Southern Highlands drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Craft Beer in Cuenca

Jodoco Belgian Brew

Blessedly authentic Belgian beer, brewed in Cuenca and served alongside lovely bistro fare, is poured at this appealing plaza-side spot with patio seating. A jazz soundtrack and clean, moody interior set the scene f…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Loja

Zarza Brewing Company

In the El Valle neighborhood, this brewpub is as popular with locals as with Loja expats. The owner is Texan and clearly knows a thing or two about microbrewing and Mexican food. They do unusual-for-Ecuador brews su…
Cafe in Loja


The region's best caffeinated brews are served in this out-of-the-way little cafe, which also sells coffee by the bag. The owners are true experts on Loja coffee, and it's a real treat to see the rich beans grown in…
Bar in Cuenca


This Austrian-owned place is wunderful if you want a classic bar with big wooden tables to sit around with friends. Food is served, and there’s a happy ‘hour’ from noon all the way to 6pm. It has an American pool ta…
Brewery in Cuenca

La Compañía

Cuenca’s first microbrewery is still one of the city's best. It caters to a young rocker crowd and offers up decent hand-crafted stouts, Irish reds and golden brews. And if you're not into beer, it does great cockta…
Pub in Loja

El Viejo Minero

This rustic old watering hole is the perfect place for a relaxed beer and snacks in a friendly pub-like environment. Catch live music here on weekends.
Juice Bar in Vilcabamba

Juice Factory

Tasty juices and good healthy, light lunches too, right on the west side of the central plaza. Some of the profits go back to helping the community.