Inspired by the counter-cultural movement that emerged in post-Franco Madrid, La Movida, has become a favourite hangout for a beautiful crowd that likes to finish their Cartagena nights off in style.
Packed to the rafters at weekends with an effortlessly good-looking rank and file that could have been plucked from a Pedro Almodovar film, this is where you will find the city's beau monde and hooked up out-of-towners.
There's two settings with a reggaeton-heavy playlist mixing with the local air-conditioning addicts inside. Outside in the club's patio, Cartagena's top DJ Willy, puts a more international crowd into a frenzy every weekend.
Punchy prices keep the penny-pinching backpackers at bay but you pay for the privilege of mixing your cocktails with a superior set and there's no denying that owner Juan Pablo Borge has created Cartagena's most sophisticated spot for some secluded shoulder rubbing.
Just across the road from the Cartagena eating institution, La Vitrola, Borge's carefully curated creation draws a trendy crowd accustomed to partying in some of the liveliest bars in Barcelona, New York and Los Angeles.
La Movida lives up to its monicker with an urbane play-list that would sit comfortably in the hippest bars in Shoreditch, Williamsburg or Malasaña, with Talking Heads remixes served up with La Fania classics to offer some respite for gringos tired of being laughed at for their lame salsa skills.
Be warned though, you may as well stay at home unless you've got a few trusty tricks up your sleeve for later.
It would be rude to come here and not let rip at least one move that lives up to this popular Cartagena bar's name.
This place is pretty much always buzzing, so book a table with us to reserve a top spot to refill your whisky shots and practise your salsa steps before hitting the dance floor.
THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE
* Mixing it with a crowd so good-looking they would be confined to the catwalk in most other countries
* Up-cycled interiors that look as good as the well-dressed clientele
* A well-travelled play-list that won't leave you feeling like such an ungainly gringo with wooden hips
* Late-night lock-in drinking option that draws a crowd that loves to party
* A Hendrick's Gin & Tonic so fruit-laden it should appear in the dessert section of the menu
* Hanging out in the outside smoking area where La Movida's best late-night moves are made
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* If you do book a table with us, the club will keep it until 22.30
* We strongly recommend arriving early and enjoying some tapas to avoid any bickering with the strict doorman later on.
* Prices are not for the faint-hearted but buying a bottle and hunkering down for the evening can save you a few pesos
* La Movida loves a week-night special. Look out for details on Weekly Guide to What's Happening in Cartagena
* La Movida is known more for drinking than food but if you get bounced from a table at La Vitrola, this makes for a great Plan B
* The club maintains the right to deny entry if you are not dressed appropriately
* Dress to impress
* La Movida's owners also own La Jugada Club House