La Guancha: Ponce's Boardwalk at Nights
La Guancha is a lively area to spend the evenings/nights while you're in Ponce. It is a great place to people watch, to stroll around, breathe some fresh sea air, and enjoy some drinks/food or snacks with friends. The atmosphere is festive at nights with music playing in the background and with people getting ready for a fun night out on town.
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This is where you should be: THE BLACK LIST
NOTE THAT SOME OF THE SPOTS ARE OUTSIDE PONCE BUT IN THE AREA (THE ISLAND IS SMALL!) I AM NOT COUNTING ANY OF THE SPOTS IN THE METRO AREA.
1- Monday - ummm, very little. If desperate, go to the Bowling Alley in Mayaguez (college town), it is packed, you won't regret.
2- Tuesday- mayaguez is always an option. i know of some places there that are good on tuesdays. Patio Colonial, in the center, has a band and is lively sometimes.
3- Wednesday - Mayaguez is peaked. If in Ponce. Hollywood cafe has "el party del pelao" or the "party of the broke ass" drinks are very cheap and is full of people. Live Music
4- Thursday - The Pub Club (near el tuque water park) is full of people. It is a good-sized place with bar and disco. The music is mixed.
5- Friday - Pretty much everywhere. Try Mayaguez again, Patio Colonial, in the center, or maybe bogglers (not far from hollywood cafe) Bogglers is a nice bar, with a nice crowd. I like it there.
6- Saturday- Same places as above. I usually go to bogglers and then to patio. There are more places but nothing great.
TWO PLACES WORTH MENTIONING.
1- LA GUANCHA- THE CLASSIC HANGOUT OF PONCE. IT IS A BOARDWALK WITH CHEAP DRINKS AND LOTS OF PEOPLE. NOT RECOMMENDED NOW BECAUSE IT IS WAVY. IT IS GOOD SOMETIMES AND BAD OTHERS. IT HAS BEEN BAD LATELY BUT I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU CHECK IT OUT.
2- VIRUS- THIS IS A REGGAETON DISCO IN THE CENTER. "REGGAETON" IS A FAST-PACED REGGAE MUSIC, SUNG IS SPANISH THAT IS VERY "PUERTO RICAN" IF YOU WANT TO DANCE THIS MUSIC GO THERE.
Dress Code: SAME AS ABOVE
This is a Gumbo soup of the deal (as of Aug 2004): Nightlife in Ponce is quizzical
Nightlife in Ponce is not the kind I like. It is not energetic and spontaneous, but if you are in the right place in the right time, it can be fun. Drinks are cheap. In Puerto Rico, we learned how to drink beer out of a can. Beer is almost never from a tap, therefore, it is quite cheap. Rum drinks are also cheap, or at least very strong. So, don’t worry about booze, you can “pay the round” here.
The nightlife is almost never centered on dance-clubs, or dancing at all. Interesting considering that we Puertoricans are considered good dancers (yeah right.) Even in the capital (more Americanized, more discotheque-like) discos are not very popular, live music is king. If that sounds like the American-type of hang out, it probably is. Most of the people just gather and talk with, of course, some dancing and singing.
in the next tip, THE BLACK LIST (as of August 2004)
Dress Code: no sneakers, jeans, and any shirt will get you in
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