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Venue Bar & Nightclub in Jarabacoa

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Mountain Air and Nighttime Flair at the Best Bars and Discos in Jarabacoa

The mountain town of Jarabacoa is renowned for its breathtaking mountain landscapes and thrilling outdoor adventures. Yet, after a day of exhilarating activities like white-water rafting, mountain hiking, and off-road buggy driving, you might find yourself seeking a way to unwind and relish your achievements.


So, where do you go to celebrate your day's escapades and grab a beer with the local crowd?


As night falls, Jarabacoa reveals its other side – a small-town nightlife scene that's as diverse and spirited as its daytime adventures. From cozy bars where you can share stories of the day's exploits, to pulsating nightclubs where the rhythm of dembow and bachata music invites you to dance away the night, Jarabacoa offers the perfect blend of relaxation and revelry. Read on to explore the city's top nightspots, as recommended by those who know it best – the locals.

Downtown disco in Jarabacoa
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1. Downtown

If you’re looking for a night out dancing in Jarabacoa, go no further than Downtown. By day, it serves as a busy car wash, but as the sun sets, it morphs into a vibrant nightclub, a concept that's surprisingly common in the Dominican countryside. This transformation creates a one-of-a-kind venue that draws in a youthful, energetic crowd. Here, DJs spin everything from the hottest reggaeton tracks to lively dembow rhythms, ensuring the dance floor is always full of life.


Whether you're there to get your car washed and polished from 8 AM or to immerse yourself in Jarabacoa’s distinctive nightlife later in the evening, Downtown promises an experience like no other.

Don Cactus Bar in Jarabacoa

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2. Don Cactus

Perched at the gateway to La Confluencia Park, Don Cactus is a quirky and rustic outdoor bar right next to the country's largest river, Rio Jimenoa. This charming spot on the outskirts of Jarabacoa is the perfect preamble or finale to a day of horseback riding and hiking in the park.


Enjoy their signature coconut mojito and a selection of refreshing beverages in this serene riverside setting. Don Cactus also offers a variety of snacks and grilled specialties, perfect for a relaxed dining experience in the open air. Located on Av. Confluencia, it's open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3 PM to 10 PM, and weekends from 10 AM to 11:30 PM.

La Esquina bar in Jarabacoa

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3. La Esquina

In the city center of Jarabacoa, La Esquina is a quaint liquor store that doubles as a lively bar. Whether you're up for a baseball game on the big screen, a friendly round of dominoes, or just soaking up the local vibe, this cozy spot has got you covered.


Here, the crowd is a bit more seasoned, enjoying their time either under the open sky or in the cool comfort of the AC indoors. And hey, if you're staying nearby in a hotel or Airbnb, La Esquina is the perfect place to grab those evening essentials. Opening hours are 11 AM to 11 PM.

Venue Bar & Nightclub in Jarabacoa

Photo: Angel Rosario

4. Venue Bar & Club

Planning to end your night in Jarabacoa with a bang? Venue Bar & Club is your go-to. Not only are the beers easy on your pocket (about 150 pesos), but their happy hour deals on bottles of rum (including mixers) are a total steal. They're open from Friday to Sunday, 10 PM to 3 AM, making it a perfect weekend haunt.


Get comfy on the outdoor terrace, or hit the dance floor inside the disco where the music—everything from local beats to electronic tunes—will keep you moving. There might be an entrance fee on event nights, but it’s usually free for women until midnight. Just a heads-up, parking might take a minute to find, but trust us, it’s worth it.

Written by Diego Angeles King.


Published November 2023.

Experience the Best Dominican Bars and Nightclubs