At night, cars, mostly Victorian, drive visitors through the streets of the historic city or to places of interest, while other tourists take advantage of the sea breeze and the cool atmosphere to walk, stroll or wander through the colonial streets. 

Also, every day, when the sun goes down, the Palenque folkloric dance group appears in the Bolivar Park to show the public the dances and the percussion of the drums preserved from the time when their ancestors came to the New World as slaves. 

The night offers multiple alternatives in the Santo Domingo, Los Coches, Santa Clara, La Aduana and Santa Teresa squares, on Larga and Arsenal streets and in different places in the historic center, the bastions and walls of Bocagrande, Pedro de Heredia Avenue and the El Amparo and El Bosque sectors. 

Restaurants, small bars, terraces and discos with live music and casinos diversify the night’s activities, which last until dawn. 

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ALQUÍMICO

  • Adresse : Calle del Colegio N° 34-24
  • Phone: +57 318 845 0433
  • Site web : www.alquimico.com
  • Courriel : [email protected]
  • Heures d'ouverture : Open daily from 5pm to 2am, until 3:30am on Friday and Saturday.

Count around $21-26,000 for a cocktail ($12,000 non-alcoholic), $12,000 for a craft beer, $17-30,000 for a dish.

The idea was born in Jean’s head in a laboratory in Getsemaní…

He brought it to life behind the walls of the old city.

With patience and genius, he brought an old ruined building back to life and turned it into a unique bar: Alquímico.

A place apart in Cartagena, which has earned a formidable reputation for its delicious cocktails and cosmopolitan atmosphere, trendy but not stuffy, and an efficient staff.

An evening at Alquímico is a true sensory experience.

The mixologists put on a show in the middle of the central bar.

They master their art perfectly, using experimental methods to obtain elixirs with unsuspected, harmonious and exhilarating flavors.

The incredible variety of aromatic herbs, spices and tropical fruits allows the creations to evolve constantly.You can also eat there, especially fish and seafood dishes, simple but refined.

As for the setting, it is superb: the architecture of a Republican building from 1910, composed of three levels, period tiles, an old indeplaceable safe at the entrance, jars of arranged rums (another specialty of the house) being macerated on the shelves, and a beautiful lighting.

The music selection is not to be outdone, from jazz to house, hip hop, soul, funk or electro cumbia.

Don’t miss the rooftop, which is particularly lively on weekends and very pleasant when a light sea breeze blows.

CAFE DEL MAR

A great classic for sunsets.

On the ramparts, amidst the Spanish cannons, the place is spectacular and the beautiful people parade around.

  • Adresse : Baluarte de Santo Domingo
  • Phone: +57 5 664 2945
  • Heures d'ouverture : Open every day from 5pm to 3am.

DONDE FIDEL

An icon of Cartagena ! Pura salsa ! El Gran Combo, Tito Nieves and Oscar De León, among others, have come to sway here.

You can drink beers on the terrace at the foot of the ramparts, while watching the city come alive.

There is also a lot of dancing inside, with music at full volume!

  • Adresse: Plaza de los Coches
  • Heures d'ouverture : Open every day until at least 2am.

EL BARÓN

A pleasant bistro with a warm bar and a terrace overlooking the San Pedro Claver square.

The atmosphere changes during the day, the light evolves, the music too.

During the day, you can enjoy an espresso while listening to swing or bolero music, and in the evening, cocktails flow freely to the sound of tropical house.

Some of the best cocktails are served here with a creative bar chef, aromatic herbs from the garden, special ice cubes, etc.

A sure value.

  • Adresse : Cra 4 N° 31-37 Plaza San Pedro Claver
  • Phone: +57 5 664 3105
  • Site web : www.elbaron.co
  • Courriel : [email protected]
  • Heures d'ouverture : Open Sunday-Monday 5pm-1am, Tuesday 12pm-1am, Wednesday-Saturday 12pm-2am.
  • Cocktails around 30k.

EL CORO LOUNGE BAR

The prestigious Sofitel Legend Santa Clara offers an elegant and warm lounge bar.

Good tapas and creative cocktails; its mojito is renowned.

Live Cuban music groups and DJs entertain on weekends.

Getsemaní and Manga

  • Adresse: Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
  • Calle del Torno N° 39-29
  • Phone: +57 5 650 4700
  • Site web : www.sofitel.com/es/hotel-1871-sofitel-legend-santa-clara-cartagena/index.shtml
  • Heures d'ouverture : Open from 12:30 pm to midnight.

BAZURTO SOCIAL CLUB

Concerts, champeta classes, restaurant.

A small bar that breathes the Caribbean, with warm decor and explosive champeta concerts.

Big atmosphere!

Adresse : Avenida del Centenario, N° 30-42 In front of Centenario Park

  • Phone: +57 311 648 1183
  • Site web : www.bazurtosocialclub.com
  • Courriel : [email protected]
  • Heures d'ouverture : Open from 7pm to 4am Thursday through Saturday.

CAFE HAVANA CARTAGENA

High ceilings, wainscoting, subdued light, this club has been hosting excellent salsa bands for years and it’s often crowded.

The salseros will appreciate it!

  • Adresse : Calles El Guerrero and Media Luna
  • Site web : www.cafehavanacartagena.com
  • Heures d'ouverture : Open Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30 pm to 4 am.

LA CAPONERA

Below Quiebra Canto, a bar that attracts both locals and tourists. Cheap beers and good salsa. Good atmosphere in general.

  • Adresse : Carrera 28B N° 25-119
  • Heures d'ouverture : Open every day until 2am.

CASA QUIEBRA CANTO

The temple of the salsa brava! Like in Bogotá, a warm bar where you can dance until the end of the night, and this for 30 years! Nice posters of artists of the genre, and a nice balcony.

  • Adresse : Carrera 28B N° 25-119 Segundo piso
  • Site web : www.quiebracanto.com
  • Heures d'ouverture : Open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 3am.

CIUDAD MÓVIL

Activities offered every day.

An alternative and self-managed space by a group of artists, where workshops, concerts, plays, dance classes or circus shows are offered.

The garden at the back hosts a pleasant bar-restaurant.

  • Adresse : Carrera 10C No. 29-140
  • Phone: +57 311 652 0842
  • Site web : www.facebook.com/CentroCulturalCiudadMovil
  • Courriel : [email protected]

DEMENTE

Overlooking the Trinidad square, Demente is the trendy bar in Getsemaní.

Two atmospheres, Heures d'ouverture : Open room or patio, minimalist decor among old stones, groovy and funky music, many liquors and cocktails, which are accompanied by good pizza and elaborate tapas.

  • Adresse : Cra. 10 #29-29
  • Phone: +57 5 660 4226
  • Courriel : [email protected]
  • Heures d'ouverture : Open every day from 6pm to midnight.

MALAGANA CAFÉ & BAR

Happy hour from 6pm to 8pm.

In Calle Tripita y Media, a café-bar on three levels, run by two sisters, Diana and Maria Carolina, who named it after their small village that lies south of Cartagena.

A stylish, tasteful place with a great rooftop.

It is best to go there at sunset and have a cold beer or a Mango biche mojito.

  • Adresse : Carrera 10 N° 31-55
  • Phone: +57 5 660 1360
  • Courriel : [email protected]
  • Heures d'ouverture : Open daily from 4pm to 11:30pm.

You can also eat there (ceviches, wraps, salads…).

MEDIA LUNA HOSTEL

The must-see Wednesday night for years for mochileros.

Visa por un Sueño hosts bands and DJ’s for a very funk and dubstep program.

Another address: Hostel Media Luna Baru in Playa Bobo (Baru), daily transfers from Cartagena.

Bocachica and Isla Tierra Bomba

  • Adresse : Calle Media Luna N° 10-46
  • Phone: +57 5 664 3423 / +57 318 265 3217
  • Site web : www.medialunahostel.com
  • Courriel : [email protected]

BLUE APPLE’S BEACH CLUB

An exclusive beach club facing the sea, 30 minutes by boat from Cartagena.

Set up in July 2016 by Portia, Blue Apple has quickly become the favorite hangout for trendy cartageneros and cachacos and foreigners living in Cartagena.

Quiet on weekdays, much more festive on weekends.

Tropical and relaxed atmosphere, with a good musical program (DJ on Sundays).

You can eat very well (refined restaurant) and you can even sleep there (6 rooms, luxury).

A must on Sunday afternoon!

  • Phone: +57 316 750 6979
  • Site web : www.blueapplebeach.com
  • Courriel : [email protected]
  • For drinks at the bar-resto, minimum consumable of 80 000

Book via whatsapp or online (no Phone: network).

The day pass costs $70,000, it includes transportation, pool, beach towel, paddles…

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