Join the Medellin Living November Meetup at Barrio Central in Laureles

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The Medellin Living November meetup event will take place on Thursday, November 9, at 7pm at Barrio Central Cafe Bar in Laureles.

Whether you’ve just arrived in Medellin or have been here for years, you’re welcome to come to the Medellin Living meetups. It’s a great opportunity to get advice, swap travel stories, and meet like-minded people who share an interest in the city of eternal spring.

This month we return to Laureles to check out Barrio Central, a popular neighborhood bar just off the 70. Barrio Central features a nice open-air patio and a lounge area for mixing and mingling.

They recently expanded their food menu, which now includes six types of pizza and five sandwiches.

Our Medellin Living November meetup isn’t a sponsored event, so attendees must pay for their own food and drinks.

Date: Thursday, November 9, 7:00pm to midnight

Barrio Central is located in Laureles at Circular 2 #68 – 123, just off Carrera 70, near the UPB university. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the Estadio metro station.

The Barrio Central bar is well stocked with liquor and friendly staff (photo by Megan Davis)

The Barrio Central bar is well stocked with liquor and friendly staff (photo by Megan Davis)

Please RSVP for the Medellin Living November Meetup

This meetup is a great way to network and meet others with common interests and hobbies. It also gives long-time Medellin residents a chance to share their knowledge and help out those who are new to the city. Please try to welcome the newcomers and introduce them to your friends!

You’ll also have a chance to meet some of the Medellin Living writers. Maybe you can suggest an idea for a story you would like to see them write for Medellin Living. Also, don’t forget to invite your friends and like and share the event on Facebook!

If you plan to attend, please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. You can RSVP on Facebook here, or below in the comments if you are not on Facebook. Or you can RSVP via our Medellin Living group on Meetup.com.

The margarita, one of six homemade pizzas available at Barrio Central
The margarita, one of six homemade pizzas available at Barrio Central

About Barrio Central Cafe Bar

Barrio Central Cafe Bar opened about a year and a half ago. It has become a popular Laureles neighborhood bar. They recently completed an expansion, enlarging the kitchen and adding another lounge area in the back.

Barrio Central offers a wide variety of drink options. They have a good choice of beers, including Corona, Aguila, Apostol, and 3 Cordilleras. Their cocktail selection includes a few special Barrio Central cocktails as well as popular ones such as the Strawberry Daiquiri and Tequila Sunrise. In addition, they offer a few popular non-alcoholic cocktails, such as the This Isn’t Mojito.

Barrio Central also serves a good variety of wines, including a few reds, whites, and rosés. The menu includes three different kinds of sangria as well.

The Barrio Central bar is also well stocked with a number of rums, whiskeys, and gins, in addition to popular standbys such as Aguardiente Antioqueño, Jagermeister, and Jose Cuervo Tequila. They also have a few special fruit-flavored sodas (such as citrus fruits), several natural fruit juices, lemonade, and soft drinks like Coke and 7 up. Coffee lovers will be happy to find a complete coffee menu, ranging from espresso and cappuccino to macchiato and special coffees with liquor.

Pulled Pork Sandwich at Barrio Central, comes with traditional potato called papa criolla.
Pulled Pork Sandwich at Barrio Central, comes with traditional potato called papa criolla.

In addition, Barrio Central has a good selection of food options on their menu. This includes six homemade pizzas, such as Hawaiian and chicken pesto, and five sandwiches, like the BLT and Pulled Pork (pictured above).

Good news for vegetarians: half of the pizzas are veggie only and the sandwich selection includes a “green” option. The menu also includes three salads.

If you show up with a smaller appetite, Barrio Central has you covered. They offer a number of snacks which are great for sharing, such as nachos, empanadas (with homemade sauces), guacamole, and hummus.

A good crowd enjoying the open-air patio at Barrio Central
A good crowd enjoying the open-air patio at Barrio Central

Our Medellin Living Meetups

In response to popular demand, Medellin Living restarted its meetups in January of 2017 after a two-year hiatus. The new Medellin Living meetups have been a huge success, growing steadily from one month to the next. We’ve been averaging about 100 attendees at the last few meetups.

We are currently alternating the meetups between Poblado and Laureles. The events usually take place on the second Thursday of each month.

Our December meetup is planned for Poblado. Details will be posted on this site about one week before each meetup.

Note: there isn’t any extra fee required to attend Medellin Living meetups, and no membership is required.

We have two additional ways for our readers to keep up with Medellín Living events. You can follow us on our Medellin Living Events & Activities Facebook group or via our Medellin Living group on Meetup.com.

All photos courtesy of Barrio Central except where noted.

Photos of our October Meetup at Borneo

The following photos are from our October meetup at Borneo in Poblado.  These were taken by Markus Mayer, a professional photographer living in Medellín, who offers his services as a photographer in the city. For more information, see his website at: fachkamera.com

A record crowd at the October meetup at Borneo (photo by Markus Mayer)
A record crowd at the October meetup at Borneo (photo by Markus Mayer)
Borneo staff keeping busy behind the bar (photo by Markus Mayer)
Borneo staff keeping busy behind the bar (photo by Markus Mayer)
Enjoying some drinks and conversation at the October meetup (photo by Markus Mayer)
Enjoying some drinks and conversation at the October meetup (photo by Markus Mayer)
Some attendees having a laugh at last month's meetup (photo by Markus Mayer)
Some attendees having a laugh at last month’s meetup (photo by Markus Mayer)
Three ladies taking a moment to pose for our photographer (photo by Markus Mayer)
Three ladies taking a moment to pose for our photographer (photo by Markus Mayer)
Coworkers Ioana and Alejandra (photo by Markus Mayer)
Coworkers Ioana and Alejandra (photo by Markus Mayer)
Three Colombian ladies having a good time at the meetup (photo by Markus Mayer)
Three Colombian ladies having a good time at the meetup (photo by Markus Mayer)
A group of expats hanging out at the Borneo bar (photo by Markus Mayer)
A group of expats hanging out at the bar (photo by Markus Mayer)
A diverse group having a good time at the October meetup (photo by Markus Mayer)
A diverse group having a good time at the October meetup (photo by Markus Mayer)
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