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Xela has a very active nightlife. Many start things off at the very popular Salón Tecún in the interior passageway of the Enríquez building, fronting the Parque Centro América. The long wooden tables with bench seating fill up most nights with a mix of locals and language students. A better option is El Balcón de Enríquez, which is in the same building but has second-floor outdoor seating that overlooks the park below.

Several bars and discos are concentrated within 2 blocks around 14a Avenida A, which is known as Xela's Zona Viva (Live Zone). This is the place to come if you want to barhop. Popular dance clubs include La Parranda, 6a Calle and 14a Avenida, Zona 1, and Zona Kokoloko's, 15a Avenida and 4a Calle.

For a mellower ambience, try Pool And Beer, 12a Av. 10-21, Zona 1; La Fonda del Che 15a Av. 7-43, Zona 1; or El Cuartito, 13a Av. 7-09, Zona 1. A couple of informal cinemas cater to Xela's student population, showing DVDs on a large flatscreen TV or projected onto a screen. Blue Angel Video Cafe, 7a Calle 15-79, Zona 1 (tel. 502/7761-7815), is the longest running, and features two screening rooms. Films are shown at 8pm and cost Q10 ($1.35/70p). Ask around town, or pick up a copy of the free weekly Xela Who (www.xelawho.com) to find the current schedule.

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