CWE Nightlife Guide: Part 1

The Central West End is always bustling after dark, and offers nightlife experiences for all tastes and budgets. Plan your next evening out using our CWE Nightlife Guide.

Happy Hour

The Central West End’s list of daily happy hour specials goes on … and on … and on. Find a spot on the patio at Bar Louie, Pi Pizzeria or Drunken Fish for great food and drink specials to get you started, plus even better people watching.


If you’ve worked up an appetite, take a seat at one of the Central West End’s award-winning restaurants. You can find the full CWE dining directory here.


The Central West End is home to two of the nation’s largest dedicated spirits bars: Sub Zero Vodka Bar, home to the nation’s largest selection of vodka, and Gamlin Whiskey House, featuring more than 200 bottles highlighting the wide world of whiskey. Prefer tequila? The friendly staff at El Burro Loco mixes up a mean margarita.


Boogie the night away at Mandarin Lounge or Club Viva (check their website for free salsa dancing lessons), or bob your head to the excellent free, live and local music playing at Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House just about every night of the week. Looking for something a little more low key? Settle in for the latest release at Chase Park Plaza Cinemas. Then head over to Brennan’s after the credits roll for post-movie cocktails and conversation.

Late-Night Eats

End your night at Insomnia Cookies — open nightly until 3 a.m. and available for delivery, their fresh-baked treats are the perfect fix for your midnight munchies. If tacos are more your taste, head to Mission Taco Joint for their late-night happy hour featuring $2 tacos and tequila from 10 p.m. to close.

Just need a quick pick-me-up? Open 24/7/365, Coffee Cartel’s menu of everything from quesadillas to ice cream to gooey butter cake, plus around-the-clock caffeine boosts, offers something to satisfy any craving, any time.