Bar del Sur
Bar del Sur slips off the edge of the Plaza de La Trinidad. It’s the authentic speakeasy-type bar you wished you found yesterday when you wasted your time on one of those nondescript terraces that prowl around the plaza.
In true gastro-pub fashion, beer is paramount in the theme (check out the ‘upcycled' beer crate chairs). When it comes to drinks, you’ve got your usual suspects (Aguila, Club Colombia) amongst some extra-special artisanal finds such as Bogota Beer Company and Apostol.
The ambitious owners launched their own in-house brewery in November 2016, which has officially pushed these guys to the top of Cartagena's drink game. Go up to the second floor, try out a fresh batch and ask Mario, the owner, about the beer backstory for a truly authentic drinking experience. Downstairs, you can take advantage of their special offer, ‘Biernes’, which gives you three for two on all draft beers from 18:00-21:00.
Determined to not be a one trick pony, Bar del Sur’s cocktail game is also seriously on point. The signature cocktail, KilLila (named after a Venezuelan starlet) is a deliciously devilish mix of Zacapa rum, Grand Marnier, fresh orange juice, bitter marmalade, and the clincher; chocolate shavings (yes, really). It’s like a naughty liquid dessert. You’ll want seconds.
Good thing then this joint is open till 01:00 (Latin time, ahem) pretty much every night. Around 23:00 the kitchen closes, lights dim and the music cranks up a notch.
So you’ve got plenty of time to knock back a few more KillLilas, sample some premium rums and enjoy the intimate bar vibe where you can listen to music and hear what your friends are saying.
THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE
* Trying artisanal beer from the ONLY micro-brewery in the city
* The Tuesdays all night Mojito Happy Hour is the only way to survive a working week here
* On Fridays from, 6PM to 9PM, all draft beers are 3 for 2. Quids in!
* The Latino hall of fame on the walls is very educational. Did you know the first football world cup was held in Uruguay? Until we went here, we didn’t either.
* There is great gourmet bar food here to soak up all the booze.
* This is the perfect night out when you don’t want to go 'out out'
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* Bar del Sur is closed on Sundays
* There is an upstairs bar which exclusively sells their beer.
* The bar is pretty small. So you've gotta be quick to get one of the five tables inside, and even quicker to nab one outside
* It can get hot inside, even with the fans. So grab an outside table if you can, or an iced-cold lemonade or draft beer if you don’t!