Nightlife follows closely behind beaches as Mar del Plata's biggest draw. In summer, theater companies leave Buenos Aires to perform in this coastal resort; ask the tourism office for a schedule of performance times and places. The city's most popular bars are south of Plaza Mitre, off Calle San Luis. The best dance clubs are along Avenida Constitución, 3km (2 miles) from downtown, including Chocolate, Av. Constitución 4445 (tel. 223/479-4848;; Gap, Av. Constitución 5780 (tel. 223/479-6666), featuring live rock music; and Sobremonte, Av. Constitución 6690 (tel. 223/479-7930). Pin Up, Santiago del Estero 2265 (no phone;, is one of the most popular gay discos. Coyote Ugly Bar, Av. Constitución 6690 (tel. 223/479-2600), is a favorite Mexican restaurant and bar, which breaks into salsa and merengue dancing as the night goes on.

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