It's a mystery. Located in the basement of the ersatz castle housing Natal's youth hostel, the Taverna Pub is low and dark and sweaty and cramped, with bad acoustics and terrible sightlines. It's also the most popular spot in Alto Ponta Negra, packed Thursday to Sunday with 20- to 30-year-old locals and visitors who come to hear either DJs or local bands playing live on the teeny-tiny stage. Open daily 11pm to 4am.
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