Try tapas at the Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá Casa Medina’s Castanyoles, where warm colors, Spanish tiles and modern furnishings combine to create a chic and lively atmosphere. When the weather is in your favor, opt to sit on the outdoor terrace situated under a stunning glass atrium. Seeking delicious eats to jumpstart a night on the town? Take your clubbing finest for a spin at El Bandido Bistro (a favorite of Paula Mendoza), known for fantastic live music from jazz to local covers, creating a unique vibe of spontaneity paired with French bistro fare. For an evening among the elite, book a table at Osaka (a.ka. Osk), currently the hottest ticket in Bogotá, made famous by its cousins in Chile, Peru and Argentina. Should you successfully snag a table at Osk, you’ll sample an irresistible fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cooking. Adventurous eaters will savor the culinary creations at the upscale Leo, run by the acclaimed Leonor Espinosa with a knack for “rescuing forgotten ingredients” from remote parts of the country. Pair a wide leg trouser with a fitted or cropped top to settle into an ambiance of elegance with subdued creative edge. If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, you can still sample Espinosa’s delicacies at Misia, where she specializes in Caribbean cuisine derived from Colombia’s northern coast (be sure to try the posta cartagenera, her grandmother’s recipe of slow-cooked beef in rich dark sauce). For a bigger group looking seeking a fun venue for craft cocktails, starters, and an excuse to sport a flirty new jumpsuit, Black Bear delivers. The menu is an eccentric combination of Mediterranean and Asian fare, serving tuna tataki alongside croquettes. You’ll find a similar vibe with sexier undertones at NN, a speakeasy-style restaurant with an entrance in the back of a funky design store. A dinner at El Cielo is always an experience, where the ever-inventive chef Juan Manuel Barrientos regularly changes the tasting menu to challenge all preconceptions. Much like fashion, Barrientos treats his food like art, seeking to elicit reaction and emotion from every dish he puts forth (hint: here’s your chance to don that risky trend you’ve been debating). Further fine dining can be found within Zona G’s Criterion, run by the beloved brother duo Jorge and Mark Rausch. The menu is primarily of French influence with some Latin highlights, which explains foie gras sharing the menu with posta negtra cartagenera (a famous Colombian braised short rib). Also in Zona G is the slightly more casual Bruto, set in a traditional home in the Quinta Camacho neighborhood and serving up specialties like crispy grilled octopus, among other classic Spanish tapas. We’ll conclude the culinary tour with the perfect transition from dinner to dancing, found at none other than the famous Andrés Carne de Res… think live music, lavish décor, and spontaneous improv actors all under one roof. Saturday nights make for the biggest party and the toughest reservations, so book ahead as the experience is well worth it. Although you’ll come mostly for the spectacle, the food is delicious as well—grilled meats are a specialty, best ordered to share family style.
Given that it’s the country that gave us Shakira, it should come as no surprise that Colombian nightlife is nothing short of flourishing. Start with drinks at Click Clack’s rooftop Apache Bar, where stunning panoramic views meet the quirky décor inspired by 1950s American comic book heroes and villains. Explore an edgier feel at Ocus Pocus, the Zona G gin bar where drinks are served in skulls and live DJ’s spin dramatic sets (known to max out the volume). For a night of flavorful variety, Armando Records is a must, as each floor of this multi-level club boasts a different tone and tunes; from the suave beats of the back garden to the retro hits of the rooftop, you’re sure to satisfy the varying tastes of your whole gang. Finally, close out the night at El Coq, a late-night favorite for travelers who enjoy a range of electronic to indie music.