After dark, Asunción comes alive – if you know where to look. The past couple of years have seen energy pumping into the capital’s nightlife
, with bars and clubs popping up across centro and uber-cool Paseo Carmelitas. From slick cocktail bars to Irish
-inspired watering holes, here’s where to head if you’re after a night on the tiles in Paraguay’s first city.
Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub, South American, $$$
This rustic bar in Villa Mora is tucked away in an abandoned warehouse, complete with a rusting roof and industrial vibe. After midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, Morgan Warehouse transforms from an after-work foodie spot into an elegant drinking den, with live music and plenty of Latin dancing. The bar hosts regular prohibition nights, with lavish fancy dress and themed drinks. Lounge on the leather sofas with a cocktail in hand or steal yourself with a little Dutch courage and stay on the dance floor til the wee hours.
Morgan Warehouse, Del Maestro 722, Asunción, Paraguay
Strewn with sofas and bean bags and graced with an Ibiza-worthy dance floor, Living Room will take you from a chilled post-sightseeing cocktail to a boogie after hours. It’s the place to see and be seen, with its glittering disco balls, fancy cocktail list and exclusive vibe. Frequented by a well-heeled crowd, there are themed nights every month, often hosting international DJs.
Living Room, Mariscal Antonio Jose Sucre esq. Brizuela, Asunción, Paraguay
Heaving with locals and expats looking for a taste of home, Britannia Pub near Plaza Uruguaya is a stalwart on the Asunción bar scene. This place has been open for nearly 30 years, pulling pints from its huge collection of draught beers. Great pub grub and a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack keep punters coming back for more. There’s even an outdoor patio for those balmy nights.
Britannia Pub, Cerro Corá 851, Asunción, Paraguay
Two bars and local DJs every weekend make Cactus Bar, in San Roque district, a top choice in the city for a proper night out. You’ll find it in one of centro’s prettiest colonial buildings, though inside it’s decorated with a mish-mash of bric-a-bric and contemporary art. This place is intimate and often packed with a local crowd after a different sound every night. Look out for the old-school gaming machines and epic dance night, Dollhouse.
Cactus Bar, 25 de Mayo entre Tacuary y EEUU, Asunción, Paraguay
Bar, Bistro, Nightclub, Contemporary, $$$
One of Asunción’s most unusual venues, La Cachamba is set in an abandoned carriage in an old train yard. It’s half outdoors, with an open-air dance floor for busting some moves under the stars and a train spilling out onto the terrace. There’s an inventive cocktail list and plenty of international beers, as well as a generous happy hour on Fridays. In the summer, get there early to catch a spectacular sunset over the city.
La Cachamba, Manuel Gondra c/ Mcal Lopez, Asunción, Paraguay
This bar in edgy Paseo Carmelitas is the haunt of Asunción’s alternative crowd. It has a festival feel and a soulful vibe, serving rainbow cocktails and a variety of comfort foods to soak up the booze as the night wears on. Reggae’s often on the turntables at Hippie Chic and there’s an outdoor terrace for the summer months. Try the topped fries finished off with an ice-cold house beer.
Hippie Chic, Avda. España esq. Dr. Bestard, Asunción, Paraguay
Kilkenny Irish Pub
For a good old-fashioned, Irish-style knees-up, you can’t go wrong with Kilkenny Irish Pub in Paseo Carmelitas. Dark and bustling, it’s a popular spot in the city’s most up-and-coming nightlife district. The music’s rock and the beer flows all night, great for groups looking to let their hair down. Kilkenny has an ever-changing roster of live events and a 2-for-1 cocktail deal every night before the clock strikes twelve.
Kilkenny Irish Pub, Malutin y España, Asunción, Paraguay