Unfortunately most of the information on Trip Advisor is very outdated regarding Bario Antiguo as it relates to the nightlife. In most recent years this area was plagued by Narco traffic shootings and killings. Unfortunately the once vibrant nightlife has disappeared and many clubs have since closed. Even on a Saturday night only a few places remain open, but few people venture there. Most locals will discourage tourists from visiting Bario Antiguo and the nightlife scene has moved on to other parts of the city. At this point, it only is worth visiting during the daytime as the former nightlife is just a shadow of its former self. This all started with a shoot-out and killing at Cafe Iguana (Another user posted a review, which indicates they have since closed). Locals got scared and stopped coming.
I wanted to see this for myself as it was hard to believe - I had very fond memories. I did visit one of the few places remaining open in this area called Nueva Luna. It had live music that started around 10:30 at night (I went on a Saturday) and drinks were cheap (30 pesos for a beer).
However, if you are planning on a night out in Barrio Antiguo itself you would be better off going somewhere else. When I asked about Barrio Antiguo at the hotel, another hotel guest was listening to my conversation with the hotel clerk. I could see her negative expression and head shaking. She told me to avoid, but I still went out of curiosity. . Should have listen to her.
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