South Coast drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brewery in Montañita

Montañita Brewing Company

At the northern end of the beach, overlooking the sand, the only microbrewery on Ecuador's coast serves up Amazonian IPA, chocolate stout, blackberry, jalapeno and passion-fruit blondes, and tropical ciders (mango, …
Juice Bar in Guayaquil

Las 3 Canastas

A busy daytime spot with street-side tables, bar stools and a large variety of fruit drinks, fruit bowls, granola, and cream-topped fruity desserts.
Juice Bar in Guayaquil


This surfer-themed eating and drinking spot serves up gourmet sandwiches, snacks and tasty tropical fruit juices and cocktails. It's a fun spot for a drink, with a soundtrack of reggae and relaxed beats. Two other l…
Lounge in Guayaquil

Live by Chavela

This stylish Urdesa lounge is the hottest nightspot du jour, drawing a well-dressed dance-loving crowd with deep pockets. Minimum consumption is typically around $25, and there's also an excellent steak restaurant o…
Juice Bar in Guayaquil

Frutabar – Urdesa

This Polynesian-themed joint plays surf videos on a screen, has waiters clad in tie-dye and serves up good sandwiches, juices and tropically infused cocktails. Expect a friendly, youthful crowd.
Bar in Guayaquil

Puerto Pirata

After summiting Cerro Santa Ana, stop in for a breather at this faux pirate ship below the lighthouse. It has drinks and food, and live music on weekends, plus karaoke on Tuesday nights.
Bar in Guayaquil

La Paleta

La Paleta is a great little lounge to while away an evening, with cave-like nooks, a hipster crowd and good ambient grooves. Serves beers and high-end cocktails, as well as tapas.
Bar in Salango, Las Tunas and Ayampe

Selva Mar

Argie expat Damian's funky little bar wouldn't be out of place in his hometown of Buenos Aires. Floor cushions and low tables create a Moroccan-like vibe, and you can order fresh sushi and specialty drinks like the …
Cafe in Machala

Sir Cafe

With a classic European-style feel (decorated with upholstered dining chairs, chandeliers, a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a small model of a penny farthing, and chintzy painted teapots), this tiny cafe is o…
Bar in Guayaquil


This hip spot has a candlelit, lounge-like vibe that's just the right setting for a few drinks with friends. Well-mixed cocktails are on hand, plus there are low-key bands on certain nights. Minimum consumption is a…