Just after dark I started making my way around Mayaguez again. I had been given the general directions towards the nightlife and I was on my way. The town didn’t look much different in the dark as I passed the still closed store located on the square. As I got to the area with all the bars I realized that these buildings too had looked closed and run down during the day with garage type doors blocking their contents from view. The garage doors were now open and there were between three and ten people in each bar.
I selected a larger bar that had a pool table and absolutely no customers. The bar tenders didn’t really look nice, but they didn’t seem to notice me which was better than the responses I got as I looked into the other bars. I ordered a rum and coke and was charged $1. My night was beginning to look up already. Turns out it was happy hour! I just didn’t know where all the happy people were.
I had a couple more drinks before one of the bar tenders struck up a conversation. He spoke great English and turned out to be a pretty cool dude once the ice was broken. He explained that I would probably be the only one that left a tip the whole night and that it was really appreciated. Then, like clockwork, as happy hour ended people started coming in. College kids with pissy attitudes for the most part. A couple of rather big girls were eyeing me pretty hard but didn’t approach. The bar tender blamed the influx of thug wannabes on American Rap music. Judging by the atmosphere I’ll assume he knows what he was talking about.
Finally, around midnight the place became packed. The pictures below that show the dance floor half empty were literally taken 25 minutes before the ones that show the dance floor completely packed. 11:45 and 12:10. The atmosphere lightened up and people started looking like they were having a good time. Of course, this meant that I was having a hard time getting drinks as the bartenders were now swarmed. So I decided to walk across the street. I had seen a few cute girls, including the one with the American flag t-shirt, wondering in a bar so I decided to follow suit. Allas, this place had slightly more walking room, but the seen wasn’t really any better.
I decided to walk around a little bit and noticed the lit up Burger King sign. I hadn’t had any good old American processed crap in a while so I decided to partake. It was delicious and pretty much the end of my evening. The college seen isn’t really my thing but it was nice to see Mayaguez vampires come out of their caskets. I still don’t recommend stopping here.