. All seats are General Admission. Seating is assigned by the Maitre D' upon arrival. The restaurant has the right to sell seats upon failure to arrive on time without prior notice."
El Mesón | 213 Washington Ave.
El Mesón is an unassuming restaurant north of the plaza next to a gas-station-turned-bank. They offer a wide range of menu and entertainment options. Here are notes from their website:
"Saffron, fresh seafood, tapas, jamón and paella. Signature dishes from Andalucia, Catalonia, Madrid and the exotic regions of Spain. Live Flamenco, Blues, Tango and Jazz. Sangria, full bar and a fine wine bodega. Highly-trained staff and a chef from Spain—El Mesón has it all."
They host tango on Tuesdays nights by Argentine Tango Milonga and rotate blues, flamenco and jazz the remaining days of the week. Their flamenco performance is a solo guitarist sans the dancing.