Chile’s capital city tends to be overlooked among its South American counterparts. Trendy cities like Buenos Aires and Rio get all the glory. Meanwhile, Santiago can get skipped over for other Chilean attractions like Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, and Easter Island. For some it’s just a stopover en route to a more exciting destination. But Santiago has been establishing itself as a destination city lately. And this is especially true for its nightlife.

So what does Santiago have to offer nightlife enthusiasts? This cultural city is diverse in its arts and entertainment offerings. There’s also a growing music scene. And if you’re looking for great bars and award-winning restaurants, the selection is pretty impressive.

When it comes to nightlife, Santiago tends to get started late. So keep that in mind when planning your night out. Most bars get lively starting at around 9-10pm. And when it comes to clubs, it’s safe to say the party doesn’t get started until well after midnight.

But where should you go for a night out on the town in Santiago? Here’s a look at a few of the places to consider…

Bellavista

Santiago, Chile – Painted house in the Barrio Bellavista area of Santiago.

It’s known as the “bohemian” or hippy part of Santiago. And its artsy vibe and plenty of culture is fun to explore during the day. But Bellavista’s nightlife is also something to check out. The streets of Patio Bellavista, Pio Nono, and Constitucion are your best bets.

Constitucion offers plenty of restaurants. It’s a great place to chill and have a few beers while experiencing some great food. Pio Nono offers a more university crowd vibe. Here you’ll find plenty of outside dining and drinking options. And Patio Bellavista is full of lively bars and restaurants offering live music. There are some gallery and theater options that stay open late along the street as well.

Barrio Brasil

Those looking for a casual, laid back night out should check out the Barrio neighborhood. It’s a great place for meeting with locals and sharing a pitcher of beer. Bars here tend to have street-side seating. You’ll find typical bar foods here. This is the area to go if you’re looking for the pub type of setting…without the stuffy atmosphere. Fans of microbrew should definitely check this are out. There are also some restaurants with more of an upscale vibe you want something a bit less casual. This area definitely has a cozy “neighborhood” feel to it. And it’s a cool place to kick back and have a few beers in.

Isadora Goyenochea

This is a popular street in the El Golf neighborhood for Santiago nightlife. There’s definitely no shortage of upscale bars and fine dining restaurants here. But you’ll also find more casual dining and family friendly restaurants here as well. This area of Santiago offers quite a lot of choices. It’s a good place to wander around and see what catches your eye. Maybe you’re in the mood for a Spanish-inspired meal. American chains and local Chilean choices can also be found here. It’s also a great area for experiencing some of Chile’s best wine choices.

Barrio Italia

This Santiago neighborhood has just recently made it onto the nightlife radar. Its economic growth has made it a new business center for the city. Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind shops selling clothing, furniture, and handmade items like soaps and prints. So what does it offer to the party crowd? There’s quite an eclectic mix of selections to choose from in Barrio Italia. Those looking for a modern or more “avant-guard” experience tend to come here. These types of restaurants and bars offer a unique nightlife experience to those looking for something a bit different. But you’ll also find the traditional take on nightlife here too. Bars and casual cafes serving large beers and French fries and such are also an option.

Barrio Lastarria

For those travelers who consider themselves “foodies,” check out this Santiago neighborhood for your nightlife selections. Barrio Lastarria offers up some of the city’s tastiest food options. From Peruvian to French to Mediterranean…the restaurants here will have you covered. This neighborhood is known for its funky vibe and diversity as well. So it’s a great place to get to know the locals and have a fun, laid back time. As far as bars go…there a plenty of selections too. From fancy to cheap…it depends on what you’re looking for. You may even fun across a few dance clubs as well.