On our initial stop in Bogota, we had really enjoyed the Bogota Beer Company. It was even better than imagined and about only one thing was missing on the visit: one of their seasonal beers. I had tried all of their regular line-up but the Belgian style strong ale sounded enticing. Of course, finding out whether they had it without actually going there was not likely to be easy with our limited Spanish. Though it would have been nice to head back out there on our return to Bogota, it was a short stop and with only a couple nights, it seemed a little silly to go to such an “American” type place while in South America. It was a lengthy journey and it was even more expensive than going to a similar place in our native South Florida. So, I was happy to notice a small place very close to La Candelaria that boasted house-brewed beers along with a rare sign for Happy Hour!
We popped in Pitia Beer Pub after eating to ensure we didn't get stuck eating a burger with an inflated price. The cute little place was empty despite their happy hour so its cozy atmosphere was all ours and appropriately enough, “Can't Take My Eyes Off of You” was playing in the background. Unfortunately, the beers were not nearly up to the par of Bogota Beer Company. The Rubio was deep golden with a fair head but the odd flavored brew was only discernable as a beer due to a hint of hops. It was hard to drink even at happy hour prices (3000 COP or $1.50 for 12 oz). Doreen's Negra faired only slightly better. It looked promising, black with a tan head but was light on flavor though exhibiting some roasty overtones in the otherwise sourish palate. When Doreen went to the restroom, I asked the bartender for a taste of the Roja just to make sure there wasn't something of note. As I imagined, it was another odd tasting beer that did look like the advertised amber brew. Now, if they could only get them to taste like they look they might have something.
If you have to try every beer wherever you are, stop by for a quick one but you'd be better off making the trek out to Bogota Beer Company and having the country's best.
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Considering Bogota doesn't have too many tourists, I don't think there are any on tourist directed traps. You get mobed whether you're a tourist or not! Just kidding! Keep a low profile, don't take pics in public and stay away from "bad areas"! There won't be any problems!
Ok...this is more an advise than a trap.
Most flights leaving El Dorado airport to Europe are heavily overbooked. As checking in takes quite a long time (X-ray, airport tax) make sure to be at the check in at least 3 hours before departure, if you depend on this flight due to work, etc. (i was there 2 and a half hours in advance and had to stay another day!!!)
On the other side, if you have no appointments, you shouldn't arrive too early so that they might leave you in Bogotá. There's nothing easier to get 400 bucks ($$$)!
Most times you'll fly via Miami the next morning! (if your destination is Europe and if you insist on a next-day flight)