Quito has plenty of bars and clubs to choose from, even if some say the scene isn't diverse. The locals are friendly wherever you go, so you're bound to make a local friend--reason enough to go out. Worth mentioning are the different types of cover charges (some you pay up front, others you pay upon leaving, most charge a flat fee and give you a token for a "free" drink) and safety (the bar area of town is particularly dangerous at night--always take a taxi). Most close at 2, thanks to a local law (only a few manage to, illegally, dodge this).

The Bugalow 6 in the Mariscal area is the number one nightspot for world travelers. The Bungalow has expanded adding a VIP quiet area along with the absolutely best bar burger in Quito. The Bungalow Burger is drawing raves, and do not miss the Buffalo Wings. Finn McCool's (Irish-run) Irish bar is a must for travelers. It has a cosy, friendly atmosphere and shows a wide range of sporting events. (Pinto E7-38 y Reina Victoria - one block from Plaza Foch) More of Quito's better known watering holes include: Kama Sutra Bar & Café (Calama 380 and Juan León Mera ), one of Quito's most happening from after work to late night; La Boca del Lobo (José Calama and Reina Victoria), an artsy bar/café with international cuisine; Varadero (Reina Victoria 17-51 and La Pinta) for live music; No Bar (José Calama and Juan León Mera) where most of the young gringos in town rage away; Seseribó (Veintimilla and 12 de Octubre) for salsa and expensive drinks ( mention the salsa?!); Ghoz Bar (La Niña 425 and Reina Victoria) for pinball, darts, pool, foosball, and beer; El Pobre Diablo (Isabel la Católica and Madrid), a cultivated and sedate jazz bar; Turtle's Head (La Niña 626 and Amazonas, between Amazonas and Juan León Mera), the only place for locally-brewed beer; and Kings Cross Bar (Reina Victoria 1781, between Orellana and La Niña), where the Canadian owners serve hamburgers and Labatt's Blue to make you forget you're in Ecuador. For clubs, try Papillon Disco (on Pinezón and Colón), where the music and people are a healthy mix, making it the most popular disco in town. No Bar is more the frat-style disco, and Seseribó offers a unique salsa experience.  Also you can go to the best after party in town BLUES (Republica 476 y Pradera) discoteque with an excelent Rock & Electronic Music, with live Rock concerts on thursdays and electronic international djs every saturday, is just a few minutes from Plaza Foch in a cab.