Tourists will find Ciudad del Este has a very active nightlife featuring a slew of upscale clubs and bars. Expect prices to be significantly higher than those of comparable Asuncion locales. While many people choose to cross over to Foz do Iguazu, Ciudad del Este is becoming popular with Brazilians who make the trek in reverse to take advantage of favorable exchange rates. Most of the best options are located about ten minutes by cab from the center of town in the residential neighborhood of Barrio Boqueron although there are some options in the city center. It is best to take a taxi at night to avoid walking through the mayhem of downtown afterhours (when cleanup crews are dealing with the debris left by the day’s economic activity).
Cerca del Rfo (CRK) A bit removed from the center, this pub has a modern ambience bathed in multicolored lights, numerous flat screen TVs and a great view of the Friendship bridge. Music is mostly rock with frequent classic and Latin rock tribute acts as well. Tel: 0983 565 005, Avenida 11 de Septiembre almost at Rio Parana across the street from the Hotel Casino Acaray, on Facebook, Fri-Sat 8pm-5am, Gs. 25,000-40,000
Inside Bar and Lounge Take a seat at this cool lounge’s luminescent bar or head outside to people watch. Ambience is pretty relaxed during the week while dance events heat things up on weekends. Tel: 061 503 110, www.insidebar.com.py and on Facebook, corner of Avenida General Garay andAca Caraya, Wed-Sat 6pm-3am, Gs. 20,000-40,000
Bambuddah A popular nightclub among Asuncion’s elite, Bambuddah’s Ciudad del Este location has become popular with the city’s young and hip crowd. Most nights include a cover
fee though there are promotional prices before midnight. Tel: 0973 539-889, Lomas Valentina y Garay, www.bambuddah.com.py and on Facebook, Gs. 40,000-60,000, Fri-Sat 10pm-6am
Patu’s Bar Though there is less emphasis on decor and atmosphere Patu’s is a popular nightlife option in the center of town. Menu includes pizzas and burgers. Tel: 061 506 508/9, Avenida Bernardino Caballero 480, www.patusbar.com, Tue-Sun 5pm-1am, Gs. 20,000-35,000