El Baluarte Bar inherits its regal name from a privileged, fortified position on arguably the largest and most beautiful chunk of Cartagena's historic walls.
Address: Centro Amurallado, Calle San Juan de Dios, Cartagena, Colombia
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Fortunately, with privilege comes great taste, as the art of cocktails is taken very seriously here.
The list of signature drinks is long—which is a good sign if you're like us and like to tickle your tastebuds with a varied line-up of booze.
We recommend you arrive just before the sun dips into the sea and enjoy the pinky skies from one of Baluarte's comfortable French-bistro style chairs.
Or if you want to soak up some premium colonial architecture, take a deck chair facing the Charleston Santa Teresa and watch the locals tune into PM mode on the square. Grab a couple of appetisers from the food menu and feel yourself sink into the chilled Caribbean vibe.
If you're still trying to get your head around the liquor options in Colombia, go for The Tamarindo Cooler, an innovative blend of local rum, White Martini, Grand Marnier, agave nectar, lemon juice and the headliner, Tamarind fruit.
Don't be put off by the drink's earthy colour scheme because it's a delicious, super-cooling concoction that tastes even better when served with a side of sunset and amazing company.
The Pasión de Vida is the opposite of toxic. A delicate pink drink of Hendriks gin, Cointreau, Flor de Jamaica and cucumber, it flutters down your throat smoothly with a crisp yet warm aftertaste that goes well with plantain chips.
If hard drinks are more your game, then you can pick a trago (straight alcohol) from an ample selection of whiskies, vodkas, tequilas and gins.
After all that drinking, it's time to bust some moves. When the small stage in the corner of the bar comes to life and the night owl crowd glide in, it's far too tempting to leave without boogying to a few sultry numbers under the stars.
Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.
Centro has lost none of its importance thanks to the universal lure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area.
Cartagena's finest hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.
The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.
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