The oh-so-glam IT crowd of Colombia descend to La Movida every weekend, for a classy knees up with the city's high-rollers.
This is where you will find the city's beau monde and hooked up out-of-towners quenching the early evening thirst with a truly fruity Hendrick's G&T or moving into fourth gear with a couple of shots of Don Julio.
The music vibe is breezy beach house music, and the DJ often accompanied with a popular trumpet playing sidekick. The back end has a restaurant and more local reggaeton vibe while the front has a more international finish.
Rammed to the rafters on Fridays and Saturday’s the only way to skip the queues is to book a table and dress sharp. Colombians would never dream of donning a shorts and flip flops combo on a big night out.
Sofia Vegara's been here, so what other reason do you need to go to Cartagena's hottest bar in town.
With a winning cocktail list, a great sound system that rips through the whoops and screams of the jubilant crowd and a glittery dose of opulence Latinos love so much and do so well, La Jugada is a well-accomplished starlet on the Cartagena
The terrace is a particular triumph, when you want to escape the salsa scrum below and do a little stargazing with your new found friends.
Like all VIP hotspots, it pays to think ahead of the pack and book a table well in advance so you can slink to the front of the queue with the swagger of Jagger - who would undoubtedly make La Jugada his second home if he was ever in town.
Mojitos and Salsa are all you need to have a roaring good time at Cafe Havana, a born-and-bred Getsemani joint that was here before everyone else piled in.
If hot sweaty salsa is what you're looking for, the world famous Café Havana is where you'll get it.
Join the crowds and climb aboard a rhythmic bandwagon that includes former heavyweight patrons, Hilary and Bill Clinton,
A seriously salsalicious live band comes on around 23:00 which gives you just enough time to get some dangerously potent mojitos down your gullet before you even think about hitting the dance floor.
The music keeps coming until 03:00. Your hangover will linger until 15:00 the next day. SALUD!
Wet your whiskers and line your stomach in Getsemani’s tapas and bar palace - well, crumbling colonial house - in the city’s coolest barrio.
With amazingly hipster, ‘just got out of bed’ interiors this place is, quite literally, the drinking hole (the bar has no roof) to be seen in any night of the week.
We can’t get enough of the sour green mango margaritas, stone baked oven pizzas and cultured soundtrack, all best enjoyed under the stars of the hidden outdoor terrace out back.
Looking for somewhere to let loose any night of the week? Then Eivissa is the party destination you've been dreaming about.
Eivissa's knows how to make your night to go off with a bang - literally!
At the end of every raucous Latino/Pop set the DJ dips into a spot of flame-throwing, making the flashpacker crowd erupt into a wild frenzy. If you were looking for Ibiza in the middle of the Caribbean, you can't beat Eivissa.
Located on the 4th floor and facing the clock tower, this dancing joint boasts a view that puts any other rooftop bar to shame. Trust us, it's worth climbing the four flights of stairs for.
Crazy Jam @ Crazy Salsa
All the cool cats know Thursdays are the new Fridays, and it doesn't get groovier than Crazy Salsa's weekly jazz sessions in their recently renovated venue.
Every Thursday night the salsa kings at Crazy Salsa don their jazz hats and host a fabulous night filled with music, dancing and good times with the spirited Zarabanda orchestra. Proving popular with locals and foreigners alike, these guys have upped the ante on their line up, inviting some renowned international guests over for the fun.
The dressed up venue also hosts a healthy turnover of themed nights, from reggae to rock and jazz. Check their Facebook page for an up-to-date event line up on what's on throughout the week.
If you want to cut the rug like a local, consider signing up to private dance class beforehand.
Do Our Cartagena Cocktail Tour
If you want to experience a truly superior drinking experience then join our nightowl clique on our very special/very lethal cocktail tour.
Learn where to drink the best cocktails, meet the city's slickest mixologists and try every tipple under the Caribbean sun.
Leave yourselves in the capable hands of our in-the-know billingual insiders who'll teach you and your crew a thing or two about Cartagena's wicked liquid sensations with a side local tales about what's going down in the city.
* One round of cocktails at every stop
* A bottle of local hooch for in-between slugs
* Nocturnal inspiration on where to drink in Cartagena
* A little souvenir
* Assistance booking tables at Cartagena's best restaurants en route.
* Help getting your name on the guest list for the city's top clubs
* A Bilingual guide
from USD$75 per person (price based on a minimum of four people)
WHO WILL ENJOY IT?
Anyone who wants to see and understand the city in a different light. Beginner and expert mixologists welcome.
Get X-rated at Bazurto Social Club
If you really want to milk the Caribbean experience for all it's worth, get your glad rags on and shimmy on down to Bazurto Social Club, a sweet n' soulful spot that brings the thumping beats of the barrio to the city centre.
The music is the best bit here, with a front stage and banging sound system dominating the petite dance floor, the live acts get down 'n dirty with a rhythmic mix of Champeta, Terapia, Cumbia and Reggae.
If you don't think your dancing skills quite cut the mustard, take advantage of their free champeta dance classes on the weekends, a fantastic ice-breaker into Cartagena's music and dancing culture.