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Bars and Restaurants in Santo Domingo

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Here are some of our favorite places to eat, drink and dance outside of Colonial Zone in the Santo Domingo area.
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Avenida Venezuela
Not really a bar. Not really a restaurant. But, this is the place to party the night away. There are many different bars, Colmados, and places to eat along this stretch of the road. The weekends and holidays the party is even out on the street. All price ranges and types of music to listen and dance to or just hang out and people watch. It is a 3 block section where the local Dominican goes to party.
Location: East Santo Domingo, across the Ozama River, Av. Venezuela and Av. San Vicente de Paul. Ask any taxi driver and he can get you there. It takes about 10 minutes from Colonial Zone.

Barra Payan also known only as Payans
This is a 24 hour sandwich shop and the prices are very good. They are usually always crowded and quite noisy, especially late at night on the weekends. It is a local hangout and a real experience to visit, even if it is only for their famous fresh squeezed juices and to see the place.Try the blended juice with carnation milk, with or without added sugar, these are wonderful and so refreshing. Many of the sandwiches are made on fresh baked pan de auga, a great crusty bread. If you do not know Spanish it is really no problem.You can just point. Pick something on the giant wall menu, have a little adventure. The first sandwich on the menu is their special and it is quite good. I usually ask for extra pickles/ pepinillos as they have good pickles. They do not sell alcohol.
Contact: 809-689-6654
Location: 30 de Marzo #140, Santo Domingo (any taxi driver in Santo Domingo knows where it is), Dominican Republic

Restaurante Boga Boga (Spanish Food)
Serving Comida Española/ Spanish food Specializing in their Paellas and Seafood dishes. Their Entremeses Boratapas, Picadellas, Munchies, Appetizers, Snacks, whatever name you give them, they are great. Even if you come for just for a little shack plate of  Serrano ham (hanging from the ceiling), Manchrgo cheese, and Chorizo (Spanish sausage) with a drink and a cigar it is worth the visit.
Price: Expensive
Contact: 809-472-0950
Location: Av. Bolivar #203 next to Apart-Hotel Plaza Florida, La Esperilla, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Café Belgrado
Offering central European kitchen with German and Belgian beers in a European atmosphere. The place is small and familiar. There is a Beer Club where you get a free beer for every ten consumed. Many of the customers are expats and business people that live here as well as staff from various embassies.
Well behaved dogs are welcome on the terrace.
Price: Reasonable
Hours: Mon-Thu: 6pm - midnight, Fri/ Sat: 6pm - 2 am, Sun: closed
Contact: 809-534-6001
Location: Sarasota Ave. (close to Bella Vista mall) just before you reach the Nunez and Carceres, Santo Domingo

Cafe del Rio Bar and Cafe
Located at the mouth of the river Ozama on the opposite side of the river from Colonial Zone. Dine and see the boats come in at the Marina and see a great view of the Colonial Zone.
Open Monday thru Saturday from 6PM
Contact: 809-596-2518 and 809-205-1801
Location: Plaza Marina Bartolome Colon, Av. Miguel Barcelo, Margen Oriental del Rio Ozama, A few meters from the Puente Flotante, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Cinema Café
It's a meeting place of artists, students, young professionals, music and movie-lovers alike. Next to the Cinemateca Nacional/ -National Film Library in Plaza de la Cultura. It is decorated with movie posters and is a place to listen to some good music. They have different special evenings and many concerts with an impromptu stage for frequent poetry readings, music and theater performances.
They serve a Creole menu in addition to Spanish tapas. There is a sushi bar on Thursdays. They also serve a wide variety of teas, juices, beers and drinks.
The patio is very inviting. A nice stop anytime especially after visiting the museums. theater and the lovely grounds surrounding the place.
Hours: Monday thru Thursday 11AM to 1AM, Fridays 11AM to 3AM. Saturday 4PM to 3PM, Sunday 5PM to 1AM
Contact: 809-221-7555
Location: Plaza de la Cultura. Enter at the Calles Pedro Henriquez Ureña, Gazcue, Santo Domingo
El Conuco
This is a great spot for tourists and Dominicans alike. They serve Criollo food which is typical Dominican. Lunch and dinner are served buffet style so one can have a little taste of all the traditional foods. You can also enjoy some live entertainment with typical Dominican dance and song. The food is average priced and excellent and the entertainment and the pleasant staff makes it a must visit for the first timer here in the country and for those who live here.
Contact: 809-686-0129
Location: Casímiro de Mora #152, Gazcue, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana (ask almost anyone in Colonial Zone and they will direct you)

Restaurante del Lago (International food)
Visit this restaurant once and it could become a favorite when you want to feel like you left the city but really did not. It is peaceful and the lake view in nice. Sitting outside on the terrace is very enjoyable with a nice breeze blowing. Inside the air-conditioning is very comfortable and it has a more formal feel yet it is quite comfortable. The prices are very reasonable and the staff is exceptionally friendly and efficient. A nice place to go to unwind and enjoy a good meal of International Cuisine.
Credit cards accepted
Hours: daily from 11AM to 11PM
Contact: 809-482-7924
Location: Av. Anacaona #24, Los Cacicazgos, Parque Mirador Sur, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Teleoferta Car Wash
A car wash by day and a large active discotheque by night. They have a disc jockey and sometimes live bands. It has no walls. You can hang at the small bar and if there is more than 1 person they have many plastic tables and chairs to accommodate. This place can get quite packed with people. It is a typical Dominican experience. They also serve some typical foods on site. Everyone should try and go to a car wash for a night out if you want to mingle with the real Dominicans.
Location: Ave 27 de Febuero and Maximo Gomez, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Restaurante Coreano MANNA - Korean/ Coreano Cuisine
This little authentic Korean style restaurant is hidden away in a residential area and can be a little difficult to find but it is worth the trouble. July Yoon is the owner and chef preparing the delicacies of her native land. Her daughter is usually on hand and she speaks English and is always willing to help with food suggestions and to instruct on how to eat the dishes

They have all the typical dishes including Bibimbab (rice mixed with vegetables), Bulgogi (Korean BBQ beef or pork), and the tasty Tôm Rang Sôt Me (Fried Prawns in Tamarind Sauce). All the meals come with ban chan, the many different side dishes that change daily served in small bowls which could include sweet or spicy turnip, boiled Chinese cabbage kimchi, watercress, boiled zucchini and much more. Ask for chopsticks, which are typical metal ones used in eating Korean food. Also try the liquor Soju …its yummy.
Location: Calle 12 de Julio # 7 (a side street next to Burger King on Bentancourt), Bella Vista, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Contact: Tel: 809-535-3355 and 5533  email:
Closed on Sundays

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Hard Rock Cafe Santo Domingo is now located in the heart of the city at the trendy Blue Mall next to the new JW Marriott Hotel.  The new cafe has two levels with 285 seats, a rooftop terrace, an indoor and outdoor bar, a mezzanine and a 162  square foot LED HD stage screen which is the largest in Santo Domingo. As with all Hard Rock Cafes they are filled with Rock-and-Roll memorablia.  The Santo Domingo location boasts items from Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, the Rihanna ‘dog-tag’ dress, a sequined Shakira dress, Jimmy Hendrix, Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley.
*The Hard Rock Cafe in no longer open in the Colonial Zone.
Location: 4th floor of the Blue Mall, Aveneda Winston Churchill, # 80, Santo Domingo Districo Nacional, Dominican Republic.
Contact: 809-686-7771
Hours: Sun - Thu: 11:30 am to 1:00 am, Fri - Sat: 11:30 am - 3:00 am.
There is also the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino located in Plaza Palma Real, Punta Cana, República Dominicana.
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