Though Bolivia has some spots to spend the evening hours especially in the bigger cities, its true calling card is unabashed nature. With scenery like this, it's best to go to bed early and enjoy what nature provides.
Cochabamba at night.
In Cochabamba people start partying late and they like to drink in the street. In fact you can leave a nightclub with a traveler. No need for ID folks, they don’t card for anything. You can sneak in anything. There is always re-entry and you can smoke inside.There are many clubs around Cochabamba especially Near Avenida Ayuni. The lists of clubs around here in alphabetical order, Calypso,Extremo,FLowM, La Santa Diabla, Leval, Secret, Studio and Summer Club.
On Friday nights here’s the low down
Calypso: Entry is 10bs, Cheap Drinks, and Latin Fusion
FlowM: Entry is 20bs, but you can pay 50 bs and get 40bs worth of drink tickets. Music is Euro Clash, US dance. They have two for one drink prices on the dancefloor which is dangerous. 10bs gets you TWO Rum and Cokes; and not rail Rum but good aged Rum. The place gets packed and the interior is awesome, full of Blacklight Graffitti pieces. There are multiple levels and lots of hot women. I recommend this place. Its located on the Avenida America.
La Santa Diabla: Entry is free, Drink prices unknown, and Latin Fusion
Level: Entry is 10bs, Cheap drinks, 200 bs for a bottle of Jack Daniels which gets you a table in VIP. Latin Fusion
Secret: Entry is 40bs, which includes all you can drink Taquina till 1am, they said all night at the door, but they lied. It is Brazilian night which plays good Euro House and there are live bands. Drink prices are super cheap. Here is a low down on drink prices. Long Islands are 25 bs, Gin and Tonic is 20 bs, A Taquina beer is 10 bs on draft. Bottles are the real score here. 200 bs gets you Bacardi, Sky, Absolut, Cuervo, or Fernet. For 400 bs you can get a bottle of Jack, Johnny Walker Black, or Chivas Regal. Which is a steal, it’s only twice the price you pay in the stores. In the states a bottle of Absolut costs you 200 USD which is 10 times the price. There are lots of beautiful women here, and lots of braces. That is something that you will have to get used too here since they don’t card and you have no idea how old the Girls are. Also girls like to suck on lollipops, the meaning is unknown, it could mean they are single or they just like to draw attention to their mouths. Either way I am good.
Studio: Entry is 25bs, drink prices unknown, and Latin Fusion.
Summer Club: Entry unknown, drink prices unknown, since it was dead at 12:30am, I didn’t bother.
Xtremo: Entry is 30 bs, latin fusion, drink prices are ok, nothing special. The place gets packed and they play Latin Fusion all night.
Dress Code: Relaxed, No dress codes in Cochabamba
It's a red lights club but no porno is in there, it's just the atmosphere is very erotic. There is good music and it's usually open until late. If you want to have an intensive and trasgressive night you should definitely go there.. all taxi drivers know the place.. the entrance in this place is free.
Dress Code: No need.
The best place in Uyuni to enjoy drinks with great music (french one, often !)... and it's the only place, whatever !!
Le meilleur endroit (et le seul) d'Uyuni pour boire des coups et ecouter de la pure zique (francaise, bien sur !)...
Great place to drink and play pool : furthermore, you can choose the music you want !!!
Not that cheap, though...
Super endroit pour boire et jouer au billard : en plus, vous pouvez choisir votre musique !
Pas donne, toutefois...
Dress Code: Gringo pampa clothes...
Fringues de gringos dans la pampa...
Once the sun sets in La Paz, the temperature drops dramatically. Instead of going home (often to unheated apartments), many locals seek the warmth of bars and pubs. The nightlife scene in La Paz can hardly compare to New York or even Buenos Aires, but there are some funky places in the heart of the city where you can relax and kick back a few drinks.
Note: Most bars are open only from Wednesday through Saturday.
While in Santa Cruz, I reconmend that you try and hang out at Automania. Cool little club with an auto racing theme. Most of the young people gather there to drink and socialize. Here is the web site www.automania.com.bo
Dress Code: Most people in Bolivia dress nice. The guys are always wearing pants, regardless of how hot it is, the women just dress plain sexy, but very elegant
When it comes to nightlife nothing like Santa Cruz. Check out the bars, restaurants and clubs in the happening neighborhood of Equipetrol along the Avenida San Martín. Check out my travelogue for more pictures! The night here starts around 20:30 with dinner, then people walk or drive around the main strip, the bars don’t start filling up until 23:30 and the party goes on for the rest of the night. You can find sport bars, technoclubs, live music, karaokes, you name it! People here tend to be dressy do not were shorts or any sport wear. Among the most popular places in Equipetrol are: Bed (club), Automania (club), M@d (club), Candelabro (Restaurant & lounge), Marea (bar & restaurant) and La Roneria (bar), Clasick Rock Café.
Traveling to Bolivia and not going to a pena is like going to Disneyworld and not riding Pirates of the Caribbean! Penas (a Bolivian folkloric dance) can be found all over the country and make for great nightime activities. The most popular are in La Paz and can last until the wee hours of the morning. And don't forget to take into consideration the altitude when drinking! If you can handle six beers at home, you may only be able to handle two at 14,000 feet.
La Paz : El Forum (jet set & clubbers) y El Underground (young junkies).
If you want to see tall blond girls in La Paz, go to el Forum, and if you want to see teenagers taking exctasy and dancing with techno music from the 80's, go to el Underground.
For anything else don't go there !
Dress Code: Clean clothes for tourists are necessary and enough.
Although too young to remember I have been told that the night life in Santa Cruz is amazing....Equipetrol (not sure of that spelling) is like the equivalent of the 'Grove'in Miami! :)
Dress Code: Like in most Spanish countries, you will find that most people take great care and value much their appearance. Although, you might fit right in wearing a pair of 'jeans' and a t-shirt the culture is such that you are taught to always go out looking 'your best'....I would rate dress code to be 'casual-dressy'. If going to night clubs or special dinner dates you are bound to find very elegantly dress people.
Night life is so essential in the lives of the Cambas. It may vary night to night from vecino's parties (neigbourhood parties) to going dancing to nice clubs. Music varies as well in many of these places, from Salsa to rock!!
Some of the places I liked to go were: Auto Mania, El Tunnel, El otro lado, and more places like Lito Bar.
I liked el Tunnel, mostly because its so big, and the best bands in Santa Cruz play there. You can get a lot of Eric Clapton, Deep Purple, some Zeppelin as well. Our best guitarrist plays there, Glen Vargas. The placed used to be an old cinema, so then they reconstructed it into a huge club.
In Lito Bar you get a lot of really cheap beer. One of my favorites in fact is Ducal Draft Beer! Enviroment is friendly, gypsy like.
If you feel like dressing up, go to Auto Mania, normally a hang out for some models and the local crowd.
Dress Code: Since the weather is quite hot compared to other cities in Bolivia, girls tend to wear less clothing.
Guys will usually wear casual.
People like to dress up.
Usually it started at the Prado, where you can meet a lot of people. Plus, its so cold you can't stop walking and the Prado is so short, so you are just walking and talking and bumping into all the friends.
There are plenty of bars and clubs, one of the best clubs is Forum, another pub is Equinoccio.
Equinoccio oftenly has great live bands playing. Like the range of Octavia, Lukas.
Forum, an elegant club, good music, expensive drinks.
Dress Code: Dress formal.
The best spot in Cochabamba es Calle Espana. You have a whole street full of the best coffee shops and bars in town. Try Metropolis first and go up try all the bars and styles the street offers.
You can not miss it, since all the young and interesting people hang out in the area from 8:00 til late nights.
Dress Code: For every taste. You feel free and dress as you wish. Since there is so much variety, you can be yourself and fit where you want and like most.
La Paz; late night bar - 'Wakey's'; not publicised - so find out from a local or other backpackers how to get there. Check out the dedications on the walls and add your own. Good to finish off a big night.
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