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 hosts a busy bar scene. To the east in Providencia, the area around Manuel Montt and Tobalaba metro stations 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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  • 1. José Ramón 277


    A leader on the local craft beer scene, this friendly chopería (pub) serves an array of brews on tap and classic Chilean sandwiches---the pulled pork...Read More

  • 2. La Chiminea

    Santiago Centro

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

  • 3. Catedrál

    Parque Forestal

    At the base of Cerro Santa Lucía, partially in a former convenience store, Catedrál is one of three establishments run by the same owners, all...Read More

  • 4. Club de Jazz de Santiago

    La Reina

    Open since 1943, Santiago's foremost jazz club has hosted the genre's greats like Louis Armstrong and Herbie Hancock, as well as esteemed Chilean performers. Performances...Read More

  • 5. El Diablito

    Parque Forestal

    Identifiable by the leering devil on the sign, El Diablito is one of the only divey places left in Lastarria/Bellas Artes, whose decor sports spurs,...Read More

  • 6. El Huaso Enrique

    Santiago Centro

    This classic of Barrio Yungay predates the current immigration of hipsters and the revitalization of the neighborhood. For nearly 70 years, the kitchens have turned...Read More

  • 7. El Rincón de las Canallas

    Santiago Centro

    A secret meeting place during the Pinochet regime, El Rincón de las Canallas still requires a password to get in (it's Chile libre, meaning "free...Read More

  • 8. El Toro


    This spacious gay resto-bar welcomes everyone and is open every night except Sunday. From your table, you may spot models and other members of the...Read More

  • 9. Fausto Discotheque


    The venerable gay disco Fausto, in business for more than 40 years, has polished wood paneling that calls to mind a gentlemen's club. It has...Read More

  • 10. Havana Salsa


    If you're itching to dance salsa or merengue plus enjoy food and a show, come to this club Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night. It starts...Read More

  • 11. Irish Geo Pub

    Las Condes

    Close to the main drag of Avenida El Bosque Norte, this is an honest-to-goodness pub serving Irish food and beer. The upstairs, downstairs, and outside...Read More

  • 12. La Casa en el Aire


    Located within Patio Bellavista, La Casa en el Aire is a great place to catch live bands. There's also a larger venue with a terrace...Read More

  • 13. La Peña de Nano Parra


    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. Peñas are...Read More

  • 14. Nkiru

    Las Condes

    A large dose of New York City spirit in the form of a hip-hop soundtrack and subway street art makes for a distinctly urban drinking...Read More

  • 15. Salsoteca Maestra Vida


    This gay-friendly small club gets full quickly, but salsa dancers say it's the best in Santiago. Classes for beginners to advanced are 3,000 pesos and...Read More

  • 16. Sarita Colonia


    Three floors of fun await at Sarita Colonia, the only Peruvian drag bar and restaurant in Chile. Named after a Peruvian saint for the poor,...Read More

  • 17. Vox Populi


    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...Read More

  • 18. Bokhara


    On Bellavista's main drag, Bokhara is one of the city's largest and most popular gay discos. Men arriving before 11:30 with a printed flyer from...Read More

  • 19. Etniko


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

  • 20. Friends


    If you're looking for a place to kick back with a beer, try Friends. Live music performances and shows take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,...Read More

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