For a quiet drink, my favorite bar in town is Papa Dan's (tel. 06/2880-907), a simple, open-air joint on the Malecón facing the river; they have good bar food and rocking music. The Bar Emerald Forest Blues (tel. 06/2880-309), on the corner of calles Quito and Espejo, is also good. The liveliest spot in town for late-night fun is the downstairs bar and disco at the Hotel La Misión, called appropriately El Bunker. If you're lucky, you'll be in town on an evening when this same hotel's floating bar, the Big Bang, heads out onto the Napo River for a night of partying. The floating barge features an airplane fuselage for the bar's structure. Check with the hotel (tel. 06/2880-260) to get the barge-bar's current schedule, and to reserve a spot. For dancing, you might also try La Jungla Disco Club (tel. 09/7832-433), on the Malecón.

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