Best Rooftop Bars in Medellin

Best Medellín rooftop bars
Coracao Rooftop

Nestled in a valley in the Andean mountains, Medellín boasts some of the best views in Colombia. Many local businesses have taken advantage of these rolling hills and the temperate climate to take things al-fresco, to the rooftops. Whether you are there to party, drink, or eat, be sure to check out our favorite recommendations for the best rooftops in Medellín.

Something we love about a good rooftop is versatility. A good rooftop bar can literally see you through from brunch to the early hours of the morning. It’s great to appreciate a good sunset from a rooftop (and in Medellín, you see the most stunning sunsets). There’s also something magical about the city at night from above; thousands of lights twinkling below you like fireflies.

Whether you are visiting Medellín with your partner, with friends, or even with your bachelorette or bachelor group, you are sure to fall in love with this enchanting city and its stunning views.

But where can you find the best rooftop bars in Medellín? Read on to find out or book a Bar Hopping experience with us!

Envy Rooftop (The Charlee Hotel, Parque Lleras)

Envy Rooftop is the place to see and be seen in Medellín. This luxurious rooftop bar is located on top of the gorgeous Charlee Hotel. You can find it in the heart of the nightlife district; Lleras Park, Poblado. Built on two levels with an aquarium-style pool in the middle, the views are just as good inside as they are out. Grab one of the best cocktails in Medellín and some fresh sushi and admire the beautiful people. Then, when the sun starts to set behind the mountains, take in the beauty of the twinkling lights of the city below you. It truly is one of the best rooftops in Medellín. 

Envy has something to offer every day of the week; enjoy live music on Salsa Wednesdays and a live DJ the rest of the week. Don’t forget to visit Envy on the last Sunday of the month for its famous boozy bottomless brunch. Take the word “brunch” with a pinch of salt, as the kitchen opens from 5 PM onwards, which gives you plenty of time for a lie-in. You can take a dip in the pool or chill at the bar, just don’t miss this chic spot on your trip to Medellín.

La Deriva (Click Clack Hotel, Poblado)

Perched on top of the Click Clack Hotel, La Deriva isn’t just for hotel guests. Head to La Deriva for cocktails and delicious food in an urban jungle setting. Imagine yourself dipping your toes in the rooftop pool whilst sipping on an Aperol Spritz…yes, this is the lifestyle you deserve! At La Deriva, they have a live DJ who pumps out the best tunes.

Fish and seafood are imported from Isla Fuerte, a nearby island in the Colombian Caribbean. The menu is inspired by coastal recipes all throughout Latin America. Travel, through their menu, from the Golf of Mexico, to the Colombian Pacific, to the coasts of Peru.

We love the unpretentiousness of this rooftop oasis. Make use of their comfy loungers and take in the gorgeous Medellín skyline. La Deriva is open from midday until late, every day of the week.

Mosquito Rooftop (The Somos Hotel, Poblado)

If you want an all-encompassing place that promises excellent quality service from breakfast to midnight cocktails, head to Mosquito Rooftop. From mind-blowing brunches to getting down and dirty on the dance floor, this is the place to be. The rooftop at Mosquito offers panoramic views of Medellín, where you can surely lock in many Medellín core memories. This stunning Medellín skyline is actually the backdrop to the DJ booth. It undoubtedly makes for an unforgettable night as you explore Medellín’s nightlife. We love the oasis vibe with the rooftop lined with greenery.

Want to explore more of Medellín’s nightlife – come bar hopping with us and then on to a VIP Club Night!

Teatro Victoria Roof Garden (Provenza, Poblado)

Teatro Victoria bar Medellin

Located in trendy Provenza, Teatro Victoria is right in the heart of the action. Victoria Roof Garden has a chic and contemporary vibe. It’s our favorite of the four ambiences in the Teatro Victoria nightclub because taking in the freshness of the Medellín night on a rooftop is far superior to being stuck inside a sweaty club.

Don’t arrive too late for the chance to dine. They have an extensive menu of mouthwatering dishes. The menu showcases both local and international flavors; from soft bao, to fresh sushi, to exquisitely prepared meat and fish dishes. You can also find an impressive selection of craft cocktails at the bar.

ENE Restobar Hookah Lounge (Provenza, Poblado)

Ene Restobar Hookah Lounge in Medellín is a must-visit destination for those seeking a unique rooftop experience combined with a touch of Middle Eastern flair. It’s the perfect place to visit with a Medellín bachelor party group. Pull up a seat and share a hookah amongst friends. It’s one of our favorite pre-game spots, but also a place to chill when you don’t feel like going “out-out”. They have a delectable menu, featuring international dishes and dishes to share. We loved the crab and shrimp nachos and their specialty; the ENE fries with cheese, beef, and bacon. Bring your appetite!

Belisario (Provenza, Poblado)

If you’re looking for both a taste of Medellín nightlife and a taste of some of the best food and cocktails in Medellín, head on down to Belisario. The menu is Mexican, but it’s so much more than tacos. Sure, you can get some of the best tacos of your life here, but open your mind and imagination to beef tenderloin flambéed in tequila. Or perhaps we can tempt you with a mezcal and hibiscus cocktail. Truly heaven on earth! Afterwards, you can pop behind the bookshelf to the hidden club, La Oculta. We sang its praises in our Medellín Nightlife blog post.

360° Rooftop Bar (Hotel Haven, Poblado)

360° Rootop Bar Medellin

The rooftop bar on the top of Hotel Haven has, as its name promises, a breathtaking 360° view of Medellín. On the 11th floor of Hotel Haven, it’s the highest rooftop on our list. 360 Rooftop bar knows how to host a party. They will frequently have pool parties (in the heated pool!), electronic parties, neon nights, and their Sunday Funday brunch. Brunch is a perfect excuse for a party – especially when it’s all-you-can-eat from 11 AM to 4 PM! Lounge in the pool, grab some sliders and an artisan cocktail, and put the fun in your Sunday! Brunch is also only 20 bucks, which is an absolute steal.

Even more Medellín rooftop bars!

Rooftop Bars in Medellin
NDN Rooftop

With so many fun, innovative, and exciting rooftop options in Medellín, it’s hard to choose where to visit. But believe us, any of the places mentioned above guarantee you a night to remember. We also wanted to give an honorary mention to Mamba Negra restaurant in Q Tower (el Poblado) for flawless gastronomy and some of the best cocktails in Medellín. To Curacao, a fantastic bar sat atop the Selvario 36 hotel, and NDN (Provenza, el Poblado) for its romantic mountain views, and impeccable service.

From trendy modern establishments to charming hidden gems, the rooftop bars in Medellín provide an unforgettable setting to unwind, soak up the vibrant atmosphere, and create lasting memories against the backdrop of this dynamic Colombian city.

These are just some of our favorite rooftops in Medellín. If you want more personalized advice or you’re planning a group trip, get in touch, and we can plan your journey together, or read on for our FAQs on Medellín nightlife.

Medellín Nightlife FAQs

Have a burning question about nightlife in Medellín and didn’t know who to ask? No worries, we are locals, and we got you, boo!

How much does a cocktail typically cost in Medellín? 

Cocktails in Medellín are a fine art form. Talented mixologists work hard to produce delicious cocktails that satisfy all the senses. Glassware in Medellín is trending, so don’t be surprised if you are handed a wooden totem, a bronze goblet, or even a porcelain skull to drink from. Flowers, dry ice, and fruit garnishes add to the extravagance of the experience. Expect to pay from $45.000 COP to $55.000 COP (around $10 USD) for a cocktail.

What time do people go out drinking and dancing?

In Medellín, the nightlife scene typically starts to pick up around 9 PM, especially on weekends. People often gather at bars and lounges during this time to socialize and pre-game. But between 10 PM and 2 AM is when you will see most people in the streets and bars. During these hours, Provenza and Parque Lleras come alive with energy and music. It’s common for people to transition from bars to clubs later in the evening, with many clubs staying open until the early morning hours.

What time do places typically close in Medellín?

Generally, bars and lounges in el Poblado close around 2 AM. However, there are also venues that stay open later, particularly clubs that may continue operating until 4 AM or even later, especially on weekends. Just ask us where to go and we’ll do the rest – we can even make sure you have transport home! 

What is the dress code for going out in Medellín?

The streets of Provenza at night are a catwalk for the young and beautiful – even more so in July and August when the fashion shows hit town. Medellín weather at night is cool enough to warrant a light jacket or jeans, but will also be fine for a dress and heels.

Paisas, or locals to Medellín, love to dress up, and you will often see women with a full face of makeup and a stunning waterfall of shiny hair. Men go for the smart-casual look; jeans or chinos with a shirt or polo. Make sure to bring your A-game, and don’t forget that some nicer restaurants and clubs have a strict dress code. That means no caps, no sneakers or sliders, no sandals and no shorts (for guys).

It’s always a good idea to check the dress code of a specific venue beforehand. Or, if you purchased our concierge services, you can just double-check with your concierge agent before they make your reservation for you!

Is Medellín safe at night?

Medellín has made huge strides in recent years with regard to safety. However, it’s always a good idea to have your wits about you, as with any big city. When traveling, use a reputable cab app such as Uber or Didi, rather than a local taxi, especially at night, or talk to us and we’ll arrange a private driver for your whole trip. It will also allow you to skip the language barrier if you still need to brush up on your español

We recommend you don’t use Tinder to meet people. But if you are going to meet up with someone you met on Tinder or a dating app, get a photo of their ID beforehand and keep someone updated on your whereabouts, just in case.

Colombians are known for their phrase “no dar papaya”, which literally translates to “don’t give papaya”. What it means, however, is to avoid attracting unnecessary attention by flashing expensive jewelry or valuables. You can leave that at home and still look fly on the dance floor.

And remember that super fancy cocktail you bought? Don’t leave it unattended (it’s too good to go to waste, anyway). By taking these simple steps, you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Medellín with peace of mind.

Medellín is a city of hedonism and parties. So enjoy all the fun from a bird’s-eye view, on top of some of the best rooftop bars in Medellín. Whether you’re there for a boozy brunch, or dancing your heart out until the small hours, get some fresh air with those fresh vibes.

Get in touch today to plan your next Medellín adventure!

2024 Guide to the Best Bars in Cartagena

El Baron, Cartagena
El Barón, Cartagena

Cartagena is a party city. Tourists and locals love the Cartagena nightlife, but with so much choice, it’s easy to miss the best cocktails. Read on for our 2024 Guide to the Best Bars in Cartagena. From the ever popular Townhouse brunch to Alquimico and El Barón, these are the Cartagena party places not to miss.

The buzzing, vibrant city of Cartagena comes alive at night. When the heat of the day cools down, a new city emerges. And part of what makes Cartagena’s nightlife so unforgettable is its many bars. Most of the best bars are located within the picturesque walled city in Cartagena. From Instagram-worthy rooftops lined with palm trees to three-storey mansions serving uniquely crafted cocktails, Cartagena’s bars are built to impress – and they don’t disappoint. If you’re wondering where to find the best bars in Cartagena, look no further. It’s been our pleasure to try out every one of the following bars to give you the best recommendations.

Alquimico for craft cocktails

The award-winning Alquimico is a must for any trip to Cartagena. The mixologists are true artists making craft cocktails in minutes. The menu is a treat for the senses and we love how they use local flavors and ingredients, grown on their organic farm in the Colombian countryside. They frequently change their menu, always keeping it fresh!

Alquimico, Cartagena

We guarantee you’ll never have another cocktail like this one. Colombian rum infused with borojó (a locally-grown fruit also known as an aphrodisiac), anyone? If you’re into dancing, there are two ambiences to choose from. The DJ on the first and second floors plays popular Colombian tunes and throwback classics. Meanwhile, up on the rooftop, you’ll be treated to more tropical vibes. No matter what day of the week it is, Alquimico is bound to be buzzing. Get there early to avoid the inevitable queues!

If you’re in Cartagena for NYE, get tickets for Alquimico’s party here.

Townhouse for Brunch

Townhouse rooftop bar, Cartagena

If day drinking is more your vibe, we couldn’t recommend more highly the Boozy Brunch at Townhouse.

On Saturdays and Sundays, for $30 USD per person, you can have bottomless food and drink from 11am until 3pm. Yes, you heard us right. Unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, beers and juices, accompanied by delicious bite-sized brunch plates to help absorb the booze. Sounds like the perfect hangover cure to us!

It also helps that the Townhouse rooftop is a super cool place to hang out, with a birds-eye view over the walled city, a cute plunge pool to cool down in, and Instagram-worthy neon signs to pose next to once the fourth mimosa has kicked in.

And if the brunch is so good it turns into sunset drinks, Townhouse also offers an evening menu. The music is always spot on. It’s the perfect place to chill with friends or pre-game at the start of your night.

Cafe Del Mar, Cartagena
Cafe del Mar, Cartagena

Café del Mar Cartagena for sunset by the sea

A trip to Cartagena wouldn’t be complete without visiting the renowned Café del Mar. Perched on top of the historic city wall and boasting some of the best sunset views, Café del Mar is a great option for groups and couples alike. This Ibiza-style upscale lounge has frequent DJ live sessions playing ambient house and Balearic beats with incredible views over the walled city. We recommend getting there early, around 5pm, to grab a good seat for the sunset, which will usually be at around 6pm. Or you can hire our concierge services, and we will make a reservation for you. Alongside delicious cocktails, liquors and local & imported beers, you can enjoy fresh seafood snacks as you watch the sun sink into the Caribbean Sea.

El Barón for artisan cocktails

El Barón, once a tiny hole-in-the-wall, has recently expanded due to its popularity amongst locals and tourists alike. This award-winning Cartagena bar boasts some of the best artisan cocktails in town. It wins the prize for some of the most visually pleasing food and drinks. Enjoy people-watching from one of its outdoor tables in San Pedro Square with a Gin Basil Smash in hand. Or head indoors after dark to peruse their extensive wine menu. We absolutely love the intimacy of this bar, which seems to have it all: great coffee and food for the daytime, and unique, avant-garde cocktails at night. They even have a Cuban cigar menu, where you can match your puro to your rum, Scotch, or Cognac, and enjoy Cartagena to its fullest.

If you’re in Cartagena for NYE, get tickets for El Barón’s party here.

Mirador Gastro Bar for dancing with the locals

If you’re looking for somewhere to get your boogie on, look no further than El Mirador. It’s a trendy rooftop bar with privileged views overlooking the famous Clock Tower and towards bohemian Getsemani. This bar has a great mix of Colombian locals and foreigners, which means one thing: dancing is inevitable. El Mirador is an awesome place to visit on a Saturday night and share a bottle of whiskey or rum with a group of friends. Its central location means that it is easily reachable on foot from your villa in the walled city, so you and your group can walk home without needing to split a taxi.

Don’t have your villa booked yet? Contact us, and we can hook you up with the best and most exclusive properties in town.

Movich Hotel Rooftop for the best rooftop view

The Movich Hotel has made a name for itself as another one of the best sunset spots in Cartagena. The bar of this swanky hotel is located on the rooftop. It’s open to the public as well as hotel guests. Get there early for the best table and enjoy the view over the picturesque rooftops of the walled city. This bar creates a perfect chill ambience with its soft house playlists. Kick back on the comfy lounge furniture and enjoy the soft breeze bouncing off the terracotta tiles of Cartagena. If your sunset drinks leave you feeling peckish, you can enjoy Caribbean-style bites. The menu is paired perfectly with their exquisite cocktail menu.

La Movida for the best party in Cartagena

La Movida Club and Bar is where the beautiful and elite of Cartagena hang out. Often dubbed as the “best party in town”, La Movida is a fusion of old-school American Speakeasy and Latino lounge. Make sure you come dressed to impress, as the bouncers on the door may turn you away if you rock up in flip-flops and shorts. Open Wednesday to Sunday until 3am, La Movida really starts kicking off after midnight. Don’t forget to ask your Two Travel concierge to book you a VIP table, as this small joint really fills up on the weekends. La Movida Cartagena is a unique experience, so grab a Gin & Tonic, and come and party with us in its colorful courtyard.

La Jugada Club House for the cool crowd

La Jugada is one of the tallest clubs in Cartagena’s old town, with four floors in total; three inside, and a beautiful tropical rooftop terrace. If you’re seeing a trend here, you’re not wrong in thinking that rooftop bars are big in Cartagena. There’s never a dull moment in La Jugada Club House, as they like to occasionally set off fountain fireworks from the Pink Flamingo bar on the roof. Why? Because it’s Saturday night in Cartagena, what better reason do you need? Its 1920-style art deco decoration is enchanting, and the interior filled with mirrors and wrought iron is a nod to the decadence of past decades. If you were planning a night in La Movida, you should know that they are also the same owners of La Jugada. Their impeccable taste and penchant for attracting the young and beautiful crowds will soon become clear.

If you’re in Cartagena for NYE, get tickets for La Jugada’s party here.

51 Sky Bar for those that like heights!

The only contender from our list outside the walled city, 51 Sky Bar is a must-see on your trip to Cartagena. This bar is on the 51st floor of the Hotel Estelar Cartagena de Indias in the modern and exclusive neighborhood of Bocagrande, Cartagena’s own answer to Miami. It boasts 360° views over the modern skyscrapers, which light up impressively at night, and further on, towards the seemingly endless Caribbean Sea. Enjoy live music and light bites such as sushi and Peruvian ceviche, but stay for the cocktails, which are perfectly crafted and well-balanced. We love to get things spicy with their tequila-based cocktail, Atrevido, shaken with jalapeños and black pepper.

51 Sky Bar operates with a strict reservations policy, so make sure you book before you go. Or let our concierge do it for you, and don’t show up late to your reservation! This super modern bar will give you a new perspective on Cartagena, and is sure to take you up to dizzying heights.

Casa Cruxada, Cartagena

Casa Cruxada for any time of day or night!

If you need to escape from the salsa music and reggaeton that you will inevitably hear in the Colombian coast, head down to Casa Cruxada. Here, you can hear live DJs play minimal techno beats and deep house. This club / bar / restaurant is in an enormous, crumbling Colonial building that feels like it is coming apart at the seams, in the best way possible. Its dark ambience and far-from-flawless decor only accentuate the perfection of its menu and playlists. But Casa Cruxada in the daytime is also a sight to behold. The light illuminates what in the nighttime becomes dark nooks and crannies, revealing the stunning architecture. The Spanish owners have crafted an incredible menu that is a gastronomical treat from breakfast to dinner. This multi-faceted bar is the perfect place for dinner and drinks, and after-midnight cocktail schmoozing, and everything in between.

Find out more about the beautiful city of Cartagena, choose a villa in centro, or contact us craft a special itinerary for you and your group. We promise you’ll get the best out of the city.