Gay and Lesbian Venues
Bellavista’s Recoleta side is home to most of Santiago’s gay clubs. The most discreet is Capricho Español (Purísima 65, tel. 02/7777674), whose patrons often meet for a quiet drink and/or dinner before a night on the town.
Bokhara (Pío Nono 430, tel. 02/7321050) is a lively scene that looks bigger than it is, as plenty of hangers-on crowd the entrance without actually entering. A bit less central, Fausto (Av. Santa María 0832, tel. 02/7771041) draws a mixed-age crowd on separate levels linked by broad staircases that encourage interaction.
Holding up to a thousand partygoers on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the gigantic Bunker (Bombero Núñez 159, tel. 02/7773760, www.bunker.cl) appeals to those who can afford the US$10-plus cover charge; for lesbians, it has recently opened Femme by Bunker (Bombero Núñez 169, tel. 02/7382301), immediately next door. Several other gay clubs and bars dot the same street.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition