If a friend in Chile says to you, “Let’s go to Plaza Nuñoa,” you should accept the invitation. Where nightlife in Santiago is concerned, the Plaza is one of the most vibrant cultural hotspots. You’ll be surrounded by theater, music, and food, as you enjoy the best entertainment and leisure the capital city has to offer.
If you enjoy walking, you can arrive on foot from the Plaza Egaña metro stop. Fifteen city blocks will seem like a short jaunt so long as you’re in good company and enjoy urban trekking. But if you’d like to take it easy, you can take a taxi or a bus (a micro, as they’re known in Santiago) that will head toward the plaza via Irarrázaval Street.
Rest assured, you’ll know when you’ve arrived. By day, this family-oriented neighborhood combines the feel of a quaint residential area with one of the city’s most iconic shopping districts. Children play, the elderly exercise on fitness equipment, young people walk their pets, and school children head home from school. The plaza also boasts two important emblems of its own: a beautiful fountain and several noble, slender palm trees that have been rooted to this very spot for over 200 years.
But as night arrives, Plaza Nuñoa transforms into one of the major spots for nightlife in Santiago. Bars open, theaters begin selling tickets, and the whole area buzzes with youthful energy. The good times won’t stop until the early morning, or at least not before 4:00 a.m.
If you’re looking for a spot that has plenty to offer, check out Boulevard Plaza Nuñoa, with its 500 tables, 1749 chairs, a theater, and an events center. There’s no way you’ll have to suffer a dull moment.
If you’re looking for a top-notch theater performance you could do worse than Teatro UC. The current season is always brimming with plays, monologues, and educational productions for children of all ages. They also preview productions for the year to come. If you’re more interested in something with a bit of rhythm, just next to the theater is La Batuta. The stage at La Batuta has been hosting local artists since 1989, and you’re guaranteed to see something fun and unique. Shows run the gamut from tribute acts to rock and metal bands from the 80s, to more cutting-edge performances for younger crowds.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat and something to drink, there are a number of bars and restaurants in the area. You can just as easily spend the night in your favorite establishment as you can go hopping from one spot to the next. You might also want to hop over to The Clinic, where you and your friends can get some drinks, order some appetizers, or have a full meal. Another option is Las Lanzas, a neighborhood classic serving great traditional Spanish food. It’s a fitting place to begin, or even end, the night.
Café El Dante is another one of those spots that you shouldn’t miss. It’s been in operation all the way back to 1949, and it boasts a large menu full of diverse options that you’ll enjoy exploring. If you’re looking for something simpler, although no less tasty, you can try some of Filippo‘s homemade ice cream. Choose from a diverse list of flavors like semolina, mocha, lemon pie, apple strudel, or flan and enjoy something a little different to keep you on your feet as you explore the neighborhood that always offers something new to do.