A Gringo’s Guide to Bogota Nightlife
I’ve said it many times before. Bogota nightlife is the best in Latin America.
Nowhere I’ve been comes even close to competing. There’s nothing like Zona T in any other city I’ve been in the region.
Sure, Medellin has Parque Lleras – but that’s a gringo trap and prepago-infested shithole. Not a fan. At all.
Zona Colonial has some fun nightlife in Santo Domingo, but there’s maybe 15% of the people there as there is in Zona T.
Panama City has some fun high-end spots, but they’re all spread out. Lima, Peru nightlife can be a damn good time, but I’d still take Bogota over the Peruvian capital.
While I haven’t been to Brazil, I can’t imagine anywhere else competing.
My Brazilian friend has been giving me the inside scoop and from what he says – Bogota definitely takes the cake from a nightlife point of view.
But enough of me fluff.
Let’s dig in. Everything you need to know about partying in Bogota, Colombia can be found below.
- What’s So Great About Bogota, Colombia Nightlife
- Costs of Nightlife in Bogota
- Best Bars and Clubs in Bogota, Colombia
- A Gringo’s Guide to Nightlife in Bogota
And so much more, jefe.
Te lo juro.
If any of those specific sections are of interest to ya, then simply click the link above and you’ll be taken there.
For the whole enchilada, err bandeja paisa, simply keep reading.
It’s time to dig into the party scene in Zona T and find out what it’s really like to go out in the capital of Colombia.
What’s So Great About Nightlife in Bogota?
Why should a gringo with a penchant for partying head here for a little rumba?
P.S: This article only covers nightlife in Zona T.
Because the best nightlife in Latin America is found right here in Bogota.
Ya tu sabes.
Other than that, here are a few things to know about going out in Zona T before we talk about the top spots:
Go Out On Payday
The weekends on or after the 15th and the 31st are always insane here. You’ll find 3X as many people out on these nights compared to others. When Bogotanos have money, they love to party. I schedule my partying around paydays in Bogota.
Zona T is Huge
You’d literally need six months to a year to check out every single spot. And you’d only do that if you were a legit alcoholic. Each night I go out I hear about a new place or check one out. It’s almost impossible to run out of different bars and clubs to check out here.
Everything Closes at 3 AM
Almost every bar in Zona T closes before 3 AM. That’s the one part about nightlife in Bogota that some people have qualms with. However, there are a few late night spots that are wild. Mint is one of them. Around 330 AM is absolutely crazy in Mint.
Covers For Days
Nearly every club in Zona T will have a cover. This is my least favorite part of Nightlife in Bogota. We’ve searched for some free spots, but they’re usually filled with unsavory individuals. You’ll have to pay cover to get into the best clubs here.
While most places in Colombia feature people in big groups, Bogota is a bit different. Many people go out in Zona T with a friend or two and look to mingle around. As the area is considered safer, people feel like they can go out in smaller groups instead of with a half dozen or more friends.
Every Type of Music
Bogota, Colombia is one of the biggest cities in Latin America (Source).
Reggaeton. Pop. Salsa. Electronic. Champeta. Hip-hop. Bachata. Vallenato. Rock.
You can find any and every type of music in Zona T. No matter your tastes, you can find it here. On average, most places play offer “crossover” music – with a mix of reggaeton, salsa, pop, and electronic.
You’ll definitely meet people who speak English while out at night in Bogota. However, a little Spanish is pretty important while here. You’ll have a much better time enjoying Bogota nightlife with the ability to speak some Spanish.
Costs of Bogota Nightlife
Here’s a quick breakdown of prices:
- Cover charge: $4-12 USD
- Beer: $2-5 USD
- Drink: $5-10 USD
- Bottle of wine: $20-50 USD
- Bottle of booze at club: $40-200 USD
You could easily go out to “Gringo Tuesday” and only spend $25 bucks.
You could also spend millions of Colombian pesos on a big night out in Zona T on the weekend.
Buying bottles and tables can add up quickly.
Best Bars and Clubs in Bogota, Colombia
So after going out way too much for the last six weeks here in Bogota and getting my fair share of hangovers, I have a decent grasp of the nightlife in Zona T.
While I may not be the expert, I know enough to give first-timers a solid guide to the rumba here.
So here’s a few spots every gringo should consider when going out in Bogota, Colombia:
- Hotel V: The best club I’ve seen in Bogota. It’s big and features two-stories of crossover-style music. The vibe is definitely international, but the majority of people here will be Colombian. The place is a bit pricey, but definitely recommended. You’ll want to get a bottle here.
- La Villa: The host of Gringo Tuesday’s is a known hot-spot in Zona T. The place is almost always packed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. If you’re just looking to drink a few beers, dance, and party without buying a bottle – this is the place to check out.
P.S: La Villa no longer hosts “Gringo Tuesday” these days. As the event out grew the venue.
- Vintrash: The new home of “Gringo Tuesday” is said to be bigger and better than the old one. If you want to go out on a Tuesday night, then this is your spot. Te lo juro.
- Mint: The late-night spot in Zona T. If you like to stay out past 3 AM, this is your Bogota nightlife spot. People flock here once everything else closes and it’s definitely a wild party. Lots of reggaeton and pop music here.
- Presea Rooftop: I’m a big fan of this place. It’s a rooftop bar that plays straight reggaeton. There’s a stripper pole in the middle and dancers on platforms to the side. The crowd is a bit younger, but it’s definitely a good time.
- Armando Records: A Bogota nightlife classic here, Armando is packed Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. While the music is often a bit too electronic for my tastes, many people absolutely rave about this spot.
- Black Sheep: Another fun place in the heart of Zona T, Black Sheep can be good on the weekends. However, it’s a bit of a younger crowd with their friends. Expect a lot of drunk 18-22-year-olds here.
- Marquez: High-end club in one of the casinos in Zona T. If you’ve got a group, this can be a good spot to go. Crossover-style music. A bit pricey. You’ll want to buy a bottle here.
- Colombian Pub: Laid-back pub filled with people drinking and dancing. The cover isn’t much here and the beers are cheap. This is a good spot to bring a date on the weekend.
- El Campanario: If you like champeta music, then El Campanario is the best spot in Zona T. They have live champeta two hours a night on the weekends and the dancing here is a lot of fun. Don’t come if you’re not ready to dance champeta.
- Dembow Dancehall: A big club on top of a grocery store, this place fills up, but I’m not a huge fan. There are lots of groups here and people don’t mingle as much as other places in Zona T. If you like to dance salsa and bachata, then this is a great place to start.
Bogota Nightlife | A Gringo’s Guide
The guide above is sure to offer gringo’s enough info to have a good night out in Bogota.
The best thing to do?
Use the guide above as an intro into Bogota nightlife.
Then ask around. Ask people you meet. See what else is popping. There’s always going to be new spots popping up in a city of nearly 10 million people.
But there’s one thing I’m confident will never change…
Nightlife in Bogota is always going to be a damn good time. If you love a little rumba, then make sure to check out the capital of Colombia.
Oh, and if you have any questions or comments about nightlife in Bogota, make sure to sound off in the comments.