Puerto Plata — NIGHTLIFE

Within the Playa Dorada resort complex is a nightclub (for both resort guests and outside visitors) called Mangú, as well as a competitor called “Crazy Moon” (adjacent to the lobby of Paradise Hotel).  Both locations play a mix of Merengue, Bachata and “Top 40” American pop music.  Aficionados of the House and Trance music scene may be disappointed with these places, and may want to venture eastward towards Cabarete.

An option in nearby Sosúa is Ruby’s Lounge (Calle Pedro Clisante esq. Calle Arzeno), a cool expat bar with live music (on Fridays), dancing, and Karaoke (on Sundays).  The first level is the bar, and the second level is a lounge.  This, and an all-day happy “hour” that lasts from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, because Cabarete attracts a younger crowd (that’s more likely to enjoy House and Trance music), there’s a string of beach bars that cater to them.  However many favor the “Lax” beach bar, located at Cabarete’s main beach (Calle Viñas, Playa Cabarete).  It serves a great mix of pizzas, pasta, salads, meat dishes, and finger food. “Lax” offers a very chilled out Moroccan influenced ambience you can relax with your friends and enjoy the beach during the day and into the night. In recent years, Lax has introduced Hookahs and a selection of flavored tobaccos for your enjoyment.

For House music fans, nightlife took a more serious turn a few years ago when the world-famous “Nikki Beach” nightclub (known for its venues in places like Miami Beach, St. Tropez and St. Barts) opened its club at Cabarete (Road Sosúa-Cabarete #55).  Unlike the other hangout spots at Cabarete, Nikki Beach caters to both young partygoes and more mature crowds (particularly during special events like its “White Parties”).  Nikki Beach Cabarete also attracts more affluent locals from other parts of the island, such as Santiago.