Cartagena Nightlife

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Most Recent Nightlife in Cartagena

  • Mister Babilla: Getsemani

    by Sam1860 Written Oct 21, 2004

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    Dance club and currently one of the best in the city. It is located next to the City Convention Hall in the Getsemani neighborhood. It is a safe area and every taxi driver knows where it is located. This club gets you out of the numerous clubs located in Boca Grande for a different atmosphere. It has been popular since 1990. Most clubs in Cartagena like all over the world open for a couple years and close due to lack of business. Mister Babillas opens late like all other clubs in Cartagena(2300-0400). The entrance fee is modest and drinks are bought by the bottle.

    Dress Code: Semi-formal for nightclubbing. It is not located on the beach so they expect a little more refined dress, but not to formal though you will not get rejected for wearing a gown or tuxedo. You sometimes see wedding parties there if their reception died out.

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  • Mr. Babilla: Good looking and trendy club

    by joelnale Written Jul 27, 2004

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    I have read mixed reviews about this club. Some say it is awesome, some say it is horrible.

    It is definitely a very trendy club. They play Latin music, however, later in the night they seemed to transition over to a Trance-ish/Techno beat instead. They also played some Reggeton. I felt more like I was in a club at the U.S. than Cartagena, Colombia.

    There is no 'real' dance floor. It was set up like a restaurant, with tables and chairs, etc... if you felt like dancing, you just get up and dance next to your table or whereever you want. Yes, you can - and they did, dance on the tables!

    The drinks are quite expensive. I would not recommend this club is you are looking for cheap drinks and a good time.

    If you are looking to have a good time this is a good place. I probably would not visit again as the drink prices are too high and while this is my style of music, I was more interested in hearing Latin music than American music.

    Dress Code: Wear nice clothes. Some say you need to be dressed very well. Most probably khakis and a nice shirt with decent shoes will suffice.

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  • La Carreta: Reggeton, Salsa and more until 4am

    by joelnale Written Jul 27, 2004

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    Calle de Arsenal is loaded with spots to visit for dancing and drinking. This is one spot we chose because of the loud Reggeton and Salsa music they were blasting outside!

    Cover fee was 2000pta. (~$0.75)! They had live MC's for a portion of the time as well. The room was packed elbow to elbow!

    Awesome music, I would definitely recommend and visit again!

    If you read some tourist books, they say that the Getsemani area is unsafe; this is probably true, but the Calle de Arsenal, IMO, is quite safe due to the enormous number of people. I did not feel unsafe at all.

    So take that taxi in and have a blast!

    Dress Code: Dress decent... that's about it. I wore slightly above decent (slacks and button down shirt untucked) but saw many people dressed in nice jeans and shirts.

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    LA ESCOLLERA: nighttime party on the beach

    by whycolombia Written Apr 3, 2003

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    If you decide to have a party near to the beach with your friends, you can go to "LA ESCOLLERA", where you can find a lot of bars and pubs. while you are drinking you can enjoy the best typical music of the country and even international music. This place is very atractive because people go to the pubs from 8Pm to 3Am, then they go to the beach to end the party hearing vallenato playing by local artists.

    Dress Code: You can use any kind of clothes

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    arsenal: night party

    by whycolombia Updated Apr 3, 2003

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    If you want to have a good time in one of the best party sites in Cartagena, you must to go to "Calle del Arsenal" where you can find different kind of clubs with tipycal music like vallenato, cumbia, champeta, and other latin music, but at the same time you can find other kind of music like; salsa, merengue, bachata, etc. You can also hear electronic music.

    the night clubs starts at 9:00Pm to 5:00Am.

    Dress Code: You must consider that the weather is hot because the city is located on the coast.

    It is much better consult before going to the clubs the apropiate clothes because it depends on the club's rules.

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    Street-cafes

    by Lodestar Written Mar 13, 2003

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    There are quite a few street cafes in the old town, where it is really nice to sit with your friends, enjoying a cup of coffee or a beer and feel the old and mysterious atmosphare. There are usually many "artists" around these places - doing tricks with fire, hats, singing, dancing, trying to sell you stuff (flowers, pictures etc.), so you'll have plenty of things to do. Going out in the Old Town in Cartagena is actually quite expensive (the bars and clubs have hight enterance fees and the drinks cost tons, cause this is the main tourist centre of the country and there are plenty of rich tourists), so sitting in an open-air cafe is one of the most cheap ways to spend your evening.

    Dress Code: Regular street-clothes are totally ok.

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    There are a lot of good clubs...

    by travelmad478 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    There are a lot of good clubs in town--good enough to drag even me out dancing until way too late. I can't remember the names of the places we went, but they're probably no longer the hippest anyway, so do a little detective work on your own. One recommendation I can offer is an outdoor bar, with music and dancing, on top of the city wall right outside the Hotel Charleston. If you're staying at the hotel, you can't help but get drawn in by the music.

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    Cafe del Mar: Cocktails at sunset

    by rambling_rose Written Nov 30, 2008

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    Located on the western ramparts of the old town wall, this is the perfect place to kick off your shoes, sip a margarita and watch the sun go down.

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    Babar: Crossover

    by panderita Written Aug 6, 2005

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    A perfect place to go if you long to dance all kinds of music all night long.

    I recommend going with locals if you get the chance.

    Dress Code: Dressy but not too dressy.
    For having cocktails.

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