North Coast drinking and nightlife

Bar in Costambar

El Catamaran

Local watering hole where tourists are frowned upon until enough rum is consumed, then welcomed with open arms. Then cursed at. Then welcomed again. Incredible drink specials on Saturdays starting at 5:30pm – US$3 f…
Bar in Puerto Plata

La Carihuela Beach

The best bar along the Malecón does a killer churrasco, and hosts live merengue bands and DJs on the weekend. The most popular libations are mojitos and margaritas.
Lounge in Cabarete


This lounge is the only place on the beach to hear house and techno music (you'll recognize it by its neon blue lighting). Dancing goes 'til late.
Lounge in Playa Cofresí

Café del Mar

Anywhere billing itself as the 'world's greatest pool party' is a little suspicious, but it also tells you a lot about what to expect. In this case, it's Ibiza-style house beats, sleek white furniture and azure pool…
Bar in Cabarete

Voy Voy

Vela Windsurf Center by day, bar by night, this small, hip cafe also serves sandwiches and snacks. Monday karaoke is a mandatory part of Cabarete beach life, as are the regular open mic and dance nights. Occasionall…
Bar in Cabarete


A beachside sports bar with NFL, NHL, NBA and games from many other league acronyms on the big screen, along with regular food and drink specials. Late nights here are especially raucous, with lots of dancing and tw…
Bar in Cabarete

Lax Ojo

This mellow bar and restaurant serves food until 12:30pm, when the DJ starts to spin. The third floor Ojo space has a popular salsa nights Thursdays and Fridays, where the party goes til late.
Club in Cabarete


This Dutch-owned restaurant and nightclub serves good-value food on the beach, presided over by the popular manager Milton. At night a DJ spins a decent set.
Club in Monte Cristi

Diamond Club

A raucous nightclub with frequent live DJs and Latin music. Find them on Facebook.
Bar in Cabarete

Lazy Dog

Winnipeg Jets fans? Anyone? Diehards of the Canadian city's NHL franchise can rejoice since Lazy Dog's owner, a Winnipeg native himself, shows every televised game at his place on the far eastern end of Cabarete's b…