Another alternative to enjoy your night out, is to go to one of the many restaurants and bars offering live music in Santiago, while having dinner itself or while drinking the night away. You’ll find that there are several options available, and you can find music to suit all tastes.
Possibly the most traditional option, with an excellent musical line-up and has encouraged others to follow in their footsteps, is the Bar Cathedral located at José Miguel de la Barra, corner Merced, in the heart of Santiago. Tuesday through Saturday and has live music on weekends, and after the show, becomes part of your living room as it turns into dance floor until 5am in the morning.
The famous Bar Cathedral nights have something for everyone and any particular day can have hip hop, the next night can be cueca, tango, jazz or cumbia. Its kitchen serves tapas and Chilean food and has a wide variety of very good wine cocktails. Cathedral Billboard music is available on its website, and it is best to book ahead of time.
In the neighborhood of Little Italy, a neighborhood that is increasingly recognised as the cradle of design and art, the local establishments have opened their doors to The Jazz Corner, on the corner of the avenues Italy and Santa Isabel. It is a space created to shelter not only jazz lovers but also other genres, like Blues and Bossa Nova.
The cuisine, in which the dining area is open at noon, serves a selection of sandwiches and pizzas ripe for the picking; but you better get started from 9:30pm hours from Tuesday to Saturday. Tuesday tango, bossa nova’s Wednesdays, Thursdays blues and of course Friday and Saturday jazz, played with heart by domestic and foreign music artists.
Although local, with more tradition and jazz venue par excellence is the Thelonious, in the bohemian Bellavista neighborhood (street Firefighter Nunez 336), operating now for more than 10 years old, it has a large line-up from Tuesday to Saturday, including two concerts per night. Virtually all of the musicians are Chileans, and Thelonious has recorded albums for purchase; an absolute godsend for lovers of jazz.
The value of the entrance to the concerts is between 2,000 and 4,000 pesos and a list of upcoming gigs can be found on their website. They also have a kitchen serving some tables, with tasty food such as sandwiches, meat, and fish.
In Bellavista, there are other bars and restaurants offering live music regularly. Among them are the premises of Patio Bellavista: the Backstage, where there have been major national prestigious international bands and artists, such as La Casa en el Aire, combining gastronomy, storytelling, comedy acts, concerts and bookstore; and Cachafaz. All in all this place is perfect for a drink and the odd theatre café concert with performances of tango, comedians, and even karaoke.
For those looking for something quieter, with a relaxed songwriter style, the bar Four & Diez is an excellent choice. The music starts from 10pm, and you can hear a good tribute to Sabina and Silvio, among others. The address is Calle Antonia Lopez de Bello 0175, between Constitution and Mallinkrodt.
If it is rock you’re after, La Batuta’s bar provides the live music genre with more history. Operating for over twenty years, virtually all Chileans now enshrined groups have taken to the stage, as well as international artists and bands like Café Tacuba prestige, La Ley, Charly Garcia and Bruce Kulick, the former guitarist of Kiss. The Batuta, is located in the Plaza Ñuñoa (Jorge Washington Street, 52), is open Wednesday through Saturday and has at least two concerts a night.
Another place to listen to rock in a more intimate setting – although not accommodating more than 150 people – is the bar, Rock & Guitars. Also located in the commune of Providencia, on Avenida José Pedro Alessandri 233, it is an obligatory stop on the circuit of national and international rock bands, tribute bands and those looking to start their musical career.
One of the last open spaces in Santiago is the Hard Rock Cafe, belonging to the famous chain of restaurants, is located in the Costanera Center mall. Being local, it displays items belonging to legends of music, organises concerts and contests of rock bands. It is a good place for drinks, easy eating tex-mex food, listening to music, and to be seen at the hip joint.
Finally, Amanda Cultural Center is arguably the most prominent place in the eastern part of the city. It has three spaces; a restobar with good cuisine with tables both in the lobby and in the large room; Concert Hall, with over 600 square meters that has received national and international artists, and a new, more intimate space with maximum capacity of 400 people – which aims to be a better bet “under” in the that new national and international emerging bands to showcase their creations.