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Entertainment & Nightlife in El Salvador
 
 
 

General

Salvadorians love excitement and fun, so it's only natural that would be many different nightclubs, restaurants and cafés in El Salvador. The country's capital, San Salvador, offers its most vibrant nightlife. Walk anywhere on the main thoroughfares and you will hear salsa, merengue, cumbia, rock or even jazz wafting out from the bars, restaurants and clubs.

San Salvador

San Salvador is well-known for its nightlife. San Salvador offers an excellent array of high-end lounges, dance clubs, and a few laid-back bars. Visit the laid back bohemian bars (university crowd) around Calle San Antonio Abad to meet interesting locals or head to the Zona Rosa/ Multiplaza Mall area to dance the night away with the city's style-conscious upper class youth.

The Zona Rosa is a popular local and tourist attraction, located in Colonia San Benito and frequented by the younger set, as San Salvador's best bars and nightclubs are located in this district. The wide avenue running through the Zona Rosa has antique street lamps providing ample lighting and atmosphere. Small boutiques and shops carry imported inventories, catering to Western tastes. Salvadorans go out late in the evening, and most restaurants are not crowded until after 8 pm. At times, it may be hard to be served at 6 pm, as restaurants are not yet ready for the evening crowd. Drinks are expensive and entry charges are common.

Although the Zona Rosa doesn't cover a large area (around 1sq mile), it's home to many exclusive, upscale bars and nightclubs (Code). If you want to visit a nightclub without the probable inconvenience of not being let in, you should visit Las Terrazas (Stanza, Envy) at Multiplaza Mall or La Gran Vía (Llenya, El Alebrije), a life style centre.

Another area in San Salvador's hopping with nightly entertainment is the Boulevard de los Heroes. This area is not as luxurious as the Zona Rosa, but you will find many interesting activities, such as live music including sidewalk mariachis and guitarists, exhibits, interesting street food and other entertainment. There are outdoor restaurants and bars that have live music of every kind imaginable. Just walking along the sidewalk can be enjoyable; but be careful and make sure you know what type of club you are entering, as some are sexually explicit to the point of leaving nothing to the imagination.

A few independent spots, such as La Luna Casa de Arte, are scattered around the city. But some San Salvador neighbourhoods can be dangerous at night, so unless you're with a local, it's best to stick to the better-known spots. Outside the capital most places of entertainment (even hotels) close around 11 pm.

Other entertainment facilities in San Salvador include several new US-style multi-screen cinemas, such as Cinemark, that show American, Latin American, and European films (with Spanish subtitles). A growing schedule of cultural events (concerts and theatre) is also available. The larger hotels, with dinner clubs and discotheques, are popular.

The Teatro Presidente (Final Avenida La Revolución), a large theatre in the Colonia San Benito area of San Salvador, is popular for concerts. The city's downtown Casa de la Cultura (Primera Calle Poniente 822) also has a small space with year-round performances and art exhibits.

 

 
 

 



 


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