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This place is great! As well as all the usual beers, liquors or cocktails, it boasts live mariachi music, live organ music and a giant screen playing movies. The atmosphere is very lively and informal. If you have spent the afternoon looking for bargains in the market, this would be a good place to round-off a very Central American day.
This hotel bar with excellent service boasts a Happy Hour between 6pm and 8pm in the evening and offers live music on Thursdays and Fridays. On Thursdays the entertainment is geared towards those aged 30-45 and on Fridays a younger crowd is catered to. Equally reliable whether you are staying on the premises or elsewhere. There is also a restaurant in the Hotel Camino Real, so you can arrange to spend your whole evening here.
It is worth the trip to Masaya on a Thursday evening to attend the weekly music festival called Verbena. The musicians are experts at playing Latin music in all its varieties, and are often accompanied by dance performances. This is real local culture, not just a show for tourists. Put on your dancing shoes and join in the fun. The show does not have a regular starting time. If you get to Masaya in the late afternoon ask around to find out when the games begin.
An Alabama born-and-bred owner is the mastermind behind the set-up at Jimmy Three Fingers, also descriptively known as the Alabama Rib Shack. This kitchen serves up a plate of baby back ribs that are easily the best in Nicaragua, perhaps because they haven't got much competition... but plenty of fans claim that these ribs could beat out a baby back anywhere in the world. The menu does offer other options, although it is unabashedly meaty with plenty of steaks and barbecue along with pasta and fresh seafood dishes. Weekends feature live country music performances, and on Tuesdays, ladies drink for free from 8 p.m. until close.
Live jazz music fills up the relaxed dining room at the Jazz-Bar Restaurant, located inside the Hotel Colonial right in the center of Granada, every Friday and Saturday evening and often on other nights as well. The bar is proud of their smooth theme, and welcomes patrons to enjoy the music with no cover charge, the wide range of drinks, and the delectable French cuisine for a sophisticated night. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Not too far from the Mercado Municipal, Mi Tierra occupies the second story porch wrapping around the same mini-mall that doles out dogs downstairs at the Hot Dogs Connection. There's food upstairs too, at reasonable prices, a great big video screen, and the bar takes over from 10 p.m. until late... especially so on Saturday and Sunday nights. Fridays have a quieter vibe with the "noches bohemias", a nice combination of drink specials and live music. Otherwise, the ambiance is ruled by pop Latino and reggaeton music, big video screens, and a very friendly local crowd.
Customers might choose La Hacienda for the classic Mexican cuisine, such as tacos, fajitas, burritos, and quesadillas, or for the many breakfast choices from continental to huevos rancheros and from traditional Nicaraguan plates to the Tio Sam (Uncle Sam); they might select coffee, soda, a smoothie, juice, a hot chocolate, a cocktail, or a cold beer, but no matter what they choose, no matter the time of day, the spetacular view of the Iglesia de San Francisco across the street comes free of charge. At dinner, grills or roasts with rich sauces are available, and french fries and cakes are recommended as bookends to the meal. Good music adds to the experience, especially on Fridays when the restaurant hosts live music acts.
Undeniably trendy, Nectar couples fresh, continental cuisine with special evening events and organic drinks. Nibble on tapas or crêpes to round out a series of fresh juices, smoothies, cocktails, or sangria; for ladies' night Thursdays, cocktails are priced two-for-one from 8 p.m. until midnight. Also be sure to swing by from 4-6 p.m. for "decompression hour" any afternoon Tuesday through Friday. For a party that strikes the same continental chord as the cuisine, go on Friday night between 8 p.m. and midnight for electronic beats at ElectroNEcTaR.