Las Brisas, Calle Principal Cabarete (tel. 809/571-0614), is the most popular nightlife venue in Cabarete. Arrive after 10:30pm when the dance-club action begins. From 8am to 10:30pm daily, food is served. The dance floor is illuminated with strobe lights and lasers, and the bar is always busy. Many patrons arrive with dates of their own, but if you're a man flying solo, never fear, as a bevy of attractive working women are invariably on hand to provide companionship.

Hip nightlife is also found at the little bars -- shanties, really -- along the beach. There's live music every night after sunset. Tuesday nights it's salsa and merengue at Onno's Bar (tel. 809/571-0461). The Bamboo Bar (no phone) is the place to be on Friday night, and on Saturday the new Wave Bar and Tribal Café (no phone) draw the most patrons. On virtually any night of the week, you can find dialogue and a sense of cosmopolitan hip at the Café Pitu, Calle Principal (tel. 809/571-0861). Set a few steps from the also-recommended Onno's Bar, it's the bar that's almost always cited as a centerpiece of Cabarete nightlife. It serves 25 kinds of pizzas, priced at RD$130 to RD$380; breakfasts priced at RD$100 to RD$225; and platters of rib-sticking food priced from RD$185 to RD$520. It also offers Wi-Fi access throughout its premises, thereby creating a sometimes studious venue of scantily clad athletes swigging rum punches and surfing the Net. Note: Only some of these bars have phone numbers, and none bear an individual street number on the Calle Principal, but each of them is easy to spot as you walk up and down either the beach or the town's main street.

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