Friday night, I finally made it to Blue, the rock club which is a backpacker favorite amongst those passing through Medellin.
It has a reputation for being the place to meet Colombian girls, mostly because it’s so loud, knowledge of Spanish is neither necessary, nor especially helpful.
During my month’s stay at Casa Kiwi Hostel, I heard no other bar or club name mentioned more often.
I met up with a group of Colombians from couchsurfing in Parque Poblado around 10pm.
The small city parks are popular hangouts for young people on the weekends.
The normally nice evening weather and ability to drink in public help foster these street parties.
Amongst the group were two Dianas, Juan Carlos, Jesusa, Natalia, and Yohann, a Finnish guy studying Spanish here for 3 months.
The cover for Blue is 5,000 pesos ($2) and includes a free beer.
As usual for the start of a night in a Colombian club, everyone inside was sitting around tables ordering their beers, bottles of rum, and aguardiente.
I ran into my friend Luisa, who was at the club celebrating her friend’s birthday.
I spent much of the night shuffling between the two groups. Luisa’s friends weren´t dancing as much, which suited me.
At 11:40pm, the DJ suddenly switched the rock music to electronic, fake smoke began to shoot out from the ceiling, green lasers beamed across the club, and people began to get up and dance.
It was so abrupt, it was almost funny to witness. It was clear all the Colombians knew it was coming too.
Towards the end of the night, I was talking to Luisa when a girl at the next table asked me to take a photo of her and her friends.
I wasn´t standing there by accident, as I had noticed her when we first arrived at the club, mostly because she was singing so expressively to music I could actually recognize.
I took the photo, and a minute or two later, asked for one with her in return.
A conversation resulted, and after I mentioned being an English teacher, she said she needed to pass the TOEFL test soon.
Andrew, her friend, asked about the cost of lessons for all three of them. I exchanged numbers with Valentina, hopeful I might have recruited new students in the unlikeliest of places.
People slowly started leaving Blue around 1:30 – 2am. I hung around a little longer, as it stays open until 3am, an hour later than the bars in Medellin.
The taxi from El Poblado back to the apartment ran 7,000 pesos ($2.80).
Overall, I prefer the vibe and music of Trilogia more, though it is costlier.
Blue would be great from time to time as it is nice to hear music I´m familiar with, however I am not living in Medellin to be reminded of life as I know it in the USA!
Traveling to Poblado October 5… This gringo needs the rumba. Can you hook me up with gringos? Or beautiful woman?
Hey Ryan – I can’t hook you up but I’m sure you’ll find people on your own.
Start at the hostel – I recommend Casa Kiwi where I stayed. A real party hostel that should be done with renovations by then. Great location and staff too. Just ask other guys who are going out or broadcast you want to hit the town, and then walk a few blocks and BAM – you’re in the center of the party. You’ll find women everywhere, of course, but since the other gringos go to Blue, I recommend striking out and going where they are *not* La Octava (bar) is a good place to meet people – small, rock music, attracts younger Colombian crowd.
Also, try inviting people out for “coffee/drink” via Couchsurfing. Very friendly group, many pretty girls, and always up for rumba on the weekends.
Dave, good article. I am travelling to Medellin end of sept. to middle of oct. if you can list some good bars, restuarants that aren’t to expensive please send them. I am travelling alone so I want to meet a few gringos to hang with, I’m sure there are more than just me looking for a nice girl.later man, Tim
Hey Tim, thanks for stopping by my blog.
I started to build a list of my favorite bars and the most popular clubs. You can see it here:
Off hand, B-Lounge has a popular Ladies Night on Wednesdays, if you like seeing beautiful women all dressed up. Otherwise, just go to the city’s Zona Rosa (main nightlife district) in Parque Lleras Thursday, Friday or Saturday night and you’ll see tons of people out for dinner and partying (rumba). It’s a good starting point.
Meeting people in hostels is easy, but if you’re staying in an apartment or hotel, try http://www.couchsurfing.com or (less to my personal liking) http://www.poorbuthappy.com
wow Dave that is some preaty good info , i’ve been 3 months in medellin and i dont go anywhere. thanks alot
Wow Jimmy, you gotta get out! Medellin has plenty of nightlife areas to check out, and a ton of theaters. If you get the chance, check out the (English) event listings in the latest issue of The Arepa – http://www.thearepa.com