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Entertainment & Nightlife in Ecuador


Bars and clubs abound in Quito. In general, you either have British-style pubs or run-of-the-mill bars and dance clubs. Ecuadorians are extremely friendly and it's not uncommon to make new Ecuadorian friends at a raucous bar or club.

In August 2001, the city government issued a new law stating that all bars and clubs must close at midnight on weekdays and 2 am on weekends. You should also remember that, at night, Quito can be very dangerous, especially near the bars and clubs. Take a cab, even if it's only for a few blocks; bartenders can call a taxi for you.

Bars & Pubs

One of the most happening places is the Kama Sutra Bar & Café, Calama 380 and Juan León Mera, which fills up with the after-work crowd and stays hopping until after midnight. This is where most Quiteños gather with their friends for drinks before dinner or, on weekends, before heading to the disco. El Pobre Diablo, Isabel La Católica 1206 near the corner of F. Galaviz, is a good low-key bar. It's popular with local bohemian types. The Reina Victoria Pub, Reina Victoria 530 (between Carrión and Roca), caters to the English-speaking set. This is one of the few pubs in Quito that serves beer on tap, from a Canadian-owned local brewery. Once you have a fresh-brewed beer in hand, relax by the cozy fireplace or practice your dart game. The Turtle's Head on La Niña between Amazonas and Juan León Mera has a similar atmosphere to Reina Victoria, except it also has a pool table and occasional live music. Right next door, also on La Niña, is Séptimo Cielo (a white house with gold-coloured columns and black doors; you have to knock to get in), which is one of the few bars in Quito that somehow managed to excuse itself from the curfew law; it stays open quite late but it doesn't attract the most hip of clientele.

Dance Clubs

On weekends, everybody heads to the new Papillon Disco, on Pinezón and Colón. There's no cover charge and the music is quite good, a mix of American and Latin pop and some techno. It's the most popular dance club in town and attracts a healthy mix of people, from late teens to early forties. If you're looking for a typical frat-style bar/dance club, No Bar on Calama 380 and Juan León Mera is popular. Even though the bar is in the heart of the tourist area, the crowd is surprisingly local. Seseribó, on Veintimilla and 12 de Octubre, is the best place in town for salsa and there's no cover.

Live Music

You can hear live Cuban and Ecuadorian music Wednesday through Saturday at Varadero, Reina Victoria 1721 and La Pinta. Do note that on Thursday nights, the dancing moves next door to La Bodeguita de Cuba, where the crowd sometimes spills out onto the sidewalk.

Performing Arts

The National Symphony performs weekly in different venues around town, including some colonial churches. Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm, the Ballet Andino "Humanizarte" performs traditional Andean dances at the Fundación Cultural "Humanizarte," located on Leonidas Plaza N24-226 and Lizardo García. The Ballet Folkórico Nacional Jacchigua performs traditional dances and songs on Wednesday and Friday nights at 7:30 pm at the Teatro Aeropuerto. Tickets cost $12, and it's easiest to buy them through Metropolitan Touring, which has offices on Amazonas and 18 de Septiembre and at Avenida República de El Salvador N36-84.





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