Now that I am in Panama, I find that I am missing Colombia – the culture, the people, the dancing and especially the nightlife in Medellin.
Medellin is full of bars and restaurants and no matter what type of bar you are into, there are plenty to choose from. Parque Lleras may seem like the obvious choice, but there are more dotted around the city in Barrio Colombia, Calle 33 and La 70. If you're new to the city, it's worth downloading a free drink app such as Drink Advisor to help you find the bars and clubs suited to you.
Being a lover of cocktail and rooftop bars (I'm a sucker for a view), here’s my absolute favourite bars in Medellin:
Envy at The Charlee Hotel
What can I say about this place! It has the most fabulous views of the city and being here just makes you feel like a superstar. There’s no entry fee (except on nights when they hold events) and they even have pool parties and glow in the dark menus. This rooftop bar just oozes swankiness and is my favourite place in Medellin.
Yes, you’ve guessed it. This bar is another rooftop in the city and although it doesn’t have the views like Envy, it is such a unique place with a roof that goes back to reveal the night sky. It’s as though you’ve stepped into a magical garden with tall trees and cave booths and the highest bar bottles I have even seen. It just has to be visited.
I absolutely love Buddha bars and this is the only one in Medellin. Combined with my other favourite thing – a live DJ and electronic music, this bar is extremely cool with even cooler cocktails. Frozen and tropical (as the name suggests) they come in a plastic cup so don’t expect a fancy glass here. This is a very cool place for people watching.
If you’re looking to get warmed up for the evening, there is no better place to start than here. As the name suggests, it is a shot bar and has more shots than you’d ever have time to drink. From fruity to just deadly, these shots will definitely get you going for the evening and the coloured decor is pretty impressive too.
This bar is so funky and is the place to be on a weekend. It feels as though you’ve stumbled on a secret with a great atmosphere and funky music. The best thing about this bar is that lychee sangria is on the menu but if that’s too expensive then you can have a lychee shot instead.
There are so many more bars in Medellin that can be found on Drink Advisor. Not only does it tell you where to go and what the opening times are, but it even tells you what the house cocktail is so you can plan your drink before you get there. Download the free DrinkAdvisor app in iTunes or Google Play.
As for me, only two more months then I’ll be sipping a cocktail from my favourite bars in the city. Medellin, I’ll definitely be back.
Have you been to Medellin? What's your favourite bar?