Dominican’s love to party and nowhere in the DR are there more nightlife options than in Santo Domingo. Besides the many cafes, bars and clubs; colmados, colmadones and liquor stores are also extremely popular. Colmados are basically mini-markets that double as night spots with alcohol and music. Colmadones are large colmados without the mini-market; just alcohol, music and food to order. Liquor stores in the DR are a bit different than what you may be used to back home. Here, patrons buy their liquor, cups and ice all in the store and gather to drink in the street outside.
The following is a list of some of the capital’s top spots not to be missed:
Hard Rock Cafe
El Conde #103, Zona Colonial
809.686.7771 – Open every night
Enjoy a live act or a drink at this world famous rock restaurant. Very popular with tourists and Dominicans alike.
Plaza de España
Calle Atarazana – open every night.
With the Columbus Palace as its back drop, Angelo’s 809.686.3586, Pat’e Palo 809.687.8089 and Rita’s Cafe 809.688.9400 offer an intimate setting for a relaxing drink. Live entertainment on alternate Friday’s and Saturdays under renowned musician Jorge Taveras.
Ave. Pedro Henriquez Ureña, Plaza de la Cultura
809.221.7555 – Open every night
Enjoy the chill vibe at this bohemian watering hole. Popular spot for artists, students and young professionals.
Casa de Teatro
Arzobispo Merino #110, Zona Colonial
809.689.3430 – Open Mon-Sat
Catch a live jazz and/or jazz influenced combo at this mainstay of the Zona Colonial.
Great place to begin or end a night with its relaxed bohemian atmosphere.
El Conde #54, Zona Colonial
809.685.4440 – Open every night
Sit back on Calle el Conde for a drink, music and some people watching at Caffe Segafredo.
Avenida Independencia #2253
809.537-9599 – Open Mon,Fri,Sat
Renowned Latin club that showcases some of the country’s top acts on Mondays. Great place to mingle with locals and practice your Latin footwork.
Calle Atarazana #9, Zona Colonial
809.688.0969 – Open every night
Come prepared to dance at this two-tier club with a mix of merengue, bachata, salsa and reggaeton.
Calle Hostos #153, Zona Colonial
809.686.9621 – Open every night
Vintage Latin bar frequented by a mature crowd of experienced dancers. Drop in if you want to see some serious merengue and salsa steps.
Plaza Mirador Ave. Indepencia, almost corner Alma Mater
809.508 0115 – Open Mon/Thurs-Sat.
Spacious club that regularly showcases live acts. Great mix of merengue, salsa, bachata and reggaeton.
Currently the best part strip of Santo Domingo. Numerous bars and clubs like House Drink 809.595.0583, Cool Bar 809.597-4760, La Barrica, Makumba, Eclipse 809.593.3336 and more. Something going on every night.
Dance Mix Spots:
Ave. Roberto Pastoriza
This plaza has become one of the capital’s top weekend destinations with five very popular bar/clubs with Zambra 809.683.7373, Vié 809.227-2503, Shots (829) 886.1208, Sinatra 809.368.1155 and Taboo Bamboo 809.227-2727 all in the same plaza.
Ave. Independencia & Abraham Lincoln
809.476.7733 – Open Wed-Sat
Led may be attached to a hotel but this spacious club fills up on the weekends with a diverse crowd and a wide range of music.
Av Abraham Lincoln #850
809.299.5080 – Open Tues-Fri
A sure bet for a great time out. Retro always has a steady stream of locals ready to dance.
Av España #13, Santo Domingo East
809.231.8788 – Open every night
Santo Domingo’s biggest and most popular colmadon has plenty of tables, big screen TV’s and music for a fun night.
Puerta de la Misericordia
Calle Palo Hincado & Arzobispo Portes
Super Colmado Brisas del Mar 809.682.7528 and its liquor store neighbor Bongbé 809.333.5210 attract a large crowd on the weekends creating a street party in front of the city’s original western gate.
Avenida George Washington #165 (Between Maximo Gomez & Lincoln)
809.912.1918 – Open Fri,Sat,Sun
Santo Domingo’s hottest gay club is this “South Beach” style nightspot known for its huge weekend crowds and live performances.