For foodies and party animals alike, Bogotá is a go-to destination. Thanks to the city’s cosmopolitan mix, Bogotá’s gastronomy scene has snowballed and there are nightlife options to suit all tastes. Bogotá is a city which comes alive at night and if you come to Bogotá without sampling it for yourself, you’re missing out.
Now you know you need to experience Bogotá’s culinary and nocturnal offerings, where should you go?
Located in an exclusive neighborhood just below Chapinero, Zona G is home to Bogotá’s very best restaurants such as Astrid y Gaston, a popular restaurant offering a Peruvian influenced menu and the Harry Sasson Restaurant, an Asian fusion restaurant with a considerable wine menu to pair with your meal. If only the very best, opulent dining will do, the Zona G should satisfy your high end taste buds. Read more about Zona G in our previous article on this exclusive dining area.
Chapinero and Zona Rosa
If being in the midst of the action is where you want to be, Chapinero and Bogotá’s Zona Rosa is at the heart of Bogotá’s nightlife and restaurants. You can count on Bogotá favorites such as Bogotá Beer Company, as well as the Bogotá branch of Andrés Carne de Res and there are bars, clubs and restaurants for all. Chapinero Alto is where the LGBT community flock to, with it being considered one of the most tolerant areas in the city.
A restaurant popular with locals and foreigners alike is El Bandido Bistro. Offering a French menu, the restaurants serves dishes even the French themselves would give a hearty seal of approval. It’s not just a great culinary experience, the atmosphere there is electric with live music and DJs playing in the background. Reservations are advised as this locale is a well-known Bogotá favorite.
For a night that is distinctly tropical, Gaira Café will transport you to Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Owned by Carlos Vives, one of Colombia’s biggest musicians and his brother, you can enjoy delicacies from the region whilst listening to Cumbia, Porro and Mapalé musicians without having to leave Bogotá.
Bogotá’s Zona Rosa will leave you anything but disappointed if you decide to have a night out there.
For dining and nightlife which offers a bit more tranquillity, the northern district of Usaquén has plenty to offer. Once again, Usaquén has branches of many Bogotá favorites, however, the laid-back neighborhood also has many independent bars and restaurants which are worth trying out too. You’re more than likely to be treated to a spot of live music, so what better way to do so than to grab a seat and have a relaxed drink or two with friends whilst listening to some local musicians?
Andrés Carne de Res, Chia
The 40 minute drive out of the city to Chia is worth it when a night out at the inimitable Andrés Carne de Res is concerned. You will soon find out that dining at Andrés Carne de Res is no ordinary meal out and it is in fact an unforgettable dining experience which turns into a crazy all-night party. You will find yourself constantly marveling at the madness, the ingenuity and the eccentricity. So much so, you’ll find it hard to leave and once you do, after you’ve recovered from the festivities, you’ll be planning your next visit.