Needless to say that with all these students in town, the nightlife in León is anything but sleepy, and it goes on all week. Teatro Municipal (2 Calle SO and 2 Av. SO; tel. 505/2311-1788) is the best venue for live performances of both theater and music. In recent years, a handful of bars and restaurants have sprung up close to the theater south of Parque de Los Poetas. Solera Bar (2 Calle SO and 2 Av. SO; no phone) has a cozy, welcoming decor and attracts a well-to-do clientele, and it has live music Tuesday through to Saturday. It's open from 9am to 2am everyday. Nearby is Snake Bar (Calle José de Marcaleta and 2 Av. SO; tel. 505/2311-5921), a green corner town house with a roadhouse feel and a long bar popular with students. It is open from 11am to 3am everyday and has live music on Tuesday and Wednesday. Barbaro (Calle José de Marcaleta and 2 Av. SO; tel. 505/2315-2901) has a touch more class, with whitewashed walls, chunky wooden lintels, and terracotta-tiled floors. There's lots of space and light in this L-shaped salon with Nicaraguan art on the walls and quaint barn doors. It is open everyday from 8am to midnight, closing a little later on weekends. La Olla Quemada (Parque Ruben Dario, 4c O; no phone) has graffiti-scrawled walls and raucous live music shows. A happening underground venue, it catches a lively mix of locals, students, and visitors.

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