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Home to a vast number of late night salsa bars, trendy bars with mustache-clad bartenders and pulse-pounding nightclubs, Bogota’s nightclub scene is undeniably vibrant.
Zona Rosa. Undoubtedly Bogota’s party central, Zona Rosa (or Zona T) has a dizzying collection of high-end nightclubs and bars that are often open until close to 4 a.m.
For a mix of Cuban and Colombian salsa music, electric beats and trendy pop and non-stop dancing, head to La Villa. For something a bit more low-key, head to the Bogota Beer Company, which has dim lighting, less mind-pounding music and a great selection of locally produced beers.
Whatever you do, dress to impress if you’re going out on the town in this neighborhood — men and women often don slick dresses, sport coats and trendy outfits.
La Candelaria. One of Bogota’s most popular neighborhoods for both tourists and locals, La Candelaria is more bohemian and alternative than Zona T, so you’re more likely to find dive bars, tiny cafés and art galleries serving wine and beer than trendy cocktail bars.
The main square, Chorro de Quevedo, comes alive at night with street performances, backpackers, artists, musicians and students (thanks to the proximity to many of Bogota’s universities). One of the coolest spots here is Quiebra Canto, a quirky bar that plays a mixture of Latin, reggae, funk and alternative music.
Parque 93. Just north of Zona T is Parque 93, one of Bogota’s more upscale neighborhoods. Here, you’ll find an older, more sophisticated crowd that the ones at Zona T or La Candelaria, and most of the people flocking here opt for dinner first.
The area’s restaurants are often packed with people from 6 p.m. on, so it’s often best to make a reservation ahead of time. After the dinner crowd dissipates, the restaurants turn up the music and rearrange the interior to allow for more cocktail sipping and mingling.
Some of the area’s best bars are El Sitiio and one of the city’s biggest salsa clubs, Galeria Café Libro.