Where to Drink + Dance in Bogota, Colombia

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Armando Records

Bogota, Colombia

If you’re into indie, electronic and live rock ‘n’ roll gigs, this is your go-to place; don your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie on a rooftop overlooking Bogotá’s 85th street. If those genres don’t match your vibe, head to the first floor and jam to crossover music – that means reggaeton, salsa, merengue, and more. It has become a very popular place, so be prepared to queue.

Address

Calle 85, 14-46 Bogotá

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El Bembé

Bogota, Colombia

You didn’t come all the way to Colombia to headbang. So change shoes again and get ready to dance some salsa and merengue at the colourful El Bembé.

Address

Calle 27B, 6-73 Paseo Peatonal Mompox Bogotá

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Bungalow

Bogota, Colombia

Bungalow might be your pick if you’re in it for the long run. One of Bogotá’s newer spots, this rooftop has become the place for those looking to party from the afternoon through until the morning. It welcomes some of Colombia’s youngest and best DJs in a tropical setting. Also, look no further for weekend brunch parties.

Address

Carrera 13, 83-47 110221

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Huerta Bar Cocteleria Artesanal

Bogota, Colombia

Huerta Bar Cocteleria Artesanal is leading the mixology equivalent of Bogotá’s farm-to-table culinary movement. Cocktails here celebrate local ingredients, many of which were harvested on the same day. The menu features more than 100 different species of plants and vegetables. Standout tipples include the Curious Case of the Purple Cucumber, a gin-based elixir with purple cucumber and wild rose mist, and Tiki Taka, lemon-infused rum with Andean blackberry and cashew horchata.

Address

Calle 69A, 10-15 (Second floor)

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Libertario Coffee

Bogota, Colombia

Libertario Coffee is, as the name suggests, liberating Colombians from traditional cheap coffee by serving quality blends sourced from it fair-trade project in Zipacon, Cundinamarca. A variety of preparations are offered in the bright and airy space. Don’t miss its weekly events to learn more about the process behind the cup. For an even more enriching coffee experience, stay at La Palma yel Tucan, its partner coffee farm and boutique hotel located two hours outside the city.

Address

Calle 70a 5-37

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Bar Enano

Bogota, Colombia

Tucked away at the back of El Bandido Bistro lies the tiny Bar Enano, a local hotspot known for its speakeasy vibe. Inspired by Adolf Loos’ American Bar, one of the most memorable art deco bars of the early 20th century, El Enano utilises rich wood tones and low ceilings to strike a seamless balance of comfort-meets-sophistication. Sip on creative cocktails and sample small plates before jiving to 50s and 60s classics.

Address

Calle 79b, 7-12

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Taller de Té

Bogota, Colombia

In a city where coffee reigns supreme, it can be difficult to find a satisfying cup of tea. Look no further than Taller de Té , known for its high-quality infusions and dedication to supporting Colombian producers. Since opening in 2010, it has developed a selection of more than 70 blends that highlight local fruits, herbs and traditional plants. The charming café is the perfect place to escape the evening chill with a warm cup and a light vegetarian bite.

Address

Calle 60a, 3d 32

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Llorente Bar

Bogota, Colombia

Named after the Llorente flower vase incident that led to Colombia’s independence, Llorente Bar crafts daring cocktails inspired by local flavours and the rebellious nature of Colombian history. Take a journey back to the prohibition era by lounging on one of several luxurious leather couches against a backdrop of exposed brick and verdant foliage. Don’t miss the criollo mojito, a refreshing passion fruit mojito with just the right amount of sweetness.

Address

Carrera 9, 67-7

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Matik Matik

Bogota, Colombia

While any drink craving can surely be satisfied with the wide selection of local beers and traditional liquors offered at Matik Matik, the focus here is the music. For over ten years, Matik Matik has been the go-to underground venue for bands seeking their first big break. Feel like an improvised electronic jam, singer-songwriter concert or a tropical rumba party? Check the schedule before you go to take your pick from a wide variety of musical experiences.

Address

Carrera 11, 67-20

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Azahar Café

Bogota, Colombia

Azahar is one of several companies in Bogotá determined to improve locals’ access to the high-quality Colombian coffee that has traditionally been exported. It brews a diverse range of blends with beans acquired through fair trade with coffee farmers located all over the country. Three locations cater to Bogotá’s growing coffee culture, each with their own colourful and vibrant aesthetic, but all with consistently energetic service.

Address

Calle 93b, 13-91

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Red Room

Bogota, Colombia

Red Room is said to be Bogotá’s best-kept secret for followers of the city’s burgeoning cocktail culture. Disguised in a three-storey brick house, the original structure’s high arches and stone columns are enhanced by decadent chandeliers and red velvet curtains. With an entire floor dedicated to whisky and another to champagne, as well as a diverse cocktail menu, this is the bar for those seeking an extravagant mixology experience.

Address

Calle 70a, 11-64