A notoriously nocturnal city, the nightlife in Santiago stays
lively until the sun comes up. Locals may only go to dinner at
11pm, getting to nightclubs after 1am and staying until dawn. While
some visitors may not have that sort of stamina, most clubs don''t
fill until midnight.
Like most cities, much of Santiago''s nightlife caters to people
between 18 and 35, and spans a wide range of musical styles from
electronic to rock and jazz. International acts play at the Estado
Nacional and the Espacio Riesco, while Bellavista has a number of
relaxed venues with local music like tango, bolero and Latin jazz.
Pio Nono has the highest density of bars in Santiago, and there are
a number of high-end nightclubs surrounding the Plaza San Enrique.
Avenida Suecia should be avoided, as the once tourist-friendly area
has declined into seediness.
There is a huge theatre community in Santiago, ranging from
small independent productions to large-scale operas. Established
theatres like the Teatro Bellavista, Teatro Alcalá, and Estación
Mapocho stage productions on a regular basis, but performances in
English are few and far between. Tourists who don''t speak Spanish
will enjoy symphonies or ballets at the Teatro Municipal, Teatro
Oriente, and Teatro Universidad de Chile.
Local newspapers La Tercera and El Mercurio have good culture
and nightlife listings, so pick up a copy to see what the latest
concerts and events are in Santiago.