Oddly enough, unlike most of the rest of the Latino world, with a few exceptions (some of which I just mentioned), Granada folds up its streets 11 PM or midnight. There are bars and restaurants open until 2 AM, 3 AM or 4 AM, but it gets very quiet in Granada after 11 PM or midnight.
I’ve visited many Latin countries where people don’t even go out to dinner until 10 PM or 11 PM at night. In Granada, in contrast, the city becomes quiet just after 11 PM or midnight. For the most part, all the excitement in Granada happens between 6 PM and 11 PM. There are literally hundreds of restaurants and bars in Granada, but only a handful that stay open past midnight.
The dinner hour here in Granada, Nicaragua is 7 PM to 9 PM and by 10 PM or 11 PM, most places have just the stragglers remaining. It’s an interesting phenomenon. You would think that Granada, Nicaragua would follow the pattern of other Latin countries, especially where it’s hot, where people have a siesta and come out at 9 PM or 10 PM like they do in other places, but they don’t. It’s odd. The sun goes down at 6 PM, the bars fill up at 7 PM, everything is done by 9 PM or 10 PM and by midnight, in general, the party’s over.
In Granada, Nicaragua, it’s a very Bohemian lifestyle. I would not consider it cosmopolitan, like, for example, Montreal. In Granada, it’s shorts and tee shirts. Even though the city of Granada is a cultural, colonial city and there are a lot of art galleries and artists here, it is very laid back.
Even though there at quite a few retiree expats in their 50s through their 70s living in Granada, the majority of the people who passing through are younger, more casual, and don’t dress up. In Granada we have lots of cafes, but you’re not going to see the latest couture in Granada; it’s not what Granada’s about.