Wednesday nights are the new Saturdays in Santiago de Chile

For tourists and young expats alike, Miércoles Po’ offers a friendly introduction to Santiago’s nightlife every Wednesday night at clubs around the city.

Friday, September 09, 2011 Category: Clubes
Miércoles Po’ organizes parties in Santiago every Wednesday night. (Photo by Miércoles Po’/Facebook) Miércoles Po’ organizes parties in Santiago every Wednesday night. (Photo by Miércoles Po’/Facebook)

Chile is one of the world’s best study abroad destinations boasting world-class universities, exciting research and volunteer opportunities, plus the chance to climb volcanoes, ski fresh powder and surf big waves - all in the same weekend.

The country’s big cities also offer the other key ingredient in student life: a great nightlife. And one of the first things on most students’ to-do lists is checking out Santiago’s wild Wednesday-night parties known as Miércoles Po’.*

In an interview with This is Chile, founder Francisco Campos and his director of sponsorships and endorsements, Sammy Saravia, explained, “The idea is that foreigners always feel comfortable and integrated in the party ... that they feel like participants, because they are the hosts of the Chileans.”

Foreigners enter the party by showing their ID and can sign up five Chilean friends to join the multicultural festivities. On a recent Wednesday night, the crowded dance floor was moving to songs from the United States, Europe, and Latin America, and you could hear Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, and German conversations mixing in the other room, which had been converted into a karaoke lounge and bar.

“Our best publicity is word of mouth,” Campos said, although Miércoles Po’ also advertises the location and theme of their next party on their Facebook page.

In an interview with This is Chile, Nicolaas van Vliet described the feeling of event as “a bit like critical mass,” and said he appreciated the chance to see a new club while he was in “exploring mode.” 

Van Vliet, a young entrepreneur who arrived in Chile this year from the United States, said he heard about Miércoles Po’ within his first few days in the capital. “Miércoles Po’ has been the easiest way for me to meet other people [at bars], although Chileans in general have been very open and friendly.”

“You’re pretty sure you’re going to have a good night at Miércoles Po’,” van Vliet added. It would seem that he’s not alone: the organizers regularly receive between 1,300 and 1,700 partygoers every Wednesday night.  

*“Miércoles” means Wednesday in Spanish, but you’d be forgiven for not recognizing “po’” from your Spanish 101 classes: where a Canadian would say “eh?” or a Brit might say “innit,” a Chilean says “po,” (rhymes with “dough”) a verbal tic variously described as subtle, vitally important or completely meaningless.