For a small town, Baños has a very vibrant nightlife. In fact, it feels a lot like Quito's Mariscal district, in miniature. Stroll down Eloy Alfaro, off Ambato, and you'll find a string of bars and dance clubs pumping out pop, rock, salsa, and reggaetón until the early hours. Peñas -- bars hosting traditional live music -- are also popular among locals and visitors alike. Dance clubs and peñas charge an average of $2 (£1.35) admission.

For dancing, Trébol Discoteque (tel. 03/2740-428), Montalvo and 16 de Diciembre, opposite Parque Montalvo, is the town's top spot. It stays open until near dawn and is an excellent "after-hours" spot. Leprechaun (tel. 03/2741-537), Eloy Alfaro and Oriente, is another popular party joint (especially among foreigners), with an upbeat atmosphere and a diverse musical repertoire, while Santo Pecado (tel. 08/5123-386), Eloy Alfaro and Ambato, blasts out Latin beats, including reggaetón, and gets pretty full.

A recommend peña is Mocambo (tel. 03/2742-733), Eloy Alfaro and Ambato, which extends over three floors, is a great place to mingle and people watch, and has a great cocktail menu. Café-Bar Barbass (tel. 03/2742-470), Eloy Alfaro and Ambato, and Jack Rock (tel. 03/2741-329), Eloy Alfaro 541 and Ambato, are the town's rock bars. La Abuela (tel. 03/2740-923), Eloy Alfaro and Ambato, is a smaller, cozier, more subdued cafe/bar, perfect for chilling out with a cold beer or cocktail, while La Casa del Loco, Eloy Alfaro and Espejo (no phone), is one of the town's many pool bars, with more of a local clientele.

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