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.
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.
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.
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.
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.