Bogota’s cocktail culture is growing and evolving, making it easier to find a variety of cocktail experiences. Whether your tastes run to classic cocktails in a luxurious setting or innovative mixology in a hip environment, you’ll find it in Bogota. With drinks ranging from about COP 16,000 to 50,000, it’s good to have an orientation as to what you want – luxury, innovative mixology, a good artisan beer, a place to go with a group of friends, or for a more intimate party. Read on!
Club Colombia is perhaps one of the most Colombian places to have a drink. Replicas of pieces from the Gold Museum grace the entrance of the restaurant, the menu is Colombian food from different regions around the country. One of the cocktails that’s most noteworthy is the Corozo martini. Corozo is a slightly acidic fruit and makes a luxurious crimson colored drink. The martini is made with vodka and triple sec, or you can go for the screwdriver with corozo instead of orange juice. Lulada envenenada. Poisoned lulo juice. It’s green, and the poison is rom or vodka. Fruit pulp is crushed with panela, not made in a blender, leaving pieces of fruit. You’ll also find some unusual (for Bogota) drinks like Krolewska or Ciroc vodkas or the smooth Tequila Corralejo. And of course, with a nod to the former partners of the restaurant, beer served here is Club Colombia.
If beer is what you’re looking for, Bogota Beer Company’s English-style pub environment serves artisan beer made right here in the city. Their award-winning beers come in different styles (Lager, Kölsch, stout, honey ale) and colors (white, red, orange, dark) that range from 4% to 8% alcohol. Or head to The Irish Pub right on the T of Zona T and, as you can guess by its name, for the Irish pub experience to Bogota. Further afield you can try Chelarte near Parque 93 with their four styles of artisan beer.
Little Indian Superstar is outstanding for the creativity of the mixologists. Lychee gin drink is their most popular. Ask the mixologist to make a cocktail tailored just for you, the Carta Abierta and you know you’ll be in for a tasting surprise.
Cabrera is a good space for going to party with friends, with an amazingly long bar and several long tables. The cocktail list is also long, mostly classics. Some signature ones like Sage Margaritas and Mojito with lychees.
When you want to go Peruvian, head to Rafael in Zona G for a Pisco Sour. The inviting sofas beside the bar make it a place to relax and enjoy some intimacy. Harry Sasson has the most luxurious upstairs bar, to impress the date.
If you are in the know and are known in Quinta Camacho, try getting into Fulano Backpackers bar. It’s semi-private, so you’ll have to do some smooth talking to get in. With slogans such as Save Water Drink Aguardiente in several languages (to have everyone covered). One of the reasons to visit besides the hip design and fantastic music is the 7:30-8:30 pm happy hour. It’s just one brief hour that’s worth getting to – the drinks come in liter sizes and only cost COP16,000.
Dry 73 is a must visit just for the sheer hugeness of their drink menu – the martini list takes up four pages. A martini will set you back anywhere between COP26,000 and 42,000. A few that are worth the investment are … Tuscan – basil and chartreuse vert. Smoky martini – American whisky – gin, dry vermouth, lemon. The Lychee black berry with vodka blue, soho, berry infusion, lychee. You can get behind the bar yourself and make your own cocktail experience, with the expert guidance of the bartender. And if you’re in the mood to celebrate, consider a bottle of Chivas Regal 38 year, for only about 4 million pesos. Or Johnnie Walker King George V for about three million.
On the tenth floor of the super hip ClickClack hotel you can stumble on the Apache bar, which is all about gourmet hamburgers. This rooftop bar with the 360 degree views of the city is made for a party. They have a good cocktail list where you can choose your Margaritas with Colombian flavors like Lulo or uchuva. But why not try a truly Colombian twist to a drink? See if you’re ready for the TocheTini, made with rum infused with hormigas culonas – you know, those oversized ants with the fat rear ends – with ginger syrup, cranberry juice and basil. That’s a drink to give you something you bragging rights when you write home.
Read the full article published in The City Paper to get an orientation of what is offered around the city.