Why Bogota's Nightlife is One of the Best in the World

ViaHero · October 18, 2018

Some of the dopest cultural experiences in the world exist only in Bogota, Colombia’s hippest city. Find out how to get the most out of Bogota’s incredible nightlife here—and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

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Bogota is home to Colombia’s most awesome bar scene

What to Know:

Given Bogota’s reputation as the hipster capital of Colombia, you can be sure the bars are filled with good drinks, great music, and hip locals. Bogota’s neighborhood of Chapinero hosts many of these bars, as it’s by far the most hipster-fabulous locale in the city. And while the cost of a drink averages between $4–$6 USD, beers can be purchased at many local dives for as little as $1.

Bogota nightlife beer in clouds Colombia

When to Go:

You can find a few decent places open earlier in the day, but the best bars typically open late in the evening (around 7 PM). However, they don’t really get going until later in the evening, around 11 or midnight. Most Bogota bars are open until the wee hours of the morning and are usually packed with locals who are looking for a good time most weekends. Our advice: enjoy Bogota’s incredible experiences during the day before grabbing a nap and going out later in the evening.

Where to Go:

It isn’t too hard to find some of the best places in Bogota to grab a drink and meet the people, and one of our Heroes can help you find a specific place, but here are some local favorites. The Bogota Beer Company is one of the best-known bars in Colombia. If you like to try out new beers, Bogota Beer Co. is your best bet because it has lots of local beers on tap for your tasting! Also fairly well known is Céntrico, which is located on the 41st floor of a skyscraper in Teusaquillo, overlooking some of the Bogota’s world famous street art

Some of the hottest clubs in South America are in Bogota—check them out even if you’re not a “club person”

What to Know:

Colombia’s club scene probably is at its best in Bogota. Given the city’s youthful flair, the scene is great for dancing, drinking, and getting together with friends—not just for posturing or “seeing and being seen”. On top of that, some of the best LGBTQ+ experiences in Colombia can be found amongst Bogota’s nightlife.

When to Go:

As is the case with nightlife across Colombia, most clubs are busiest on weekends—but you can typically find an open spot most days of the week. Just know that while Bogota is safe on the whole, clubs are sometimes prone to pickpockets and the like. Follow our tips for staying safe, and you should be fine wherever you go.

Where to Go:

There are clubs for everyone in Bogota, so we recommend asking one of our Heroes to help build your must-do list. One of the city’s best-known spots is Theatron, the largest LGBTQ+ club in South America. For more traditional experiences, a few of the best music joints in Bogota include Baum (for EDM), Latino Power (for Colombian music) and the Boogaloop Club (for rock).

Baum in Colombia Bogota nightlife

The best food in Colombia can be found... basically all over Bogota

What to Know:

Bogota’s cultural renaissance has led to a huge rise in haute cuisine all over the city. As a result, you can find some amazing chef-driven restaurants in nearly every neighborhood. Anthony Bourdain (RIP) actually ranked Bogota one of the “best places for food in South America” when he visited for his show Parts Unknown.

When to Go:

Most dinner services are fairly late in the evening, as Colombia’s biggest meal of the day is typically lunch. Our advice? Have a local ensure that your Colombian itinerary is packed with both local favorites and internationally-renowned gems for at least two meals a day.

Where to Go:

There are so many great places to eat that it’s hard to pick just one or two worth visiting. Talk to one of our Heroes about finding what’s right for you—just remember that you’ll never be out of options. As far as local specialties go, you have to try papas criollas (a comfort dish of chicken and potatoes), tumaco (crab-stuffed plantains), and some delicious Colombian coffee for dessert.

Need to see Bogota for yourself? One of our Colombian trip planners can help you create the perfect experience. Any questions, feel free to contact us with anything you want to know! And before you leave, make sure to check out:


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