Located on the 41st floor in one of the tallest buildings downtown, Céntrico is the place to come if you’re looking for classy tapas dishes and quality, classic cocktails. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the city below while you soak up the atmosphere of the place, which livens up later in the night giving way to a large dance floor.
Address: Ak. 7 #32-16, Bogotá, Colombia,
While you probably didn’t head to Bogotá in search of British food or drink, El Inglés is a great place to go to for a taste of Blighty. Just walking through the door and seeing all the posters of the Beatles, British beer and UK football teams is enough to transport anyone back to Britain, and that’s before you’ve even had a pint. Serving up an array of great British beers on draft, you should swing by on a weekend and enjoy a knees up, English roast, complete with Yorkshire puddings.
Address: Carrera 11 N. 69 -40, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 2555524
Bogota Beer Company
A popular chain throughout Colombia, the Bogota Beer Company (BBC, as it’s referred to) is a great place to gather with friends and share a huge pitcher of artisan beer. If you don’t know what type to choose, the friendly staff will bring you a tasting platter to assist you in choosing your perfect pint. This branch in the Parque 93 is always buzzing, every night of the week.
Address: Carrera 11A # 93A – 94 Parque 93, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 7429292
If you’re bored with swigging back aguardiente, Colombia’s own version of Sambucca and very much a nationwide loved drink, head over to El Monje for some quality beers from all around the world. With such a vast list to choose from you may be overwhelmed, but fret not, the expert owner and staff will be more than happy to advise you, and will guarantee you drink your beer in the correct type of glass. Just as well, because they’ve got nearly 100 different types of glasses.
Address: Kr 19 #52, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 6128668
If during your time in Bogotá you didn’t manage to go on the day-trip to Zipaquirá’s salt cathedral, an hour north of the city, don’t worry, you can visit La Mina as the next best thing, as the sloping grey ceilings and rock covered walls are all inspired by the famous Cathedral. Serving a fantastic variety of drinks, La Mina offers an impressive list of 400 different wines and counts an even more impressive 73 martinis on their cocktail list.
Address: Calle 73 # 8-60, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 4816000
Famous for its great value happy hour, Yumi Yumi offers a three-for-one deal four days a week until 6:30pm, and the deal impressively stretches out until 9:30pm Saturday. Not only are the drinks great value, they’re also delicious; be sure to try the passion fruit mojito. Or why not just have three? They are on offer, after all!
Address: Cra. 13 #83-83, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 6348760
Andrés Carnes de Res
The one hour journey to reach this restaurant and bar, located in Chía, deters nobody from entering the strange and wonderful world that is Andrés Carne de Res. An odd combo of the ultimate party place and fine dining, this place has an incredible atmosphere with great music from live bands throughout the night. The drinks here are as quirky as the place itself, and although they are not cheap, they will certainly make your travel worth it. Why not get the party started on the way over and come in a chiva (party bus) with friends?
Address: SunCl. 3 #11A – 56, Chía, Cundinamarca, Colombia, +57 1 8612233
Club Colombia’s specialty are their incredible cocktails using local fruits, such as the corozo martini or lulada envenenada. Corozo is a tart berry which makes for a killer martini, and the lulada envenenada is a play on a much loved slushie popular in Cali, made with lulo, a fruit very similar to kiwi. Envenenada translates as poison, but don’t worry, that just refers to the rum.
Address: Cra. 9 #Av 82 No. 9 – 11, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 2495681
Little Indian Superstar
Little Indian Superstar is a great place to come for something special,a journey through India’s flavors in the Colombian capital. The bartenders here will cater to your every cocktail need and tailor your very own drink, just ask for the ‘carta abierta’ or open menu. A mix of fruits, herbs and spices get thrown in for some very original mixes. Watch out for the colorful lights, mismatched furniture and giant pigs decorating the tables.
Address: Calle 82 # 12A-24, Bogota, Colombia, +57 320 2004820
A far cry from some of the swankier bars around Fulano is a backpackers’ paradise: low-key, wallet-friendly and really, really fun. Located inside a hostel, the drinks here aren’t expensive and are even cheaper during happy hour. A fun young crowd and great music make this a brilliant place to grab a drink on the way to any party.
Address: Cra. 10a #5S-69, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia, +57 1 7442053