It’s the bomb diggity. The bee’s knees.
Nowhere I’ve been comes close. There’s nothing like Zona T anywhere in the entire region. Sure, Medellin has Parque Lleras – but that’s a gringo trap and prepago-infested. Not a huge fan. Zona Colonial has some action around Santo Domingo, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the infamous Zona T nightlife.
But enough of me fluff.
Let’s dig in. Everything you need to know about partying in Bogota, Colombia can be found below. And so much more,
jefe. Te lo juro.
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How To Survive and Thrive Partying in Bogota
Why is the nightlife in Bogota so awesome? Why should a gringo with a penchant for partying head here for a little rumba?
It’s quite simple, really…
The best nightlife in Latin America is right here in Bogota.
Whether you’re an all-night raver, salsa aficionado, or a cocktail-swilling, speak-easy kind of guy — the nightlife in Bogota is unabashedly badass.
Ya tu sabes.
Let’s take a look at a few things to know about going out in Bogota before we get into my top recommendations:
The weekends on or after the 15th and the 31st are always insane. You’ll find 3 times as many people out on these nights compared to others. When
Bogotanos have money, they love to spend it on la rumba. I always schedule my partying around paydays in Bogota, and you should too.
The Nightlife in Zona T Is Insane
You’d literally need six months to a year to check out every single spot. And you could only do that if you were a legit alcoholic hitting the scene every night of the week. Each time I go out I hear about a new place or something new. It’s almost impossible to run out of different bars and clubs in this crazy zone.
Everything Closes at 3 AM
Almost every bar in Zona T closes before 3 AM. That’s the only thing about nightlife in Bogota I have qualms with. However, there are a few late-night spots that are wild.
You’ll see these further down in my recommendations.
Nearly every club in Zona T has a cover, as do most venues elsewhere. This omnipresent fee is my least favorite part of the nightlife in Bogota. We’ve searched long and hard for some free spots, but they’re usually pretty dingy and filled with unsavory characters.
You’ll always have to pay cover to get into the best clubs here.
Held every Tuesday at
Vintrash, this famously trashy event is a must if you want to party with the international crowd or practicar su español. The night begins in a civilized manner as a language exchange, in which foreigners and local Colombians come to practice English and Spanish.
As the young and party-hearty crowd begin to consume more and more booze, it all descends into mayhem. There are plenty of gringo hunters out there, so tag along if you’re looking to meet a special Colombiana.
The event used to be held at La Villa, which has since closed.
P.S: You’ll find more information about this event below, as it’s a staple of the Bogota nightlife circuit…
While most places in Colombia are packed full of locals chatting among themselves in big groups, Bogota is a bit different. Many people go out with a friend or two looking to mingle.
Because Zona T is considered reasonably safe, party goers feel they can go out in smaller groups without worry.
Is Spanish Needed For Bogota Nightlife?
You’ll definitely meet people who speak English in Bogota. However, a little Spanish is pretty important to make the most of a stonking night out.
You’ll have a much better time savoring all the fruits Bogota nightlife has to offer with a bit of basic Spanish.
Looking to learn Spanish? This is a great place to start!
Bogota is one of the biggest cities in Latin America–a metropolis of some 7 million people and counting. And this heaving mass of humanity is reflected in the diversity of its music. Every genre imaginable is available somewhere in the city on a Saturday night.
Reggaeton. Pop. Salsa. Electronic. Champeta. Hip-hop. Bachata. Vallenato. Rock. You name it. You can find any and every type of music in Zona T.
Having said that, most places play “crossover” music, which is basically a mix of reggaeton, salsa, pop, and electronic.
Chill bar spot in Zona T.
Where To Stay In Bogota, Colombia?
The top spot to lay your weary head after a heavy night on the suds is undoubtedly in the Zona T.
That way, you won’t have to worry about a long and potentially dangerous trip home when you’re not feeling your spritely best. Aim to stay outside the five-block radius around Zona T and Parque 93 if
la rumba is on your mind.
I’m talking right about here — from Unilago to Parque 93, stay somewhere in the middle…
Although there’s plenty of sweet options out and around this area. Dozens of hotels, hostels, and apartments. However, I certainly have my personal favorite. I reckon the top spot for a party animal to sleep…
The Best Hotel For Nightlife in Zona T is: Hotel Saint Simon
Despite being located in the middle of the action,
Saint Simon has enough soundproofing to guarantee a peaceful night’s sleep. The staff are pretty chill, too, and give you more than enough privacy, if ya know what I mean.
You’ll be able to walk to dozens of bars, clubs, and high-end restaurants from this hotel. The modern decor is solid too, and the price is way cheaper than you might expect.
Bogota Nightlife Costs
While Bogota nightlife is amazing, it’s not “that” cheap. At least compared by South American backpacker standards.
Here’s a quick breakdown of prices:
Cover charge: $4-16 USD
Beer: $2-7 USD
Drink: $4-10 USD
Bottle of wine: $18-60 USD
Bottle of booze at a club: $40-250 USD
You could easily go out on
“Gringo Tuesday” and spend like $25 bucks. Or, you could blow millions of pesos on a big Saturday night out in Zona T. It’s up to you, really,
But remember, buying bottles and tables in the pricier establishments can add up quickly. And that’s especially true when hitting the sauce hard and heavy in Zona T, the most expensive nightlife district in the whole country.
However, I’ve always found the juice worth the squeeze when it comes to nightlife in Bogota!
Zona T views.
Where To Party In Bogota?
Bogota is a big-arse city, so it pays to know where to go for a raunchy night out on the tiles.
For me, Zona T wins hands down. Aka the Zona Rosa, or the party capital of the universe, the area surrounding this neon-lit tee junction heaves with party-hungry revelers every night of the week. There are literally hundreds of venues here, so you ain’t gonna run out of places to choose from.
If the glitz and glam of Zona T don’t align with your budget or style, then you might consider checking out the other districts instead. Chapinero and Galerias have a fair few decent watering holes around, most of which cater to the hipster or alternative crowd.
Other more low-key venues lie all around town, but avoid any establishments in Bogota’s poverty-stricken barrios least you fancy getting shivved and/or robbed.
Best Bars and Clubs in Bogota, Colombia | 2020 Edition
So after going out way too much while actually in Bogota and getting my fair share of
hangovers, I have a decent grasp of what the nightlife is all about in the city.
Especially in Zona T.
While I may not be the city’s premier party expert, I know enough to give first-timers a solid guide to
la rumba here. So here’s a few spots every gringo should consider on a wild night out in Bogota, Colombia:
This is the best club I’ve seen in Bogota. The enormous, debaucherous venue features two-stories of crossover-style music that pumps right up until close at 3 a.m. The vibe is definitely international, but the majority of people here will be Colombian, so dress your best. There’s no denying Hotel V is on the expensive side, although it’s worth the splurge if you’re after a crazy night out with plenty of dancing and other shenanigans. You’ll want to get a bottle here, so don’t forget to round up a solid crew. Hotel V:
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. Vintrash: Te lo juro.
I freakin’ love this place; it’s a rooftop bar with a cool-ass view that plays straight reggaeton until the wee hours. The first thing you’ll notice is the stripper pole in the middle and the sexy uniformed dancers around the side. But don’t worry, it ain’t that kind of place–it’s just a little lighthearted entertainment. The crowd is a bit younger, but it’s definitely a good time. Presea Rooftop:
A Bogota nightlife institution, Armando is packed every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. While the music is often a bit too electro for my tastes, ravers absolutely rave about the place. Having said that, they do play Latin beats like reggaeton as well depending on the night. Get here early if you’ve got your heart set on the place because it packs out quick. Armando Records:
Another fun laser-clad club right in the heart of Zona T. Black Sheep can be good on the weekends, although weeknights are often so-so. Note that it’s a bit of a hit among the younger crowd who tend to come here with a big group of friends. Expect to rub shoulders with a whole heap of drunk 18-22-year-olds, which, depending on your age, is either a very good or a very bad thing. Black Sheep:
This swanky high-end club sits in one of the casinos in Zona T. If you’ve got a group, this can be an awesome spot to get loose despite the hefty price tag. Grab a bottle to save some serious Marquez: pesos and get ready to boogie to non-stop Crossover-style beats.
Perhaps not the most original name. But hey, at least it is what it says it is. This laid-back little number is filled with Colombian peeps scoffing down pint after pint of ice-cold beer. The cover is super cheap here and so are the beers. It’s a pretty good pick to bring your Tinder date too, especially if you rock up when it’s rowdy on the weekend. Colombian Pub:
If you like champeta (a type of Colombian folk) music, then El Campanario is the best spot in Zona T, perhaps even the whole of the country. They have live champeta shows for two hours a night on the weekends and the dancing here is a hell of a lot of fun. That’s all you’re gonna get, though, so don’t come if you’re not willing to dance champeta all night long. El Campanario:
A big club on top of a grocery store, this place fills up fast with rowdy revelers, but I’m personally not a huge fan. There are lots of groups here that chat between themselves and people don’t mingle as much as other places in Zona T. If you like to dance salsa and bachata, then it’s a great place to start. Dembow Dancehall:
If you love a rowdy super club, then Baum is precisely what the doctor ordered. This hectic 900-capacity venue bangs out massive EDM tunes to a loved-up local and international crowd. It’s not the cheapest, but it’s one of the coolest clubs in Latin America so it’s worth every Baum: peso. The joint is open until 8 am (!) on weekends, so come here if you’re still rearing to rumba after everywhere else has closed.
Another awesome late-night spot, this time in the hipster haven of Chapinero. The boisterous industrial club sees skilled local DJs belt out their best techno tunes until the break of dawn, making it a popular pick for those looking to keep the rumba train rolling. It’s a wee bit on the pricey side, although you’ve got two bars, two stages, and a fun-filled vibe to make up for the expense. Video Club:
Asilo Bar: Rockeros, this bad boy is just for you. Asilo is Bogota’s best rock venue and has become a hit among locals for the live bands that bring down the roof on weekends. It’s also in Chapinero.
Bogota’s biggest club, this 13-room mega venue caters to thousands of party-goers from Wednesday through Saturday night. It’s super-LGBT friendly, although non-LGBT folks tend to enjoy themselves too. Theatron:
No self-respecting Bogota nightlife guide would be complete without a shout out to Andres Carne de Res, the city’s most Andres Carne de Res: loco haunt. Although there’s a venue in the centre, you should hop on the party bus to make the 50-minute journey to its original location in the nearby town of Chia. Trust me, it’ll be worth the effort one-time. The food is amazing and things get pretty hopping on a Saturday night here. Just make sure to bring a group.
Best Nights to Rumba in Bogota | 2020 Edition
Like almost everywhere in the world, the closer to the weekend the better the
rumba will be.
Gringo Tuesday is definitely an exception if you want to hang out with a lively international crowd. And remember, the weekends on or after a payday, the 15th and 30th/31st of each month, tend to go off.
For specific nightly recommendations, I like…
Vintrash on Tuesday night for Gringo Tuesday. This is the absolute best mid-week option in Bogota and you’re sure to have some fun. Sure, it can be a little too “gringo” at times. But it’s still a solid option for partying during the week and fairly cheap.
The nightlife in Zona T can be hit or miss on a Wednesday. Sometimes things will get pretty wild. Other times you won’t find many people out. Usually the best option is to hit up
Armando Records a little bit before midnight. The place tends to get a solid crowd on Wednesdays, just a little later.
Pretty much anything works on a Friday night in Bogota. In the massive capital of Colombia, you’ll find great nightlife all over the city.
I’d recommend sticking to Zona T if you’re new to the city.
Hotel V, Pressea Rooftop, Marquez, Black Sheep, and more should all be popping.
Things could have changed, but I always preferred big Saturday nights out at
Hotel V in Bogota. Get a group together, grab a bottle of something nice, and be prepared to party.
If you’re rolling solo, you may want to try
Vintrash on Saturdays too.
Overall though, pretty much anything works on a Saturday in Bogota.
Me partying in Hotel V.
Bogota Nightlife | A Gringo’s Guide
As Bogota has so many watering holes to choose from, it’s impossible to cover them all in one little article. There are dozens of places in the Zona T alone I still haven’t had the chance to check out. Nonetheless, my Bogota nightlife guide has got the goods to guarantee you a fun night out.
What’s the best way to do it? Use my guide as an intro to Bogota nightlife. Ask the people you meet around town to see what’s popping.
There’s always going to be fresh new venues to explore in a city of such enormous size.
But there’s one thing that’ll never change in Bogota…The nightlife is damn good.
If you love a little
rumba, then Colombia’s hedonistic ciudad capital is a bucket-list destination for you.
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