Machala is a big city with a thriving nightlife. The city even has it's own zona rosa, a designated area chock full of bars, clubs, and discos. It's located on the south side of town and comprises several cross streets between avenidas Tarqui and Colón. In the zona rosa, some of my favorites include Verde Limón (tel. 08/4900-193) and Jabibi Litros Bar (tel. 09/4857-528).

For a quieter time, I like Golden Café Concert (tel. 07/2933-555), a refined bar and club with frequent live music performances ranging from jazz to boleros to Latin folk. It's located on the corner of Avenida 9 de Octubre and Calle Junín.

Gamblers can test their luck at the casino at the Casinomar (tel. 07/2960-258), on Circunvalación Norte and Vehicular 7, near the Hotel Oro Verde Machala.

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