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Alquimico

Serving up a beguiling mix of sensory delights in a beautiful old shoe store, Alquimico brings some serious style to Cartagena’s burgeoning nightlife scene. The decadent design and vibe are straight out of the pages of a Fitzgerald novel.

  • +57 318 845 0433
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  • Calle del Colegio 34-24
    Centro Histórico 130001

Café Havana

Since Café Havana opened its doors in the once-unfashionable Getsemani district in 2006 it has transformed perceptions of the area, luring an international crowd off the beaten track to dance to a live salsa band and down seriously punchy mojitos.

  • +57 314 556 3905
  • Calle del Colegio 34-60

Quiebra Canto

Going strong since 1979, this is the ideal spot to dance into the small hours while sipping on potent aguardiente. Let the great local salsa dancers teach you some moves or just take a seat and watch the best party in town unfold.

El Barón

Co-owner Noah Matties is a German chemist, so the cocktails in El Baron are all about the science. Everything from the type and size of ice to how long the mint for mojitos is blanched for is carefully considered. The herbs used in the cocktails are sourced locally to help support developing communities. He’s even been known to distil his own spirits on special occasions.

Bazurto Social Club

This is where the real Caribbean party happens. Locals let their hair down under a giant glowing red fish, catch up on Getsemani gossip and stomp along to live champeta music until 4AM on a sweaty dance floor with an electrifying atmosphere and plenty of gyrating.

  • +575 664 3124
  • Go to Website
  • Getsemaní
    Avenue del Centenario
    Cra 9 30-42

Malagana

Head to the mosaic-tiled rooftop to watch the sunset at this family-owned restaurant-cum-bar. Slurp frozen margaritas made with local fruits and, if you hang around long enough, join in the impromptu party that inevitably gets going once the Malagana family have clocked off work.

  • +57 5 6601360
  • Go to Website
  • Getsemani
    Cll. Tripita y Media 31-55
    Cartagena 00000

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