Mariscal district: Bars, cafe's, resturants and discos
Any taxi will take you there for $2.00.
Just walk the streets and choose the your fancy from food to music to dance. Many to choose from after 10:00pm.
Also enjoy the sights on the streets.
Dress Code: What ever you want to wear.
Mariscal area: Quito by night
Other reviewers have commented that Mariscal is the nightlife hub in Quito. That doesn't seem to have changed. I was there at the weekend and it was very lively. The centre of it all is the small square at the junction of Reina Victoria and Foch. There is though plenty happening in the surrounding streets. Things seem to rock until around 3 am.
My guidebook gave a very clear warning about safety around here. Streets that are unlit or unpopulated should be avoided. Even those that are well lit and busy still require vigilance. Street crime is a problem, some of it violent. I was told by the hotel staff that is best to travel by cab if doing anything much more adventurous than rolling from one bar into the next.
We stayed in a perfect location if you're going to be in La Mariscal (see my hotel tips). We were just far enough away from the heart of the nightlife scene, that we could get a peaceful night's sleep and just close enough, that it was an easy 5 minute walk home from the bar.
The area that is north of Wilson between Juan Leon Mera and Diego de Almagro is jam-packed with nightclubs, bars, restaurants, music venues and dance spots. The locals flock here literally by the thousands, so be prepared for a crowded, drinkfest of young people looking to have some fun.
Sunday through Wednesday things are relatively quiet, but Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are when all the madness starts. Things get going around 9-10 and don't stop until 3 or 4 in the morning.
Dress Code: Most places are pretty casual, so come as you are (well, taking a shower is always a good idea).
Boca Abierta, La Guanga, Bandido Brewing, Ananke: There is more than La Foch!
The most famous area to go have a drink a to party is La Foch/La Mariscal. This is also the place where most tourists go, but it is not the only place! There are a lot of cool small bars to have a beer or a canelazo or even to do a dance. Here are some examples:
Boca Abierta - An alternative place where there's sometimes live music. It's a nice place to have a drink and enjoy the events they organize. They serve beers, wine, coffee, canelazos, desserts and nice food! (like pizza's and salads). Republica y Inglaterra.
La Guanga - A new bar in the historical center. This is a very special bar. Everything's made by the owner (wooden tables/couches etc.) and it looks amazing. There is a garden, a liqour bar and a coffee bar (Colombian coffee!). They serve very good cakes and cerveza artesenal. Also they sell handmade clothes and bags. Opened every day, during the day and at night. Cevalles y Don Bosco, La Tola.
Bandido Brewery - One block down from La Guanga there is this very cool place to have good beers. The beer menu changes about every week, so you can always try a new one. Very relaxed vibe and more than enough tables. Opened every day but sunday. Also good pizza;s!
Ananke - This is one of the few bars in Guapulo. They serve good canelazo's and food. The place is decorated in a very original and cool way. There is a few rooms and upstairs a small terrace with a great view over the valley. Only opened friday and saturday nights.
Seven - A real club! This is place is located at the Republica. They normally organize parties with electronic music, sometimes rock music (more on thursdays). They are opened from thursday to saturday from 10/11pm until about 4am (which is quite late for Quito). If you go early the entrance is cheaper (5/10$, depending on the party/dj of that night) and for girls its normally cheaper as well.
If you really don't want to get out of La Mariscal I would recommend Turtle's Head or Finn Mac Cool's to get a nice beer and Dirty Sanchez and Bungalow's to do a dance.
Always take a copy of your pasport with you, because else you won't get in to Bungalow's or Seven.
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Huaina: Only the Best Bar in the Mariscal
This place is laid back and serves up some of the least expensive drinks in the Mariscal.
Tuesday and Wednesday it's pretty dead, but Thursday through Saturday the "dance floor" (an empty space in between the tables) is packed. The music ranges from Reggaeton to Madonna, with Michael Jackson almost always making an appearance. The dj will take requests.
The bartenders are very friendly and accommodating. The drinks are strong and varied. If what you want is not on the menu, ask them to make it for you.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.
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Bungalow 6: bad time at Bungalow 6
I had a very bad experience at a bar called Bungalow 6. The doorman said my wife was a *** and refused us entry. Afterwds we went to No Bar, the owner explained that the doorman of Bungalow 6 has several penal lawsuits against him and asked if we would act as witnesses for them, they even gave us a bottle of champagne. We are very surprised that a bar so well known as Bungalow 6 is employing such a charcter. We do not know his name, but he is recognizable for his oversized ears.
Papijon i think thats how you spell it :): Dance, Rnb and latin
okkk kids if you go to Quito go to the Amazonas it has the best night clubs all around..
i went to a club it call papijon it was the closest thing to bein at home, the club has podium and best music its a bit of everything and you just have to dance till it shuts, but make sure yoou take a coat or somethign to cover up cos once you get out of ther you will need to cover up...
also you will find heaps of travelling people on in there... and it open thursday till sunday...
i had an awsome time when i went there...
Dress Code: well just make sure you look nice and confortable that the main thing....
Mariscal Sucre area: Gringolandia!
The Mariscal Sucre area, or better known as 'Gringolandia' , is the main tourist hub of Quito. It runs from Parque El Ejido in the South up to Avenida Orellana in the North, and is centered around the road Juan Leon Mera. Most of Quito's budget accommodation is located here, as well as every tourist service you could possibly want.
A five minute walk through this area will take you past many funky restaurants featuring every cuisine under the sun, popular bars and clubs that stay open until dawn with cheap drinks, as well as numerous internet cafes and other basic services like banks, laundromats and mini-marts.
This is one area you'll end up in regardless of if you are looking for it.
Lock yourself inside, everyone else does.
As far as I could tell no-one goes outside at night, it seems they're afraid to. I rode through Quito (from the airport) at midnight and it was pretty much a ghost-town. I read that you can go to night clubs in Mariscal, but I was only there during the day, besides, why would I want to hang out in a place they call "Gringolandia"???
Tijuana Area.: Tijuana Area.
Tijuana area is the area surrounding the club tijuana. It never sleeps. It is great and safe, because it is always so busy over there. If you are foreign, they give you priority to enter the clubs.
Dress Code: no dress code, just don't dress too flashy. Darker clothes in general.
Kilkenny's Irish Pub: Irish pub in La Mariscal
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know, it's an Irish pub and I was in South America! Well, I actually didn't visit Kilkenny's because of the Irish pub atmosphere. I came because there was a sign outside when I happened to walk by that advertised that they serve "canelazo". Well, I had heard about the hot Ecuadorean concoction and I figured I should make sure that I try one before I left. A canelazo is basically a sugarcane liqueur (aguardiente), some water, brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon, served hot and makes for a decent sip-myself-to-sleep nightcap. As for the atmosphere in the pub, well, it was pretty mellow, maybe even a little lame. When I think of an Irish pub, I expect a little more lively conversation among total strangers, but oh well.
Beautiful area for a walk: Stroll in Colonial District
It wasn't too many years ago that walking around Colonial Quito at night was a risky activity. While I'm not recommending a 3 am excursion, walking around in the evening (before 10 pm) in the blocks around Plaza Grande is perfectly safe and a very relaxing way to spend an evening. You'll be surrounded by beautiful architecture and plenty of cafes to stop and grab a coffee or pastry to keep you fueled up for your walk.
many places: wohoooo
1.Varadero - great live music! Varadero is one of the best musica en vivo venues in Quito. A must for anyone that likes Cuban music. A place to hit at least twice a month and definitely the kind of joint where you could stay for a whole evening. The restaurant next door (same owners) is also great! Authentic Cuban cuisine. Yum!
2.No Bar - gringos unite! The consummate young Gringo (18 to 25) hangout but also popular with young Ecuadorians, at least those that like Gringos. If you want to rage it's a good place to go. By 1:00, the majority of the patrons are thoroughly sloshed. You either love it or you hate.
3.Seseribó - salsa, salsa, salsa! Far and away Quito's best salsatech. Drinks are slightly expensive and they charge a cover but if you like salsa there is no better place in Ecuador.
4.Ghoz Bar - a swiss owned pub on the northern fringe of La Mariscal. Ghoz is known for its food, beer, and, above all, its games, which include pinball, darts, pool, and foosball. You almost never have to wait to play because they have plenty - 8 pool and 5 foosball tables.
5.E-house - the place to be seen. E-house is a sleek, loud, and fun techno-pop, after hours club. Things don't get rolling until after midnight but when they do you don't want to miss it.
6..Kings Cross Bar - after a few beers you'll forget you're in Ecuador. The Canadian run Kings Cross could be in any small town north of Mexico. The owner works the bar every night, serving Labatts Blue, great burgers, and chicken wings. Both the burgers and wings are arguably Quito's best.
7.Arribar - another Gringo hotspot. The scene is alternative. They play techno, rap, and hip hop. The people who go there are 21st century hippies. Also, they have a pool table and table football. Interesting!
8.Cerebro - very shishi and a little spendy. So exclusive that many of its regulars are members (really!). Needless to say it's also very dressy. But despite the formalities, it is a good place to dance and is known for its variety of music.
A place to do what you want...
A place to do what you want and to dance all nicht long is NO! bar
here you can hear from techno to salsa, is a little place where you can dance on the bar and the ambiance is very cool. You will find many tourist her, because if you come to Quito you HAVE TO go to NO bar
Dress Code: It is not important at all, you can come dress as you want.
Quito's Nightlife: Sasarebo...
Sasarebo - Quito's best go to show off their dancing prowess at this exclusive salsa hotspot. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10pm - 4am.
Cats - Classical rock, a mellow ambiance with a hip crowd, tasty bar food and a fussball table. Open seven days a week.
Vauzza - Happening discotheque popular among Quito's hipsters. Open Wednesday to Saturday 8pm - 4am.
PP Botella - Another of Quito's popular hangouts. Party till the wee hours of the morning, listen to live music and enjoy the scene.
El Pobre Diablo - The hot spot for the artsy scene in Quito. Bar food and live bands on weekends.
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