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Entertainment & Nightlife in Chile


Santiago is full of fun places to go out. Depending on your gusto there are a wide variety of clubs, discos, bars, theatres and restaurants. Prominent neighbourhoods for going out at night in Santiago include Bellavista, Barrio Brasil, Bellas Artes, Calle Suecia and Plaza Ñuñoa.

Events and happenings for cultural activities are published in the newspapers. The daily El Mercurio provides information on cultural events (special weekend edition "Wikén", Fridays), as well as La Tercera (Thursdays and Fridays).

Bars, Clubs, Live Music & Casino

While many restaurants and hotels offer entertainment, there are also a number of independent discos and nightclubs.

The Municipal Casino in Viña del Mar offers large gambling salons, full cabaret and boîte with Chile’s best dance bands. A casino operates in Gran Hotel in Puerto Varas between September and March. Arica also has a casino operating throughout the year with baccarat, roulette, black jack, a restaurant and late-night cabaret.

If you like to dance all night long, you have lots of choices in Santiago. No matter how old you are or which kind of music you prefer, everything is available.

Simply walk down the streets in Bellavista (cheap) or Suecia (higher priced) after midnight and listen to the music playing in the clubs. You can choose between techno, house, electro beats, rock/pop or Caribbean rhythms (salsa, cumbia, merengue). Salsa has become quite popular with the Chilean youth.

Some selected places:

• Club La Feria, Constitución 275, Bellavista. Electronic music.
• La Maestra Vida, Pío Nono 380, Bellavista. Salsa discotheque.
• Sala Murano, Av. Las Condes 14950, Lo Barnechea.
• Aura Club, Av. Vitacura 9339, Vitacura. Electronic music.
• Clan-Destino, Guardia Vieja 35, Providencia. Electronic and folk music.

Numerous rock and pop groups move from club to club at night, just as Latin American musicians do. Even well-known bands do not mind to play regularly in music bars, e. g. in the districts Brasil, Bellavista, Suecia or Plaza Ñuñoa, or on the artist stage Sala SCD. Bigger concerts take place in the stadium Víctor Jara (formerly Estadio Chile) or in the Teatro Monumental, while famous artists draw as many as 50,000 spectators to Estadio Nacional. Jazz has become very popular over the past years. Beside the traditional Club de Jazz there are now more Jazz bars like El Perseguidor or Thelonious (both in Bellavista).

Vina del Mar is poor for nightlife and other than a big casino and a few small bars/cafes, there is little else.

Valparaiso is also not very exciting: it seems to have its fair share of dodgy clubs with dodgy clientele and dodgy music. There are however a few nice more bohemian places near the Acensor conception area.

Theatres & Cinemas

In Chile there are hardly any theatres with stable ensembles, but instead many creative independent theatre groups. Presently, the most interesting performances can be seen at the new Matucana 100 Cultural Factory or in the private theatres San Ginés and Galpón 7, both in the Bellavista district. The traditional performances at Universidad Católica, Universidad de Chile(Sala Antonio Varas and Agustín Siré) and La Comedia also have a good reputation.

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