Must see nightlife in Santo Domingo

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    Mamey Librería Café

    This fashionable cafe, art gallery, bookstore and cinema is housed within the charming former abode of Emilio Rodríguez Demorizi, one of the Dominican…

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    Rooftop Tasting Terrace

    The dissidence, though pleasurable, couldn't be more extreme here, sipping rum-based cocktails on an astroturfed 3rd floor directly across the street from…

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    La Alpargatería

    At the entrance, guests step into a shoe shop where artisans craft espadrilles. Continuing to the back, though, the store opens into a trendy cafe with…

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    Mercado Colón

    This collection of artisanal food and alcohol vendors is housed under one Zona Colonial roof, with communal courtyard seating. It's a good place to drink…

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    Cultura Cervecera

    A place of refuge for hopheads both Dominican and foreign, this is one of the city's best bets to escape the Presidente stranglehold on beer geeks. There…

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    Mamma Luxury Hall

    If the thickness of the bouncers' necks is any indication of how good the bar is, consider Mamma Club the hottest place in town. In the heart of the…

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    Eli's Beermarket

    Dozens of imported craft beers from around the world, including a good representation of Belgian and German ones served up – slowly, when busy – on the…

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    El Sartén

    A diverse mix of capitaleños (Santo Domingo residents) get down to son (Afro-Cuban percussion), bachata (popular guitar music based on bolero rhythms) and…

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    Parada 77

    Thankfully, there's no dress code at this laid-back, grungy place with graffiti-covered walls, strong sangria and a merengue soundtrack. The vibe becomes…

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    Corner Coffee Shop

    Serene cafe with tables spilling out onto a picturesque cobblestone lane good for a cappucino or a glass of wine (RD$190). These are best accompanied with…

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    El Conde Restaurant

    Hands down the best place for an afternoon drink. As much a restaurant as a cafe, El Conde’s appeal isn’t its varied menu of decent but overpriced food …

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    Onno’s Bar

    There’s always something going on at this hot spot just off El Conde, with several flat-screen TVs, lasers, an illuminated bar, DJs and a smoke machine…

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    Jet Set

    A trendy, good-looking crowd flocks to this 45-year-old disco, often aglow with neon lights and an oversized illuminated dance floor. Hosts salsa,…

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    El Andariego Bar & Pub

    This chic little bar draws a party crowd with its Thursday karaoke and mojito nights in a beautiful courtyard; check the Facebook page for the live-music…

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    Only a block from Calle El Conde, Esedeku is an intimate bar with a huge selection of cocktails. It's popular with local professionals; not for hustlers.

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    Cava Alta

    Classy and sophisticated wine bar with a massive global selection at affordable prices. Service is equally top notch, as is the tapas menu.

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    G Lounge

    A beloved gay bar in the Zona Colonial that hosts regular drag shows. Find it on Facebook.

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    Segazona Cafe

    An Italian cafe popular with tourists and worth noting for its location occupying a prime piece of cobblestone real estate, good for an espresso drink or…

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    Also known as ‘La Cueva’ (the Cave), this small and dark spot favors good ol’ rock music like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. It recently relocated to Calle…

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    This small nightclub, part of a revamped hotel not far from the Zona Colonial, gets packed very late on weekend nights after most of the bars have shut…