Partying in Santiago
Karaoke, discos, live music, and trendy bars are all part of the entertaining alternatives that the capital’s bohemian neighborhoods offer for an unforgettable night.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Let there be no doubt, carrete is a party and carretear is to party
Santiago is a metropolis with an interesting cultural and recreational life,
and not just in the daytime. At night the Chilean capital is a place with
countless parties, known locally as “carretes.”
Chileans like to celebrate, whether in a house, a pub, a discotheque or an
events center, regardless of whether they have a reason for doing so or not.
Let there be no doubt, carrete is a party and carretear is to party. Everything
begins in the previa (pre-party), a
gathering (generally in a house) where friends meet to share, drink and eat
something in preparation for what is to come. In general parties in Chile
are quite long and begin late, at close to 23:00 (when the majority of discos
open), meaning that the previa can
begin at around 21:00 or earlier.
Some people head to an afterhours
venue to continue the party once it is over, after lasting through 3:00 or
even later. This can be a house or else an establishment that offers food as
well as alcoholic beverages. There are also places where they sell snacks to
revitalize the body, such as lomitos or completos,
two of Chile’s
most traditional sandwiches. Chileans tend to refer to such dishes as “the slump,” as they are aimed at combating hunger and the effects
of the much-feared hangover, which Chileans call “caña.”
If you are up to this Chilean-style celebration, we present you with a
guide of the capital’s main nightlife neighborhoods where you can go and have
an incredible time.
Barrio Bellavista: the party neighborhood
Located between the municipalities of Santiago and Recoleta, it is the maximum
representation of the city’s arts scene, though in its origins - the early 19th
century - it was characterized as an eminently Catholic and aristocratic area.
These days popular bars coexist with cultural centers and international
gastronomy, along a much-frequented Pío
Nono Street that acts as the backbone of the area.
The most famous venues include Club La Feria, Club Surreal, Club Dominica 54, Ex Oz and Patio Bellavista, a
popular cultural center that also has restaurants. For its part, the street
Constitución has bars like Constitución and Raza.
Providencia: bars everywhere
This is another sector famous for its nightlife, especially because it
can be easily reached by car, taxi and metro. Here the Paseo Orrego Lugo and Manuel Montt stand out, both near the
municipality’s main avenue, Providencia. Vittamina Bar, Subterráneo, Club Ambar, Vicious, El Bodeguero, Xampanyet and El Cachafaz are only
some of the many establishments in the area for dancing, listening to live
music and also to enjoy a delicious meal and a drink.
The famous Liguria deserves
a special mention, with its Chilean cuisine and good drinks served in two
branches in this municipality: in Manuel Montt and Luis Thayer Ojeda.
Vitacura - Borde Río: discotheques and good food
If the goal of your celebration is to dance,
then a good alternative is the municipality
of Vitacura, which is
also characterized by being a very safe area. There you can find bars like Pub Dublín, Forest Pub, La Previa and Alba Bar, in addition to discotheques like Club Eve, Ananda Club, Soho Lounge and Las Urracas. In addition, this district includes BordeRío, a
gastronomical center with restaurants representing different specialties and
which offers important discounts that are ideal for enjoying on summer
Ñuñoa: the pleasure of a good conversation
Located in eastern Santiago, this
neighborhood offers a well-known circuit of bars and restaurants. Pub Blue, Bar República, Bar Sin Nombre, the traditional brew pub HBH, Pub Armenia and Akbar are some
of the most popular venues for a conversation alongside a drink, while to dance
you have the Club de la Salsa and El Atico. Now, if the idea is to
listen to live music you have the bars La Batuta, Rock y Guitarras and House
Rock & Blues for an active calendar of
emergent national bands and tribute groups.
Condes and La Reina:
dancing and drinks
Ideal for young adults, this area
in the southeastern part of the capital has numerous pubs and discotheques that
complement the Santiago
nightlife with good music. They include Pub Licity, Bar Apoquindo, Pro-
bar, Mambo Bar, Dominga and Playback.
This latter venue has a recording studio so you can make your own CD.
Meanwhile, for dancing there are the clubs Sala Murano, Domus, Tejazo Lounge and Club Sweet,
the majority with electronic and 1980s music.
The bars in the municipality
Reina are a good option for
entertainment, which mainly stand out for their gastronomy and drinks that they
offer. They include Aire Bar, Bar Bocca Pub, Bar Cheeba and Tejazo.
places for all tastes
The municipality located in the
center of the capital has many mythical nightlife centers, including the Centro
Arte Alameda, with concerts by national bands; Catedral, Club La Berenjena and Barabajo, a place exclusively dedicated to Chilean Music that is located in the
heart of Barrio Concha
The flavor of Caribbean
beats is present in the salsa clubs Klub Mangosta and Papagayo’s Club, while electronic and alternative music can
be found in Piso 33 y Blondie,
For its part, Barrio Brasil is a traditional
sector where culture and arts are mixed with nightlife and where there is an
ample selection of pubs, including Baires, Al Fondo, Litros
and the rock bar Pandemonium.