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Nightlife in Quito

Quito has a good sprinkling of atmospheric bars and clubs, most of them in the New Town. La Mariscal is a favourite with foreign visitors, especially Varadero and the Turtle's Head. Locals prefer jazz bar El Pobre Diablo, themed clubs and salsatecas. The Old Town is more cultural with an arty vibe in Cafelibro and classical music and ballet at the Sucre National Theatre. Most establishments close by 2am.

Cafelibro, Quito. Courtesy of Cafelibro
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Varadero

Cuban and Caribbean vibes

Varadero in La Mariscal might be a small bar but it's popular with both young locals and foreigners. Come for the Cuban and Caribbean rhythms, live bands two nights a week - and the refreshing and zingy mojito cocktails.



Address

1751, Reina Victoria and La Pinta, La Mariscal, New Town, Quito

Telephone

+593 (0) 2 254 2575

Transport

Taxi

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La Boca del Lobo

Colourful and kitsch

A gay-friendly bar and restaurant in a grand old house in the Mariscal district, La Boca del Lobo is vibrant and colourful place with dim lighting, imaginative decor and electronic music. Order an equally multi-coloured cocktail from the extensive list.



Address

284, Calama y Reina Victoria, Quito

Telephone

+583 (0) 2 2234 083

Transport

Taxi

Website

La Boca del Lobo Website

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Turtle's Head

Beer and darts

If in need of a good draft beer and the company of Europeans and Americans, head to the Turtle's Head, a lively Scottish pub in La Mariscal. It has its own micro-brewery and quality fish and chips. A dart board and pool table encourage travellers to make friends in casual surrounds.



Address

626, La Niña & Amazonas (between Amazonas and Juan León Mera), La Mariscal, Quito

Telephone

+593 (0) 2 256 5544

Transport

Taxi

El Pobre Diablo, Quito. © Quito Visitors' Bureau, www.quito.com.ec
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El Pobre Diablo

Jazz and drinks

El Pobre Diablo in the New Town bathes in low lights and wall art, making a popular place for intimate, relaxed drinks or dinner. Choose from the extensive drinks menu or enjoy good-value, bistro-style food. There's also live jazz and alternative sounds every Wednesday and Thursday.



Address

E12-06 , Isabel La Católica & Galavis, New Town, Quito

Telephone

+593 (0) 2 223 5194

Transport

Taxi

Website

El Pobre Diablo Website

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Macondo

African-themed clubbing

Named after the imaginary town in a Gabriel García Márquez novel, Macondo is a pumping nightclub in the Mariscal district with a touch of African interior design. There is an exciting drinks menu, cocktail-shaking displays and dance and house tunes.



Address

368, Calama y Juan León Mera, Quito

Telephone

+593 (0) 2 2227 563

Transport

Taxi

Website

Macondo Website

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Retro Bar

80s flashback

The uniquely-themed and very fashionable red-lit Retro Bar in the New Town specialises in cocktails and music video-clips from the 1980s. Expect everything from Meatloaf and The Cure to covers played by the house band. There are various themed nights.



Address

Oe3-414, Avenida República (between Mañosca and América), New Town, Quito

Telephone

+593 (0) 99 469 917

Transport

Taxi

Website

Retro Bar Website

Sucre National Theatre, Quito. © Quito Visitors' Bureau, www.quito.com.ec
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Sucre National Theatre

Performing arts venue

The renovated Belle-Epoque Sucre National Theatre in the Old Town is worth visiting just for the grand decor. It also has a full and varied programme of concerts, ballet and theatre. Linger at Cafe del Teatro for live jazz.



Address

N8-131, Calle Manabí (between Guayaquil & Flores), Quito

Telephone

+593 (0) 2 257 2823

Transport

Taxi

Website

Sucre National Theatre Website

Cafelibro, Quito. Courtesy of Cafelibro
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Cafelibro

Poetry and music

Cafelibro is a relaxed New Town café that comes to life at night with Quito's artistic elite, along with plenty of wannabes. There are evenings dedicated to salsa and tango dancing, live music from rock 'n' roll to pasodoble, as well as poetry readings, discussions and exhibitions.



Address

N23-56 , Calle Leonidas Plaza (between Wilson & Ventimilla), New Town, Quito

Telephone

+593 (0) 2 250 3214

Transport

Taxi

Website

Cafelibro Website

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La Naranjilla Mecánica

Art, cinema and cocktails

La Naranjilla Mecánica (Clockwork Orange), in Quito's Mariscal district is lavishly decorated and has a busy agenda of temporary art exhibitions and cinema screenings. Indulge in the delicious cocktails and lounge on comfortable sofas to the sound of ambient grooves.



Address

N22-43, Tamayo y Veintimilla, Quito

Telephone

+593 (0) 2 2526 468

Transport

Taxi

Website

La Naranjilla Mecánica Website

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