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 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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Bar Constitución

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Following a relocation, Bar Constitución changed its remit from live music to full-on dance club (Thursday is reggaéton night) making...


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

Club de Jazz de Santiago

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This club has been in operation since 1943 and hosted jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Herbie Hancock, as well as Chilean national...

El Diablito

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

El Huaso Enrique

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This classic of Barrio Yungay predates the current immigration of hipsters and the revitalization of the neighborhood. For nearly 60...

El Rincón de las Canallas

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

El Toro

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This gay resto-bar welcomes everyone. The cozy spot is packed every night except Sunday, and the tables are spaced close enough to eavesdrop...


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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...


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The venerable gay disco Fausto, in business for more than 37 years, has polished wood paneling that calls to mind a gentlemen's club.


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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,...


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