Where to go out in Asunción
Asunción’s nightlife has had a revival in recent years, with contemporary bars joining an already lively music scene. Championing this is La Cachamba, set in a train graveyard (and partly situated inside the abandoned carriages); the imaginative cocktails, open-air dance floor and international vibe draw Asunción’s coolest crowd. The nearby Cactus Bar is housed in a beautifully restored colonial building, which retains many of its original features. Come the weekend, local DJs man the decks at both bars, making them the places to go for a downtown boogie.
Britannia Pub is always a safe bet; the extensive selection of draught beers (unusual in Paraguay) ensures it’s packed with locals and tourists alike. If you’re after a relaxing cocktail lounge vibe head to Casa Clari, whose pretty terrace overlooks the Palacio de los López, beautifully illuminated by night. For a proper knees-up get down to the pirate-themed Pirata Bar, which offers live music, a roof terrace and a buzzy atmosphere.
Asunción’s hot young things are increasingly turning to fashionable Paseo Carmelitas, a burgeoning nightlife district that’s been described as ‘the new downtown’. For starters, try Kilkenny (an Irish Pub), Hippie Chic (a bohemian bar/restaurant with a festival vibe) or Long Bar (superlative cocktails). And if you want to experience a real Paraguayan discotheque, head to one of Asunción’s glitzy superclubs – such as Faces or Coyote – where you can dance the night away on multiple floors.
Bar and club details
La Cachamba Manuel Gondra y Mcal López, 2300, +595 (0) 21 441000.
Cactus Bar 25 de Mayo entre Tacuari y Estados Unidos, +595 (0) 982 320062.
Britannia Pub Cerro Corá 851, +595 (0) 21 443990.
Casa Clari Ayolas 129 e/ Benjamin Constant y El Pyo. Independiente, Manzana de la Rivera, +595 (0) 21 496476.
Pirata Bar Ayolas y Benjamin Constant, +595 (0) 21 452953.
Kilkenny Malutin y Avda. España Paseo Carmelitas, +595 (0) 21 609688.
Hippie Chic Avenida España esq. Dr. Bestard
Long Bar Senador Huey Pierce Long, +595 (0) 981 248660.
Faces Avda Mcal. López 2585 y Insaurralde, Fernando de la Mora, +595 (0) 21672768.
Coyote Mariscal Antonio Jose Sucre casi Avda San Martin, +595 (0) 21 662114.