Drinking in Cartagena is so much more than Piña Coladas by the pool or warm and watery beers in the plaza. Cartagena has matured its mixology game over the past couple of years, and the city knows how to flaunt its tasty alcoholic treats with style.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Think Colombian beer starts and ends with Aguila and Club Colombia? Think again, Bar del Sur in Getsemani is the only bar in Cartagena with its own micro-brewery and The Clock Pub has a stockpile of hops that could rival Belgium.
    • Drinking a fruity sundowner and soaking up a divine view. Our favourite sunset watch spots are Cafe del Mar, El Baluarte and Movich rooftop terrace
    • Unlocking the city’s cocktail trends and recipes on a special Cartagena Cocktail Tour
    • Keeping things straight and neat with a Colombian Rum & Chocolate Tasting. No sugary mixers also means no hangover mañana. We’ll cheers to that!
  • What You Need To Know

    • Drink now, dance later. Check out our favourite night haunts to shake a leg when the Dutch courage kicks in
    • Colombia isn’t known for its wine, so you’ll find yourself sticking to Argentine or Chilean options in most restaurants and bars
    • Bars tend to be closed on Sundays and sometimes Mondays.
  • The Details

    Hours and Days: Mon-Sat: 17:30-20:30 ?

    Address: Meeting point: Centro, Calle Sargento Mayor, Calle 38, Cra 7, No. 6-107, Of 104, Cartagena, Colombia

    Rating: TIC User Rating


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    If you’re more of a ‘single on the rocks’ sort of drinker, then there is plenty in store for you too. Top-shelf rums are the big daddy of liquors here, with whisky and aguardiente falling not so far behind.

    This is your shortcut to the best rooftops, hipster bars and local hangouts to help you say cheers to the frickin' weekend.

    It would be a crime not to try Colombia’s national poison, aguardiente: a sugary, liquorish liquid similar to Spain’s Sambuca.

    Keep it local with a shot of the spine-tingling stuff at Donde Fidel, or try some innovative infused aguardiente combos at Alquimico’s rooftop lounge.

    Rum tends to win the liquor race at most of the well-heeled watering holes in the city. For mind-blowing infused fruit rum cocktails hit Cartagena’s unique speakeasy-style bar, Alquimico or a thirst-quenching, Mango Biche Mojito at Demente.

    For the purest section of exclusively Colombian rums, El Arsenal is hard to beat, whilst Bonche steals our hearts—not our wallets—for the most well-priced/high-quality tragos in town.

    To get a heightened understanding of Colombia’s most prized and varied export, a Colombian Rum & Chocolate Tasting is the best way to learn and taste the history and brewing processes.

    You get to knock back quite a few shots too— all in the name of research of course.

    Thirsty tourists who want to shake up the cocktail scene can learn from the experts on the sumptuous Cartagena Cocktail Tour.

    A tipsy trip where you’ll create your own cocktail with a top mixologist, discover the weird and wonderful ingredients that go into some of the city's tastiest drinks and get the inside track on the city’s nightlife scene. 

    There are simply too many drinking options to roll out here, so take a look at our full listing of bars and pubs in Cartagena to get a true sense of what Cartagena’s drinking scene has to offer.


  • 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. 

    Centro has lost none of its importance thanks to the universal lure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area. 

    Cartagena's finest 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 and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.

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