Medellin Nightlife

Medellin Travel Guide

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.

Sample Week

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:

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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Barrio
Name
Style
Cost
Description
Photo
Barrio AntioquiaPatio del Tango *Tango$$$Patio del Tango is an old school, Argentine-style parilla (restaurant) featuring live tango music and professional dance performances on the weekends. Step inside and find out why Medellin is known as tango's 2nd city.Patio del Tango
Barrio ColombiaAmarna UnicaCrossover$$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.Bellydancers
Barrio ColombiaKarma DiscotecaHip Hop $$Karma remains one of the few options for those who want to go out and party at a discoteca on Sunday evening.
Barrio ColombiaTutaina TuturumaCrossover$$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.Tutaina Tuturuma
Barrio ColombiaLuxury DiscotecaReggaeton$$Luxury is an American-owned discoteca popular with a younger crowd. The ground floor is a little cramped, but you can escape to the VIP balcony if you want more space, and a birds eye view of the action.Luxury Discoteca
Barrio Colombia3 Cordilleras Brewery *Brewery$$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.3 Cordilleras
Barrio ColombiaTrilogia Bar *Live music / Crossover$$Trilogia Bar is an old favorite, featuring a live cover band playing rock and Latin covers on a rotating stage. In between sets, a DJ spins crossover music, and everyone gets up to dance. Great atmosphere.Trilogia Bar
Barrio ColombiaMIA VIP RoomCrossover$$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.MIA Discoteca
BelenTeatro Universidad de MedellinTheater$$$The University of Medellin's Theater seats 1,700 people, making it one of the largest in the city. The theater hosts a variety of events, including concerts, dance performances, comedy shows, and theatrical productions.Teatro Universidad de Medellin
CentroEl Eslabon PrendidoSalsa$Located downtown, a half block from Parque Periodista, El Eslabon Prendido is Medellin's best known salsa bar. Tuesday nights feature a live salsa band, drawing a mix of foreigners and Colombians to dance the night away. El Eslabon Prendido
CentroTeatro Metropolitano de MedellinTheater$$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.
CentroTeatro MatacandelasTheater$$This medium-sized, downtown theater features a mix of musical and theatrical performances.Teatro Matecandelas
CentroTeatro Lido *TheaterFreeTeatro Lido is a government-supported theater offering free access to its full schedule of events, which runs weekly, every Wednesday through Sunday.Teatro Lido
CentroTeatro Pablo TabonTheater$$
EnvigadoLa Tienda *Crossover$$La Tienda is a smaller version of Dulce Jesus Mio, offering the pueblo-style atmosphere, with multiple locations throughout the city, including Envigado, Sabaneta, La 70, and La Strada mall.La Tienda
ItagüíPalmahia DiscotecaCrossover / Concerts$$$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.Palmahia
ItagüíMango’s DiscotecaCrossover$$$Mango's was once one of Medellin's top discotecas, known for its male and female go-go dancers, and midget performers. Featuring a Western-theme, it has downsized to a smaller space in recent years.Mango's Disco
La 33La RumbantelaSalsa$A small, cheap salsa bar with a fun, casual vibe.La Rumbantela
La 70Bolero BarBolero$Historic little bolero bar known for attracting musicians, writers and artists visiting Medellin.
La 70El TibiriSalsa$Small, hot, basement-level salsa bar that draws excellent dancers.
La 70Son Havana *Salsa$Currently Dave's favorite salsa bar in the city, with live bands on the weekends.Son Havana
Las PalmasDejavuReggaeton$$$Reggaeton club on Las Palmas highway. It was featured in Dalmata's "Dile A Tu Amiga" video.Dejavu Discoteca
Las PalmasDulce Jesus Mio *Crossover$$$Large discoteca in form of a mock Antioquian pueblo, with staff in costume, and song and dance performances. Get there before 10pm to get a good table, and bring a girl, or risk not getting in.Dulce Jesus Mio
Las PalmasEl CuervoCrossover$$Large discoteca located on Las Palmas.El Cuervo
Parque LlerasEl Pub de Octavia *Crossover $$Casual but fun bar with DJs, and a little space to dance.El Pub de Octavia
Parque LlerasEnvy Rooftop BarCrossover$$$Exclusive rooftop bar known for its pool parties and celebrity spottings.Envy
Parque LlerasLa Octava BarRock$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.La Octava
Parque LlerasB-LoungeCrossover$$$Wednesday nights are Ladies Night at B-Lounge, making it one of the few happening places mid-week. Expect to see a lot of foreign guys from the nearby hostels.B-Lounge
Parque LlerasEco-BarRock$An oasis in the Sea of Sin known at Parque Lleras, Juan Cé Restrepo Pérez and co-manager Tomás Montoya Uribe have defied convention, and opened a twenty-first century bohemian bar, transcending borders, and welcoming all global cool kids over for a drink.Eco Bar - photo by Vicki Marie Stolsen
Parque LlerasBendito SeasCrossover$$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.Bendito Seas
Parque LlerasLa Ruana de JuanaCrossover$$Large discoteca located right on Calle 10, a few blocks from Parque Lleras. Decorated in the paisa style (with lots of random crap hanging everywhere). La Ruana de Juana
Parque LlerasBogota Beer Company *Crossover $$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.Bogota Beer Company
Parque LlerasBlueRock & Electronica$Blue is a mainstay for both foreigners and the paisas who want to party with them (aka "gringo hunters").Blue
Parque LlerasDalí Rock Bar and CafeRock$$Bar and cafe featuring a mix of classic rock, from the Rolling Stones to Pink Floyd, and more modern rock, such as Linkin Park and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A comfortable vibe, and TV's also make it a good place to catch sports events. Dali Rock Bar
Parque LlerasBabylon DiscotecaCrossover$$Famous for its Thursday night Ladies Nights, Babylon is a perennial favorite amongst the Parque Lleras party crowd. Babylon Discoteca
Poblado Sixttina DiscotecaCrossover$$$Sixttina's space follows the semi-circular shape of the building, putting the focus directly on the DJ booth, or live performers. Attracts beautiful women, and a wealthier clientele, but foreigners have already invaded.Sixttina
Poblado Kukaramakara ClubLive music / Crossover$$$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.Kukaramakara
Poblado Delaire Sky Lounge *Crossover $$$Super chill rooftop lounge with a nice city view, perfect for happy hour drinks. Terrific pizzas. High prices, especially for cocktails. No dancing, but it's connected to Sixttina discoteca.Delaire Sky Lounge
Poblado Sinko BarCrossover$$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. Sinko Bar
PobladoMixology Molecular BarCrossover$$$Mixology Molecular Bar offers a interesting and novel line of cocktails developed by a Peruvian mixologist. It's located on the 7th floor of Rio Sur Mall.Gin Fizz
SabanetaApostol Brewery *Brewery$$Every Thursday evening, the Apóstol Brewery hosts a beer tasting and brewery tour that's open to the public.Apostol beer
Sabaneta and Parque LlerasTropical CocktailsCrossover$$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.

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Comments

  1. Lance L'Amoure says:

    I love Colombia.

  2. stay away from san diego strip club. this is not a gringo friendly place especially if your spanish is poor. not sure why but i was charged 30 mil for a beer. the guy was saying something. then one of the dancers I had met weeks earlier spotted me and came sat with me, couldnt get rid of her, ended up buying her a drink and moved to another seat. then another girl came by saying they accepted credit cards, I bought her a drink, and then the guy said he would not accept credit. so I payed the cash and got up and left. this place is not for gringos…..stay away.

  3. Daine Pikul says:

    Hi, I have recently been asked to move out of home by my guardian and I’m trying to find accommodation. I’m only 16 and as you would be well aware, it’s near impossible for someone under the age of 18 to rent their own place. Money is not an issue for me, I receive youth allowance and unable to live at home’ payments. I also have a trust fund. Is there anyone who can help me find a place and move into it ASAP??

  4. I just came back from Medellin it is a beautiful city, with a modern infrastructure. I stayed for 9 days after the 2nd day I was ready to leave. I went to Santa Fe mall and every person that walked by me was staring at me.
    When I went in the clubs and walked on the streets the same thing constant looks. No ladies would give me the time of day. When I was in the club and placed my drinks down on a table near others, I could tell from the corner of my eye they were talking about me. I came to realize I was the only black person in the mall except for a black security guard, the only black guy in the club. Then I began to understand why only the white guys no matter what they looked like were getting play. I truley wanted to fly to another country but I had already payed for my room. I travel 2 to 3 times a year to different countries and I must say Medellin takes the cake when it comes to racism.
    If you think this just happend to me think again my friend, another black group of 3 guys from Miami said the same thing I said when I met them in club Babylon. Colombia is not a place for a black guy in my book especially Medellin.

    • Sorry Jacob,
      Antioquia is very regionalistic and old-fashioned. If Colombia had “red necks” they would be from the old families of Medellin. Hence the saying, “Negro, ni mi caballo…” You would have been more comfortable in Cartagena or San Andres – Medellin is definitely racist.
      John T.

    • Sorry about your experience Jacob,next time try Baranquilla on the north coast,lots more black folk there.

    • That sucks but I see this a lot outside of the US. Especially in Latin America and Asia. Unfortunately, blacks have not done themselves any favors as they pretty much “corner the market” in terms of drugs, violence, crime and corruption. That’s not racist, just fact. Of course there are some very excellent black folks, I’m just speaking in general terms.

      • Jim, are you serious, blacks “corner the market” drugs, violence, crime and corruption. OMG, even in general terms this is an absolutely racist remark if I ever heard one…if we just stay with Colombia since we’re here. Colombia supplies 80-90% of the cocaine to the USA, it seems to me that Colombia has the cocaine market “cornered”, so would it be fair to say general speaking that “COLOMBIANS” supply 80-90 of the cocaine tot he US? We all know its the “cocaine cartels” who runs this trade while the vast majority of Colombians have nothing to do with it…

    • Jacob,I cant speak for Medellin since I have not been there yet, although I plan on going in April for a month. I did stay in Barranquilla for 3 weeks in 2012 and I had the opposite effect. Yes, I was stared at often but I think its because I’m 6ft 4 in and 215. Everyone wanted to know if I was a basketball or football player. In my 3 weeks there I felt no sense of racism at all, none.

      I have followed interviews of other African American living there and no one has reported this kind of activity.. Everyone’s experience is different. Unfortunately racism is everywhere and it seems to more directed at blacks than anyone else. But I refuse to let it stop me from living the life I desire…Medellin here I come…

      • I have been to Medellin 9 times and I am heading back in April. In all honesty, I have never had a bad trip. Do some people stare? of course they do, Have I been the only black guy in a food court, of course I have but people generally pay me no mind after the initial look of surprise. With respect to the women, from my experience, its very difficult to meet women at bars/clubs (and this is not just for Black guys, many white guys have a hard time just picking up), you have to do the legwork during the day, chat up a girl working at the mall, at the park and then take her out to a club or for food…the point is that of course there is racism in Medellin (as there is in most countries) but in my experience it has never prevented me from having a great time. One final point, are there girls in Medellin that wont talk to a black guy? of course there are, but for every 1 of those, I have met 4 that are super cool and easy to hangout with. Just my two cents.

      • Jeanette says:

        First off Medellin is a gorgeous inovated city! Dont be guided by rumour! Looks come to everyone! Colombians do not know how to be subtle! 6feet man will definetly be looked at if anything they think ir a pro athlete visitng our city. Im colombian and everytime i go men are constintly staring and throwing comments..u defintly have to have the self esteem to walk down the street knowing ur being looked at. Despise the race druggs is not even the topic!

      • Taurean says:

        Jamal,
        How was Medellin for you? I’m going with a group of 11 in about a month.

    • cafe tinto says:

      Medellin takes the cake? Sorry bro but I think your flight must have dropped you off in Mobile, not Medellin. I did not feel that Medellin was racist. Maybe some people are but I just assumed the people who are rude are simply rude until I specically find out they’re racist. I have three other black friends who went to Medellin and they agree. I had no problems. I think what may have been wierd was if you were in these places alone. That is strange to Colombians because everything is very social.

    • I wish you knew how many black people live in medellin, they’re a lot!! and here we all stare at each other no mather what color we are, it’s just normal for us. I’m sorry but I think the “racist issue” it was all in your mind! I hope you come back with a possitive mind and you’ll have a great time here!

    • Natalia Molina says:

      Definitely the racist issue is in your mind… just how that guy said, Colombia is a old fashioned country… and they were staring at you only because you look diferent, the point is, once you meet us, you’ll discovered the most friendly people in the world!!

  5. I met a great guy here who happens to be black. Everyone here really likes the guy; so I am not seeing the racism being spoken of. Medellin isnt just a city with a bunch of people in it. They have there own customs and culture. It takes some time to “mix in” but I would have to agree with what I have heard. In general the people here are friendly and kind.

  6. I would like to go to a similar place and meet some gorgeous women.

    I cannot imagine doing the same in my local area because of rejection and possible danger.

  7. Well my bad experience won’t stop me. I plan on going to cartagena at some point this year. My ultimate goal is looking for a place to retire in 7 years.. I have seen that cartagena has a good mix of colombian and afro- colombian culture.

  8. so you are out of luck if you don’t like reggaeton.

    • There’s no doubt reggaeton is hugely popular, along with salsa and vallenato, but there are alternatives like rock bars, a few electronica clubs, and a more underground scene for punk, hardcore, and metal shows.

      This list reflects my personal tastes, which have become decidedly Latin since arriving in Colombia.

  9. Highland Park Gringo says:

    Surprised by this post since most Colombians I know here are a mixture of skin color due to the influences of different cultures, black, hispanic, native. I find Colombians to not really care about skin color since most have both dark and light people in their families.

  10. Cafe Tinto says:

    Is Medellin still fun in the rainy season? I am thinking of going in October but I read that it rains a lot more then.

    • Yes, you can have fun here all year. Paisas go all out for Halloween, so it can be a lot of fun to party here that week.

      But October happens to be the wettest month of the year, so it’s more likely to rain for at least a few hours every day. Usually the mornings are great, and the thunderstorms blow through in the mid-afternoon. Sometimes they clear out quick, and other times it goes into the night.

      I’d recommend September or November if possible. December is the start of the dry/summer season so there’s noticeably less rain.

  11. While it will be months and months from now before I am anywhere near being able to visit Medellin, I do have a few questions:

    1. I am a good enough pop-rock DJ to work at a club. Is it even possible to get such a gig in Medellin? Just askin’.

    2. I am also interested in starting a band (as a singer). How difficult would it be to form an expat band in Medellin?

  12. I came to medellin in july 2013 stayed 9 days for the first time to see a lady
    People were very friendly i enjoyed metro cable the restaurants were excellent
    I enjoyed shopping at sante fe small i had no problems are far as race medellin
    Has tons of black folks africans etc they just speak spanish my girl is chocolate
    Colombian lady i am Light skin brother no problems whatsoever people only
    Starred at me when i started talking thats it people can stare i have no problem
    Because i know who i am know my history know who my ancestors were i have
    No self esteem problems only thing i might have is a ego because i know and
    Research my history so i am sorry you had a bad experience.

  13. Chris Trev says:

    Just throwing it out there, but it seems to me as thought ‘Kevin’ was trying to lure a young vulnerable teenager to South Africa. Maybe im misreading it however sound pretty creepy to me!

    • Agreed, completely. Young impressionable teenage boy, please don’t to South Africa with that man. I have a hard time believing you’re going to like what will happen.

  14. I spent 7 months in Colombia, and I would say that Colombian people are very kind and friendly. In the time I was there I have made some great friends. I truly do love Colombia. I am myself mixed race, half black half white… therefore caramel in skin tone.
    There is no blatant racism there but I would say that white guys definitely get more play there just because of their skin tone the girls are more attracted to them. I never let that get to me as I had to work game regardless but I know if I was a white guy working same game I would have got more play. Like it or not Medellin is a great city but there is a slight bias towards whites as in most other Latin countries however it should not stop you from having fun.

  15. I was having a chat with a Colombian girl last night and she told me to be extremely careful in the clubs because there’s an industry of slipping things in your drink to sedate you then taking all your stuff – money, passport everything. She made it sound quite serious. What have you heard about this kind of thing?

    Thanks –

    Rog

    • Yes, it’s called scopolamine, and it’s a real danger, but not something you need to be paranoid about.

      Always keep an eye on your drink, and be careful about wandering around clubs or just outside of them on the street alone and drunk. Stick with your friends.

      If a beautiful girl you just met is coming onto you aggressively, that’s a warning sign. Be careful about taking a girl you just met at a club back to your hotel or apartment the first night. Some guys prefer to go to an hourly motel as a precaution.

      It’s a bigger problem in Bogotá then Medellín.

  16. David,
    Which of the nightlife bars or dance places cater to more mature women–at least mid thirties to mid forties
    in the Poblado area. I am a fit 50 year old man in good shape, but don’t want to be running around with at places that are primarily college age kids.
    Thanks,
    Robert

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