Santiago

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

    Lastarria

    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...

    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 and avocado is a delight---to soak up the alcohol. Hipsters and local Lastarria residents come together at wooden tables to enjoy a pint or two; early birds will appreciate the breakfast menu, from 8 am.

    José Ramón Gutiérrez 277, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile
    9-4258–1689
  • 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...

    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 of French fries and happy-hour specials, this place has an undying love of all things Chilean, especially cueca. Come here with nothing but a competitive spirit and a hanky, a dance essential. Classes run Monday and Thursday at 8 pm and cost 2,500 pesos.

    Príncipe de Gales 90, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8340514, Chile
    2-2697–0131
  • 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...

    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 connected but with separate entrances. Live music and a heated-in-winter upstairs terrace make the Catedrál's bar popular among the 30-plus crowd (no happy hour). Upmarket Ópera restaurant serves dishes from far-flung places, such as trout wrapped in phyllo, veal, pork, and other nicely presented oven-cooked meats. Around the corner, on the street Mercéd is the café with Belgian sandwiches, large portions of cake, soup, and most importantly, the creamiest ice cream in Santiago.

    José Miguel de la Barra 407, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8320114, Chile
    2-2664–3048

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Catedrál and Ópera closed Sun.
  • 4. 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,...

    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, stirrups, and other metal items. If you want to see what this area felt like about 10 years ago, before gentrification, this is a good spot to try. It's popular for drinks after work or late at night.

    Merced 336, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8320310, Chile
    2-2638–3512
  • 5. 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...

    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 out Chilean specialties such as the heavy-hitting chorrillana, a plate of French fries covered in stewed onions and sausage, and topped with a fried egg. They also teach classes in the stompiest style of Chile's national dance, the cueca brava. Classes are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and cost 4,000 pesos. Given the timing, it's best to dance first, then eat.

    Maipú 462, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8350435, Chile
    9-2070–1885
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  • 6. 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...

    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 Chile"). The walls are painted with political statements such as "Somos todos inocentes" ("We are all innocent"). It's a two-story affair, with loads of graffiti and business cards on the walls and ceiling.

    Tarapacá 810, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8330268, Chile
    2-2632–5491
  • 7. El Toro

    Vitacura

    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...

    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 "farandula" (Chilean celebrities) who frequent the place. Lunch is well priced, with dishes such as eggplant lasagna or ají de gallina (Peruvian chicken stew) available for around 9,000 pesos. It functions as a bar-restaurant until 2 am, but may close earlier on quieter nights like Monday or Tuesday.

    Av. Alonso de Córdova 3788, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile
    2-2761–5954

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 8. Havana Salsa

    Bellavista

    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...

    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 with an all-you-can-eat buffet of Cuban specialties, and at midnight, there's a 40-minute show with sensual professional dancers. Only after that does the dance floor open to the public.

    Domínica 142, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8420373, Chile
    9-8457–4556

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: 13900 pesos with buffet; 6000 pesos without.
  • 9. La Casa en el Aire

    Bellavista

    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...

    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 at Antonia López de Bello 0125. If your Spanish is good, you can listen to storytelling and stand-up, too, or even perform. There's a happy hour daily from 4 to 9.

    Constitución 40, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 7500000, Chile
    2-2243–6902
  • 10. La Peña de Nano Parra

    Bellavista

    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...

    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 traditional watering holes where la nueva canción chilena, a kind of Latin American resistance folk music, was first popularized. Due to their historically political nature, peñas became clandestine during the dictatorship.

    Ernesto Pinto Lagarrigue 80, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 7500000, Chile
    9-6586–6832
  • 11. Salsoteca Maestra Vida

    Bellavista

    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...

    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 run Wednesday through Friday from 8. Come alone or with a partner. Pisco cocktails from 3,500 pesos. 

    Pío Nono 380, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8420446, Chile
    2-2735–7416
  • 12. Sarita Colonia

    Bellavista

    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,...

    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, Sarita Colonia is brimming with kitsch religious artifacts and is one of the most fun places in Bellavista for a night out. Order a ceviche or the Peruvian classic lomo saltado. The bar serves delicious pisco sours.

    Loreto 40, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile
    2-2881–3937

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. dinner and Mon.
  • 13. Vox Populi

    Bellavista
    Closed Permanently

    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...

    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 a spiral staircase, and an outdoor patio that's perfect for a nighttime drink. It's gay-owned (and gay-friendly), and the bar makes a mean pisco sour to go with its small plates.

    Ernesto Pinto Lagarrigue 364, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8420399, Chile
    2-2738–0562
  • 14. Bokhara

    Bellavista
    Closed Permanently

    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...

    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 the website enter free. There are two floors, each with different DJs, but the music tends toward electronic and house. There are two shows nightly, one at 11:30 upstairs and another at 2:30 downstairs, but there is closed circuit TV, so you can watch the show on the other floor if you like.

    Pío Nono 430, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8420541, Chile
    2-2732–1050
  • 15. Etniko

    Bellavista
    Closed Permanently

    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...

    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 also has good drinks and music ranging from electro house to lounge and techno, with local and international DJs.

    Constitución 172, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 7520367, Chile
    2-2732–0119
  • 16. Perseguidor

    Bellavista
    Closed Permanently

    For jazz, go to Perseguidor....

    For jazz, go to Perseguidor.

    Antonia Lopéz de Bello 0126, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8420481, Chile
    2-777–6763
  • 17. Room 09

    Bellavista
    Closed Permanently

    The first legit speakeasy to open in Santiago, Room 09 oozes sophistication thanks to a creative cocktail list, a cool roof terrace, and a genuinely...

    The first legit speakeasy to open in Santiago, Room 09 oozes sophistication thanks to a creative cocktail list, a cool roof terrace, and a genuinely surprising entrance. Access, however, is not so easy, or cheap, at this private member's club, where you hand over a 10,000-peso cover fee (drink included) whenever regular folk are allowed in (check the website). And you need to stick to a smart dress code (no sneakers)or you might be refused entry. A pricey restaurant (named 040) is on the premises,and dining there also grants you access.

    Antonia López de Bello 040, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile
    2-2732–9214

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