This is Chile did all the legwork, suffering late nights, pisco breath, and sore feet to find the best places to party in the capital.
Here, we choose the best places in Santiago…
… to meet locals and foreigners:
Miercoles Po may just be the craziest Wednesday night you’ve ever seen. What started as a weekly gringo meet-up has since transformed into a raucous, cross-cultural, mid-week bonanza. Miercoles Po isn’t a club, but an extensive community that meets each Wednesday at a different bar or club in Santiago. They’ve even branched out from nightlife, organizing day trips and cultural activities. Follow their Facebook page for news on where they’re meeting this Wednesday.
… to learn the cueca:
Huaso Enrique serves up steaming hot cueca on Thursday nights in the bohemian neighborhood of Barrio Brasil, Maipú 462. If you thought Chile’s national dance was only for grannies, think again: the dance floor heats up with couples of every age, fluttering their handkerchiefs provocatively to live music. Take a seat and enjoy a pitcher of borgoña (red wine with strawberries) before stepping out onto the dance floor.
If you want to polish your moves beforehand, stop by the nearby Galpón Victor Jara on Huérfano 2146, where they offer free cueca lessons every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm.
… to shake your dreadlocks:
Jammin’ is a little reggae club with a lot of onda – a chilenismo for “vibes,” or “good atmosphere.” Located in the nightlife hotspot of Barrio Bellavista, on Calle Antonia López de Bello 49, Jammin’ plays it cool with a friendly dance floor, chilled-out crowd and lots of fragrant smoke wafting overhead, making it a pleasant “night cap” after an evening out in Bellavista.
… to wear your Jimmy Choos:
Whiskey Blue is the uptown bar of Santiago, located in the beautiful W hotel in Las Condes, Isidora Goyenechea 3000. The bar is the brainchild of nightclub visionary Rande Gerber, owner of the Sky Bar in Los Angeles, CA and the Morgan Bar in New York, NY. It’s open every day of the week except Sundays and Mondays; stays open until 4 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
… to hear live jazz:
Both El Perseguidor and Thelonius offer fantastic live jazz shows all week long. In Providencia, Antonia López de Bello 0126, El Perseguidor has live music every night starting at 10:00 pm, and the cover charges run between CP$1500 – 2000 (US$3-4). In Barrio Bellavista, Bombero Nuñez 336, Thelonius is open every day of the week in an intimate setting. Both bars have extensive cocktail menus.
… to party like a politician:
Bar The Clinic is the official bar of Chile’s satirical political newspaper, The Clinic. The walls are plastered with inside-jokes on Chilean politics; if John Stewart were a bar, he would be Bar The Clinic. The downtown location on Monjitas 578 makes it a popular spot for foreigners and young professionals of a certain political stripe, but the excellent selection of tapas and beer on tap keeps everyone happy. If you get even half the references written on the wall, pat yourself on the back.
… to dance all night long:
Blondie has become a Santiago nightlife institution, crowding three dance floors into a warehouse on Alameda, near Metro station ULA. The club hosts popular theme nights like “Indie University Party” on Thursdays, “Old New Hits” playing singles from the 90’s and 80’s, and “Britanica,” with Brit Pop, Manchester, and Post Punk. The popular student destination fills up in the wee hours of the morning, and it’s a good place to see one of Santiago’s most well-known urban tribes: los “pokemones.”
Looking for more dancing?
Visit the centrally-located Bar El Tunel, on Santo Domingo 439, which serves a consistent fare of dance music and young professional partiers. And if El Tunel isn’t your scene (or you find the cover charge outrageous – careful, as it tends to go up as the night goes on), check out the bar Clandestino across the Mapocho river, in Barrio Bellavista, Bombero Nuñez 363. Or, head down to the trendy Ñuñoa-Providencia neighborhood and see what’s on the DJ’s turntable at El Atico, Avenida Irarrázaval 1060.