The nightlife of Trujillo can be truly amazing if you’re into beautiful people, “cubetazos” of cold beer, and plenty of dancing to salsa, merengue, reggae, bachata, and “raspe.”
The two top discotecs are Karao’s and Truxillo. Both charge a cover of 50 lempira ($2.50), with raised prices for certain events.
On Thursday night Karao’s discotec cannot be missed as they run a Karaoke night/Ladies’ Night – Ladies enter free. Singers of varying talent sing until midnight, when the dance floor breaks loose often times until four or five in the morning.
Karao’s is my favorite scene with a good security check and buckets of six beers for 170 lempira. Karao’s puts on rap events, garifuna punta dance competitions, and plays mainly bachata, merengue, and salsa, and sometimes “raspe.” For those that don’t understand what raspar means, just imagine sex with clothes on.
Truxillo discotec is under new management and has an English speaking staff and new Maya theme. They throw reggae nights and show off their epic view. Truxilllo draws a younger crowd. They hold foam parties and concerts sometimes. Perched upon the hill above the entire bay, the view from Truxillo is amazing on a moonlit night. Don’t plan on hitting Truxillo before eleven, the party goes late.
The beach bars on the strip close around ten pm unless a big group shows up. I would be a little careful to go out into the dark parts of the beach late at night. The Delfin on the beach is a restaurant and bar that has music and a second floor and third floor that gets you up in the breezes. The owner, Tito, is great fun.
Bambu is the trendiest spot on the beach with a beautiful, breezy manaca hut. Mostly during the day and early evening, the place fills up during football matches and field trips. Just be careful that the staff doesn’t charge you two times for drinks. Pay for everything as you consume to avoid racking up a bill. This goes for all bars in Honduras.
At the beach down by the airport the spot is Bahia Bar. Bahia Bar was where Ollie North partied when he was helping the Contras by selling weapons to Iran, but has changed drastically since those times. The bar has been entirely rebuilt and has a huge staff. With some nice little tiki huts for shade on the beach, the only possible complaint about the new Bahia Bar is that the lights are provide a pretty sterile atmosphere, while the big walls create a big echo.
Occasionally there are great fiestas at the old parade ground adjacent to the plaza and in front of the fort. At times these parties are thrown by villagers from outlying communities, and are bused in for the festivities. Sometimes these parties will be oriented to one of the schools in town. It can be fun to sit in the plaza and watch.
Dancing and late night frolicking on the Karao’s block and the corner nearby the Truxillo Disco. If you’re waiting for the discos to fill up, hit up one of the many watering holes that are adjacent to the discos, including Henry’s Place, newly remodled Mr. Pool, or various other dive pool halls.
Henry’s Place is to the left of the Truxillo Disco. It’s not beautiful, but offers karaoke and an air conditioned bar. Its location on the hill with a great view towards the west and the sunset make it special.
Suggestion: If you’ve got a vehicle and you are brave, you might consider a drive to Puerta Castilla. There are several funky bars there, one or which has a small outdoor deck, and another which has a small pavilion on a pier. The drive is nice, and as the bay curves you get views of the lights of Trujillo against the backdrop of the mountain. Enter the town at the last dirt entrance just before the security gate at the port. One bar is immediately on the right, and the others are further in town, just follow the road back to the left when it turns, and ask. Lock your car. This is pretty funky and not for the amateur.
The Garifuna barrio of Cristales, just to the west of downtown Trujillo, has late night discos with occasional “punta” shows. Punta is the local dance, and sometimes they do it in costume with the accompaniment of locally made drums. You should inquire as to whether there are any performances in town while you are there. Cocopando often has big gatherings of Garifunas. The punta and mascaro dancing sessions are hit or miss and depend on the vibe of any given day. Sometimes they have planned events of dancers which often come parading from nearby San Martin. On weekends if you’re lucky, just roam around listening for the drums and a conch shell horn and you should be able to locate the festivities.
For an authentic Caribbean experience, Bar Eveyln is one of my favorite spots to dance in all of Trujillo. This spot is also hit and miss, but most Friday and Saturday nights they have people getting their groove on to great music. Eveyln is a great host and will even dance bachata with you if you’re lucky, but the dj here never puts on a bad tune, but plays mostly reggae, bachata, salsa, and other easily danceable music. Trashy music like “raspe” is not heard in Bar Evelyn. If you hit Bar Evelyn after midnight, you’ll likely be there until the sun comes up, sitting on the beach and enjoying cheap, cold beer.
Cristales is an area where you should not walk alone at night, and take reasonable precautions. On the beach between Cristales and Trujillo, you should also be careful at night.
There are other small bars and billiard parlors in the various barrios. I’ve never had a problem with security. But you should always exercise good sense. Always be on the patrol for crackheads. I really like Billares California in Barrio Buenos Aires---3 billiard tables, cheap beer, and friendly neighbors. If you can find this one you are a travel expert. There is also a great locals’ billard in Jerico near the Caseta del Portuario.