Celebrate the New Year in Quito
While the place to ring in the New Year in Quito is definitely on the streets, if you are in the mood to get dinner before you head down to party with the masses, check out La Ronda, one of the few restaurants open on December 31st.
At first glance it may look a bit touristy, and while it does cater to visitors, the traditiaonal Ecuadorian food hardly gets complaints from anyone, foreigner or native! The service is great, the food is well prepared and the drinks are good.
La Ronda is sure to be a popular choice for tomorrow night, so call ahead and see what seating is like, or make a reservation. If they are all full you may want to try Tapas y Vinos located in Plaza Quinde on Foch and Reina Victoria.
La Ronda is located at Calle Bello Horizonte 400 and Calle Almagro in the Zona Norte.
Also make sure you head to Amazonas Avenue to see the stall and open-air entertainment. You will probably also see effigies burning in traditional Ecuadorian fashion, and you will most definitely see fireworks.
Drinks and Futbol and Football at an Irish Pub in Quito
As foreigners living abroad sometimes we need just need a little taste of home. That’s where places like Finn McCool’s come into play, if you’re Irish that is!
Finn McCool’s is a favorite among foreigners, and is the only Irish pub in all of Quito, possibly in the entire country of Ecuador! Even if you aren’t Irish you will surely appreciate the selection of beers, including imports you’ll have trouble finding in other bars.
As you would expect with an Irish bar, its selection of beer is more important than its selection of good eats, but thankfully Finn McCool’s comes out on top in that department as well. Shepherd’s Pie… Fish and Chips… need I say more?
Happy Hour runs daily from 5 – 8:30 pm, but the best night to go is Wednesday when the 2 x 1 deals run all night! Fooseball, darts, football (soccer, for us American gringos), Guiness, and a whole lot of foreigners drinking and hanging out… what more could you want out of a night on the town?
Monday Night Football, that’s what! Throughout the NFL season beers are 2 for 1 on Mondays, and you can get a pitcher, wings and fries for 10 bucks.
Follow Finn McCool’s on Facebook by clicking here. Or visit their web-site at www.irishpubquito.com
Address: Joachim Pinto E7–38 y Reina Victoria
Phone: 02 2564953
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11 am – 3 am