A guide to the most hopping bars, clubs, and nightlife spots in the salsa capital of the world.
The nightlife scene in Cali, Colombia is best experienced with the local caleños.
That’s according to Lifeafar vlogger Sam Miller, who gets a chance to explore the city’s many nightlife zones with a local caleño in the video below. Check it out:
Don’t know anyone in Colombia’s salsa capital yet? Hitting up Cali’s many local-loved bars and clubs is a fantastic way to get to know both caleños and international visitors.
Keep reading to learn more about the nightlife in Cali, Colombia as Sam explores four of his favorite Cali nightlife spots.
La Topa Tolondra. Perhaps one of Cali’s most iconic salsa bars, La Topa Tolondra draws fun-loving caleños and turistas alike. The club stays hopping Monday through Saturday and often features live music. Sweaty, crowded, and colorful, La Topa Tolondra is a good spot to practice your moves, whether you are a salsa guru or newbie.
Bourbon St. As Sam notes in the video, the salsa capital of the world has a lot more to offer than just salsa. Bourbon St.—inspired by New Orleans’ famous French Quarter—is located in the lively barrio Granada, one of the city’s numerous Zona Rosas, or nightlife zones. Live music starts each night around 11 p.m. and includes covers of popular rock songs—think hits from groups like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns ‘n Roses. The menu pairs New Orleans-inspired cocktails with chicken wings, steaks, and po’boys.
Café de Mi Tierra. As the bars close in other parts of the city, barrio Menga is just getting started. This Zona Rosa—located in the north of the city—buzzes with a number of late-night salsa joints and discotecas. We recommend stopping by Café de Mi Tierra, which blares salsa, electronic, and other beats in a packed dance area and garden.
The perfect ending to a night filled with fiestas is a good night’s rest in one of the most trendy parts of Cali. Lifeafar offers premium furnished apartments in both El Peñon and Granada, so book your next stay in Cali with us and get ready for a night out you’ll never forget. And be sure to follow us on Instagram for more travel tips and inspiration.