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Best Punta Cana Nightlife

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A lot of the best nightlife in Punta Cana is at the resorts, as the big all-inclusives tend to have live entertainment, beach parties, casinos and multiple bars for dancing and/or relaxing with a cold drink. This is part of the reason why you might consider splurging on accommodations if it means the biggest party in town is conveniently right outside your room. If you leave your hotel, you're still likely to encounter tourists, but different ones, and you'll see locals, too. Through your concierge, pre-arrange a taxi pickup time to ensure you get back safely as hailing a cab doesn't really happen. Plan to be out late, because midnight is when the party gets going in Punta Cana and many places stay open past 4AM.

Steve's Corner Bar

Neighborhood: Bávaro

Steve's Corner Bar is a landmark place for daytime drinking, and around 5PM, it becomes a stop on the way home for many locals getting off of work. The free Wi-Fi and cheap German bar food (sausages, anyone?) will lure you in the afternoon, and you may just find you're still there when the bartender's yelling out "last call." When the sun sets, things get a little seedy. Not seedy enough that you need to stay away, just enough that you may be propositioned for a "date" inside or offered some of those funny cigarettes out front. So, you know, don't bring the kids after dark. Still, the beer here is ice cold and the curry sausage may be just what you need after about five of them.

Una Mas

Neighborhood: Bávaro

One more! Una Mas is one of Punta Cana's newest bars and aims to please the cosmopolitan crowd with a more New York or Miami look and vibe. You can dance or just drink here, and friend them on Facebook to watch for special parties. Last we heard, they were throwing a Red & White party for Canada Day. Try the No Mas shot here to get the evening started on the right foot.

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Mangu Disco Bar

Neighborhood: Bávaro

The Mangu Disco Bar is Punta Cana's most popular spot. It has five bars, two floors, fits 1,800 people and stays open from 11PM to 5AM. Despite all that space and time, it's typically packed wall-to-wall, some of the areas with sweaty bodies pulsating to the music. The ground floor is often used for theme parties and to watch major sporting events, and the upstairs usually features house music spun by DJs from around the world. You can find out who's going to be there and whether you should be wearing a costume or not by visiting the website. Seriously, check the web site, you don't want to be the only one looking like a party pooper with no costume.

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Areito Discotheque

Neighborhood: Bávaro

"Areito" means "Dance of the Gods." This cool joint is decked out in aboriginal kitsch and Euro mood lighting. No really, picture that. It's at the all-inclusive Caribe Club Princess resort but anyone can get in—there's usually a cover of some kind depending on the night of the week or live event. It's known as the best club in Punta Cana for dancing, and two separate halls play different music (one plays just merengue, salsa and bachata, the other plays an international mix). If you're not a dancer but want to see how the Dominican merengue is done, put this place on your list.

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