'La Rumba' ('the party') in Colombia is a hot mess fueled by salsa and aguardiente (Colombia's homegrown firewater). Whether it's salsa in Cali, the laser- and smoke-filled nightclubs of Medellín, Bogotá's sophisticated cocktail bars and craft-beer pubs, raucous and sweat-soaked Cartagena nights, or Carnaval in Barranquilla, Colombia is ready to rumba!

The domestic coffee scene has greatly improved, with third-wave gourmet coffee shops popping up in big cities.

Best Lists

Drinking & Nightlife

  • Andrés Carne de Res Words cannot do justice to South America's most famous night out.
  • Rincón Clásico A 7000-strong record collection spun by Pereira's Don Olmedo, surely Colombia's most experienced DJ.
  • Café Havana Cartagena's famously old-school salsa club.
  • Zaperoco Live salsa, rumba and Cuban son keep this Cali institution shakin' until the wee hours.
  • Salon Malaga This Medellín institution is festively soundtracked by classic tango and bolero on vinyl.
  • Azahar Café Freshly upgraded emporium for all things coffee-related.