One of the most popular entertainment destinations in Santiago is the downtown neighborhood of Bellavista, on the north shore of the Mapocho River. The area is filled with bars, restaurants, clubs, museums, theaters, art galleries, and handicrafts and souvenir shops. It’s a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The downtown area is also home to the neighborhoods of Bellas Artes and Lastarria, which feature fashionable bars and nightspots, some with live bands playing “cueca chora,” a rock-style variation on the national dance.
Avenida Vitacura in the municipality of the same name features bars and pubs for all ages and tastes, most of which are open every day. In the summertime, their terraces fill with people looking to beat the heat with a refreshing cocktail.
The municipality of Ñuñoa offers a far more relaxed scene that is perfect for music lovers who enjoy listening to live bands as they sip a frosty craft beer. The Plaza Ñuñoa area offers a wide variety of bars and pubs, as does Avenida Tobalaba in the neighborhood of Providencia.
Each summer, the focus of nightlife in central Chile moves to coastal cities like Viña del Mar (home to Reñaca Beach) and resort towns like Algarrobo, Santo Domingo, Cachagua, Maitencillo and Zapallar.
Northern Chile offers year-round fun in cities like Arica and Iquique, while visitors to the southern regions will find the university cities of Concepción and Valdivia, as well as the always-popular Pucón, which attracts thousands of visitors every summer.
Finally, you can always enjoy a fun night of gaming at the casinos found throughout the country.