Drinking and nightlife in Santiago

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    Kukara Macara Country Bar & Restaurant

    Customers enter through old saloon doors and are welcomed by servers dressed like cowgirls and cowboys at this kitschy but fun western-themed restaurant (mains RD$475). The walls and ceiling are decked out in saddles, lassos and sheriff signs, and the tasty margaritas arrive in massive fishbowl glasses. Drink one too many and you might end up on the mechanical bull.

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    Ahí-Bar

    The best of a string of bars on Calle RC Tolentino, Ahí has an open-air patio set above street level. Most people come to drink, but the food's decent too. A sister dance club across the street attracts exhibitionists with karaoke on Thursday night and merengue other nights. Weekends get busy; come early if you want a seat.

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    New Monte Bar

    A diverse mix of locals, dom-yors (Dominicans living in New York City) and even a celebrity baseball player or two come here for serious merengue music and dancing. Cover charges vary. It's set amid a series of auto-repair shops in the Las Colinas neighborhood north of the center; you’ll want a cab there and back.

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    Lazotea

    This bar atop the Plaza Bella Terra shopping mall has great views and a good after-work scene. Reserve ahead for nights.

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    Puerta del Sol

    A cross between airport lounge, sports bar and Miami nightclub, this sleek establishment stretches along the southern side of the Monument. Large-screen plasma TVs cover the back wall, and the other sides are open to the street. There's a large menu of drinks and Dominican and international fare (mains from RD$400), and an attached wine and cigar store.

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    Hotel Matum

    The Tabú Room nightclub is part of this hotel complex, which is popular for dancing and live music.

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    Barajando Bar

    This high-energy bar near the Monument hosts live music every night.