The Best Bars With Live Music in Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá Skyline Just After Sunset | © Fernando Garcia / Flickr
Bogotá Skyline Just After Sunset | © Fernando Garcia / Flickr
Photo of Anny Wooldridge
3 May 2017

Bogotá has a thriving nightlife and there are a large variety of bars and clubs to visit all over the city. Zona T is a popular nightlife spot, buzzing with people at its numerous bars and restaurants on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Aside from this area there are a number of individual and unique places to visit around the city where you can listen to live music from a variety of Colombian music genres.

Gaira Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Caribbean, $$$
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Carlos Vives
Carlos Vives | © Brent / Flickr
Gaira Café is a restaurant, live music venue and dancehall owned and run by Carlos Vives and his brother, in the Chico neighborhood of Bogotá. Gaira Café has a variety of live music on offer including valiant, cumber, and porro, as well as modern genres.

Armando Records

Armando Records is located on the popular nightlife street Calle 85, close to Zona T. Armando is a large building with three floors: a rooftop DJ venue, a live music hall, and a contemporary lounge area. Armando has a large number of events each month with both Colombian and international musicians playing in its live music venue.

Armando Records, Calle 85 #14-46, Bogotá, Colombia

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La Negra

La Negra is located in Chapinero in a bustling nightlife street. This basement-style club creates the feeling that you are on the Colombian Caribbean coast with a brightly decorated venue and a live band playing a variety of coastal music such as champeta, zouk, merengue, salsa and reggae.

La Negra Bar, Carrera 7 #47-63, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 319 688 8391

Andrés DC

Andrés DC is located close to Zona T and is the brand’s city location. Styled to provide the same atmosphere as Andrés Carne de Res in Chia, this smaller version of the popular club and restaurant is a popular destination for a typical Colombian meal followed by an evening of live Colombian music.

Andres DC, Calle 82 #12-21, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 861 2233

Andres Carne De Res Classic Cocktail Cup © Manguzmo / Flickr

In Bogotá you don’t have to travel far to listen to live bands or DJs playing a variety of genres of typical Colombian music and music from around the world, and in Bogotá wherever there is music you are sure to find lots of dancing, from salsa to champeta.

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