Something for everyone: musical variety in Chile’s nightclubs

From upbeat electronic dance music and rock to laid back jazz: the range of styles in Chile's nightclubs is diverse.

Thursday, August 04, 2011  
Chile has a thriving community of “rockeros”. (Photo: diego.fg/Flickr) Chile has a thriving community of “rockeros”. (Photo: diego.fg/Flickr)

When it comes to partying, Chile can keep up with the liveliest of its South American neighbors. But as well as being vibrant, Chile's night life is also varied with something to suit almost all musical tastes and styles.

This is Chile lists some of the country's best specialized clubs.

Electronic music
This club features all the latest electronic sounds with appearances from the best Chilean and visiting DJs in the Alameda neighborhood, in the beating heart of downtown Santiago. It is an eclectic space that mixes classic design elements with postmodern features making it the perfect setting for a great night out.
Where: Alameda 1966 (near Metro Los Heroes), Santiago

Discoteque Vox: In the northern city of Antofogasta, this party venue has a good mix of beats and a fun student atmosphere. The VIP section has an exclusive cocktail area while the 'disco' floor mixes electronic and reggaeton sounds. There's also a lively karaoke section if you're feeling brave.
Where: Latorre 3213, Antofogasta

La Maestra Vida:
One of Chile's oldest and best-known salsa clubs, La Maestra Vida is located in the heart of Bellavista, one of the capital's liveliest night time neighborhoods. As well as live salsa performances and classes for beginners, this popular 'salsateca' also features other beats including afro, cumbia and funk. The eclectic collection of murals and paintings add to the funky atmosphere.
Where: Pia Nono 380, Bella Vista, Santiago

Salsa y Bembe: If you're looking for a chance to move your hips, it's hard to miss the Salsa y Bemba Salsoteca in the southern city of Concepción. For those who want to brush up on their dancing skills, there are lessons during the week for the general public before the club opens its doors. Groups can also rent out the venue for birthdays and private parties.
Where: Serrano 1069, Concepción

House Rock and Blues:
As the name suggests, this venue caters to Santiago's thriving community of 'rockeros'. Every musical genre that comes under the broad umbrella of rock - from blues to glam to grunge – is welcome here. The club has a solid repertoire of cover bands belting out classic hits and has hosted the likes of Deftones, Pendragon and Eric Clapton. The vibe is reflected in the decor with Elvis posters and electric guitars hanging from the walls.
Where: República Israel 960, Ñuñoa, Santiago

An icon in Santiago's jazz scene, Thelonius boasts quality music, live seven nights a week. The atmosphere here is friendly and laid back and the prices are reasonable. Apart from the music, this club also has a small café and a surprisingly good second-hand bookstore. Well known artists like the Danielle Gilson Quintet have played here before.
Where: Bombero Nuñez 336 Bellavista, Santiago

This tango bar in Providencia is a small piece of Argentina in the middle of Santiago. With a colorful atmosphere and passionate live bands throughout the week, this club is always moving to a syncopated beat. There are dance classes on Monday and Thursdays.
Where: Local Guardia Vieja 188 Providencia, Santiago