Bazurto Social Club
Part of the golden triangle of late-night dance venues in Cartagena's Getsemani, the sabrosura pura (pure flavour) music policy at this hip resto-bar keeps a lively, young-at-heart crowd coming back for more.
Bazurto's playful name draws its inspiration from the city's riotous open-air market. The brainchild of owners Fadia de la Rosa and Jorge Escandon the duo wanted to find a home for Cartagena's roots culture in the historic centre when they first opened for business in 2010.
Praised for 're-discovering' the city's Afro-based musical heritage, DJs and live bands keep Bazurto's play-list fresher than most places with a healthy mix of Champeta, Terapia, Cumbia and Reggae that attracts a bohemian crowd bored by Cartagena's 'crossover' dominated dance floors.
Bazurto's creative team decked the bar out with classic photos of historic figures from Cartagena's illustrious afro-Caribbean history, notably great images of the country's first boxing world champion, Palenque's very own 'Kid Pambele'.
Each chair carries the face of one of the popular bar's most celebrated patrons from Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez to salsa legend Joe Arroyo.
Other artwork includes a Caribbean last supper by Bazurto spray can legend Alcur and the bar's logo, a palenquera with headphones underline Bazurto's tongue in cheek approach to decoration.
The city's finest graffiti artist has decorated most of Cartagena's biggest sound systems.
While this lively bar normally gets going about 10.00, food is served early and during the day with a menu filled with seafood specialities and local bar bites that will ward off the adverse affects of one too many Cuba Libres.
Our tip: line your stomach with the a satisfying seafood platter, an 'Angry' Fish Salad or the Miraculous Ceviche (Ceviche 1,000 Agroso).
THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE
* A bar that is 100% Cartagenero. Cut to the chase and get to
know the city's most popular drinks, music and culture in one
* Zero watering down of the local culture.
* The house cocktail, the Machacao, an alcoholic fruit salad made with lime, soda, rum, grapefruit and honey is as refreshing as a cold Cartagena shower.
* Live music that gets you in the groove even though you've probably never heard any of the songs.
* Learning to dance to all sorts of Cartagena roots sounds with the real experts.
* An almost horizontally laidback crowd that do their best to make you feel at home.
* Interiors with as much personality as Cartagena itself.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* Bazurto's a popular after party venue for low-key celebrities
during the festival season.
* Wednesday and Thursday nights are great for trying out your salsa moves.
* If you're expecting a David Guetta mix at some point in the evening your in the wrong place. This bar is strictly local.