I spent this last Friday night at a hip little bar called ArteVivo. I was so nicely invited by Felipe. My friend Mario came along, and we were really excited to check it out.
We got to the bar around 10pm. There was a 12,000 COP charge to get in the door, and a minimum charge of around 15,000 COP for food or drinks. One thing I’ve always loved about Medellin bars is that they have you mix your own drinks. They bring out the liquor in a shot glass, a bottle of the mixer, and a glass with ice. Perfect for someone like me that prefers things a little more…concentrated.
I believe the band was the house band that plays almost every Friday night, and some Saturdays as well. They did mostly covers of iconic rock songs. Things like Rolling Stones, Pat Benatar, U2, The Offspring, and Blur, as well as some popular songs from all around Latin and South America.
The vibe there was extremely similar Woody’s, one of the bars I would frequent in Twin Falls, Idaho. The walls are all red, and the stage is really nice. Don’t expect any dancing, but there is plenty of cheering and singing along.
Felipe was nice enough to keep us company between sets, where we got to know each other much better, and began to discuss the music scene here in Colombia, and how to break out into a bigger market. At the end of the night he was even kind enough to drive me home, which is always appreciated way more than paying for a taxi!
I’m positive Mario and I will go back soon…and I promise to take some pictures for you! Until then, here is the information for Arte Vivo.
Update: Arte Vivo is closed as of January 2013.