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Going Out in Bolivia: Nightlife in La Paz

There is no shortage of nightlife in La Paz. From rock concerts to techno clubs to laid back acoustic venues, there is something for everyone in this lively city. If your’e looking for some nightlife in La Paz, here’s our picks for where to get started.

ALIVE Music Bar

This venue is located in the southern end of town in the San Miguel neighborhood along Avenida Montenegro.  This bar often has live rock music and drink specials. It is a fun place to listen to live music and interact with locals.

Malegria

In the hip neighborhood of Sopocachi, Malegria usually has a nice mix of locals and travelers and a nice atmosphere. On Thursdays they have Afro-Bolivian dancing and music known as Saya. This generally starts around 10pm and lasts through the night.

On the weekends Malegria has a variety of local and pop music to keep everyone dancing into the night. They have a coat check, nice sized dance floor area and more of a lounge area off to the side. This bar is located in the Sopocachi area of La Paz which is close to the Radisson and Camino Real. It is just a few kilometers from downtown.

Diesel Nacional

One of the most unique bars in La Paz, Diesel is aptly named for its junkyard décor. Pieces of old trains, cars and airplanes are key pieces of decoration inside and out. The decorations create a unique but cool atmosphere. This bar is a nice place to grab a few drinks with friends before heading to the clubs. Plus, it is located just around the corner from Malegria in Sopocachi.

New Pa’Goza

Also in Sopocachi, New Pa’Goza is a popular dance club that is regularly full on weekends and late at night. This club generally plays electronic music and is a great place to have a beer or people watch from the lounge and bar area above the dance floor. Be warned though, this small club has poor ventilation and is generally very smoky. They also have a coat check.

Nameless discotecas and penas

Hidden in sidestreets or up steep staircases are dozens of discotecas and penas. These bars and clubs often have live music or DJs and are great places to interact with locals. Rarely do travelers venture into these venues on their own. That being said, the music and people always create a fun and entertaining atmosphere. There is no better way to get to know locals than to swap stories over drinks. Bocaisapo is a local favorite and is located in near the historic Calle Jaen area of La Paz.

Sagarnaga Street Pubs

The main tourist street in downtown La Paz, known as Sagarnaga, there are dozens of restaurants and pubs that cater to travelers. These pubs generally close fairly early by La Paz standards, around 1 or 2 am. These spots are fairly pricey for Bolivia with drinks averaging 25 – 30 Bs (~US $4) for a beer or spirit. These bars are a great spot to meet other travelers, have a beer and catch up on sports.