Santo Domingo Nightlife

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    All around Colonial Zone: La Zona

    by Belsaita Updated Mar 1, 2006

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    La Zona - Santo Domingo
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    Santo Domingo's colonial zone has so many trendy bars, restaurants and discos, all around the colonial square. There are spots for every single taste, age and musical preference. Musical rhythms - salsa, merengue and bachata - are as diverse as visitors.
    There are no favorite rhythms, you can define your night according to your particular tastes and likes. Known locally as "la Zona", the area is the favorite spot for a hot disco, a quiet romantic dinner, or a just drink in one of the many popular bars spotted all around the colonial streets.

    Wander, find "your" place, and enjoy yourself! But remember: most places don't get good until quite late, after midnight. So... take a nap and head to "la Zona".

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    Karaoke Sea Bar: sing out!

    by marielexoteria Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    I love this place! I used to be a regular when I lived in SD. The bar isn't that spacious, or it doesn't feel that way when it's full - which happened often! This is a nice place to kick back, have a drink and enjoy the performances of "frustrated" singers - or better yet, work up some courage, choose a song from their often updated song menu and entertain them yourself! When nobody's singing you can dance the night away on their dance floor.

    Part of the decor is, well, small fish tanks. Friendly staff. This isn't the place to go if you want to talk, as the sound is loud.

    Dress Code: Casual/Leisure. No sneakers, no flip flops/beach sandals, no broken jeans.

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    La Sarten: Authentic Salsa

    by Belsaita Updated Mar 1, 2006

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    La Sarten - Santo Domingo - Live music
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    I was doubtful about writing this tip or not. This place is so authentic that I'm somewhat afraid that "advertising" it would be a bad idea. On the other hand, I'm sure that very few of the package tourists will go never there. This is not the kind of spot that "sand and sun and sex" crowds are looking for... However, if you are a visitor with genuine interest with Dominican culture and way of life you will love this place, and you'll be welcome here.

    The place is a small bar. You can easily pass by without noticing it. The crowd was quite "old", lets's say around their fifties, but a few young people as well. I think everyone is welcome here, the only requisite is love for the authentic Salsa music and dance. This particular day they had an Uruguayan singer and entertainer as invited artist, later a nice lady singing some classic bachatas. Between performances, music to dance... A really polite and somewhat old-fashioned gentleman gave me some free lessons of salsa dance (I just loved the way he approached me and later took my chair for me to seat, he make me feel like in an old classic b&w movie :) !!) Later we spoke about his willing to visit Barcelona some day, and how we were enjoying his beautiful country... Well, I'm afraid you need to speak a decent Spanish to fully appreciate the place. But in any case, it would be nice to have a drink while enjoying the live music and people watching.

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    GUACARA TAINA

    by REYNALDOPICHARDO Updated May 3, 2003

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    ANOTHER LOOK AT THE CROWD IN GUACARA TAINA.

    SANTO DOMINGO'S Premier Entertainment Spot, where more than 900,000 persons have dined and danced, The best in CARIBBEAN artists come regularly to the Guacara Taina: merengue, salsa, merenhouse, Latin Reggae, Spanish rap, and cumbia.
    The Guacara Taina sponsors MERENGUE WORKSHOPS designed for tourists to learn the basic movements to this enormously popular dance form (which originated in the Dominican Republic and can now be heard in every country).
    The Club shows include Merengue Folkloric acts, it has three bars each one with it's own personality, an in-house international restaurant, three huge dance floors, with a capacity for more than 2,000 people inside the club.

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    Parkeo Bar: good place to start partying

    by marielexoteria Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    This is where I used to sit while waiting to get in to Karaoke Sea Bar when it was full. Cheap beers, not a pretentious place. It's basically a little place where they have the cashier and the drinks, and a lot of white plastic chairs and tables, right in front of the street.

    Dress Code: Casual/Leisure.

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    Avenida Venezuela, San Vicente: Discos

    by el_ruso Written Jan 31, 2005

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    Don't waste your time on the Guacara Taina, which was underwhelming in my experience.

    Avenidas Venezuela and San Vicente have several popular discos, and are full of real Dominican people (instead of tourists) and play real Dominican music. I would recommend going with someone local though, especially if your spanish is limited.

    Dress Code: dress nice and clean, but do not overdress; this is not a rich area, and you will stand out.

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    GUACARA TAINA: THE DISCO IN THE CAVES

    by REYNALDOPICHARDO Written May 3, 2003

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    GUACARA TAINA

    This is one of the hotest dance clubs in the Dominican Republic, believe or not it's set inside of caves in the southside of the city of Santo Domingo, these are real caves, as you enter and make your way down(The caves entrance slopes winding down into the dance floor), you will come across several bars on the way down, also you'll see many little alcoves where you can get cozy and check the moves down in the Dance floor, where all hell broke loose, the dance floor is a blast and energetic, the crow is not your follow the trend kind, but the trend setter if ever was one, it's nearly 100 feet underground, it's enormous, and no part of it was prebuilt or handmade whatsoever, it was formed after more than a few million years of sea erotion on the coral crust of the Dominican landscape,The Guacara Taina is the only grotto Club in the whole world, it's a not to be missed spot while you visit there!

    Dress Code: As you would to any club!

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    GUACARA TAINA

    by REYNALDOPICHARDO Updated May 3, 2003

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    YET ONE MORE SHOT OF THE GUACARA TAINA
    #1 Rule if you're going to The Guacara Taina:
    Don't drive there yourself, there's no parking to be found around there, and if you find a spot it'll be after an hour of driving around, and God knows how many blocks away.

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    Om: House music in SD

    by mikey_e Written Jun 5, 2007

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    We stumbled on this club by chance, during the day, as we were looking for a restaurant that no longer existed. The club is housed in an older building that has been renovated, and the décor is a mixture of colonial and modern club chic. The music changes from night to night, but, from what I gathered, there ar several house nights per week. Frankly, it appears this is the only club of this type in the centre of Santo Domingo.

    Dress Code: Casual but chic.... that is, jeans and runners are ok, but they should be spiffy and not the dirty clothes you sweat into all day while seeing the sights.

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  • Well you should defenetely...

    by rd. Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Well you should defenetely dance Meregue so go around Jet Set discotecor La guacara taina.

    For a more international tipe music, the place go is Monaco with a variety from meregue , salsa , rave, tecno etc. . There
    you will see lots of Jevitos: thats a calling for young 'cool' people.
    Youll meet great people and enjoy really great music.
    And it is not that expensive

    Dress Code: informal(but guys dont wear T-shirts with no sleeves)

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    Proub Mary Pub: Laidback Soul in the Zona Colonial

    by Terrell21 Written Jan 10, 2012
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    This "pub" is a great alternative to the techno/hip-hop/bass-filled nightspots that inundate Santo Domingo.

    Maria, the Spanish expat bartender and owner, runs the oldest bar in the Colonial Zone with soul. Warm and tranquil, this bar is adorned with posters of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, BB King and the like. So perfect a place to zone out (or in) to the people around. Awesome music, super laidback atmosphere and sweet music. The place is named after the famed CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revival) song; I mean, c'mon.

    Maria makes a Sangria that is intoxicating, literally -- So good, so mellow and pretty strong (deceptively so). Maria's English is very good and she seems to like talking to strangers, however I just kept asking her questions the two nights I was there. This is how I learned about the awful political practices, Dominica's drug-fuels infrastructure and got the general pulse of day-to-day city life of the residents.

    The pub is right across from a smaller hostel so it's good for meeting travelers and slightly older, but more chill, locals. I'd definitely recommend starting with a night here to learn about the happenings of the city and to get advice for whatever thrills you.

    Dress Code: None. Clothes are probably a good idea though.

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  • Onnos bar and restaurant: NightLive disco

    by Nightlive Written Jul 23, 2012

    The onnos bar is in the zona colonial. Its a bar and restaurant happy houers at 5-9 2for1 in drinks and pitchers and pizza!!!
    Afer 10.30 it tursn into a nightclub with dj.
    Thy ar famus for the coctails the speciall margarita gigante!!(big)
    Open freom wednesday till sunday, ladys night on wednesday and thursday(free drinks)
    Ask for sonja the swiss bartender!

    Dress Code: Dont bring big bags

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  • Onnos bar and restaurant: NightLive disco

    by Nightlive Written Jul 23, 2012

    The onnos bar is in the zona colonial. Its a bar and restaurant happy houers at 5-9 2for1 in drinks and pitchers and pizza!!!
    Afer 10.30 it tursn into a nightclub with dj.
    Thy ar famus for the coctails the speciall margarita gigante!!(big)
    Open freom wednesday till sunday, ladys night on wednesday and thursday(free drinks)
    Ask for sonja the swiss bartender!

    Dress Code: Dont bring big bags

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    Arena: A steamier version of Barça

    by mikey_e Written Sep 8, 2007
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    If you have visited Barcelona and stayed in or near the Eixample Esquerra (commonly referred to as the Gayxample) you know the Arena chain of clubs. Their fame and near-monumental status for many visitors and locals of Barcelona is one of the reasons why I was baffled to find an outpost here, in Santo Domingo, given the generally conservative nature of Dominican culture. Of course, the club ALWAYS seemed to be closed when I passed by (even at midnight on a Friday), so I don't know what it's like inside or if there is some sort of private guest list you must be on to get in. If the club is anything like its sisters in Barcelona, its bound to be fun for all, with little emphasis on the sexuality of its partygoers.

    Dress Code: You needn't be extremely fancy at any club in the downtown core of Santo Domingo, but do try to look like you cleaned up before you came. Appearance is really important in the DR, so try to impress rather than blend in with the walls.

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    In Santo Domingo, there's...

    by Patricialuv Written Aug 24, 2002

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    In Santo Domingo, there's endless places to go at night. It all depends what your taste is. If you want to go to a discotec, then the Malecon is a great place to go to.

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  • Oct 31, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    are they any villes in santo domingo

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