Blue Note Wine Bar: Best bar
Great little wine bar with live music sometime and really good modern latin music. Try a range of South American wines by the fireplace. Great light meals and friendly interesting bunch of ex-pats and locals. Great place to get travel tips. Its on calle Linares in the tourist, near the witches market. Really made our stay in La Paz. Live music sometimes.
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
La Luna: Las noches en La luna
Fantastic, Marta is the bartender and owner. Kind and nice woman. Is not expensive, local music and around. There are rooms for dancing and others for a quiet conversation. Ancient building. No more. Over.
Dress Code: Absolutely up to you.
Britannia Pub: Excellent Pub - Home of the Hash House Harriers
Britannia is a great pub on the main drag in Calacoto. It's right next to the Abracadabra restaurant, in fact they have a partnership, and you can get anything on the Abracadabra menu at Britannia. Very casual place, with a dart board, pool table, and whole host of ex-pats. Extremely friendly atmosphere, and home-base of the La Paz chapter of the Hash House Harriers. You can ask the owner and his wife, who usually tend the bar, who's organizing their next run and where. The HHH is a great way to meet new people, drink beer, and run in the highest Hash if the world (if you're so inclined; you can always just drink and walk). Absolutely everyone, all age groups/creeds/sexes/running speeds welcome. They usually have runs and gatherings a couple of Saturday's a month. Hell, I don't even run, go for the socializing! Check out their website for contact info.
Dress Code: No dress code, and the crowd is mostly older, 27+.
- Budget Travel
PEýA PUB: FOLK MUSIC
The are some peýa - pubs, where you can listen folk music on live.
i can suggest some of them, one of them is called MARKA TAMBO, which is beautifully situated around the center.
Also you can get some drinks and enjoy the show.
Hay muchas peñas, pubs, donde pueden escuchar musica folklorica en vivo.
Les puedo sugerir una de ellas, que es MARKA TAMBO, que esta hermosamente situada alrededor del centro.
Tambien puede encontrar bebidas y disfrutar del show.
- Arts and Culture
forum: Taquina Propaganda
These bolivian dorks (joke) are wearing t shirts of Taquina Beer native to Cochabamba. In most of Bolivian the La Paz beer Pacena is most popular. Recently the Cusquena beer of Peru has been sneaking in with popularity, but at Forum in La Paz, Mexican Corona is preferred!!!
forum: Bolivian Supermodel
Claudia Lampe, who had a brief stint of fame in Chile when her breast was expose a-la Janet Jackson. She was there with other bolivian models as a tour-de-beauty to pledge their demand that Bolivia be given access to the sea again!
A nifty little bar. Good pre-club place or a fun place to go if you just want to sit around and chill for an evening. Music can be loud, but it's just a sit around the table and drink kind of place, no dancing that I've seen. Get in earlier, 9 PM or so, to get food. Their cheese and wine combo is excellent. Like all good nightspots, it gets crowded and impossible to find a table after 10:30 - 11 PM. You can call ahead to reserve a table, but I'm not sure of the number.
Dress Code: No dress code. All age groups as well (of drinking age)
- School Holidays
Mongo's is extremely popular with backpackers and other foriegners. In any given night, you'll hear about 20 different languages here. It's not a terrible large place, so you may want to hit it up before 11 PM to make sure you can find a place to sit. It's a pub/bar type atmosphere, but gets very lively into the night. The food's OK, but really you want to go for the drinks and atmosphere. After 11:30, even the standing room is packed.
Dress Code: No dress code that I'm aware of. In general though, you don't want to try any bar or club in La Paz in shorts, a t-shirt, or ratty jeans. Mongo's is pretty mellow though, so it may not be a big deal of you're clearly a European backpacker checking out the sights.
- School Holidays
Forum is without a doubt the most successful and arguably best nightclub in La Paz. You really haven't experienced the night life here if you haven't been to Forum. It's been around for well over a decade, which is pretty impressive considering most clubs come and go within a few months. The best, and most crowded, nights to go are Friday and Saturday, with a much lighter crowd on Wednesday and Thursday. On the weekend it's a virtual sea of bodies and it'll be an adventure moving from one end of the room to the next. The club has two levels, with the upstairs something of a long balcony. It can be difficult to get in after 11 PM, so if you want to be sure to get in and find a table (upstairs most likely, as most of the downstairs tables/couches are reserved for regulars) come at around 10 PM. If you always want to be assured entry, you can purchase club Membership for about $100 a year. That'll get you and a friend in without a wait, a shot at a reserved table, champagne on your birthday, etc. And if you buddy it up to the bouncers you'll be able to sneak in an entire entourage. My advice is Tip, Tip, Tip. The bouncers, waiters, bartenders, everyone. 100 B/s. is only around $13, but it's a mountain of cash to someone making Bolivian wages. Trust me, they WILL remember you, and your level/speed of service will increase exponentially. The music is an absolutely eclectic mix, from house to hip-hop, rock, salsa, merengue, techno, alternative - ANYTHING - all in one night. There's always a full range of ages too, from 40 year olds down to 15 year olds (how they get in is anyones guess). The main crowd is from about 27-16 though. Like I said before, you may get a big claustrophobic on a weekend, but for a MUCH smaller crowd, try it out on Wednesday or Thursday.
Dress Code: For the most part, the dress is Upscale Casual. A suit isn't out of place, but you'll be too hot and too constricted in no time once you get dancing. So dress well, but nothing too warm. There's a coatcheck in the entrance so don't worry about the outside cold. Just make sure you have stylish, good-breathing clothes underneath, 'cause you'll get HOT. Only the regulars and big spenders meander in with t-shirts and jeans on, so it's probably best not to tempt the bouncers taste in fashion. Also, definitely NO SNEAKERS. Make sure to visit the website once a week to see if you can find yourself in one of the posted pictures. You can get an idea off of the photos how people dress and there's also information on directions, events, membership, etc.
- School Holidays
Cafe Berlin: best coffee in Bolivia?
This place looked so expensive from the outside, we nearly didn't go in but Doreen had gone to so many places with me, I figured it was time to try something she wanted to do. We had got burnt at another fancy cofee place in town, which served mediocre coffee at inflated prices. This place turned out to be cheaper and so much better. It has a true European flair for those missing such things in South America and the coffee and cake were out of this world too.
The general theme here is a 'Sports Bar'. I guess it's because there's all sorts of racing memorabilia plastered onto the walls, and the tv sets around the place seem wired to the 24/7 'Racing Crashes' channel. A good place to dance, drink, and have a good time at though.
Dress Code: Upscale Casual. Avoid baseball caps and sneakers (or skate shoes). Dress as you'd go to a nightclub.
For night life not folk!. If...
For night life not folk!. If you want to know young people of La Paz, here is a description of the coolest places.
Young people start the night going to dinner to some café or restaurant (7:00 pm to 10:00 pm) then they go to a Pub (10:00 pm to 1:00 am) and finally dancing (12:00 am to 3:00 am).
Despite of the cold temperature, the night can be hot as you want. The nightlife is more intense on Fridays and Saturdays.
Dress Code: whatever you want
My pages don't include...
My pages don't include NIGHTLIFE as we generally just go for walks in the Evenings and have no interest in this particular area of travel.
This kind of information is usually available either at the front desk of any hotel or the concierge in the posh hotels. As we are all different ages, likes and dislikes, best to use the VT provided links.