Drinking and nightlife in Uruguay

  • Nightlife in Cabo Polonio

    Lo de Joselo

    For a quintessential Polonio experience, head to this ramshackle bar, overgrown with dense shrubbery and flowering vines. Blind bartender Joselo presides over the funky candlelit interior, serving up licor de butia (alcohol made from local palm fruit), grappamiel (honey-infused grape brandy) and stiff shots of caña (sugarcane alcohol). It's a few paces from the 4WD truck stop toward the lighthouse.

  • Nightlife in Montevideo

    Chopería Mastra

    This convivial pub in Montevideo's agricultural market is the flagship outlet for Uruguay's beloved Mastra microbrewery. With a dozen varieties to choose from, you may prefer to opt for the tabla degustación (a four-beer sampler, available weekdays only). Mastra has several other pubs around town, including near the beach in Pocitos.

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    Baker's Bar

    One of Montevideo's newer drinking hot spots, Baker's sits smack in the heart of the Cordón–Parque Rodó nightlife district. Cofounders Santiago Urquhart and Charlie Sarli, transplants from superstar bar-restaurant La Huella on Uruguay's Atlantic coast, have infused the place with a cool, low-key energy, serving up well-mixed drinks, tasty tapas and good music.

  • Nightlife in Colonia del Sacramento


    An inviting spot for a coffee break any time of year, Ganache lays tables out on the cobblestones in warm weather. Come winter or a rainy day, you'll be tempted by its sweet interior space with flowers on every table, cushiony chairs, parquet floors and a fireplace to ward off the Río de la Plata's chill breezes.

  • Nightlife in Punta del Este

    Capi Bar

    Launched in 2015, Punta del Este's first artisanal brewpub serves up its own Capitán home brew along with craft beers from all over Uruguay. The classy, low-lit interior also makes a nice place to linger over reasonably priced fish and chips, rabas (fried squid) and other bar snacks.

  • Nightlife in Montevideo

    La Farmacia

    Opened in 2017, this Ciudad Vieja cafe in a 19th-century pharmacy (circa 1870) oozes historic charm. Green marble tabletops, ornamental tiled floors and built-in wood cabinetry from its former incarnation make a splendid setting for morning coffee or midafternoon snacks.

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    Café Brasilero

    This vintage 1877 cafe with dark wood paneling and historic photos gracing the walls makes a delightful spot for morning coffee or afternoon tea. It’s also an excellent lunch stop, with good-value menus ejecutivos (all-inclusive daily specials for UR$425).

  • Nightlife in Montevideo

    Montevideo Brew House

    Pouring six beers brewed on-site (including an excellent Guinness-like dry stout), along with half a dozen offerings from Montevideo's Davok microbrewery, this corner pub is one of Pocitos' most popular drinking spots.

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    Shannon Irish Pub

    Always hopping, the Shannon features a variety of Uruguayan microbrews plus a full complement of other beers from over a dozen countries. There's live music 365 days a year, from rock to traditional Irish bands.

  • Nightlife in Colonia del Sacramento


    This sleek brewpub is well worth a visit for its ever-evolving collection of 15 home brews. If you can't chose between them, go for the four-beer tasting selection.

  • Nightlife in Montevideo

    Cain Dance Club

    Montevideo’s premier gay nightspot (but also hetero-friendly), Cain is a multilevel club with two dance floors playing everything from techno to Latin beats.

  • Nightlife in Punta del Este

    Moby Dick

    This classic pub near the yacht harbor is where Punta’s dynamic social scene kicks off every evening. It's open year-round, with a mix of DJs and live music.

  • Nightlife in Montevideo


    This cozy spot specializes in big pots of tea served alongside cookies and light meals in a pair of gaily wallpapered parlor-sized rooms.

  • Nightlife in Punta del Este

    Ocean Club

    One of Punta's best and most reliable beach clubs, in the dunes between Punta and La Barra.

  • Nightlife in Montevideo

    Chopería Mastra Pocitos

    Pocitos branch of Mastra, one of Montevideo's first and best regarded microbreweries.

  • Nightlife in Punta del Este


    A dependable year-round dance spot featuring live bands and international DJs.

  • Nightlife in Colonia del Sacramento

    El Drugstore

    Food at this touristy corner place facing the main square is mediocre and overpriced, but it still might tempt you for a beer or cocktail break, thanks to its 12-page drinks menu, polka-dot tablecloths, vividly colored interior, outdoor seating with perfect views of Plaza de Armas, and two vintage cars on the cobblestones. There’s frequent live guitar music.

  • Nightlife in Montevideo

    El Lobizón

    Lobizón’s cellar-bar atmosphere, free-flowing pitchers of sangria and clericó (white wine mixed with rum and fruit), and tasty snacks such as its famous gramajo (potatoes, ham and eggs fried up with onions and parsley) make it a perennial local favorite.

  • Nightlife in Montevideo

    Café Roldós

    Since 1886, this venerable bar-cafe in Mercado del Puerto has been pouring its famous medio y medio, a refreshing concoction made from half still, half sparkling wine. It's a perennial favorite with Montevideanos on weekends.

  • Nightlife in Montevideo

    La Ronda

    At this popular bar between Plaza Independencia and the riverfront, choose between the dark interior where the bartender spins vinyl or the sidewalk tables cooled by breezes off the Rambla.