The local hustler bar is reopening as an "alternative" bar and will be called Bar Friends.
This is the blurb that was sent to me:
The bar owned by Enchanting Encounters has undergone major renovations on the second and third level, in order to provide more attractions and space for our customers. Along with the change of interior and exterior, a change in atmosphere, staff and clientele was necessary. We are proud to say that we are now an alternative, distinguished bar, who caters to the Dominican and foreign population, not only focused on tourism. Regularly we host live events (music, shows, exhibitions). Please check it out on your next visit to Santo Domingo.
You better get there early, you want to make sure you beat the crowds.
Update: Bar Friends opened last night with a "fundraiser." There was a decent crowd there and everyone I spoke with agreed the place is very nice. The price to enter was RD$50 and there is a lounge on the second floor. Everyone left before midnight and headed over to the The Sports Bar, where we all partied til way after 2am.