Top Choice Live Music in Quito

El Pobre Diablo

Locals and expats rate El Pobre Diablo 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) performi…
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. Jazz, salsa and tango classes ($10) are offered, and you can always pull up a…
Dance in Quito

Ballet Folklórico Nacional Jacchigua

This folkloric ballet is as touristy as it is spectacular. It is presented at the Teatro Demetrio Agilera in the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana and is quite a show. You can reserve tickets online.
Dance in Quito


This excellent theater and dance group, currently in La Ronda on weekend nights, presents Andean dance performances. You can also enquire about taking Andean folk-dancing classes.
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.
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Café Habana

Newly inaugurated in 2008, this dark-wood tavern offers live music (Cuban son, salsa) Thursday through Saturday nights, served alongside traditional Cuban fare.
Cinema in Quito

Ocho y Medio

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

El Veradero

This space, attached to the restaurant El Bodeguita de Cuba, comes alive on weekend nights when it's transformed into a lively salsateca. It's worth the price of admission when the owner, a talented Cuban woman, per…
Stadium in Quito

Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa

The city's main soccer stadium, opened in 1951, seats 37,750. Ecuador's national team, Deportivo Quito and El Nacional play here. Nearby is the shopping mall Quicentro. Take an Ecovia bus to the Estadio stop.
Performing Arts in Quito

Teatro Sucre

Beautifully restored and looking smart over the Plaza del Teatro, this is the city’s most historical theater. Performances range from jazz and classical music to ballet, modern dance and opera.