Entertainment in Venezuela

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Caracas

    Discovery Bar

    A down-to-earth, genuine alt-rock dive, catering to an alternative crowd who come for the alternative rock, reggae and cumbia music. One of the few surviving vaguely counter-cultural places in Caracas.

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    Trasnocho Lounge

    The Trasnocho cultural center's minimalist bar is a place to pull up a beanbag chair, sip a martini and chill out with friends as guest DJs work their magic. Caracas has by far the most open gay community in what is still a relatively conservative country. When looking for gay-oriented venues, the code phrase to watch for is 'en ambiente.' For additional options, check the websites www.vengay.com and www.rumbacaracas.com (in Spanish).

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    Moulin Rouge

    Behind the flamboyant windmill facade is Caracas’ leading venue for live alternative rock, with two environments: the performance hall and an adjacent lounge for drum and bass, trance and techno sessions by resident DJs – and, of course, a mock stripper pole just for fun. The crowd is under 30, pleasantly mixed and all too willing to rock until the metro conveniently resumes operation at 5:30am.

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    Rosalinda

    Backpackers will be shooed away, but hipsters, icons of fashion, the rich, famous and an odd mix of out-of-place misfits clamor for face time inside this Las Mercedes club, the hottest spot in town at the time of research. The shotgun-style space is backdropped by backlit stenciled mirrored walls that beam the merengue, reggaetón and Latin pop right back at ya.

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    Auyama Café

    The rumba never stops at this boisterous, open-air lounge with a broad front terrace and various brightly lit salons. It’s for a slightly more mature set, who may want to engage in more animated conversation than sweat-soaked shamelessness on the dance floor, but it doesn’t stop the karaoke singing or salsa dancing.

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    El Teatro

    This eclectic newcomer on the rise offers two dueling rooms, one usually devoted to rock, the other electronica, drum and bass or hip-hop. It skews towards wealthy, alterna-twentysomethings, who appreciate the more casual door (only rule: no shorts) and expands its artistic edge to stage plays and stand-up comedy on Mondays.

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    Estadio Universitario

    Béisbol (baseball) is the local sporting obsession. Professional-league games are played from October to February at this 18,500-seat stadium, home to the Leones de Caracas (Caracas Lions). Tickets can be purchased until game time, usually 7:30pm Tuesday to Friday nights, 6pm Saturday and 4:30pm Sunday.

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    Celarg

    This state-subsidized venue shows a large selection of international films (with Spanish subtitles). It also hosts contemporary world-cinema festivals and some free weekend screenings. Spanish-speakers should also check out its excellent live theater schedule (tickets cost as little as 20c) .

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    Juan Sebastián Bar

    A longtime bastion of jazz in Caracas, the refined club remains one of the most attractive environments anywhere for hearing jazz. If you wish, you can grab a seat right at the bandstand – there’s a counter to place your drink along the front of it.

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    Rumbar

    Bodies are pressed together here on the small dance floor like a Mumbai passenger train at rush hour. Salsa, merengue and reggaetón fuel the sweat-soaked atmosphere, only relieved by a mild-by-comparison outdoor patio seating.

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    Maroma Roots

    The Rasta bar. The upstairs lounge is where the real skanking goes on – a dim, smoky environment where a DJ works from the front section of an old bus, pumping out a righteous blend of dub, dancehall and more commercial reggae.

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    Little Rock Café

    Wackily decorated with images of musical icons and related paraphernalia, the club hosts rock and metal bands on the weekend, along with a pool table, burgers and Tex-Mex food.

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    Cinemateca Nacional

    The main showplace of the country's national cinema program, the Cinemateca Nacional screens a wide range of domestic and international films (subtitled in Spanish).

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    Centro de Acción Social por la Música

    Hear top-notch classical recitals for free at the Sala Simón Bolívar, one of the venues for El Sistema, Venezuela's world-renowned youth orchestra program.

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    Teatro Trasnocho Cultural

    This buzzing contemporary-arts center buried in a mall sub-basement contains a theater, cinema, cafes, a yoga studio and a gay-friendly hipster bar.

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    Cool Café & Pub

    There’s usually some performance event going on at this relaxed lounge for a mixed crowd, though the transexual cabaret acts are the biggest draw.

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    El Maní es Así

    One of the city's longest-running salsa spots, where everything revolves around the dance floor and the live salsa bands. Take a taxi.

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    Bar La Fragata

    Thumping beats and cheap booze guarantee a packed house most nights at this mostly male establishment.