Cuenca Nightlife

  • In La Compañia
    In La Compañia
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    Supposedly "golden" ale
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  • In the Wunderbar
    In the Wunderbar
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    Wunderbar: As the name says, a wonder bar!

    by toonsarah Written Feb 7, 2013

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    In the Wunderbar

    I had read about the Wunderbar on VT member richiecdisc’s Cunca page and it sounded like our sort of place – I liked the sound of the cocktails, and Chris liked the pun in the name! What is more, it was only a few doors from our hotel, the Victoria, so we really had to check it out, which we did on our first evening here – and liked it so much that we went back again on the next.

    This is a really cosy spot and one where you are likely to feel comfortable whether old or young, or in-between. There are a number of small connecting rooms, each with just a few tables. On both occasions we found it busy enough but not crowded – there was no problem in securing a table. The first visit was on a Thursday which we discovered is “Ladies’ night”, meaning that all cocktails are half-priced for female customers. I had an excellent caipirinha for just $2.25 (it would have been good value even at the full $4.50) while Chris stick to beer. On the second visit I sampled the margarita which was also good but maybe slightly less so than the caipirinha.

    There is also a food menu (simple bar food like burgers on the whole) and what we saw on neighbouring tables looked good though we never ate here ourselves. There is live music advertised some evenings and indeed there was poster for some on the Saturday when we came here, but when we left, at around 10.30 pm, no singer had yet materialised.

    Next tip: La Compania, Cuenca’s first micro-brewery

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    La Compañia microcerveceria: Nice place, shame about the beer

    by toonsarah Written Feb 7, 2013

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    La Compañia claims to be the first micro-brewery in Cuenca and when we saw the sign we decided we just had to go in and try it and its beers. We liked the rather higgledy-piggledy arrangement, with tables on different levels and a friendly buzz, but were less impressed with the beers – which were sort of the point! My Irish Red was OK, if rather cloudy, but Chris’s Golden Ale somehow managed to be both watery and a little acidic in flavour. Prices were good though - $2.25 for 500 ml, the smallest size available. Buying the 750 ml or 1,000 ml sizes would have been even better value – had we liked the beer!

    It’s good to see that local entrepreneurs want to produce local beers, but I think they’ll have to get better at it than this to really make an impression on the ubiquitous Club / Pilsner duopoly in Ecuador. Although having said that, the bar was busy enough when we went and many people were sinking back those large glasses, mainly of the stout, so maybe that is a better beer than the ones we tried?

    This is my last tip on Cuenca, but do click here to return to my intro page and leave a comment – thank you.

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    Wunderbar: the only thing that's German is the name

    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 16, 2008

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    not a beer garden but wunderbar just the same

    We kind of expected a German beer garden when we saw the name Wunderbar and read that it was indeed German owned so we were a bit disappointed to find a typical if cool bar down by the river. Once we got by our initial preconceptions we loved the place. It's a bit of a labyrinth with lots of little rooms and snug holes to get cozy in. It was a great place to relax and they played great music. My German wife was happy they had free German newspapers to peruse. Drinks were a bit more reasonable than Café Eucalyptus and it was busy with both travelers and locals. We stuck with mojitos and caipirinhas but it looked like they had a decent if pricey beer list.

    Dress Code: A bit more casual than Café Eucalyptus.

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    Café Eucalyptus: ok for drinks, just don't eat here

    by richiecdisc Written Mar 16, 2008

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    woowhoo, the mojitos are going down too easily!

    Café Eucalyptus is a typical tourist gringo bar but it does attract its fair share of locals though obviously of the affluent variety. Prices are inexpensive by western standards with mojitos going for $3.50 but when you consider you could get an entire meal and beer for that price you have to stop to consider. My wife’s tree tomato daiquiri was obscene at $4.75 but then again, where are you going to find one them in the big Apple? Still, there are times when you feel like escaping the “reality” you came all that way to see and this place fits that bill perfectly. It is a very nice setting and on the quiet night we were there actually kind of cozy. We sat at the bar but there were some nice couches over by the fireplace. We would have liked to sit there but there was already a couple there making out!

    Dress Code: Locals dress smartly but gringos can wear just about anything and get in. We put on our best duds but still looked scruffy compared to the locals.

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    Various Nondescript Places: Karaoke, a Necessary Evil

    by lemondrop Updated Jan 1, 2008

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    If you crave to make an ass of yourself, or want to watch others do it, then head to one of the hole in the wall Karaoke joints. They have selections in Spanish and English, so you can murder songs in both languages.

    Dress Code: Clothing optional

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    Eucalyptus: Nice Place For a Drink and Great Food

    by lemondrop Written Dec 31, 2007

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    Well stocked bar and good eats too

    I put this place on my restaurant tips too, but it is equally excellent for a drink. Live music/dancing is on offer some nights. There is even a fireplace with cozy couches for a relaxing drink.

    Dress Code: Dress nice enough, this is no hole in the wall.

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