Cali drinking and nightlife

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If you only visit one salsa bar in Cali, make sure it's Zaperoco. Here the veteran DJ spins salsa con golpe (salsa with punch) from old vinyl while industrial fans try in vain to keep the place cool. Somewhere under…
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El Rincón de Heberth

In a shopfront in a strip mall, this local institution of a salsa bar attracts a lively caleño crowd who come for the great music and laid-back vibe. Most people sit outside and drink in the fenced-in sidewalk area …
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Topa Tolondra

Popular with locals and travelers alike, this large salsa bar near Loma de la Cruz is always buzzing. The tables are pushed right up against the walls, leaving plenty of floor space to get your groove on. There's fr…
Salsa Club in Cali

Viejoteca Pardo Llada

Hosted in a lovely open-air dance hall upstairs at the senior citizens association, this is Cali's original and best viejoteca (seniors disco), where the city's old-timers dress up in their best threads and show off…
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Tin Tin Deo

This large, iconic, unpretentious 2nd-floor salsateca features a large dance area overseen by posters of famous salsa singers. While it sometimes feels like an expat hangout (especially on Thursdays), it's an excell…
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Pérgola Clandestina

Located on the top floor of a tower block in downtown, this open-air bar has DJs spinning quality crossover music, plus great cocktails made from high-quality ingredients, and even a swimming pool. It's popular with…
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This San Antonio institution does great coffee (including some odd options – lemon coffee, anyone?) and a wide range of desserts, the best of which are the gooey, sticky brownies. Some of the cocktails are so sweet …
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La Colina

This is a friendly neighborhood shop-bar hybrid in San Antonio that's been around for over 70 years. Cheap beer accompanies classic salsa and bolero and it's a favorite caleño gathering spot before heading off elsew…
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Set in a huge white dome in Menga, this high-energy club is full of glamorous young caleñas dancing on tables while high-tech lasers slash through clouds of smoke. Groups of unaccompanied men won't get in.
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El Faro

Not big on dancing? Find a table at this buzzing rock bar in El Peñon that's popular with all kinds of locals for live bands, the friendly service and will-do-in-a-pinch gringo food.