La Jugada’s stock on Cartagena’s going out market flourished before the polish on the floor tiles had a chance to dry. Yet for all the gloss, glamour and glitter La Jugada deserves an all-round applause.
Address: Calle Colegio 34-25, Cartagena, Colombia
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When La Jugada opened in March 2016 everyone who was anyone—and a good few nobodies—wanted to wrestle their way through the intimidating doors.
The hype even reached Colombia’s most famous export, Sofia Vegara, who made an appearance here (that would later hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons) during her much-publicised stay in the city.
It’s not just a pretty face, and has all the goods to back it up as a serious nightspot in town. A show-stopping bar with a winning cocktail list, a great sound system that rips through the whoops and screams of the jubilant crowd and a glittery dose of opulence Latinos love so much and do so well.
The 360 degree mirrored bathrooms definitely adds a new dimension to any restroom pause, and there is nothing like a salsa spin off under La Jugada’s gigantic disco balls.
The terrace is a particular triumph, when you want to escape the salsa scrum below and do a little stargazing with your newfound friends.
Like all VIP hotspots, it pays to think ahead of the pack and book a table well in advance so you can slink to the front of the queue with the swagger of Jagger—who would undoubtedly make La Jugada his second home if he was ever in town.
Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.
Constructed on one of three islands that are now connected to the Colombian mainland, the historic walled city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Ever since UNESCO made the announcement the money has poured into restoring the incredible architecture contained inside its historic walls. Wandering aimlessly through Cartagena's historic center is without question it's one of the highlights of any trip to Colombia.
Centro has lost none of its importance over the last three centuries, thanks to the universal allure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area.
While the riches of the region no longer flow through Cartagena on their way from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to Spain, the city has maintained its position as the colonial gem in Colombia's Caribbean crown.
Cartagena's best hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.
The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze, added security, papal pardons and the chance to get an early first whiff of pirates.
While it was home to the slave traders of yesteryear, today not much has changed with only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list able to afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.
As well as hosting the most opulent churches and principal tourist landmarks, Centro is home to the best bars and restaurants in Cartagena.
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