Malagana Cafe & Bar
Top notch cocktails, thoughtful and warm service and a hidden rooftop terrace, make Malagana Cafe & Bar one of our favourite spots in Cartagena for a few sun-downers.
The Malagana happy hour runs from 18.00-20.00 every day of the week and includes super tasty mojitos, sangria, Cuba Libres and caipirones. Watch the sun set over the romantic Getsemani rooftops from Malagana's plush open-aired vantage point, while you sup on cocktails expertly prepared with fresh tropical juices.
Afterwards keep the happy buzz
going and stick around to sample some of the freshest and
healthiest platters in Cartagena. We love the salads and
This privileged perch provides a bird's eye view of one of Cartagena's most picturesque squares which you can enjoy sipping your perfectly muddled Caipirinhas and Mojitos.
A well-priced selection of killer cocktails set to a suitably urbane play-list make El Balcon a great option to kick-back and escape the heat at lunchtime or to kick-start another barmy Cartagena evening.
It's no exaggeration to say that every hour is happy hour at the most happening bar and restaurant in San Diego. The bar always has special offers including two-for-one cubalibres for COP$15,000 (US$8.60), 3 glasses of wine for $18,000 (US$10.30) and cool beers from COP$4,000 (US$2.30).
Friendly Colombian owners Abdul, Karime and Maizza Falah and the Brit of the pack, Helen Pope, work hard to make El Balcon a special home-from-home space to eat, drink and love in Cartagena.
The intimate balcony area that gives the restaurant its name is a wonderful spot to meet new friends and cultures or get closer acquainted with old ones and tune in to the local groove.
Inspired by the counter-cultural movement that emerged in post-Franco Madrid, La Movida, has become a favourite hangout for a beautiful crowd that likes to finish their Cartagena nights off in style.
Packed to the rafters at weekends with an effortlessly good-looking rank and file that could have been plucked from a Pedro Almodovar film, La Movida is where you will find the city's beau monde and hooked up out-of-towners quenching the early evening thirst with a truly fruity Hendrick's G&T or moving into fourth gear with a couple of shots of Don Julio.
Pull up one of the bespoke chairs conjured up by the bar's creative owner Juan Pablo Borge, tuck in to a top tapas menu crafted by Rodrigo Diaz, the chef behind Barranquilla's best restaurant, El Celler, and settle in for some first-grade people watching.
Punchy prices keep the penny-pinching backpackers at bay but you pay for the privilege of mixing your cocktails with a superior set and there's no denying that Juan Pablo Borge has created Cartagena's most sophisticated spot for some secluded shoulder rubbing.
Media Luna Hostel
Yes! We've sung the praises of the massive weekly party at Media Luna before but there's no escaping the powerful lure of Getsemani's greatest Wednesday night party.
The minty-fresh mojitos are so delicious, you won't mind one bit that they come served in plastic cups (rooftop restrictions), especially since you get two-for-the-price-of-one all night long.
Keep 'em coming please.
Happiness is an evening spent lolling in Krioyo's palm-filled and fairy-lighted courtyard.
Hip design trio - Luis Grondona and Juan Berrio - have created a laidback restobar with an entertaining kitsch interior that has livened up the bar scene in the heart of the Historic Centre of Cartagena.
Cares and worries seem to vanish into thin air whilst slinging back special-priced cocktails and chair-dancing to the best in reggae, calypso and Cuban music in this innovative bar.
The 2-4-1 happy hour runs from midday to
15.00 every day and then swings back into action between 18.00 and
20.00 at night every day (except Sunday). On the menu - mojitos,
margaritas, cuba libres and gin & tonics. What a civilized way
to knock off for the day.
Stick around post-tipple for one of the best Posta Negra in town. This slow-cooked, sweet-blackened beef is a complete taste sensation and a must-try before you leave.