Benjamin Leatherman

DWNTWN

DWNTWN has been a reliable drinking and dancing spot for local Latinx for going on 20 years and shows no signs of slowing down. Situated along the same Central Avenue strip of bars housing The Grand and Sanctum (all three are owned by local nightlife entrepreneur Steven Rogers), it consists of multiple rooms, bars, and amenities. Pay $10 and head left for access to the main room and its sizable dance floor and serpentine-shaped bar furnished with a towering supply of cerveza, many kinds of tequila (from well brands to high-end options), and other intoxicants. Pay $20 and head right for the VIP area with plush couches and bottle service. Elsewhere, there’s a michelada and taco bar. DWNTWN’s resident DJs spin a mix of Top 40, hip-hop, and Latin dance genres — including reggaeton, cumbia, salsa, bachata, and Norteña — as its patrons dance and party into the wee hours (the place stays open until 2:30 a.m. or later).

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