The Beer Hunt continues...in Santo Domingo
Wherever you go, whatever you do, sampling the local beer is definite must.
What do the locals drink, what beer is most popular, which beer is hardest to find, does it come in a half pint glass just like grandma used to drink…or better still, a full pint glass like I drink??? These are all good questions that need to be answered...
While in the DR, drinking an ice-cold El Presidente is an absolute must… All the outdoor bars/cafes in and around Santo Domingo will bring out large bottles of El Presidente in a clay pot cylinder designed to keep the beer cold in the hot Caribbean climate. The Dominicans keep El Presidente so cold that ice will actually form on the bottle and clay pot cylinder when it’s exposed to the hot air and this is when El Presidente is best to drink. Little ice crystals floating in beer pour from the bottle hitting your tongue…ummm….instant satisfaction!!!
Alcazar de Colon
If you are interested in the history of Santo Domingo, make sure you visit "La Zona Colonial" It has many monuments that are more than 500 years old. There are tour guides that can help you and entrance fees are either free or extremely cheap.
Colmado (convenience store)
A colmado is a place where you basically go and buy food. The difference between a colmado and a supermarket is that you don't have the variety you have on the latter, and that the prices differ. You can even buy some bread, salami or ham, cheese, tomato and a spoon of butter and a drink and feast for a very cheap price. Here's also a place where you can play domino if there's enough people, as music is being played as loud as possible (hehe), or simply enjoy a few cold ones, talk to locals and have a good time.
Casa de Teatro
The theater started as a home for independent theater but grew up to be the "home" of painting/photography exhibitions, courses within theater, photography, dance, etc, small concerts, poet reunions, movie shows, and some contests: painting, story telling, photography, theater, music, etc. The movies they show aren't what one would call "commercial" and they usually organize cycles where all movies belong to a specific theme, like comedy cycle. These shows are every Tuesday at 8pm and cost 30DOP per person.
Casa de Teatro is located in an old house at Zona Colonial and has a 2-floor café bar and a patio. They combine the charm of the past with what today has to offer as well as promises of future talent.
Address: Calle Arzobispo Meriño 110, Zona Colonial. Around 2 blocks from the Cathedral.
Muestra Internacional de Cine
The International Film Festival started as a non-profit project by some movie critics who invited a selected group of international directors and actors, and the Spanish Cultural Center. The first festival was on 1999 and since then it's become more popular, with more and more good movies and sponsors.
They move to a different movie theater and dates every year so check the link below for location and program (sorry, only in Spanish).