Santiago Nightlife

Bars and clubs are scattered all over Santiago, but a handful of streets have such a concentration of establishments that they resemble block parties on Friday and Saturday nights. Pub crawls along Avenida Pío Nono and neighboring streets in Bellavista yield venues aimed at a young crowd (the drinking age is 18). Across the river and further west, Lastarria also has a lot of lively little bars.

To the east in Providencia, the area around the Manuel Montt metro station and the Tobalaba station attract a slightly older and better-heeled crowd.

What you should wear depends on your destination. Bellavista has a mix of styles ranging from blue jeans to basic black and, in general, the dress gets smarter the farther east you move, but remains casual.

Note that establishments referred to as "nightclubs" are almost always female strip shows. The signs in the windows usually make it quite clear what goes on inside. The same is true for certain cafés with blacked-out windows, called "cafés con piernas" (literally: coffee with legs).

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Etniko

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For a modern, minimalist fusion sushi bar, this is a good choice. The interior is mostly wood, enhanced by dramatic lighting, with long...

Fausto

  • Dance Clubs

The venerable gay disco Fausto, in business for more than 30 years, has polished wood paneling that calls to mind a gentlemen's club.

Flannery's

  • Bars/Pubs

Flannery's, close to the main drag of Avenida El Bosque Norte, is an honest-to-goodness pub serving Irish food and beer. The upstairs,...

Havana Salsa

  • Dance Clubs

If you're itching to dance salsa or merengue, come to this club any night between Thursday and Saturday. It starts with an all-you-can-eat...

Klub Mangosta

  • Dance Clubs

Live music accompanies dancers at Klub Mangosta. There are salsa and bachata classes every night from Wednesday to Saturday from 9 to...

La Casa en el Aire

  • Bars/Pubs

La Casa en el Aire is a great place to listen to live bands. The Constitución location is in the Patio Bellavista; the Antonia López...

La Chiminea

  • Themed Entertainment

Hidden on a side street downtown, you might be forgiven to for thinking that La Chiminea was just a hole in the wall. Besides towering...

La Peña de Nano Parra

  • Cafes–Nightlife

This brightly colored house in Bellavista is a great place to take in local music with a down-to-earth and generally young, local crowd.

Maestra Vida

  • Dance Clubs

This small club gets full quickly, but salsa dancers say it's the best in Santiago. There are classes from Wednesday to Sunday, except...

Vox Populi

  • Bars/Pubs

Vox Populi is a longtime favorite in Bellavista in an old house on a quiet corner. The bar has several rooms, including a basement down...

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