No popular tourist destination would be complete without a few places for people to meet up, socialize, and enjoy a nice drink. Punta del Este has a number of bars that never seem to sleep, serving food all day then dancing the tot of the night. One of the best ways to get the most out of a trip to this beautiful part of the world is to enjoy the wide variety of bars it has to offer.
This is a lively bar and nightclub in Manantiales, a popular region of Punta del Este. You can get food until 12am and then dance the night away. Stocked full of enough classy cocktails and bottled beers to take you through to the morning, this bar is a guaranteed good time. Like many on this list, La Casita is a seasonal bar that starts pumping in the summer.
A bar with many faces, Soho doubles as a luxurious restaurant during the day and a vibrant nightclub at night. If you don’t feel like dancing, it’s the perfect place to sit out by the popular port of Punta del Este and enjoy the waterfront with a drink. No matter what you came for, whether it’s their incredible seafood platters or exciting music, you are destined to stay much longer than you anticipated when you first sat down.
This pub is one of the most approachable and renowned bars in Punta del Este. Moby Dick is located on the waterfront right next to the port, making it a great place for sunsets and watching fireworks. Though it is nautically themed, the design has been heavily influenced by the Irish and English pub culture and fittingly hosts live music nights during most of the summer.
As one of the most popular bars on this list, CAPI is open all year round and always seems to be busy. It specializes in its wide variety of delicious international and local artisanal beers that you can enjoy in a friendly atmosphere alongside some great music and even better food. CAPI has two fantastic locations, one in the epicenter of Punta del Este’s peninsula and the other in the laid-back region of La Barra.
This is a well designed, quirky bar named after the “Two of Cups” tarot card. From the outside, the building is sky blue with wooden tables and chairs that appear as if they were stained by sea salt. Inside it’s even more unique: distorting mirrors hang on the walls alongside a collage of pop culture references that extends to the tables and chairs. They serve local artisanal beers and colorful cocktails.
Keep Rolling is exactly what you’d expect from a beach bar in Manantiales: relaxed, colorful, and airy. The wooden exterior emphazises its rustic beach hut atmosphere, with a thatched roof awning outside and beautiful paintings inside. By day you can enjoy the sun with a nice meal and by night it becomes electric, transformed by the people, colorful lights, and music.
The Garage Bar of Punta del Este is every motor head’s dream. While you sit down for a meal or enjoy a cold drink you are surrounded by all sorts of paraphernalia from engines, machines, and other vehicles. The tables are oil drums, the bathroom taps are fuel hoses, and outside there are antique collectable cars for your viewing pleasure.
This gorgeous two-story bar serves excellent beer and sublime pizza. The spacious outdoor seating area is lively and the overall atmosphere matches the friendly style of the decorations and warm colors of the interior. No Me Olvides means “Don’t Forget Me” in Spanish, and this bar is best enjoyed with a group of friends you want to share a lasting memory with.
Unlike many of the conventional bars in Punta del Este, El Viajero is attached to an international travel hostel so you’re sure to meet some interesting and chatty people. The bar is nestled in the central peninsula of Punta del Este near other bars, restaurants, and beaches, so you’re right in the middle of all the action. They serve artisanal beer and pub food that’s comparably cheaper than its neighbors.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.