La Serena, not far north from Chile’s capital city, is a popular beach destination for Chileans as well as travellers. It combines a rich history with modern beach amenities, and has a number of bars to cater both to the local and traveller market, whether it’s a trendy beachfront bar or a neo-colonial tavern popular with locals. Here is The Culture Trip’s guide to the top bars in La Serena.
A popular spot with the locals of La Serena, Club de Jazz is in an historic neoclassical home with a beautiful marble staircase as its centrepiece. As its name might suggest, it is a jazz club and hosts live music at weekends. It is located a little further away than the main tourist centre of La Serena, and so is ideal for those looking for a more authentic or historic location for the evening. It also serves food and boasts an extensive wine list. Its focus on slightly more mature local customers makes it a little more sophisticated than the usual tourist joint.
Oscar Aldunate 739, La Serena, Chile
Right on the beachfront is El Muelle, a pub which is well-known for its tasty, and also very large, portions of food. It is also open during the day, as well as the evening, and is a great spot to watch the sunset over the beach with a few refreshing cocktails. In the evenings, guests can enjoy a spot of karaoke, or just sit out in the terrace if they are looking for something quieter. It’s hugely popular and is usually full later on in the evening, so turn up early to secure a table.
Av del Mar 2222, La Serena, Chile
Kamanga is a pub and nightclub found on La Serena’s beachfront, right at the southern point of the town next to the border with Coquimbo, another town that also has a great nightlife. It offers a number of different events during the week, such as a jazz night, a Mexican night and standard DJ sets. The bar also offers small plates of food, such as sushi, and offers two-for-one deals on drinks every now and again (check their Facebook page for dates).
Costanera 4785, La Serena, Chile