The 5 Best Bars With Live Music in La Paz

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Harry Stewart

Like everywhere in Latin America, listening to live music and dancing is a popular pastime in Bolivia. Unsurprisingly, reggaeton and cumbia reign supreme. However, those in the know can find just about any genre imaginable in La Paz. Most of the action happens on Friday and Saturday nights, so put on your dancing shoes and keep reading to find the best live music the city has to offer.

1. Sabor Cubano

Bar, Restaurant, Cuban, Caribbean, Central American

A little on the touristy side, but great fun nonetheless. Sabor Cubano, as the name implies, is a Cuban-themed restaurant which doubles as a lively bar on Friday and Saturday nights. The food is good and surprisingly authentic while the mojitos go down a treat. But what really makes this place stand out is the live band that belts out Cuban classics on weekends. There’s no better way to accompany a Cuban meal and some drink than live covers of Buena Vista Social Club.

2. Mongos

Bar, Cafe, Pub, European, Contemporary, Healthy, Coffee, Tea

Feeling lonely? Mongos has something of a reputation of being La Paz’s best hookup haunt. This upmarket resto-bar has been a favorite among locals and tourists since the 1990s for its excellent variety of cocktails and international food. The place puts on some pretty good live music too, with Tuesday being salsa night, while Thursday has live jazz.

3. Equinoccio

Bar, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

Rock from across the ages will soundtrack your weekends at Equinoccio
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This smoky little underground den is La Paz’s most famous and long-lasting rock bar. Most weekends feature cover bands doing a damn fine job of playing the best classic rock anthems from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Every so often, a legendary Bolivian band, such as Atajo or Octavia, graces the club with their presence, which is when things start to get really unruly.

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