Cartagena’s nightlife is extremely diverse. You will find everything from adult clubs, cuban jazz bars, salsa clubs, rooftop bars, rum bars and discos. The most concentrated areas of nightlife are 1st in El Centro and 2nd in the Getsamani areas. Most “nightclubs” are only open Wednesday through Saturday nights. However, you most certainly won’t be short of late night options on any other night. As far as clubs go, they don’t really get going until 10-11pm and they go LATE. You will find most places open until 3-4am, or even later.
When visiting the nightclubs in the walled city, there are a few things you should know. Expect to pay a cover charge at some places (but not all). If you have a large group, especially a bachelor party, you should get bottle service. Some of these can be negotiated. If you’re looking for a standard nightclub to meet other tourists or maybe take your girl out to go dancing, there’s probably some clubs you should avoid. If you’re looking to run into more of the “professional types” of local girls, then there are some others you should definitely check out. Don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging without providing you that information. That’s what we’re here for!
At Dolce VIta as a single guy, you can find yourself having a lot of fun and likely with someone exactly fitting for your tastes. With great prices on bottle service, it’s one of our favorites. They always have a great DJ and great amazing energy.
La Movida is amazing. Great atmosphere and music and great for meeting other tourists or local “civilian” girls. This place gets jumping around 10-11pm and does boast an upscale dress code. You won’t find any professionals here.
A little bit on the outskirts in the Getsamani neighborhood, you will find a great atmosphere and lively music here. The crowd tends to be a mixture of locals, tourists, and some “professionals”. Drink prices are on the cheaper side compared to most other bars on this list. Always a good time here on the weekends.
Also located in the Getsamani neighborhood, Club Havana is another hot spot. Here you’ll find a warm atmosphere and cuban sounds that will definitely liven up your night. This is a bar where you’ll only find other tourists and some regular locals. No professionals here.
La Jugada Clubhouse
This club has 3 stories with different sounds on each floor and includes a spectacular rooftop. Expect this club to be packed most of the weekends. Prices are on the high side for drinks and bottle service might be the best option here. Each floor has a different music format to fit your style. Here you’ll find mostly other tourists and some locals. No professionals.
Eivissa is another 3 level club with different music formats on each level and an amazing rooftop. The club is huge by Cartagena standards. Drinks are on the pricier side here as well, but this club is a lot of fun. Here you will find plenty of other tourists and some locals minus the professionals.
Tu Candela is a venue located in the plaza area of el centro. This is another lively spot with great music and vibes. Tu Canela is one level and usually busy Thursdays – Saturdays. Here you will find a mixture of people, but a little heavy on the professional types.
Fragma is another great club located not far from Cafe Del Mar, closer to the ocean. Here you will find 3 rooms hosting different sounds in each. Drinks are on the pricier side. This club can be hit or miss depending on the night as well as the time of year. You will find a strict dress code here, so dress to impress. At Fragma you will find mostly tourists with occasional locals. No professionals here.
Misti-K is one of the newer nightclubs in Cartagena. It is definitely one of the nicest and more modern clubs we have seen in Cartagena. Surprisingly, the drink prices were reasonable as was the bottle service. Misti-k has a great mix of tourists and locals. Their music selection is fantastic as they have some of the best DJ’s in town. An added bonus: They have an amazing sound system. Last we stopped by, there was still no entrance fee. We highly recommend this venue. You will not find professionals here.
Last, but not least, we have Elektra. Located on the 2nd floor smack in the middle of walled city, this is a club not to be missed. Elektra can get busy as early as 11pm but it is known as the “afterhours” club. Generally a good 2-3am place. Electra does have a strict dress code but does not charge a cover charge. Once inside you will climb a flight of stairs to a 2nd level. You might be stunned at the amount of girls in this place if it’s your first time. And no, they’re not civilians. The music format is generally electronic. Drinks are pricier here. We’ve always had a great time and highly recommend this one.
La Santa Nightclub & Pool Party
La Santa is one of the newer and more modern nightclubs in Cartagena. Its unique design with 3 different rooms of music helped set the stage for some of the other clubs in the walled city. La Santa isn’t just a nightclub, though. La Santa has a unique pool party that goes down on the weekends. The most popular day is Sunday. Drinks are a bit pricey here. Bottle service makes more sense if you’re with a group of friends here. At La Santa you will find a mix of tourists and professionals.