Bogota Nightlife | The 14 Best Bars and Clubs in 2022
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Bogota nightlife is the best in Latin America.
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.
Panama City has a few fun high-end spots, but they’re all too spread out. Lima nightlife can be a damn good time, but I’d still take Bogota over the Peruvian capital any day.
And while I haven’t been to Brazil, I doubt even Rio’s famously rowdy rumba could compete with the hedonistic scene in Bogota. My Brazilian friend reckons Bogota is numero uno.
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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Best Bars and Clubs in Bogota, Colombia | 2022 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:
- Hotel V: 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.
- 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.
- Presea Rooftop: 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.
- Armando Records: 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.
- Black Sheep: 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.
- Marquez: 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 pesos and get ready to boogie to non-stop Crossover-style beats.
- Colombian Pub: 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.
- El Campanario: 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.
- Dembow Dancehall: 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.
- Baum: 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 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.
- Video Club: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.
- 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.
- Theatron: 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.
- Andres Carne de Res: No self-respecting Bogota nightlife guide would be complete without a shout out to Andres Carne de Res, the city’s most 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 | 2022 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…
Go to 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.
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.
Oh, and if you have any questions or comments about nightlife in Bogota, make sure to sound off in the comments.