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