The Victoria Casino is located directly underneath the Radisson Hotel, the upper level of the casino can be reached via the hotel lobby, although this access is closed around 8pm, so take the elevator or the stairs to the casino ground floor level.
The lower level has a bar and is for slot machine players as is the aptly named Slots which is located directly opposite over the roadway, this also has a bar tucked away at the back, but the staff and waitresses are friendly as are all the staff working in the various areas of the casino.
The upper level of the casino is where you will find the Blackjack, Roulette and Poker tables etc, the tables located on the left side and middle of the room are for gamblers using the local Peso, the tables of to the right are for the more fervent gamblers using US Dollars, although the US dolaar tables are much quieter normally and probably only of use to the heavy hitting gambler.
There is also a bar again stocked with a variety of global beers and spirits etc and also coffee, adajacent to the bar and on the other side of the main casino staircase which dominates the centre of the casino are sofa areas for weay gamblers to rest and also a restaraunt, waitresses or Mosa in Spanish constantly patrol the gambling tables and the restaraunt and the food is of a good qaulity.
With the casino being no smoking the atmosphere is clean and fresh and the toilets etc are kept very clean indeed, so no worries on food hygiene or eating with smokers.
The Casino is very safe for tourists and locals alike, the Uruguayan Police are constantly on patrol in undercover clothes and the casino security guards are located at every entrance and on the floors of the casino, I did witness one unfortunate Asian sailor who had made a coarse remark to a waitress being removed in handcuffs and quickly loaded into a waiting police van, although it was handle very quickly and very quietly.
There is an ATM located near the entrance of the casino on the lower floor, again with the amount of security it is safe to use for the withdrawal of US dollars or Peso's, other ATMs are slightly more treacherous as at night time the local beggars etc can be waiting on you exiting the ATM.
If you choose to smoke outside on the lower level which is also where the roadway is that seperates the casino and the Slots room be aware that this is also the haunt of the local "ladies of the night" whilst they do not tout like for example the Asian ladies do, they are present and waiting for business, with Montevideo still a busy port, there are plenty of sailors willing to part with their money if not inside the casino gambling then with the ladies.
Dont be fooled though it is not only the sailors who attract or want to meet the ladies, I witnessed an American Doctor taking two ladies off with him and many business men also use this service, luckily there are no children allowed in or around the casino.
I would recommend any tourist to try the casino, it is safe, clean and with the exchange rate of 20 peso to the US/Aus Dollar you can have a go on the tables or the slots and spend very little money.
The Staff, Police and Security personnel are all first class and friendly and helpful, not everywhere around Montevideo are quite as good or safe.
One word of warning there is a daily poker game held around lunchtime in the casino upper level, unless you are a professional gambler do not try and play in this game.
Dress Code: Dress code is casual and smart, just dont wear a baseball cap and do not take any bags into the casino without checking in at the cloakroom on the ground floor, it is advisable to take this advice.
The Banda Sinfónica Municipal and Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo (Municipal Symphonic Band and Philharmonic Orchestra of Montevideo) give public concerts (for free) at different parks and squares in Montevideo, during summertime.
At these concerts the orchestras play popular music like folklore, tango or soundtracks.
I took the picture just before the last concert of the Symphonic Band at El Prado rosebed.
La Banda Sinfónica Municipal y la Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo ofrecen conciertos públicos (en forma gratuita) en diferentes parques y plazas de Montevideo, durante el verano.
En estos conciertos las orquestas interpretan música popular como folklore, tango o bandas sonoras de películas.
Tomé la foto momentos antes del úItimo concierto de la Banda Sinfónica en el rosedal de El Prado.
Dress Code: A light coat (just in case)
Un abrigo ligero (por si refresca)
If this place had not been recommended by three separate Uruguayans (a waiter, a restaurant owner and a man at a streetside cafe), the name would have discouraged me. I think I read one Vt recommendation. The name certainly does not sound like it would refer to a place to find good tango music.
Actually this small place was created around 1890, and is decorated with pictures signed by Gardel and others of reknown. You can eat a light supper and drink whatever you want. They do serve a "unique" drink created at this bar called an 'uvita' that kind of tastes like a sweet port. Saturday night the live music started at 0030 in the morning. The crowd was a good mix of Urugauyans and people from about 6 other countries. The tango singing was dramatic and memorably good. There was also a set with a four piece band that was rather eclectic in their latin music choices. (When I returned on Wednesday the same band was playing and the music began around 10:30 but there was no tango.)
Dress Code: Casual night out.
Actually, this is not a nightlife spot, because you can go during the day... (Maybe a local custom?)
I am not into gambling, but if you like, you have some casinos in Montevideo:
*Casino Parque Hotel: Pablo de Maria St. and Luis Piera St. (Parque Rodo) - Phone: 408 23 65
*Radisson Victoria Plaza: Colonia 760 (Downtown) - Phone: 902 01 11
*Casino Carrasco: Rambla Republica de Mexico s/n (Carrasco) - Phone: 600 00 80
These have roulette, Black Jack and slots.
18 de Julio Av. and Yaguaron (Downtown)
Montevideo Shopping Center (Pocitos Nuevo)
This ones have slots, and you can bet on horse races.
En realidad, esto no es una sugerencia de vida nocturna, porque se puede ir durante el día.... (Tal vez una costumbre local?)
En lo personal, no me gusta el juego, pero si lo desean, en Montevideo tienen varios casinos:
*Casino Parque Hotel: Pablo de María y Luis Piera (Parque Rodó)- Tel.: 408 23 65
*Radisson Victoria Plaza: Colonia 760 (Centro) - Tel.: 902 01 11
*Casino Carrasco: Rambla República de México s/n (Carrasco) - Tel.: 600 00 80
En ellos hay ruleta, Black Jack y máquinas tragamonedas.
18 de Julio y Yaguarón (Centro)
Montevideo Shopping Center (Pocitos Nuevo)
Estos lugares tiene tragamonedas, y lleva apuestas en las carreras de caballos.
Dress Code: Anything with pockets
Cualquier cosa con bolsillos
Although Montevideo is a small city (1:500.000 inhabitants) it has an important theatrical culture; there are more than 25 theatres and halls where you can enjoy all kind of plays. The most representative theatres are Comedia Nacional, Teatro Circular de Montevideo and Institución Teatral El Galpón (all of them with several halls).
Aunque Montevideo es una ciudad pequeña (un millón y medio de habitantes) tiene una importante cultura teatral; hay más de 25 salas en donde pueden disfrutar de todo tipo de obras. Los más representativos son la Comedia Nacional, el Teatro Circular de Montevideo y la Institución Teatral El Galpón (todos ellos con varias salas).
The ciudad vieja has become the most important nightlife spot in the city lately with a lot of new places to go over the Bartolome Mitre street and nearby streets (near plaza Independencia), check it out cause it gets really crowded and the atmosphere is nice.
El Pony Pisador is a restaurant-pub; from Monday to Friday, it is open from 11:30 AM, and you can have lunch or dinner; on Saturday, it is open from 9:30 PM, and you can dine, or just have a drink and listen to the music, in a very relaxed atmosphere.
El Pony Pisador es un restaurante-pub; de lunes a viernes está abierto desde las 11:30, y pueden almorzar o cenar; los sábados, está abierto desde las 21:30, y pueden cenar o sólo tomar un trago y escuchar música, en un ambiente distendido.
We were too tired to go to night club or bar/pub, but we found that sitting on the plaza Independencia is really a good activity, watching people.
People in Uruguay drink tea all the time while walking around. That was kind of funny, because they have to carry that much stuff for that, including hot water thermos.
You can visit Cabildo Open Bar (Bartolomý Mitre 1367) it's a nice place to have a drink and maybe dance a little bit. There are also several places to have a beer on that same street.
You may also wanna go to Pachamama.
This place is different from W Lounge. You will find other kind of people.
If you enjoy dance music you should visit Milenio, it's part of the Clubland nightclubs so if you went to any Clubland you may get a picture of how this place is.
It has three levels but it's not that big. The atmosphere is definitely more liberal you may find lesbians or gays (not so common though). I think its worth a visit, women are really hot and that's what really matters. Drinks can be expensive depending on what you ask for.
Dress Code: Casual
W Lounge is definitely the place to go in Montevideo. Women are beautiful, music is great, the drinks are really good and reasonably priced and the atmosphere is really cool.
This nightclub has 2 levels, on the first one there are two dancefloors. In the biggest one you can listen to techno music played but the resident dj, on the other one you can listen to all kind of hits, from dance to pop. There are two "barras" (where drinks are sold) on the first floor.
On the second level you will find a very big dancefloor where you can listen mostly to rock songs of all kind (when i went they played songs like Metallica's Enter Sandman and U2's New Years Day), it also has an outdoors terrace that is really enjoyable in summer since this club right next to the beach.
Dress Code: Casual
Last "Noche de la Nostalgia" (2003) my friends and I went to Cabildo; I just knew this place, but this time was better than never: the music was just GREAT!!! And the people, drinks and "atmosphere", too (a little bit crowdy, but that is the way it goes everywere this special night).
From "Cotton fields" to "Hot stuff", from "Twist and shout" to "Back in black", from "Menina veneno" to "Tirá para arriba"... we dance until our feet cryed in pain... But "I will survive"!!!
La pasada "Noche de la Nostalgia" (2003) mis amigas y yo fuimos a Cabildo; yo ya conocía el lugar, pero esta vez estuvo mejor que nunca: la música estuvo IMPRESIONANTE!!! Y la gente, los tragos y el "ambiente" también (un poquito abarrotado para mi gusto, pero eso ocurre siempre en esta noche especial).
Desde "Cotton fields" a "Hot stuff", desde "Twist and shout" a "Back in black", desde "Menina veneno" a "Tirá para arriba"... bailamos hasta que nuestros pies lloraron de dolor... Pero "Sobreviviré"!!!
Dress Code: What you want
Montevideo has a quite vibrant nightlife, especially from Thursday to Sunday; you can find a lot of pubs, discos, bars, where you cand dance or have a drink and listen to the music. But once a year, on August 24th (the night before our Independence Day), there is a traditional party: la Noche de la Nostalgia (Nostalgia's Night). That night, all discos and pubs have old music (from '50s to '80s), and nobody stay at home. Teenagers, grown ups and even elder people, go to the parties and dance all night long!!!
Montevideo tiene una vida nocturna bastante activa, especialmente de jueves a domingos; puedes encontrar muchísimos pubs, discotecas, bares, en donde puedes bailar o tomar un trago y escuchar música. Pero una vez al año, el 24 de agosto (víspera del Día de la Independencia) tiene lugar una fiesta tradicional: la Noche de la Nostalgia. Esa noche todas las discotecas y pubs pasan música vieja (de los '50 a los '80) y nadie se queda en casa. Adolescentes, adultos e incluso gente mayor, va a las fiestas y baila toda la noche!!!
Dress Code: Casual
We went to another bar near Victoria Plaza Hotel. It's on the same square, near the Berlitz language school. It's got an spanish or indian name (Mama something). It is an underground cafe/bar/theatre and we saw a very interesting sci-fi performance there by this troupe. If anybody knows the name of this place please let me know.
A unique theatre space. Unique bar built underground. One feels like being in a catacomb. The last time I felt like this in a bar was at the Roxie in Prague. We went there early (around 11) so I dont know if it became louder past midnight or not, but while we were there it was a good place to sit down for a beer and chat. With my new found Chilean friends we discussed in depth about the local political landscape, the prospect of Chile as a true democratic country, and how, when one comes to power in South/Latin America, one could neutralized the military forces in order to push a democratic agenda.
THE place to go on weekends is the W-Lounge. We went there on a saturdday night, after meeting a few other attendees from Chile who knew the area. I had never seen so many beautiful women all concentrated in one night club. It was amazing. And the DJs were awesome. They spinned mostly 70's and 80s top dance tunes and crowd pleasers. We had a great time dancing. That was the most fun I had in a club for a while, on any continent (and I hop from one to another quickly).
Friendly people. Great dance music. Beautiful women (all 9's and 10s without fail). You can't go wrong.
Dress Code: Hip. Wear black.
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