Luna de Mompos: the spot on the river
The reported cool nightlife option in Mompos is Luna de Mompos. It does have a few riverfront tables but the interior looked particularly interesting and seemed to have a French Quarter flair that seemed so very appropriate in steamy Bayou-esque Mompos. We walked by on our first night but it was very dark on the surrounding streets and we just did not feel entirely comfortable walking around town at night so did the considerable walk back to the beer garden in front of La Casa Amarilla quickly. The second night we headed there a little earlier in the evening and it was closed so we never got to really go. Maybe next time if it survives the town's surely coming splash into the tourist mainstream.
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Aquila Beergarden (my name): a beergarden in Mompos?
Having lived in Munich, we are big fans of beer gardens but never expected to find one in Mompos of all Colombian places. That's just what we did find and very conveniently right in front of our hostel. Ok, it's not a beer garden in the strict Bavarian sense but it does have tables albeit plastic ones and you do go up and get your beer self-service. That's about it. There's no food and surely don't expect big pretzels if you go. It does however have great big leafy trees (ok, not chestnut trees) to get out of the sun and in the evening, it's a breezy place to wind down your day.
We had three min-Aquilas which are around 7 onces so a little more than half a regular beer. This size comes in handy in hot Mompos where beer can get warm quickly. They were 1000 each the first night and 9000 the second. Not sure what locals pay but it sounds about right since full sized Aquilas in other towns are around 1200. If staying at La Casa Amarilla it's well worth your patronage.
Dress Code: Very casual and in steamy Mompos, you won't need to wear much.
- Beer Tasting
- Budget Travel
Numerous bars along the river: La Zona Rosa
On the river across from the Iglesia Santa Barbara are a number of small outdoor bars with competing sound systems that sell beer for cheap (like 900 pesos) and offer little but a refreshing place to enjoy the sounds of the river. I recommend to stay in the bars closest to the Church. We winded up at the bar the furthest down since there were no seats and were served by a lovely young lady who was eager to select any song we wanted to hear but our party was crashed by a very drunk man who didn't listen to us when we declined his drink offerings, sat down at our table, stole my friend's cigarettes and burnt my other friend with it, kept ordering beers and just acted really drunk and gross and annoying. We quickly paid the bill and skedaddled when he crawled into the bushes "to change the water". It wasn't soon enough as another table of less drunk and younger men were already ordering us beers. Yes, we can appreciate the generosity of the Colombians but just wanted a nice place to chill by ourselves. Off we went. So its a nice environment but be warned if you are ladies!
Barra: Drinks on the Plaza Concepcion
This small bar across from the Iglesia Concepcion has tables that spill out into the street and offers simple drinks and local beers for a good price with a quite, charming ambiance lit by the plaza's street lights. Families and young friends congregate here for a casual drink and chat. Unfortunately, we were again bothered by an overbearing drunk at this place who insisted on buying us beers after we politely declined and sitting at our table and talking crap with a loud and gurgling voice. We eventually left. It wasn't dangerous but just really annoying and uncomfortable. Too bad.
La Luna de Mompox Bar: A Mompos Classic
This is a tiny bar on the Alberrada that boasts to be Mompos' oldest... there are a few cramped booths and tables inside with a small bar, stools and a dark ambiance. A few tables are strewn outside along the Malecon but don't work too well when a nice rainpour comes down in the evening. Very gentlemanly clientele; young; varied music. We weren't bothered at all and enjoyed ourselves. Limited electricity and no water after 7 pm - be warned!