Traditional Colombian music like cumbia, vallenato, champeta and salsa is still remarkably popular in the country, and there are a wealth of bars and clubs to visit in order to enjoy live traditional music from bands and DJs. Ranging from little hole-in-the-wall salsa joints to large live-music venues, here are the best Colombian clubs for traditional music.
A long-standing and popular establishment, Quiebra-Canto is located in Getsemani, about five minutes away from the walled city center in Cartagena. Frequented by a diverse crowd, this is a go-to salsa spot for expert dancers, but those who want to come and watch are just as welcome. Located on the second floor, the bar overlooks the clock tower in Getsemani’s main square.
Café Havana is the place to be if you like listening or dancing to salsa music. Even if you’ve never danced salsa in your life, it’s still worth heading to the city’s cultural and party centre, Getsemani, to try out this Cuban-style bar. Café Havana draws a mixed crowd of locals and expats, and welcomes talented live salsa bands who keep the crowd entertained until the early hours. Even if you’ve got two left feet, head on down for some perfectly mixed cocktails, to enjoy the music and watch others take to the dance floor.
Boogaloop is a discrete little bar in Chapinero which has become the go-to spot for traditional live music in Bogotà. The club regularly hosts live shows from some of Colombia’s best traditional bands and musicians, and there are also DJs spinning classic champeta, cumbia, vallenato and much more. It has a laid-back atmosphere and is mostly visited by locals, so a visit to Boogaloop will be a truly authentic live-music experience.
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