Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Cartagena

Alquímico

A welcome addition to the Old Town's drinking scene, this smart place occupies three floors of a gorgeous colonial building. The ground floor is a sleek, low-lit lounge bar perfect for an aperitif, while upstairs th…
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Café Havana

Café Havana has it all: live salsa from horn-blowing Cubans, strong drinks, a gorgeous horseshoe bar surrounded by brilliant eccentrics, wood-paneled walls and a ceiling full of whirring fans. While it's no secret t…
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Tu Candela

Wall-to-wall reggaeton, vallenato, merengue and some decent salsa. Tu Candela is always cramped – but the atmosphere is cool and anything goes. This is where Barack Obama's errant Secret Service detail famously bega…
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Bar Ético

The darkness in this salsa club is split by spotlights picking out young dancing couples making the most of the free aguardiente that their COP$10,000 cover grants them. The back room features live music at weekends…
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Donde Fidel

Don Fidel's extraordinary collection of salsa music keeps a constant stream of visitors to this much-loved, if rather sketchy, Old Town institution. The bar hosts smooching couples dancing in alcoves under portraits…
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Bazurto Social Club

Join the crowds at this lively spot where locals dance in unison under an enormous glowing red fish to live champeta music; sip knockout cocktails; and catch up on the Getsemaní gossip. The music is great and after …
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Quiebra-Canto

It gets tight with an eclectic crowd of all shapes and sizes at this excellent Getsemaní spot for salsa, son and reggae. It's on the 2nd floor overlooking Pegasos and the clock tower. Purists insist the salsa here i…
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León de Baviera

Run by an expat German named Stefan, this is one of the city’s few true watering holes. The intimate space fills quickly with locals swilling back 3L tubes of European and local brews. The waitresses are dressed in …
Craft Beer in Cartagena

The Beer Lovers

This raucous and rather dark place has a huge selection of craft beers from around the world, including dozens of local brews, and is the best bar in town to explore the craft beers of Colombia and beyond.
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La Casa de la Cerveza

A chic spot set high atop the city's walls with stupendous views out toward Castillo de San Felipe and the high rises of Bocagrande. Drinks are pricey – you're paying for the view – and include just six local, bottl…