Los Carpinteros is full of Cartagena color and characters and a brilliant place to throw a good, old-fashioned Getsemani street party.
This authentic watering hole in the thick of hip and happening Getsemani, the liveliest barrio in Cartagena de Indias, serves up cheap beers and great Caribbean music to a friendly crowd of locals.
Address: Getsemaní, Cartagena, Colombia
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Found on the loudest street in Cartagena, Callejon Ancho, this authentic Getsemani bar was created for thirsty Getsemanisenses to provide them with a place to celebrate their street baseball victories.
Owner, Davinson Gaviria, is something of a local legend with his hands. He set up the bar on what used to be his carpentry workshop (hence the name), so he and his friends had a place to drink and play music on his kickass sound system, el Castigaodor (the punisher).
He lives next door with his family who have been the go-to woodworkers in Getsemani for three generations.
Spinning a lively soundtrack of Salsa, Champeta and Colombian Reggaeton to accompany the well-priced cold beers and rum, this bar is a throwback to what Getsemani used to be like before the hostels and trendy bars and restaurants moved into this fast changing part of town.
The walls are lined with memories of the old Cartagena de Indias. There are old family photos, baseball medals and even a pair of boxing gloves that once belonged to Kid Pambele, Colombia’s first boxing world champion.
With more than 70 years of history on the walls and a wealth of stories behind the bar, there aren’t many places left in Cartagena de Indias with such a strong connection to the neighorhood.
The place gets busy at the weekends, especially on Sunday when it becomes the post-match club house for the baseball teams slugging it out on Avenida el Pedregal.
During Cartagena’s carnival – the Independence Day Parties – held in November, it’s also ground zero for the rowdiest street party of the week-long festivities.
The neighbors throw impromptu street parties at other times of the year to celebrate big occasions for the family. This Is Cartagena has thrown a few parties here too.
The street in front of the bar lends itself to a raucous celebration of life in Getsemani including live music, street painting and dancing like the world’s about to end.
If you’re interested in organising an authentic street party during your stay in Cartagena, we’ve worked with Davinson to throw some Caribbean carnival-style happenings. It’s a fabulous way to get into a Caribbean groove and meet a hundred or so new friends.
Cartagena's second historic walled city has gone from no-go to must-go in less than five years thanks to some of the city's hippest new bars and restaurants.
If Centro is Manhattan, Getsemani is more Brooklyn – an up-and-coming hipster hangout trying desperately to cling to its roots. It's regularly referred to as the coolest neighborhood in Colombia and has featured in some exalted lists as one of the world's most interesting places to visit.
A little rougher around the edges than the already gentrified districts of Centro and San Diego and the lofty ambitions of the beach districts, Getsemaní offers a glimpse into the more unruly historic centre of the past.
A fiercely traditional barrio offering a heady mix of bars, dancing, affordable diners, hostels and hotels for backpackers and bohemian colonists looking to mix it up with the carefree locals.
Historically populated by merchants, smugglers and freed slaves thriving from activity in the port and main marketplace, Getsemaní has always been more raucous than the hoity centre with all its regal airs and graces.
Much of the district's newest bars, follow in the city's loudest traditions.
The fantastic mix of roots and laid-back bohemia has attracted the attention of a string of leading travel publications including Conde Nast Traveler, Wallpaper* and the New York Times.
While much of the area's carefree population are direct descendants of the hell-raisers of yesteryear it is no longer the terrifying place that rich Cartageneros used to scare their children into staying at home.
Backpackers, never averse to roughing it for a cheap place to stay have braved the bogeyman with few problems for decades and a growing number of boutique hotels and hostels have followed their lead setting up shop in some of the bigger properties on Calle Guerrero and Calle del Carretero.
Uber-hotel chains like the Four Seasons have plans to kick the barrio into the stratosphere with stellar openings in 2021.
Some of the best restaurants in the city have now set up shop in the counter-cultural epicenter of Cartagena. Celele and La Cocina de Pepina are two standout options for foodies and Cafe Stepping Stone serves up the city's most popular brunch.
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