Drinking and nightlife in Bogotá Region

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    Azahar Café

    Possibly the finest shrine to coffee in Colombia, the recently amplified Azahar exudes taste, expertise and an undying passion for the country’s second-most-famous homegrown product (after cocaine). Busy baristas work behind a huge counter like alchemists in a chemistry lab, experimenting with French press, Chemex, pour-over and espresso. The attention to detail jumps out of the cup. Sit at one of the lovely wooden tables and watch as staff custom-brew your request and bring it to you in a fancy pot, cup or flask. The breakfasts – Spanish-style migas (bread salad), açai bowls and the requisite avocado on toast – are available all day and hard to pass up. Lunches mainly involve sandwiches and chicken.

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    El Mono Bandido

    Having commandeered a Quinta Camacho mansion and flipped it into one of Bogotá's most cinematic pubs, El Mono Bandido has atmosphere in spades. Enjoy house-brewed craft suds inside the two-floor space teeming with exposed, loose-end pipes illuminated with Edison lighting, or at one of a handful of oil-candle-lit tables in the surrounding garden. Its original location at Carrera 4 No 54-85 in Chapinero also offers a very good time indeed.

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    Cervecería Gigante

    American nanobrewer Will Catlett has created what feels like an underground brewer's lair at Bogotá's top craft-beer destination, a simple, unsigned place west of Carrera 14 with 12 taps (three dedicated to its own craft sodas). But it's more than a drinking den: house-made chicken and pork chorizo (with leeks, mango and jalapeño), burgers and wings make for unmissable pub grub. The Citra Pale Ale and Sequioa Roja IPA come especially recommended, as do the gluten-free Oatmeal Pale Ale and the smoked Saison from invitees Madriguera Brewing Co and Viteri Cervecería, respectively. Make it a pilgrimage (in a taxi!).

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    Cine Tonalá

    Bogotá's only independent cinema champions Latin and Colombian films and international cult classics, but this Mexico City import refuses to be categorized. The multifaceted cultural center, set in a renovated 1930s La Merced mansion, is a shelter for artistic refugees, who retreat here for a very hip bar scene, excellent Mexican food and rousing club nights from Thursday to Saturday. The red-brick, bay-windowed facade looks more like an old English manor house than a Latin American cinema. Inside, it's more pub-like, with parquet floors and lashings of Stanley Kubrick memorabilia.

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    Dos Carreras

    Run by a Spanish–Colombian couple, this warmly lit bar offers a diverse selection of some of the best locally brewed craft beer, including three by the owners themselves under the name Rustica (pints COP$11,000). The tapas menu won’t disappoint. Ambience gives the place its edge: heavy wood furniture and walls hung with etched wooden engravings by local artist William Torres. Weekends see poets, musicians and free-styling jammers entertain guests.

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    Bistro El Bandido

    Step back in time at this popular high-end bar and brasserie hidden behind residential shrubbery in Nogal. DJ's spin oldies (think Big Band, Elvis) between live jazz/swing sets while a well-heeled crowd laps up classic cocktails (from COP$23,000). An excellent menu of brasserie standbys, including a chorizo appetizer, coq au vin and fish meunière, come highly recommended. It all surrounds a big and beautiful social bar – somewhat of a novelty in Bogotá – but don't forget to peek in the back, where the tiny and gorgeous Bar Enano (the bar within the bar!) is one of the city's hot spots. Reservations essential after 7pm.

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    Chelarte

    Chelarte – a portmanteau word combining Mexican slang for beer ('chela') and 'artesanal' – helped pioneer craft beer in Bogotá when brewer Camilo Rojas decided six years ago that Club Colombia and Aguila just weren't up to snuff. Today, their candlelit craft beer lounge is one of Bogotá's most atmospheric. Nine taps include staples like their summer ale, pale ale and brown ale (all named after fictional females like Pamela, Rachel and Carmela) with rotating one-offs (look for the India pale ale and organic ale) and invited local nanobreweries. Good burgers and bar snacks as well.

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    Tierra Santa Cerveza Artesanal

    One of Bogotá's newest beer destinations, the folks at downtown's famed Chantonner Delikatessen opened this second location in Quinta Camacho in late 2017, creating a cozy upstairs pub space in addition to their usual menu of smoked meats and sandwiches. Tierra Santa features eight taps and are noteworthy for their IPAs, including a Belgian double white IPA and coffee stout. They also do margaritas with Santander's infamous hormigas culonas (fat-bottomed ants) and guindilla peppers.

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    Amor Perfecto

    Pick your single-origin regional Colombian specialty bean, select your method of preparation (Chemex, Siphon, AeroPress or French press), and let the highly knowledgeable and national-champion baristas at this hip Chapinero Alto coffeehouse do the rest. You can also pop in for tastings and courses. Hardwood floors and sexy red booths complement one of Bogotá's original Third Wave caffeine options.

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    Taller de Té

    This adorable cafe is unique in Bogotá for serious tea. Owner Laura sources more than 70 teas and infusions from plantations around the world and blends them with local herbs, flowers, spices, teas and traditional plants. There are organic, vegetarian and vegan light bites from trusted culinary artisans around Colombia to pair with them. As with many Chapinero businesses, the street profile is more private home than commercial cafe.

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    Bogotá Beer Company

    This upscale pub-style beer chain was once the only game in town for brew-lovers. While it's gone fully corporate now (AB InBev purchased it in 2015), it's still a fun place to enjoy a pint from the seven or so seasonal microbrews on tap (though some are often unavailable). True hopheads should look elsewhere, however. There's decent pub grub, too, including a hunger-busting pulled-pork sandwich.

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    El Bembe

    Cuba and Colombia share a loose cultural alliance, especially when it comes to music, as this little piece of tropicalia ably demonstrates. Head up the multicolored stairs off a cobbled street in La Macarena for rum and salsa, live bands and potent mojitos (COP$25,000 to COP$42,000), all of which seem to flow more freely on Friday. Skip the food.

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    A Seis Manos

    This cool, contemporary cultural venue and bar lures the artistically inclined, who mingle at communal tables in the industrial, warehouse-like space. People eat, drink, work, read, flirt and unwind with good mojitos and a menu of Franco-Colombian food. A versatile events program includes live music, stand-up comedy and book launches.

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    Village Café

    A long-standing Chapinero LGBT staple serving good cocktails (Cop$22,000 to COP$30,000) alongside healthy doses of alternative rock and electronica at conversational volumes. It attracts all kinds.

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    El Recreo de Adàn

    In the north, El Recreo de Adàn is a classic chill lounge with karaoke and board games.

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    Cada Loco con Su Tema

    This cultural cafe, hidden within an early 20th-century English-style cluster of red-brick houses, provides a quiet escape from Bogotá’s rowdy streets. Part of the Houses and Histories Cultural Centre, it aims to keep Bogotá’s memories and history alive by providing a welcoming space to read, converse in the pretty garden and contemplate life over a coffee. The house belonged to relatives of political and military leader, Antonio Nariño, and was once a meeting place for cachacos (the name given to well-dressed, educated men from Colombia's interior). The name, Cada Loco con Su Tema (literally, 'each crazy person with their issues'), means that everyone has a right to their own thoughts and way of perceiving the world – even if it seems crazy to someone else.

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    Video Club

    Fortunately for club kids, the unfortunately named Video Club is much cooler than its name (and facade) suggest. The two-floor former warehouse space in Chapinero draws a vehemently mixed crowd, who mingle on the wood-accented ground floor to salsa and other Latin-infused experimental dance tunes before gravitating to the electronica-heavy 2nd floor, replete with brick archways and exposed rebar. It's here, on a moonlit, open-air terrace, that some of Bogotá's trendiest clubbers – gay, straight, uncertain – shake it off until breakfast. Check ahead for info on gay Sunday parties on bank-holiday weekends.

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    Cervecería Statua Rota

    It once would have been odd to travel west of Av Caracas, but this Parkway microbrewery and bar attracts a fiercely dedicated army of beer-loving alt-hipsters content to swill house-brewed double red IPAs and summer Witbiers – often brewed with Colombian fruits and other local ingredients – to indie, alternative rock and metal until the wee hours. The bar's cult status among those in the know is only perpetuated by the funky, uneven hexagonal wooden furniture that fills the two-floor converted mansion, all of which was produced at the in-house carpentry workshop.

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    Arte y Pasión Café

    What began as a way to educate Colombians about the wonders of specialty coffee became a successful, hands-on barista training school plus a chic, specialized coffee shop where 'art and passion' and Colombian coffee come together for a fun, unique experience. This second, newer location offers 12 Colombian single-origins, eight brewing methods and sharply dressed baristas working their magic. Try ordering the signature drink, Irish coffee, which comes with a fascinating preparation experience. Their somewhat worn-down original location is near Museo del Oro.

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    Tap House

    A partnership between two local craft breweries (the American-Colombian-run Tomahawk and more traditional Tierra Alta), this craft beer haunt is a good spot to acquaint yourself with the new wave of Colombian cerveza artesanal. The 13 taps are more or less spread evenly among the house brews and invited guests, all easily enjoyed on the long bar illuminated by hipster Edison lighting. There's nothing daring or risky going on here yet (no barrel-aged brews or anything particularly funky), but the fuse is lit and the music isn't afraid to rock.