Montanita is especially well-known for being a crazy (and crowded) place to celebrate New Year's Eve.
Every Ecuadorian city features a Zona Rosa, or main nightlife district, where you'll find the highest density of bars, discotecas (clubs), and restaurants. In Guayaquil, there are a few places, with Las Penas being the safest and most easily accessible.
The women tend to dress up more than the men, which is the case for much of Latin America. Middle and upper-class Ecuadorians prefer electronic music, and these clubs are common in large cities.
During the Summer months, weekly raves are held at one particular club in Montanita. Caribbean music, such as salsa, bachata, and reggaeton can also be heard at bars and clubs, but based on the feedback from some Ecuadorian readers, these genres are seen as being music for lower class citizens.
Otherwise, look for flyers advertising ladies nights early in the week.
Friday nights are popular, and Saturday nights are the busiest of the week.
Bars and discotecas in Ecuador handle cover charges in different ways. Being required to spend a pre-defined amount of money on drinks, instead of having to pay a cover charge. Being required to pay a cover charge that includes one or more “free” drinks, though your options may be limited.
Ecuadorians are polite, and most will dance with someone when invited (out of proper etiquette).Ecuadorian society is still very traditional, and many women are on the lookout for their knight in shining armor.Or at least a few proper dates (dinner, drinks, dancing, movie), before things get physical.An hour after entering, we decided to go somewhere else and were surprised to learn each guy had to pay a cover, and each woman had to pay a cover (and men are expected to pay for their dates in Ecuador, always).Most Ecuadorians go out partying in groups mixed with friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, and siblings.