After experiencing the best things to do after dinner in Santo Domingo, you will understand that there’s no better place in the Dominican Republic for evening adventures than the capital city. If you ask any of the locals, they’re sure to agree that Santo Domingo boasts an extensive array of evening entertainment.

    Whether you’re looking for open-air concerts or nightclubs, you’ll find an ideal option in any of the city’s main hubs. Ciudad Colonial (Colonial City, also referred to as the Colonial Zone) is great for live music and bar hopping, while Malecon is where you’ll find seaside parks and hotels that host entertainment. If you’re looking for authentic ways to experience the Caribbean culture, check out our guide to the best things to do in Santo Domingo at night.

    What are the best things to do at night in Santo Domingo?

    1

    Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito

    Santo Domingo’s national performing arts theatre

    • Nightlife

    Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito is an underrated gem for history and culture in Santo Domingo. It hosts multiple floors, with 3 main spaces that put on a variety of performances, including theatre, live music, ballet, opera, and award shows.

    Certain plays provide interesting information about the country and its most well-known figures like Ulises Heureaux, former president of the Dominican Republic in the late 1800s. It’s worth visiting Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito just to get a glimpse of its magnificent neoclassical architecture.

    Location: Av. Máximo Gómez 35, Santo Domingo 10204, Dominican Republic

    Phone: +1 809-687-3191

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    Sabina Bar Zona Colonial

    Live music and refreshing cocktails in the heart of Santo Domingo

    • Nightlife

    Sabina Bar offers live music and a chance to mingle with friendly locals and visitors in Santo Domingo. Located in the centre of Colonial City, it has a fantastic vibe and walls that are covered with old records and hand-written notes from happy customers.

    Spending the evening at Sabina Bar is one of the best things to do after dinner in Santo Domingo. The comfortable space often hosts locally renowned artists, while its drinks list includes exceptional, creative cocktails for the most discerning tastes.

    Location: Calle Isabel La Católica 206, Santo Domingo 10212, Dominican Republic

    Open: Daily from 2 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 809-906-9706

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    Coolmado Las Mercedes

    A unique bar and supermarket

    • Nightlife

    Coolmado Las Mercedes combines a bar with a colmado (convenience store). Not only does it sell many day-to-day items you might need, but it’s also a great place to meet people and enjoy a drink in Santo Domingo.

    Most colmados in the Dominican Republic are too small to actually hang out inside, but Coolmado Las Mercedes has ample space to spend an evening in. It frequently hosts live music and cultural events. Some have even called it the “coolest colmado on Earth.” Prices are reasonable, too.

    Location: Calle Las Mercedes 352, esq. Calle Sánchez, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic

    Open: Monday–Tuesday from 9 am to 11 pm, Wednesday–Thursday and Sunday from 9 am to midnight, Friday–Saturday from 9 am to 2 am

    Phone: +1 809-236-9416

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    La Alpagateria

    A speakeasy specialising in German beers and craft cocktails

    • Nightlife

    La Alpagateria is a trendy speakeasy with a quirky entrance. To get inside, you’ll have to walk through a shoe shop, where you’ll see skilled artisans making espadrilles. Continue making your way inside and the store will open up into a trendy café with intimate nooks, comfortable seating, and a lush courtyard.

    If you like good German beers or craft cocktails (try the ginger-lemon margarita) along with a somewhat quirky ambience, you definitely won’t want to miss La Alpagateria. The speakeasy is just a 5-minute walk from the Church of Our Lady of Las Mercedes.

    Location: Calle Salome Urena 59, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic

    Open: Monday–Friday from 3 pm to 11 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 809-221-3158

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    5

    Casa de Teatro

    Historic theatre for Santo Domingo culture, including jazz concerts

    • Nightlife

    Casa de Teatro was created as a non-profit venue by Dominican author Freddy Ginebra to help young actors perform independent plays in Santo Domingo. Opened in 1974, it became a cultural centre that managed to raise a large number of funds for a wide range of events.

    The space, which sits within a historic colonial house, has hosted actors, musicians, dancers, artists, and photographers. Santo Domingo’s annual jazz festival takes place in Casa de Teatro between June and July. You can expect world-class performances by local and international jazz musicians.

    Location: Calle Arzobispo Meriño # 110, Calle Las Damas ESQ, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2.30 pm to 1 am, Friday from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2.30 pm to 3 am, Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2.30 pm to 3 am

    Phone: +1 809-689-3430

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    6

    Parada 77

    Enjoy a laidback vibe and DJs spinning merengue

    • Nightlife

    Parada 77 is a laidback, grungy bar in Colonial City, just a short walk of the Alcázar de Colón and Plaza de la Hispanidad or Spain. There's no dress code here, so expect a fun vibe throughout the night. You can enjoy strong sangria paired with a merengue soundtrack.

    Parada 77 stays open well into the morning hours, with DJs spinning the latest salsa, reggaeton, merengue, and international hits. Sunday nights are especially high energy as just about everyone come here to party and mingle.

    Location: Av. John F. Kennedy, Santo Domingo 10129, Dominican Republic

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to late

    Phone: +1 809-221-7880

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    7

    Merengue Club

    Casual dance bar/club for merengue, bachata, and salsa

    • Nightlife

    Merengue Club is a casual nightspot in Santo Domingo’s Ciudad Colonial. It usually plays American oldies throughout the day, but visit after 9 pm to enjoy salsa, bachata, and merengue until the next day.

    Another big plus is that it’s a popular spot among locals and tourists, providing a great venue to mingle and enjoy drinks. The bartenders at Merengue Club are known to be phenomenal at both mixing and entertaining. The dance bar/club is just a short walk from Parque Colón (Columbus Park) and Palacio Consistorial de Santo Domingo.

    Location: Calle Hostos 156, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic

    Open: Daily from midnight to noon and from 6 pm to midnight

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    Jet Set Club

    Historic club for live merengue and bachata

    • Nightlife

    Visiting the Jet Set Club is one of the best things to do after dinner in Santo Domingo, especially if you're looking for live bachata and merengue. This is one of the city’s most revered nightlife venues, attracting partygoers since the 1960s.

    On Monday nights, the bar/club hosts live music by outstanding local artists. There's usually a cover charge on nights when famous bands are scheduled to perform. The Jet Set Club is located in Avenida Independencia, just south of the Mirador Del Sur Joaquín Balaguer Park.

    Location: Plaza El Portal, Av. Independence Km. 6, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 809-533-9707

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    9

    Hard Rock Live

    Enjoy live rock, salsa, and merengue until the next day

    • Nightlife

    Hard Rock Live is part of the trendy and upscale BlueMall, right in the heart of Santo Domingo. This nightspot is especially convenient for guests of the JW Marriott Hotel as it’s right next door.

    Hard Rock Live is an outstanding venue for concerts, with 2 floors and an upscale ambience to match the mall. There’s also a gorgeous rooftop terrace, a mezzanine, and a hip VIP bar called Electric Pink. You can enjoy live rock, salsa, and merengue until late. Most people don’t arrive until after 11 pm, and the energetic atmosphere doesn’t end until around 4 am.

    Location: Av. Winston Churchill 95, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Open: Daily from 11 am to late

    Phone: +1 809-686-7771

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    10

    San Francisco Monastery

    Open-air concerts hosted at the ruins of a monastery

    • Nightlife
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    Monasterio de San Francisco, or San Francisco Monastery, offers a trip back in time and unforgettable open-air concerts in Santo Domingo. It was established by Franciscan fathers in 1508, making it one of the first monasteries in the New World. 

    Monasterio de San Francisco was destroyed and rebuilt multiple times over the years by fire and earthquakes. Visit on Sundays to enjoy free live performances. Hundreds of locals from around the city and beyond come to the complex for a night of dancing to merengue, salsa, and son cubano.

    Location: Calle Juan Isidro Pérez, Santo Domingo 10212, Dominican Republic

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    K.C. Dermody | Contributing Writer

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