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More than three decades old, this is Quito's most famous peña, or traditional music club. Live acts from around Ecuador play every weekend, mostly attracting families and students from the nearby university. Most tourists don't know about this place and it's not exactly the hippest scene, though Ecuadorian roots music fans can catch everything from Pacific coast Amor Fino, to waltzes like pasillo, to Andean panpipes. The interior is small and rustic, with blacked-out walls and ceilings and some folk art on the walls. The range of music can make this often-crowded, always informal place a fascinating experience.