Venezuela drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Maracaibo

Ateneo Pop

With film projections on the wall, fabulous DJ sets and everyone downing pizzas (BsF42 to BsF90) and buckets of icy beer, this hip roof terrace beer-garden is a funky place to chill out under the stars. Two beers in…
Top Choice Club in Mérida

El Hoyo del Queque

This renowned and endlessly fun venue always fills up, with live bands and DJs playing salsa, reggae and pop.
in Mérida

Mojitos Cafe

Perhaps El Ché would not have appreciated this for-profit venture, but the red-juice-and-white-rum drink named in his honor is a wicked capitalist delight, as is the house specialty, the mojito. Get your revolution …
Bar in Caracas

La Terraza del Ateneo

The breezy, upstairs terrace of the Ateneo cultural center, La Terraza del Ateneo, becomes an after-hours gathering place for a diverse, arts-minded crowd in the mood for relaxed conversation and off-the-wall music.…
Bar in Caracas

360° Roof Bar

This incredible open-air lounge atop the Altamira Suites attracts member of Caracas' glitzy crowd, who come to chill out on hammocks and sofas in the 19th-floor restaurant and sip cocktails over startling panoramic …
Music in Mérida

Café Calypso

This mild-mannered shopping center cafe has a secret identity. By day, it’s a tranquil coffee bar. Come back at night, though, and Mr Hyde emerges, when international DJs freak it up with the techno and the barman s…
in Caracas


Nouveau-vintage Malabar is one of the most sophisticated choices in Las Mercedes. Down a long hallway that heads behind the seemingly closed daytime-only restaurant of the same name, you’ll find the jet set sipping …
Bar in Caracas

Birras Pub & Café

Almost deviant in its lack of security, Birras is a rough-around-the-edges pavement bar at street level, totally exposed to the realities of sundown Caracas – no foliage fences or palm walls to hide behind here. Rev…
World Music in Mérida

Alfredo’s Bar

This bar competes for the cheapest beer in Venezuela, and at prices like these (about BsF4 per bottle) plenty of people come to dance, or just watch baseball. The large outdoor area at the back pumps the reggaetón (…
Bar in Caracas

El Sarao

A longstanding destination for middle-class rumberos, this massive, subterranean space provides a continuous flow of rum, copious plasma TVs, great live music and enough wicker furniture to fashion an apocalyptic ar…