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.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Mixing it with a crowd so good-looking they would be confined to the catwalk in most other countries
    • Up-cycled interiors that look as good as the well-dressed clientele
    • A well-travelled play-list that won't leave you feeling like such an ungainly gringo with wooden hips
    • Late-night lock-in drinking option that draws a crowd that loves to party
    • A Hendrick's Gin & Tonic so fruit-laden it should appear in the dessert section of the menu
    • Hanging out in the outside smoking area where La Movida's best late-night moves are made
  • What You Need To Know

    • If you do book a table with us, the club will keep it until 22.30
    • Prices are not for the faint-hearted but buying a bottle and hunkering down for the evening can save you a few pesos
    • La Movida is known more for drinking than food
    • The club maintains the right to deny entry if you are not dressed appropriately
    • Dress to impress
    • La Movida's owners also own La Jugada Club House
  • The Details

    Hours and Days: Wed-Sat: 19.00–Late ?

    Address: Calle Baloco No. 2-14, Cartagena, Colombia

    Rating: TIC User Rating

    Rating: Trip Advisor


    Our Full Review

    NOTE: La Movida has been closed since March. The owners have a sister property open called, La Jugada, which serves up a similar recipe for a winning night on the tiles in Cartagena

    Packed to the rafters at weekends with an effortlessly good-looking rank and file that could have been plucked from a Pedro Almodovar film, this is where you will find the city's beau monde and hooked up out-of-towners.

    There's two settings with a reggaeton-heavy playlist mixing with the local air-conditioning addicts inside. Outside in the club's patio, Cartagena's top DJ Willy, puts a more international crowd into a frenzy every weekend.

    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 owner Juan Pablo Borge has created Cartagena's most sophisticated spot for some secluded shoulder rubbing.

    Just across the road from the Cartagena eating institution, La Vitrola, Borge's carefully curated creation draws a trendy crowd accustomed to partying in some of the liveliest bars in Barcelona, New York and Los Angeles.

    La Movida lives up to its monicker with an urbane play-list that would sit comfortably in the hippest bars in Shoreditch, Williamsburg or Malasaña, with Talking Heads remixes served up with La Fania classics to offer some respite for gringos tired of being laughed at for their lame salsa skills.

    Be warned though, you may as well stay at home unless you've got a few trusty tricks up your sleeve for later.

    It would be rude to come here and not let rip at least one move that lives up to this popular Cartagena bar's name.

    This place is pretty much always buzzing, so book a table with us to reserve a top spot to refill your whisky shots and practise your salsa steps before hitting the dance floor.


  • Centro

    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.

    Standout foodie destinations include restaurants Don Juan, La Vitrola and Maria and bars and nightclubs like Alquimico, Cafe del MarLa Movida and La Jugada.

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