Several existing sites have a directory of all the bars and clubs, however for my Medellin nightlife directory, I’m building a list from personal experience and recommendations by Colombian friends.
As a rule of thumb, when it comes to nightlife in Medellin, the farther away from Parque Lleras you venture, the less likely you’ll be sharing the bar or club with other foreigners.
All venues are within Medellin city limits, unless otherwise noted.
New to town and want to start partying in Medellin right away, regardless of the night?
Options are limited early in the week, however here are a few suggestions to help you find Medellin’s party people:
- Sunday – Parque Lleras
- Monday – Bogotá Beer Company (rock)
- Tuesday – El Eslabon Prendido (live salsa)
- Wednesday – B-Lounge (crossover, ladies night)
- Thursday – Babylon (crossover, ladies night) or Bendito Seas (crossover, ladies night)
- Friday – Dulce Jesus Mio (crossover) or Kukaramakara (live cover band + crossover DJ)
- Saturday – Luxury Discoteca (reggaeton) or Son Havana (live salsa band)
Crossover Discotecas (Dance Clubs)
The majority of the discotecas en Medellin play crossover music, which means you’ll hear a mix of different genres throughout the night, including: salsa, reggaeton, vallenato, cumbia, merengue, bachata, popular rock, and electronica.
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|Brewery||Sabaneta||Apóstol Brewery||$$||Every Thursday evening, the Apóstol Brewery hosts a beer tasting and brewery tour that's open to the public.|
|Brewery||Barrio Colombia||3 Cordilleras Brewery||$$||Every Thursday night, 3 Cordilleras brewery hosts a happy hour with a very generous drink special. The atmosphere is the closest thing to an American style happy hour you'll find in the city.|
|Brewery||Barrio Colombia||Cerveceria Libre *||$$||Small neighborhood brewpub. They brew their own beer in a back room, and also sell beer by the bottle and on draft by Bogotá Beer Company, 3 Cordilleras and Apóstol.|
|Crossover||Poblado||Mixology Molecular Bar||$$$||Mixology Molecular Bar offers a interesting and novel line of cocktails developed by a Peruvian mixologist. It's located on the 7th floor of Rio Sur Mall.|
|Crossover||Barrio Colombia||Amarna Unica||$$||Amarna is an Egyptian-themed discoteca from the outside facade through to the interior decor, and staff dressed in costume. Get there before midnight to catch bellydancing performances on the bar.|
|Crossover||Parque Lleras||La Ruana de Juana||$$||Large discoteca located right on Calle 10, a few blocks from Parque Lleras. Decorated in the paisa style (with lots of random crap hanging everywhere).|
|Crossover||Parque Lleras||Babylon Discoteca||$$||Famous for its Thursday night Ladies Nights, Babylon is a perennial favorite amongst the Parque Lleras party crowd.|
|Crossover||Itagüí||Mango’s Discoteca||$$$||Mango's was once one of Medellin's top discotecas, known for its male and female go-go dancers, and midget performers. Featuring a Western-theme, it has downsized to a smaller space in recent years.|
|Crossover||Parque Lleras||B-Lounge||$$$||Wednesday nights are Ladies Night at B-Lounge, making it one of the few happening places mid-week. Expect to see a lot of foreign guys from the nearby hostels.|
|Crossover||Envigado||La Tienda *||$$||La Tienda is a smaller version of Dulce Jesus Mio, offering the pueblo-style atmosphere, with multiple locations throughout the city, including Envigado, Sabaneta, La 70, and La Strada mall.|
|Crossover||Poblado||Delaire Sky Lounge *||$$$||Super chill rooftop lounge with a nice city view, perfect for happy hour drinks. Terrific pizzas. High prices, especially for cocktails. No dancing, but it's connected to Sixttina discoteca.|
|Crossover||Parque Lleras||Bogota Beer Company *||$$||BBC is an English-style pub perfect for going out with friends after work, or to get some beers and grub while watching the local soccer.|
|Crossover||Parque Lleras||Bendito Seas||$$||Bendito Seas offers a popular Thursday night Ladies Night. Smaller than Babylon, but still quite fun, Bendito Seas tends to attract a younger crowd. The interior decor is super paisa.|
|Crossover||Parque Lleras||El Pub de Octavia *||$$||Casual but fun bar with DJs, and a little space to dance.|
|Crossover||Poblado||Sinko Bar||$$||Looking as though it could've been ripped right out of the suburbs of Washington, DC, Sinko Bar attracts the after work crowd. Occupying a 3rd floor space in Rio Sur, reserve ahead of time if you want a table on the outdoor balcony for happy hour.|
|Crossover||Poblado||Sixttina Discoteca||$$$||Sixttina's space follows the semi-circular shape of the building, putting the focus directly on the DJ booth, or live performers. Attracts beautiful women, and a wealthier clientele, but foreigners have already invaded.|
|Crossover||Barrio Colombia||Tutaina Tuturuma||$$||Tutaina Tuturuma opened its doors in October 2008, and in the process, brought a taste of the typical pueblo atmosphere to Barrio Colombia. The walls are plastered with random, kitschy stuff making for an atmosphere that's uniquely paisa.|
|Crossover||Barrio Colombia||MIA VIP Room||$$||American-owned, Miami-style discoteca with a cool lighting design throughout. The spacious interior is clean, comfortable, and well-ventilated. The club regularly hosts guest performers.|
|Crossover||Sabaneta and Parque Lleras||Tropical Cocktails||$$||Chain of bars located throughout the Medellin valley, and Colombia. The Sabaneta location has long been a popular spot to grab drinks on Sunday evenings.|
|Crossover||Las Palmas||Dulce Jesus Mio *||$$$||Large discoteca in form of a mock Antioquian pueblo, with staff in costume, and song and dance performances. Get there before 10pm to get a good table, and bring a girl, or risk not getting in.|
|Crossover||Parque Lleras||Envy Rooftop Bar||$$$||Exclusive rooftop bar known for its pool parties and celebrity spottings.|
|Crossover / Concerts||Itagüí||Palmahia Discoteca||$$$||A 5-minute walk from the Aguacatala metro station is Palmahia, a large discoteca which regularly hosts concerts by top Latin artists, and electronica DJ's. About a 2,000 person capacity.|
|Live music / Crossover||Barrio Colombia||Trilogia Bar *||$$||Trilogia Bar is an old favorite, featuring a live cover band playing rock and Latin covers on a rotating stage. In between sets, a DJ spins crossover music, and everyone gets up to dance. Great atmosphere.|
|Live music / Crossover||Poblado||Kukaramakara Club||$$$||The highlight of this club is a live cover band playing rock, Latin, and reggaeton favorites, with a DJ between sets. Takes a little while for the crowd to warm up and start dancing. Attracts an upscale crowd.|
|Reggaeton||Barrio Colombia||Luxury Discoteca||$$||Luxury is an American-owned discoteca popular with a younger crowd. The ground floor is a little cramped, but you can escape to the VIP balcony if you want more space, and a birds eye view of the action.|
|Reggaeton||Las Palmas||Dejavu||$$$||Reggaeton club on Las Palmas highway. It was featured in Dalmata's "Dile A Tu Amiga" video.|
|Rock||Parque Lleras||Eco-Bar||$||An oasis in the Sea of Sin known at Parque Lleras, Juan Cé Restrepo Pérez and co-manager Tomás Montoya Uribe have defied convention, and opened a twenty-first century bohemian bar, transcending borders, and welcoming all global cool kids over for a drink.|
|Rock||Parque Lleras||Dalí Rock Bar and Cafe||$$||Bar and cafe featuring a mix of classic rock, from the Rolling Stones to Pink Floyd, and more modern rock, such as Linkin Park and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A comfortable vibe, and TV's also make it a good place to catch sports events.|
|Rock||Parque Lleras||La Octava Bar||$||La Octava is a cheap, friendly rock bar open 365 days a year. Popular with a younger, college age crowd. Great caipirinhas and beer selection.|
|Rock & Electronica||Parque Lleras||Blue||$||Blue is a mainstay for both foreigners and the paisas who want to party with them (aka "gringo hunters").|
|Salsa||Centro||El Eslabon Prendido||$||Located downtown, a half block from Parque Periodista, El Eslabon Prendido is Medellin's best known salsa bar. Tuesday nights feature a live salsa band, drawing a mix of foreigners and Colombians to dance the night away.|
|Salsa||La 70||El Tibiri||$||Small, hot, basement-level salsa bar that draws excellent dancers.|
|Salsa||La 70||Son Havana *||$||Currently Dave's favorite salsa bar in the city, with live bands on the weekends.|
|Tango||Barrio Antioquia||Patio del Tango *||$$$||Patio del Tango is an old school, Argentine-style parilla (restaurant) featuring live tango music and professional dance performances on the weekends. Step inside and find out why Medellin is known as tango's 2nd city.|
|Theater||Centro||Teatro Metropolitano de Medellin||$$||Medellin's Metropolitan theater is one of the largest in the city, and features a program of classical and popular music, ballet, and contemporary and folkloric dance.|
|Theater||Belen||Teatro Universidad de Medellin||$$$||The University of Medellin's Theater seats 1,700 people, making it one of the largest in the city. The theater hosts a variety of events, including concerts, dance performances, comedy shows, and theatrical productions.|
|Theater||Centro||Teatro Lido *||Free||Teatro Lido is a government-supported theater offering free access to its full schedule of events, which runs weekly, every Wednesday through Sunday.|
|Theater||Centro||Teatro Pablo Tabon||$$|
|Theater||Centro||Teatro Matacandelas||$$||This medium-sized, downtown theater features a mix of musical and theatrical performances.|
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