The Bogotano bar-hopper really is spoilt for choice, the lucky thing, as this reveller can choose to down spirituous liquor at crazy underground dives, cooler-than-cool hipster joints, or swanky cocktail lounges. Anything from cheap and raucously cheerful to outrageously decadent establishments are just waiting for your patronage. And that’s just the bars in Bogota. We haven’t even started talking about the clubs.
Faithful old Candelaria is packed full of charm, but also places to get silly in. A great option is to head to the student bars around “The Funnel,” an old, crazily narrow street frequented by university students, who crowd into little funky bars which play metal, punk, and salsa in delightful randomness. Happening Chapinero has cornered the game on cool, with its heady mix of hipster and gay bars, as well as great little clubs. Further north, around Zona T, there is a bewildering array of classy bars, big and small, and some of the best clubs in town. Special mention must also be made of Bogotá Beer Company’s chain of pubs, where world-class, locally brewed beer of all the best varieties is served with obvious pride.
Speaking of the Bogotá nightlife, and, finally, of clubs in Bogota, gets us excited. Top-notch house is served up to those in the know at Radio Berlin (take your sunglasses to hide from the sunrise as you finally stumble out for a cab). Armando Records is a classier rooftop option, with great tunes. Sweaty El Candelario looks after the clubbing needs of the area it’s named after, while La Villa in Zona Rosa has a great “language exchange” afternoon on “Gringo” Tuesdays, that quickly turns into non-stop dancing to an eclectic mix of music. Bogotá’s love of salsa is in evidence at Galeria Café Libro, while Theatron in Chapinero is massive, and packed. And then there’s also Andres Carne de Res out there in Chia, always spoken of in hushed tones, which richly deserves its reputation for an over-the-top, crankingly good time.
The French-run A Seis Manos is nestled in an unsuspecting street in Bogotá’s city centre. The modest facade belies the large, open space that makes up the bar, and certainly gives you little reason to think that inside would be one of the city’s most vibrant, bohemian spots. A Seis Manos runs events almost every [...] Read more →
After you’ve sated your inner culture vulture at the many historical and artistic meccas around the beautiful old town of La Candelaria, stuffed yourself with tamales or ajiaco at a cute little restaurant, and hung out at one of the many tiny, groovy bars around “the Funnel,” you may just find your toe tapping to [...] Read more →
We happen to think that drinking on a rooftop is a pretty good idea most of the time. But when it’s smack-bang in the middle of the city’s most happening area, while grooving to hot music with an even hotter crowd of bright young things, well… that pretty good idea has just become a damned [...] Read more →
Hidden away in Bogota’s Chapinero district you will find a gaudy red neon sign and a door leading to one of the city’s best places for a boogie. Latora Cuatro Brazos is frequented by Bogota’s trendies, party animals and a light smattering of fun-loving expats. The sparsely decorated and simple venue contains a large main [...] Read more →
Nestled away in Bogotá’s pumping Zona T district is La Villa, a club that would be easy to miss if it weren’t for the throngs of trendy Bogotanos and expats queueing impatiently outside its doors. Thanks to its classy décor, frequent drinks deals and superb atmosphere, the club has become a staple of the city’s [...] Read more →