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.
As the name suggests, this club only plays the classics. The nights start out with 60s classic rock and slowly progress to everyone’s favorite cheesy 80s dance hits, just as the booze really starts to kick in. Its décor doesn’t look like it’s been updated for a while, but that’s not such as bad thing as the retro feel adds to the charm. For those who just want to dance to something a little more vintage, this place is pure gold.
Gold Classics, Almirante Grau, La Paz, Bolivia, +591 2249 2120
An old timer and one of the fanciest clubs in the center, Forum is where the rich kids go to get rowdy. Although a little pricey – and perhaps even pretentious – it’s still one of the best spots to dance the night away to a variety of modern Latin hits. Be sure to dress up and get in early as it fills up pretty quickly on weekends.
Forum, Ricardo Mujia, La Paz, Bolivia, +591 7673 3555