If you speak moderately good Spanish (or in some cases just a little) a night including a small theater production in Santo Domingo will be both entertaining and economic. For around $10 USD you can see real people exploring the art of the possible. I recently found 4 within 5 blocks in the Centro Historico area of downtown several blocks from the Malecon. The small venues are particularly attractive to me compared to the Bellas Arts national theater where large productions with large audiences are staged.
One advantage of the big theaters and concerts is that you may find their schedule more easily on the internet prior to your arrival in Santo Domingo. Perhaps knowing that the smaller theaters exist will help you find some of their programs as well. If you do not, just take a walk around the area and you are likely to find something of interest, and be able to arrange an unforgettable evening. (PS: You might not be so lucky for a Monday night. Friday, Saturday and Sunday give you the best chance.)
Dress Code: People were dressed up a little, but still pretty casual. No coats or ties required.
There ain't much nightlife for young people in Sosua, but you don't need to go far....15 min.by cab and you find surfer's paradise...Cabarete!!
Lots of foreign partylovers from all over the world and night life is best there....
can't remember name of any bar we visited, but best of them are situated on the beach and very easy to find...
If you are in Punta Cana the disco Pacha is ok, you will have fun with disco music and live concerts.
You can find Pasha disco inside the RIU resort and you can go even if you do not stay there.
Dress Code: nothing special is required
I went to a village outside of Puerto Plata almost every night I was in the Dominican Republic and I had a great time dancing and people watching. I made friends with a member of the community and he made sure I was safe.
these "cafes" (dominican call them cafes even though its far away what i consider a cafe..haha) are located in nagua, about 200km from puerto plata to samana. theyre really popular nightspots among dominicans (well in nagua u hardly meet tourists!). usually people go to parque central at first to drink and meet friends and there are bars around it..so u can have your cold cerveza around there. then people go dancing to these cafes. there are special nights and sometimes local bands are playing. in a regular night music is usually merengue-bachata-reggaeton-salsa and sometimes some american/european house/r'n'b music.
music is really loud by the way. but its all about dancing,right? u can go talking outside :D
Dress Code: these places are pretty classy so no caps,shorts,flipflops,beachwear etc at weekends.
girls, a nice top with jeans and heels are ok. guys, nice smart shirt, jeans are ok.
People in Cabarete do not tend to go out until atleast 11PM. But then everybody goes all out - lots of cerveza y cuba libres, dancing, and excitement. The bars pretty much close when the last person leaves.
Dress Code: Any way you'd like
U can catch a cab from your resort to go to other resorts that have night life until all hours. Its safe to get in a cab. Just let them know your wanting a bar that goes all night. Cab fair isnt all that much. Drinks are a little pricey. Very young crouds.
The nightclub at this resort was pretty cool. The music was hip-hop, trance, house, rasta. I danced all night long. The bartender was hilarous and made the night fun with rounds upon rounds of tequila. Oh the headache in the morning, thank goodness for the beach.
People-watching at the cafes and bars, many of them open air. Dancing merengue, salsa, bachata and even rock until the early morning in discos and night clubs. Casino gambling until dawn in hotel casinos.
Santo Domingo has its fair share of casinos, international theatre, music and dance performances, the finest of them performing at the National Theater.
A city for young people, every evening hundreds of young executives congregate for drinks at the many bars and cafes in the city, many located at the Avenida Abraham Lincoln, Gustavo Mejia Ricart and Roberto Pastoriza or on the Malecon.
The nightlife starts late, with people arriving at the discos after 11 pm and the merengue, salsa and rock beats don’t stop until around 4 am at upscale dance clubs in town.
Newcomers to the city should visit the Guacara Taina, a famous multi-level dance club set in a massive underground cave in the Mirador del Sur Park. Or live orchestra music nights at Jet Set Disco at Av. Independencia in front of Presidente beer brewery.
The best discos of Santo Domingo:
La Guacara Taina.(Concerts, cocktails,...)
The best bar of Santo Domingo:
La Ceniza.(The best Ice-cold beer in the World !)
at a all inclusive resort nite offers are very few and narrow. it resumes to a discoteque, and a couple of half 'n hour shows. of course, if yu travel with kids, the disco is not suitable. so, we' ve spent nites, after the shows and animation they provide, just by the pool side by side with the beach, watchin' the stars and talkin' with other travel mates.
Dress Code: no jacquet requiredLOL
The locals love to dance! If you're living among the locals or in a small town or village, you won't need to go to a disco to party. Lots of times, the locals will go to some random spot in town where there is a cd player, and dance there. One time, we all went to a local bus stop/gas station, and did our dancing there. Some of the locals joined us, and we all had lots of fun.
Dress Code: Anything goes. It's very casual, but just for fun, we wore our nice clothes.
When you get into the main street in Cabarete there seems to be a few bars and restaurants which do not look much from the outside. Go into any one of them on the left, and walk straight through to the back - it's the beach!!
White sand, floodlit palm trees delicately accented with fairly lights and candlelit tables - where you can literally have dinner on the beach, under the stars! Romantic or what? We spent Valentine's night there - it was what we had thought the Carribean was about, but had only found it in Cabarete.
Don't be put off by all the read-ups about surfers - by day, it may be a surfers paradise, but by night there is little evidence of the surfing types - there are a host of nationalites, including locals, who go there to eat, drink, party or just gaze lovingly into each other eyes...
About 3/4 of the way along, there is a bar which is decorated with a lot of wood, and has a big wooden mask carving on the roof at the back (sorry can't remember the name) - good food, good prices and the staff speak English and German. This bar comes alive after midnight, and becomes nicely crowded with party animals until around 4am!
A cab costs approx US$22 one way from Playa Dorada resort. You should ideally get a two-way cab though as we found it mega-difficult to get home at 3.30am on a Saturday night.
Dress Code: Anything goes! This is one of the few places we found where you wouldn't look out of place a bit dressed up - the locals dress nicely. Alternatively do the casual beachy thing and wear your flip flops! It really doesn't matter, but just remember that you may be walking along the beach to the other bars (though you could take the street) so you are on sand for much of the evening - probably leave the stillettos at home.
If you go to Consuelo, there is a disco in town, where the crowd is mostly young people. They play mostly latin music (salsa, merengue, bachata).
Interesting tidbit: I had my first kiss in that disco! ;) With a hot local guy!
Dress Code: Trendy clothes, but if you're a girl, don't wear anything too revealing. The guys might think you're slutty or a prostitute if you do, and since the culture is very macho, they might use that as an excuse to harrass or even rape you. A nice tank top with dress pants or a skirt is ok. A sundress is good too. Just don't show too much cleavage, belly, or leg.
Cabarete is a good place to stay 1 or 2 days, during the day you can have fun on the beach and for the night you have plenty of bars and nightclubs. You can also drive around like i did with my two friends from Punta cana to Nague... you will love it
Dress Code: No maters of dress requirements ... just a smile..
My friend Luca will organize you the best shows and games you'll never have seen before!!!
I'm sure of it because he's so professional, creative and extremely FUN!!!
You can also dance or just relaxing in the pool watching the stars....
Oh my goodness, why I'm so romantic?? :-)
Ah! ah! ah!
Jump on your air and enjoy here your vacation!!!
Dress Code: Bring with you some nice dress just for dinner...or if you need to catch the attention of the man/woman of your life.... :-)
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