Friday Night at Arte Vivo


Arte Vivo

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.

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I love relaxing and enjoying the view of life. Whether the view is from the top of a BASE object, or from my balcony in Envigado, Colombia. I love life when it's up, and I'm trying harder to love life when it's down as well. My biggest loves in life are (in order!) Family, BASE, Music, Boys that play music, and Alcohol. I get along with everyone that doesn't take me too seriously, and with people that are ok with the fact that you should disregard almost anything I say when I'm drunk!



  1. Pat Benetar?

    I miss being able to go out on a Friday night for a sum total of $13.50!

    And the whole bottle service being the norm was something I got use to as well.

    Sounded like a fun night.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Contributors Wanted =-.

    • Yes. Pat Benetar. They had a female vocalist and used her well. With my drinking habit, it turned into a total of about $30.00, but still…not bad.

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  3. Buenas Tardes, queremos informarles que Arte Vivo ya no se encuentra ubicado en Barrio Colombia, estamos nuevamente frente al Centro comercial Monterrey, en la carrera 48 10-100 Av. Las Vegas. Les agradecemos su pronta colaboración en el cambio de la información.