Most of the farra (nightlife) in Quito is concentrated in and around Mariscal Sucre. A weekend night wandering La Ronda, a cobblestone lane lined with bars and restaurants in the Old Town, shouldn't be missed. For more relaxed, low-key hangouts, head to one of the sophisticated spots in La Floresta, Guápulo or Benalcázar. A spate of microbreweries have opened recently in the city.

The Mariscal

Mariscal Sucre, otherwise known as the Mariscal, has bars that, for better or worse, are generally raucous. Plaza Foch is the neighborhood's epicenter, where the line between ‘bar’ and ‘dance club’ is blurry. Bars with dancing often charge admission, which usually includes a drink. Monday to Wednesday nights tend to draw an older crowd, while university-aged Ecuadorians swarm into the area on Friday and Saturday nights.

Hitting the dance floor of one of Quito’s salsatecas (nightclubs where dancing to salsa music is the main attraction) is a must. If you don’t know how to salsa, try a few classes first.

Carry ID when going out at night in case you're carded.