Brent Kliewer harnesses his film-programming experience and passion for filmmaking for his curatorial duties at The Screen, a theater founded in 1999 at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. A former critic for the Santa Fe New Mexican and critical-studies professor in the university’s Moving Image Arts department, Brent relies on his encyclopedic knowledge of world and contemporary cinema to choose each week’s selection. Brent’s picks are projected in 35mm or digital format on a high-definition curved screen that boasts a 16-speaker Dolby Digital surround-sound system built within an old soundstage. In addition to an array of lauded celluloid, The Screen has hosted visits and screenings with numerous Hollywood stars and insiders, including Robert Redford, Tommy Lee Jones, Brokeback Mountain screenwriter Larry McMurtry, and an extra from Raiders of the Lost Ark who almost got to hug Harrison Ford.
Bottling the spirit of the Southwest is no easy task, but Colin Keegan took it upon himself to do so back in 2010, when he started Santa Fe Spirits. Since then, he's reaped the rewards of his passion and dedication to awesome artisinal spirits, raking in awards for not just one, or two, but all of the spirits he and his team have produced. These tipples include the mellow yet spicy Apple Brandy, the clean and smooth Expedition vodka, and the mesquite-smoked and rich single-malt Colkegan whiskey. Two tasting rooms give curious tipplers the opportunity to try the lineup of spirits, as well as a continually growing cocktail list inspired by riffs on classic and contemporary drinks.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Florent and Hervé Lescombes carry on winemaking traditions created by six generations of vintners in the Lescombes family. The winery’s 120 acres of vineyards stretch across the high desert, where the temperate climate and fertile soil help produce 7–10 tons of grapes per acre. After maturing, the grapes travel back to the winery, where state-of-the-art equipment transforms them into more than 70 different wines, including Blue Teal and DH Lescombes. On weekends, live jazz acts play at St. Clair’s four local bistros, which serve French country dishes and gourmet fare. St. Clair's wine festivals invite patrons to crush grapes between their toes and try to catch falling sparks on their tongues at fireworks shows.
At Bounce n' Boogie, kids of all ages can express their creativity without graffiti-ing the living-room wall. For infants to 2-year-olds, Baby Bounce n' Boogie classes promise music and movement as well as the squishing and rolling of toys to help develop motor skills. Junior Jumps classes, open to 16-month-olds to 4-year-olds, blast music while kids play on balance beams, mats, hurdles, and other obstacles. In art class, kids between 2 and 5 years old work on projects that they can take home after class.
Scented smoke wafts through the air of the casual Terrene Hookah lounge. Like at a buffet, patrons choose what the like from a bottomless menu of various tobacco flavors. Upgrades make the experience extra luxurious, including supplemental ice that fills hookahs to create thick billows of chilled smoke, and premium flavors from shisha tobacco brands such as Fantasia that go down smoother than a fistful of buttery marbles. Terrene also sells hookahs and hookah accessories including steam stones and coals.