Top Choice Jazz in Cuenca

Jazz Society Café

The performance venue of the Jazz Society of Ecuador provides soothing aural therapy with Ecuadorian musicians as well as international artists. The Jazz Society also cultivates young local talent, and though there'…
Top Choice Live Music in Quito

El Pobre Diablo

El Pobre Diablo is one of Quito’s best places to hear live music. It’s a friendly, laid-back place with a well-curated selection of talent (jazz, blues, world music, experimental sounds) performing most nights. It’s…
Top Choice Cinema in Quito

Ocho y Medio

This Floresta film house shows art films (often in English) and has occasional dance, theater and live music. There’s a great cafe attached.
Performing Arts in Guayaquil

Pop Up Teatro Cafe

A funky micro-theater and cafe that attracts a hip crowd who come to watch short performances throughout the evening. An audience of around 20 people changes during the night; visitors typically see five performance…
Live Music in Quito

Café Libro

Live music, poetry readings, contemporary dance, tango, jazz and other performances draw an arts-loving crowd to this long-running venue. There are regular tango classes ($10) and milongas (tango dance sessions) on …
Live Music in Ibarra

Café Arte

Surprisingly, one of the better live-music venues in Ecuador is here in Ibarra. It hosts bands from as far away as Cuba and Spain. The music ranges from jazz and flamenco to rock. Shows start Fridays and Saturdays a…
Theater in Quito

Teatro Bolívar

One of the city’s most illustrious and important theaters, the Teatro Bolívar stages dance performances, concerts and plays. The wonderful art deco building, completed in 1933, has been in various stages of restorat…
Theater in Quito

Teatro Sucre

Built in 1878, this stately, beautifully restored building in the lively Plaza del Teatro hosts Quito’s best theater, dance and music productions. Performances range from jazz and classical music to ballet, modern d…
Cinema in Manta


This former museum is now an arthouse cinema and performance hall with daily film screenings (at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm). Some films are only in Spanish, while films in English may be dubbed in Spanish. There may or not b…
Live Music in Quito

La Juliana

In an old converted house, La Juliana is a colorfully decorated space with a good mix of bands (rock, salsa, merengue) lighting up the dance floor most weekend nights.