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Top 5 Cartagena Nightclubs

The Top 5 Nightclubs in Cartagena, Colombia

So you’re in Cartagena, one of the most amazing Caribbean cities in the world and you want to check out the real night-life. Where the music only stops after the sun comes up, and your heart and soul feel like you have only just now begun to live. 

So where do you go for such an experience?

Well, I’m happy to say that you have come to the right place to find out! Here are our 5 best nightclubs in Cartagena, Colombia. 


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  1. Bazurto Social Club
Bazurto Social Club, Source: Facebook
Bazurto Social Club, Source: Facebook

If you’re looking for the best places to go dancing in Cartagena, Bazurto Social Club has to top the list.  Long a favorite for locals, it has increasingly become a hot spot for visitors as well.

The reason it is the best Cartagena dance club is because it is the best place to go dancing in Cartagena to the local music Champeta.  A mix of African rhythms and Reggaeton influence, the music is unique to Colombia’s Caribbean coast and has recently become more popular nationally and even recognized internationally.

If you have no idea what you’re doing on the dance floor don’t worry though.  In addition, to live music, there are also frequent mini dance tutorials throughout the night to teach you the basics.  You won’t want to miss picking up the basics at this Cartagena dance club to show your friends back home.


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  1. Cafe Havana
Cafe Havana, Source: Facebook

Of course, salsa dancing makes for a close second to Champeta as a must-do in Cartagena.  The best place to go salsa dancing in Cartagena is unquestionably the famous Club Havana.  Located in an old colonial building on a corner of the Calle Media Luna in Getsemaní, the photo covered walls and live band will have you recalling yesteryear.

Cafe Havana, Source: Facebook

Not even Hillary Clinton could resist getting her salsa-dancing fix here, famously being snapped in a photo enjoying Café Havana while in town for a political summit in 2012.  She’s far from the only famous person who has done so though, and regardless of your political persuasion, you’re sure to agree that Café Havana is one of the best nightclubs in Cartagena.

  1. Mr. Babilla

Located on Calle El Arsenal, Mr. Babilla is another one of the most famous Cartagena dance clubs.  Featured in the famous Colombian telenovela Pasión de Gavilanas, it’s known to occasionally be visited by celebrities as well.

Mr. Babilla, Source: Facebook

Here you’ll find a good mix of Latin and international pop, salsa, Reggaeton, and Champeta, as well as a mix of locals and foreigners of all ages.  That makes it another must include on this list of the best Cartagena nightclubs.

  1. Tu Candela
Tu Candela, Source: Vida Noctura
Tu Candela, Source: jakarta100bars

Located just across from Cartagena’s famous Clocktower, Tu Candela is another one of the most well-known dance clubs in Cartagena.  The great location makes it convenient regardless of where you might be staying in Cartagena, and you will also find a mix of locals and visitors of all ages here.

Also, similar to Mr. Babilla, you’ll find a variety of mix of different types of music played here, although Tu Candela perhaps leans towards a bit more salsa and Latin pop mix.

*If you’re not much of a dancer or need some liquid courage before hitting the dance floor, be sure to check out our post on the top 5 bars in Cartagena where you can have a more relaxed drink or two.

  1. Fragma
Fragma Club, Source: Facebook

Located across the street from the wall itself inside the Old City, Fragma is one of the largest Cartagena dance clubs.  It has several rooms with different music, generally plays a mix of pop and electronic, and tends to draw a younger college-age and young professional crowd.

So for those looking for more techno and electronic mix to get their groove on to, Fragma may make for your top choice among the best Cartagena nightclubs.


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