The hostel bar
In South America, young and carefree backpackers almost always seem to find themselves in a hostel with a lively in-house bar. Some La Paz hostel bars are absolutely insane while others are pretty chilled, but what they all have in common is being a great place to meet up with like-minded travelers and make new friends. Don’t linger too long though, because actually leaving the hostel is the first step to experiencing the amazing nightlife this crazy city has to offer.
This uber-cool cocktail bar has long been a hit with La Paz’ after-work drinks crowd. Located right in the middle of the trendy Sopocachi neighborhood, it draws in punters for its creative, Steampunk-inspired interior. The moody candlelit venue features an array of quirky decorative pieces which have largely been recycled from rusted out trains, planes and automobiles. An imaginative cocktail menu and attentive service make Diesel a must on the La Paz bar scene.
Diesel Nacional, Av.20 de Octubre 2271, La Paz, Bolivia, +591 7015 5405
Costilla de Adan
Meaning “Adan’s Rib” in English, this bohemian, alternative joint is La Paz’ premier (and only) secret bar. Tucked away on an upmarket suburban street, Costillas is located in an unmarked residential home where punters must knock on the front door to gain entry. Once inside, the customer is overwhelmed by a dizzying array of antiques and oddities that have been collected from flea markets and grandmothers’ homes all throughout Bolivia. Almost as much of a museum as a bar, Costillas serves a great variety of creative cocktails and desserts to accompany the incredible ambiance.
Costilla de Adan, M. #2974, Prol. Armaza, La Paz, Bolivia, +591 7207 4518
The English Pub
Those feeling a little homesick will love this traditional English pub that is conveniently located in the heart of the tourist district. Every night, the pub hosts a lively mix of travelers, expats and Bolivians who come to enjoy copious amounts of beer or some traditional English food. The bar’s biggest asset is the friendly and relaxed atmosphere which encourages strangers to mingle and make new friends. It’s also a great place to watch live sports, with food and drink specials on offer for the most important matches.
The English Pub, Linares, La Paz, Bolivia, +591 2233 4717
Fancy a more sophisticated night out? This cozy little wine bar has earned a reputation in recent years as being one of Sopocachi’s most refined venues. With a modern, minimalist décor and an extensive selection of Bolivian and international wines, Hallwright’s is a classy addition to the La Paz drinking scene. An excellent assortment of locally produced cheese platters and tasty tapas perfectly complement the fine wines.
Hallwright’s, Sanchez Lima 2235, La Paz, Bolivia, +591 6706 3699