When I left Medellin in mid-2011, the Poblado mall was still very much under construction. The ground floor was complete, but the upper levels were relegated to construction workers.
Fast forward to mid-2012, and I’m taking the elevator up to the 7th floor with Ryan on a Friday night.
There’s still a large construction crane inside the building, working on the space that eventually became the city’s newest Bodytech, but several bars and clubs had since opened on the top floor.
I don’t recall the cover off-hand, but it was probably 20,000 pesos ($11), which is enough to put at the upper end of the cover charge spectrum in Medellin. Where cover charges are higher, you can bet drink and bottle prices are too.
Ryan and I entered the discoteca some time between 11 PM and 12 AM, as it was already crowded.
Sixttina occupies the rear of the RIO SUR Mall, which is semi-circular in shape. The floor plan follows the curve of the building, making the DJ booth at the center the focal point for everyone in the club. This is also where guest artists, like J Balvin and Reykon, perform.
As one American friend recently remarked, “it’s got a European feel.”
It was typical crossover music the night we were there, which is my preference. If it were electronica, I would’ve paid the cover just to write about the place here, not to actually hang out there for fun.
We grabbed a few Heinekens at the bar, which wraps around the outer perimeter of the floor, and took in the atmosphere.
And by that I mean we checked out the girls, of which there were plenty. Want proof? Check out the photo albums on the Sixttina Facebook page.
Big name performers, Halloween costume parties, and Colombiamoda kickoff events are just a few of the big nights Sixttina has hosted since opening its doors.
As Parque Lleras continues to open up to the masses, not only of foreigners, but paisas from around the city, those seeking a more sophisticated scene are filling discotecas like Sixttina.
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