El (or Le, I can't remember) Gaston is a great place to start the night. The owner (ex-french foreign legion ex-pat) had just recently started serving food, french cuisine, when I returned to Bogota in March. So it is now possible to have supper and start drinking in the same place.
The beer is a reasonable price, unlike Zona Rosa. My brand, Brava, going for 2,000pesos a bottle, the other local brands being 1,500pesos. There is an occasional DJ (also ex-french army part time ex-pat, whom used to live in the appartment upstairs from me), who plays mostly electronic and chill-out music. Lots of it is from France.
Open till 3am or when the last person leaves before that.Related to:
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Bogota is not only the political capital of the country, but also the cultural capital as well and in La Candelaria it shows. There are several great small-scale theatres in La Candelaria, occupying re-fitted older colonial homes.
The shows are of a wide range of styles and will appeal to a wide range of audiences. I found many peices to be very 'politically charged' and talking of certain 'risky' social issues. All in all, I very much enjoyed the theatre during my stay in Bogota.
They give out free monthly guides to what's playing when. Just pop by the theatre during the day and pick up a copy.
My two favorites were:
Teatro de la Candelaria
calle 12 # 2-59
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Zona Rosa is nightclub area in town. Any cabbie in town will know where it is, and unless you know the town well enough, they will take you there the long way...making you pay more. From downtown, you shouldn't pay more than 7,000-8,000pesos.
Anyways, Zona Rosa is the main area of town that you can drink and dance 'till 8am, no questions asked...but this comes at a price. A very steep price, most all places here charge covercharge, what you pay will depend on how you look or what the doorman thinks of you. Once inside, you will again be ripped off...this is the most expensive part of town to drink in, expect to pay 7,000-10,000 for a beer.
The people that tend to frequent Zona Rosa bars are upperclass rich kids. This is also were most foreigners who are only in town for a short while tend to go as well, as they don't know any better.
That being said, Gotica is a good option for Zona Rosa. It is a big disco with three separate dance floors and DJ's. On the ground floor there are two dance floors with their own DJ's and style of music (separated by a wall). Also there is an upstairs dance floor with it's own DJ, as well as a lounge area on the other side of upstairs. They usually closed at 7 or 8am, though I only went there about 3 times.Related to:
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La T: Cocktails!
"La T" is a "t"-crossed street where you will find a bunch of nightclubs, bars and restaurants. For the fans, that's also where the Hard Rock cafe is located!
La T is the place to be for a night of fun and great cocktails!
Azul Cafe: V.I.P
Probably the hippest cafe I've ever seen! Just being there makes you feel like a VIP! And if you are real VIP, you get to sit inside, which is even more impressing!
Chill atmosfere in open air with good service. Not the cheapest though!
Zona Rosa - Calle 82: Zona Rosa
The area around Calle 82 is full of many good quality discos, stores, restaurants, bars, etc. This is the place to go to go out.
Dress Code: Men typically dress nice sweaters or striped cotton long sleeve shirts, untucked. Few wear jackets. Women typically dress sexy, mostly in low-cut tight jeans - very nice to look at :)
Andrés Carne de Res
For probably the best "rumba" you have to leave Bogotá for Chía and go to "Andrés Carne de Res"
This place is just incredible and impossible to describe. It's a disco an restaurant in one and the house and it's decoration are unique.
Watch out as there might be private rumbas you need a ticket to.
Dress Code: This is more a highsociety place, but there are also a lot of students amd like almost everywhere in Colombia you might dress just like you want.
To avoid "hora zanahoria" there are many discos on the road to "La Calera" just outside Bogotá.
(Up to this summer for security reasons every bar and club in Bogotá had to close at 1 am. Since this Agust they changed the law to 3 am.)
The view from La Calera over Bogotá is in incredible.
Zona Rosa: Expensive drinks in a cool district-it's worth it!
Just go to the Zona Rosa and pick any nightclub, bar, restaurant, pub, club or just the sidewalk. The area is packed with really nice (but expensive) fun-having places. This is the nice area of the city, full of beautiful people and nice fountains and small parks.
Dress Code: Just dress nicely. Not too festive, but no sportswear either.
the night life is mainly in...
the night life is mainly in ZONA ROSA, don't miss a pub or disco played with Latin/Colombian music ..
one of the loveliest music-style I ever heard
is Vallenato (Carlos vives) but try to get in touch with local people..they belong to the friendliest people on earth who take foreigner as best friends to their home and celebrate with you the best parties with great music and lot of 'Aguardiente' /Anis-liquor/ which keeps people in good mood
There are two areas in Bogota...
There are two areas in Bogota where you will find plenty of night life: La Zona Rosa and Parque 93. Both of them have a lot of nice places to hear music, dance, have a drink, walk.... However be aware that local laws make all the clubs close at 1 a.m. So go early!
Zona Rosa: Almirante Padilla
Parque 93: San Angel (don't be fooled. It is a restaurant at day but the best party at nignt)
Dress Code: Casual dress will be OK in 99% of places. Eventually a Jacket is required
My favorite nocturnal site is...
My favorite nocturnal site is KAOS, is a rock/metal bar, you can drink some beers or another liquor and hear music and see videos, the music played there is like Pantera, Therion, Sepultura and so.
Another good site is La Oficina, it's similar to KAOS, but I prefer KAOS.
Obvious here exists another places, places where play tropical music (it sucks), typical music, and all kind of music, but I don't like those places.
I like KAOS because the ambient is very loud and the music is great.
Furthermore sometimes they make live concerts.
Dress Code: You can go to KAOS with any dress code, obvious comfortable clothes like jeans, t-shirts are preferable.
El Sitio...: EL SITIO BAR... the very best rumba in Bogota
just great..see my page about the sitio bar at the Bogotà, Distrito Capital page...nightlife section...have a look...laura
Downstairs there is Techno and upstairs contemporary Pop.
Dress Code: Quite a "gomelo"-place.
Should be well dressed, no sneakers.
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