Drinking and nightlife in Quito

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    Isveglio

    The standard of artisan coffee has been on an upward trajectory in Quito and Isveglio is at the forefront of the movement. Cafe, coffee education center and barista training school, it serves up organic brews from Ecuador's various coffee-growing regions, plus some beans from further afield.

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    Bandido Brewing

    These guys from Oregon produce their own creative brews such as La Gran Calabaza Imperial Pumpkin Ale (made with cinnamon, cloves and pumpkin spice) and La Gua.Pa (an American Pale Ale flavored with guayusa, a tea leaf native to the Ecuadorian Amazon). The bar has a vaguely Gothic feel, with stone walls, wooden benches and even a small chapel.

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    Traviesas Artesanos del Cafe

    Discerning coffee drinkers and aspiring baristas should make their way to this friendly, upscale cafe housed in a cleverly designed industrial-chic space featuring exposed brick walls and furniture crafted from old pallets. Choose your method – pour over, filter, chemex, French press or aeropress – and chow down on a sandwich, salad or cheesecake while you wait.

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    Bungalow 6

    A popular nightspot among foreigners and locals alike, Bungalow 6 often features long lines on weekends and Wednesday ladies' night (gals drink for free until 10pm). It plays a good mix of beats, and has a small but lively dance floor and a warren of colorfully decorated rooms (with table football, pool table and small outdoor terrace) upstairs.

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    Ochoymedio

    This colorful cafe with its flower-filled terrace on a quiet street junction is La Floresta's most buzzing, so it must be doing something right. Attached to the cinema of the same name, this place is primarily for drinks, whether that be an espresso or liqueur coffee (the coffee comes from their own organic farm) or a prefilm glass of wine.

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    Ananké

    Well worth the trip out here, Ananké is a stylish and warmly lit bar/pizzeria with small, colorfully decorated rooms spread out over an old two-story house. It has a small terrace (complete with fireplace) and several good nooks for hiding away with a beer and a few friends. When the fog clears, the views over Guápulo are superb.

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    Altar Cervecería

    In a hipster haven of polished concrete and blond wood, this new bar has several beers from its own brewery as well as a selection of other local craft beer on tap. The food – burgers, chicken wings, beer-battered fries ($5.50 to $8) – is excellent and there's regular live music, open mic nights and a weekly language exchange.

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    La Oficina

    This chilled-out joint has rustic upcycled furniture, dim lighting, creative wall murals and its own San Blas craft beers on tap (the IPA gets rave reviews). There's a theater space at the back for live music, film screenings, salsa nights and stand-up comedy; see its Facebook page for upcoming events. Happy hour 6pm to 8pm.

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    Santa Rosa Cerveza Artesanal

    Quito's craft beer scene has exploded in recent years, and family-run brewery Santa Rosa produces some of the city's best. This sleek bar with exposed brick walls has eight of its own brews on tap, including white ale, ginger blonde, dark IPA, mango passion and honey strong. It does good burgers and sharing plates, too.

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    Q

    Fashion types gather for midweek cocktails at this hip bar and restaurant, where the ceiling is decorated to resemble Amazonian vegetation ('Q' stands for quinde, Spanish for 'hummingbird'). The service is great, there's live music most nights and a DJ plays lounge-style beats on Saturdays.

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    Dirty Sanchez

    The cheekily named Dirty Sanchez is a small art-filled lounge with a bohemian vibe. Decent cocktails (and coffee), better music and a laid-back crowd make this place a standout.

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    Isveglio

    This Old Town branch of Isveglio brings sensational, organically-sourced Ecuadorian coffee to the Centro Histórico.

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    La Reserva

    Some 30 of Ecuador's top microbrews are served at La Reserva, backed up by a range of sharing platters ($6 to $9)

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    Azuca Beach

    Everyone from students to professionals heads to this buzzing place looking down over Plaza Foch. Tropical cocktails (try the fruit-flavored mojitos and caipirinhas), a bamboo-trimmed bar and potted palms add to the lounge-like space, which morphs into a popular drinking spot at night.

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    Cafe Democrático

    At the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, red-walled Cafe Democrático is an artsy hangout serving craft beer, cocktails, coffee and a menu of sandwiches and burgers. There's live music from 9pm on Thursday, Friday (salsa) and Sunday.

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    Finn McCool’s

    Proudly flying the green, white and gold, this Irish-owned bar attracts a mix of locals and foreigners who come for games of pool, table football, pub grub and theme nights (pub quiz on Tuesdays, regular live bands that often play Celtic music, open-mic nights, game nights whenever there’s soccer on). Not much elbow room on weekend nights.

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    La Bodeguita de Cuba

    With its warmly lit interior, graffiti-covered walls and outdoor seating, this is a great place for cocktails, Cuban food and fun. Live bands perform here on Wednesday and Thursday nights (check out attached Varadero for salsa weekend nights).

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    Cherusker

    In a red two-story colonial house, Cherusker has earned a loyal following for its tasty artisanal microbrews, warm bohemian ambience and buzzing front patio. Occasional live bands play on weekends.

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    Selfie Club Disco

    It's mostly locals bumping and grinding at this open, somewhat industrial space, with video art playing on a large screen above the dance floor. DJs spin a little of everything on weekends.

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    Jugos de la Sucre

    For a freshly squeezed serving of vitamins, this juice place is hard to beat. Try tomate de arbol (tamarillo), maracuya (passion fruit) or guanábana (soursop).