There are several bars at Gran Via. One of them is Republik, which is an Irish bar on the second floor. I visited the bar together with Nancy and Francisco. We had mojitos and they tasted very good. A mojito was 5 dollars (June 2009).
La Gran Via in Santa Elena is a popular place in the evenings. Here you find lots of shops, restaurants, bars and cinemas. And there are also different events. When I visited there was an exhibition of old cars. It is a good place for people watching. La Gran Via is a new complex and has only been there for about two years. Since the opening of Gran Via several restaurants in Zona Rosa has closed because people go to Gran Via instead.
This is a new concept of mall in the outskirts of San Salvador, between San Salvador and Santa Tecla, during the day is a mall like any other but with lots of great restaurants (actually there isn´t a fast food food court) and you have a lot of choices of food. During the night itps becoming the new centre of the night life, it´s a secure place and you can find a lot of bars, lounges and discotheques, thgere´s no curfew so you can party all night long, there´s a multiples cinema also. Across the street there´s a big mall that´s called multiplaza, it has also a bar zone where you can hang out at night too. The difference is thta La Gran Via is an outdoor planned mall and Multiplaza is indoors, but either of the 2 it´s the place to be at night!
Dress Code: It depends to what bar or restaurant you go to, but the majority has no specific dress code. Dress casual.
The best location in San Salvador for a classy night out at a club is in Zona Rosa. And the best hotel is undoubtely the Hilton Princess. I recommend you to visit Churchill's(inside the Hilton), and for a night with dancing and drinking I recommend the Code club which is located infront of the Hilton Princess Hotel.
Dress Code: For the Dress Code I would say that you have to dress trendy and/or elegant for they to let you in.
I had a good time dancing here. They played a variety of spanish pop music. This is the kind of music that you don't need a dance partner. You and a group of friends can go and have a good time. They have a pretty big dance floor as well.
Make sure to go upstairs where the live band is. When I first went there, there was nobody downstairs. You can also sit outside on the patio, if you like. The band played mostly rock music, so there wasn't really any dancing. But a lot of fun to listen and meet some new people.
If you stay at the Hotel Princess, you can walk to Guadalajara Grill. This is a great place to hang out after work. You can eat Mexican food (I had nachos with guacamole). Or you can drink at the bar, the waiters are very friendly and too funny! They have a small dance floor, where they play merengue and dance songs (like Bomba!). This place is outdoors and it's decorated really nice.
Dress Code: I didn't notice any dress code.
There's not really much to go out in san Salvador. If you do only travel by taxi after dark!
There is of course the main cinema theatre in the centre wich plays recent movies for the incredeble price of 1$! The Metroplaza is a little bit more 'expensive', but thats out of the city centre.
La Luna Casa y Arte (Restaurant/music revenue/bar
An art cafe, La Luna is loaded with cool modern art (check out the restrooms), a shop, and arranged in different levels. Inside there's a bar, comfy sofas in secluded alcoves, and outside--a garden for dining.There's movie night and live music -- it's THE scene!
Dress Code: anything goes but be aware that this is the place to be seen!
As far as I know, Zona Rosa is the only place with nightlife. If you stay at the Hotel Princess, you can walk to Zona Rosa. Clubs I tried are Guadalajara Grill (also serves Mexican food) and Senor Frogs.
Dress Code: I don't think there is a dress code, but I didn't see any tennis shoes.