Quito

The air is thin and the nights get cold, but Quito pulses after the sun goes down with plenty of discotecas and salsatecas. At the peñas (clubs where Andean musicians perform), you can listen to traditional Ecuadoran music. Bars usually open in the late afternoon, while dance clubs don't get going until 10 pm. By law, everything shuts down by 2 am. Cover charges can be as much as $10.

Quito's arts scene has grown significantly in the last few years, too. The free monthly English-language magazine This Is Ecuador, the free monthly English-language newspaper Ecuador Reporter, and the free Spanish-language monthly magazine Quito Cultura, each available in many hotels and restaurants, are good for a look at what's going on around town (and around the country).

Evening crowds throng the streets of La Mariscal, where you'll find the greatest selection of nightlife, but the high tourist quotient attracts a number of thieves, too. Watch your things, your drinks, and yourself, and take a taxi, even if you're only going a few blocks. Bars and restaurants are happy to call one to take you back to your hotel.

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  • 1. Bangalo Salon de Te

    La Mariscal | Bars/Pubs

    The lively Bangalo Salon de Te features a blazing fireplace and nonstop Brazilian music. ...Read More

  • 2. El Pobre Diablo

    La Floresta | Bars/Pubs

    El Pobre Diablo is a gathering place for artists and intellectuals. ...Read More

  • 3. Finn McCool's

    Bars/Pubs

    At Finn McCool's, approximates an Irish pub, Quito style, with Guinness available in cans. ...Read More

  • 4. Ghoz

    La Mariscal | Bars/Pubs

    At Ghoz, you can munch on Swiss food, play a game of pool, and listen to high-decibel rock and salsa. ...Read More

  • 5. La Taberna Quito Colonial

    Centro | Live Music

    If you're looking for a peña in the Old City, one of the best is La Taberna Quito Colonial. ...Read More

  • 6. Nuncanchi Peña

    Live Music

    One of the New City's most established peñas is the Nuncanchi Peña. ...Read More

  • 7. Papillón

    La Mariscal | Bars/Pubs

    Papillón blasts pop and techno, which draws a young crowd. ...Read More

  • 8. Peña Pacha Camac

    La Mariscal | Live Music

    This small place in the Mariscal neighborhood presents its Noches de Quito ("Quito Nights") folk spectacle wWednesday through Saturday evenings. ...Read More

  • 9. Salsateca Seseribó

    La Mariscal | Dance Clubs

    Locals head to Salsateca Seseribó to dance to cumbia, salsa, and merengue, weekends only; stop by for the free salsa lesson each Saturday...Read More

  • 10. Tijuana

    La Mariscal | Bars/Pubs

    You'll find a very young crowd enjoying a beer at Tijuana. ...Read More

  • 11. Varadero

    La Mariscal | Bars/Pubs

    Varadero has live music on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. It fills up with locals early on weekends. ...Read More

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