Las Peñas, the hillside to the north of downtown, is the place to enjoy a sangria or glass of wine, while more chic offerings can be found in the northern suburb of Urdesa and the Samborondón area. Adjacent to Las Penas, Puerto Santa Ana is a newer hangout with riverside views and the malecón to stroll; it has a bit of a yuppie, plastic–Miami Beach vibe.

Pop Up Theater

A growing phenomenon is one-act plays set in small bars and restaurants (mini-teatro, Spanish only) in places like La Bota on Malecon del Salado. Fifteen-minute works cost $5.