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Rincón de las Canallas

Rincón de las Canallas (Tarapacá 810, e/San Francisco, Santiago) – if you want to visit a bar that once required a password to get in, this would be the place. El Rincón de las Canallas (“Riffraff’s Corner”) was a one-time clandestine meeting place for anti-Pinochet activists during the 1980s. The bar’s located back then was […]

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Alto Las Condes

Alto Las Condes (Av. Kennedy 9001, Las Condes, Santiago) – this shopping mall has various retailers that carry Chilean, Argentine and international brands (such as Bobbi Brown, Steve Madden, Guess, Hugo Boss, Izod, Laura Ashley, Perry Ellis, and Van Heusen (among others). There is also a branch of the Chilean department store Falabella, and a […]

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Sala Murano

Sala Murano (Av. Las Condes 14950, Lo Barnechea, Santiago) – this disco plays a variety of music – from pop and House, to Salsa, Cumbia and Reggaetón. Much of the crowd that comes here are local college students, who easily fill up its vast dance floor, while keeping its three bars busy.

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Punta Brown

Punta Brown (Recoleta 345, Bellavista, Santiago) – this is another nightspot in the Bellavista area. Its vast space (which includes a dance floor, five bars, and even a small movie theater) can accommodate 1,400 patrons on any given night. Various VIP events are also held here (including fashion shows, and beauty contests)

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Opera Catedral

Opera Catedral (José Miguel de la Barra 407, e/Merced, Santiago) – sharing space with Opera restaurant, Catedral bar has live music throughout much of the week (on one occasion, Jorge González – ex vocalist for the Chilean rock band Los Prisioneros, performed there). The dance floor opens on weekends to DJ-played music from the 80s […]

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Le Boudoir Lounge and Bar

Le Boudoir Lounge and Bar (Constitucion 97, Bellavista, Santiago) – this trendy lounge bar, located in the upscale Bellavista district, and (as the venue’s name implies), as décor consistent with an old school 19th century Parisian boudoir (especially the naughty paintings on its walls). A mostly 20-something crowd hangs out here, and for those not […]

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Las Urracas Club

Las Urracas Club (Av. Vitacura 9254, Vitacura, Santiago) – this venue within the Vitacura district plays a variety of dance hits (from Top 40 to House music). Depending on the evening one visits this club, crowds there range from college students to locals 30 and above.

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La Piojera

La Piojera (Aillavillu, e/Calles Puente y Bandera, Santiago) – this is a dive bar with a folksy feel (given the campesino-like atmosphere this venue generates). Cheap drinks and wine flow freely here, gaucho-like guitar players strum some tunes and sing Chilean campfire songs, and home cooked-style Chilean meals are also available here. Live bands occasionally […]

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Helsinki Club

Helsinki Club (Av. Vitacura 9339, Vitacura, Santiago) – within the exclusive Vitacura district, this is a major bar-hopping destination for locals and visitors alike. Many of the local “who’s who” of Santiago come here. Along with a space for dancing, there’s a restaurant that served Mexican food, and even occasional karaoke nights.

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Havana Salsa

Havana Salsa (Dominica 142, Bellavista, Santiago) – in existence since 1996, this is a great venue for Salsa enthusiasts. This nightspot hold a variety of live events, along with Salsa classes for those new to Latin Caribbean dance rhythms. From Thursday to Saturday evening, patrons can pay 9,000 pesos (US$16) for both an entrance and […]