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XS

XS (in front of TGIF’s Carretera Masaya, Zona Rosa, Managua) – this is another hotspot for Managua’s young crowd that’s into electronic dance and house music. A Miami-style “dress to impress” code is the order of the day (or evening) here.

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The Reef

The Reef (Galerías Santo Domingo, Managua) – this is a surf-theme bar that gets lively at night – playing DJ-driven dance music, and occasional live bands appear here as well. Much of the crowd consists of 20-something yuppies. Theme events are also held here, such as “Chill Out Afternoon” (where visitors can show up on […]

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Moods

Moods Moods (Zona Viva, Galerias Santo Domingo, Managua) – this disco-bar plays different genres of music (from electronic dance music, to old school House music, and even disco from the 70s & 80s).

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Ruta Maya

Ruta Maya (east of Estatua de Montoya, Managua) – a.k.a. “El Centro Cultural Ruta Maya” this venue has an open-air bar and plays manly Nicaraguan folk music (with occasional live performances). Sometimes, “rock en espanol”-type bands are also booked here.

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La Casa de los Mejia Godoy

La Casa de los Mejia Godoy (in front of Crown Plaza Hotel, Octavo Calle Suroeste, Barrio Martha Quezada, Managua) – for those in a mood for tradicional Nicaraguan folk music, this is a good place in get immersed in that scene. Well-regarded folk singer Carlos Mejía Godoy is occasionally booked here. Interestingly, his brother Luis […]

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Enoteca Vinos y Más

Enoteca Vinos y Más (Galerias Santo Domingo, Managua) – located in a shopping mall of the same name, this wine bar attracts a mature crowd that’s interested in tasting an assortment of vintages from different countries – from Chile to California (USA), France, and Italy. Occasional folk music acts are booked there. Private events are […]

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Mirador Tiscapa

Mirador Tiscapa (Bo Largaespada Paseo Tiscapa) – this is an open-air restaurant that overlooks the Tiscapa Crater Lake. There’s a large dance floor that often provides live Salsa, Merengue and Rumba performances on Saturday nights.

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Hipa Hipa

Hipa Hipa (Plaza Coconut Grove, Managua) – this club, in existence since 1998, has been attracting young collage-age members of Managua’s elite, with DJs here playing a mix of electronic dance music, Salsa, and Merengue music. On occasion, Hipa Hipa books major international dance music DJs like “Above & Beyond.”

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El Chamán

El Chamán (del Restaurante Tiscapa, 200 metros al sur, Managua) – this dance club is hard to miss, since it’s in a building shaped like a Mayan pyramid. El Chamán attracts a young, 20-something crowd (playing mainly rock and electronic dance music). Occasional live shows are booked there are well (which can run the range […]

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Club Hollywood

Club Hollywood (Zona Rosa, Edificio Delta, Managua) – this is one of Managua’s exclusive nightspots in the Zona Rosa, attracting deep-pocketed locals and overseas visitors. Expect a picky door policy – so dressing up is virtually mandatory here.