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Nightlife in Mendoza, Argentina: Nightclubs, Bars & More
Mendoza's nightlife is centered around bars, nightclubs and shows. Things begin to heat up on Wednesday evenings, with a variety of venues offering live music. Local students and twenty-somethings especially enjoy Wednesdays out as a way to unwind in the middle of a long week of work and studying. Thursdays are considered singles' night, when groups of locals gather at bars and pubs downtown. Fridays are best for a night out on the town. Locals and tourists begin the evening at a downtown bar or pub, shifting to a larger "boliche" (Argentine word for nightclub) after midnight. Saturdays are typically considered date nights for couples, providing a more relaxed atmosphere than the Friday craziness.
Even though most of the bars and nightclubs are spread out all over Mendoza, cheap taxis and minibuses make it easy to get where you want to go. As in most cities, a nightclub or bar's popularity can shift from week to week. Ask local college students or your hotel staff about the best places to visit each weekend.
Aristides Villanueva Street
Great nights in Mendoza begin downtown on Aristides Villanueva Street, a five block strip lined with bars, restaurants and pubs. The street fills up around 10:00 p.m. with music, multicolored lights, locals and tourists. Mendoza's nightlife starts here as groups of all ages and styles gather for music, drinks and snacks before a night of dancing at one of the city's boliches. Most bars offer indoor and outdoor seating, bar games, typical drinks and nightly specials.
Chacras de Coria
Most of Mendoza's top boliches are situated side by side on the Panamerican Highway in Chacras de Coria, about 20 minutes away from downtown. This suburb is a calm, family neighborhood by day, featuring beautiful architecture and amazing houses. By night, you will find a variety of hotspots blasting rock, techno, hip-hop, pop or even tango music.
Some boliches in Chacras de Coria are popular with the 25 and up crowd, while others attract mostly college students. Boliches start to fill up by 1:00 a.m., and the party continues well into the morning. Whatever your age or style, you're sure to find a great nightclub where you can dance and party all night.
Visitors can try their luck at one of Mendoza's casinos, all open until the early hours of the morning. The Regency Casino is owned by the Park Hyatt hotel. Its two levels are filled with slot machines and more than 20 gaming tables, including roulette, blackjack, craps and poker.
The Casino de Mendoza offers traditional roulette, craps, Texas Hold'em, blackjack and over 300 slot machines, along with a restaurant and cafe.
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