There are four nightlife areas I visited in a weekend trip:
1. La Sexta – the main strip of bars and clubs. A little cheesy but has the most amount of people. It’s kind of split into two parts so if you’re wondering “Is this it?” then you have to walk a couple more blocks down (or up).
2. Granada – a much smaller area of bars and restaurants catering mostly to the middle/upper class and located only a few blocks from La Sexta. You’ll find a few gringos here, especially in the bar Bourbon Street (Calle 17N 8N-45), though with the live music and friendly vibes it’s actually a lot of fun. The girls here like gringos but the quality isn’t great (if you’ve been to Medellin then it’s kind of like Blue). There are three pubs nearby that I didn’t try.
3. Menga – a strip of large clubs heavy on the salsa and wooden tables, the latter of which makes it hard to casually mingle unless it’s absolutely packed (it was half dead when I went because of a holiday weekend). As typical in the rest of Colombia, groups are mixed sex. The club Mango Biche is a reasonable choice (10k peso cover) as it plays a mix of music and not just salsa. Jala Jala is supposedly the best if you want to dance to salsa all night long.
4. Parque de Perro in Barrio San Fernando – a square with a couple dozen bars and clubs. Popular with younger people who don’t mind drinking on the street than actually going inside a bar. Probably best for a date than picking up but I like the vibe most here.
Except for places in Menga, all bars and clubs in the city close at 2am on Friday and Saturday (and 1am on Thursday), so it’s best to get started early.
Two quick day game options:
1. Chipichape Mall – huge mall that is good for hanging out and people watching.
2. Juan Valdez Cafe (on the corner of Calle 17N and Av 8 near Bourbon Street) – this is quite the hangout for the upper class and the hottest girls I saw in Cali were here. Chat up girls at neighboring tables, asking for their nightlife opinions or whatever.
The bottom line is that Medellin’s nightlife is better as you have more variety, more “western-style” bars, later hours, and hotter girls. So if you think Medellin nightlife sucks then you won’t like Cali’s unless you’re crazy about salsa.
For nights I’d just start in Bourbon Street then go to La Sexta. Take dates to Parque de Perro. If I stayed a while in Cali I’d just focus on day game to meet girls because nightlife here is way too hit or miss. I’m told that Thursday and Friday are not great nights to go out, leaving only Saturday to mack.
On the bright side, there are less gringos and things are cheaper, but for good times Medellin and Bogota will give you more options.
For more on Colombia, check out these forum threads:
- Housing in Medellin
- Dealing with Colombian flakes
- Review of Medellin, Colombia
- An Intro To Colombian Girls
- Medellin Tips
- Hook Up Rating: Medellin
There is a reason Medellin is such a popular destination.
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There are a couple strip clubs that are not bad…When I went there in 07, the best nights to club were Sunday, Tue-Thursday. Kinda weird, but you would have to go to Chipichape Mall during the day and gather up game then kill them later on that night. Had a great time in cali!!
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Great post. I’m planning on visiting Colombia this winter and I will be using this as my guidebook.
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Hmm. A lot of people I met in Medellin liked to talk about Cali. Probably would have tried to make it there next trip to Colombia, but now I think I’d rather stay in Medellin or hit up Cartagena.
Roosh, how difficult is it to get an f-close in Columbia compared with Argentina and compared with Brazil?
I am in Cali right now.
I went to La avenida sexta This Thursday (almost empty), Friday and Saturday. There were at some places a few tables with 2-4 girls drinking beer but they were not pretty girls and they were lower class girls too.
There were not too many people on Avenida Sexta.
Then on Saturday at 1 am we hit the clubs in Menga. We went to Jala Jala (there was a lot of electronic music there contrary to its reputation). Not one single woman. About 150 people: all couples.
Then we went to the clubs next to Jala Jala. On the left side we couldn’t get in because we were not a couple. The next one didn’t let us peep in but the receptionist told us it was only couples.
We went then to the few bars at walking distance. Only one table with 4 ugly girls drinking beer.
We then went to Mango biche and paid the 10’000 COP cover (5 USD). It was crowded with couples but no single women.
On Sunday night Parque de caña was supposed to be the best place for salsa. We went there and it was closed.
Nightlife in Cali definitely sucks.
They live on this phony reputation of being the salsa capital of the world. But that was in the 80′s with the cocaine money from the Cartel.
Sincere Locals will tell you the salsa culture died 10 years ago in Cali.
There are quite a few disorganized salsa schools though and perhaps very specialized clubs like “Tin Tin Deo” for aficionados, in the South of town.
I would say that for salsa dancing or nightlife in general, any American or European town is better than Cali (as absurd as it sounds…)
In the Juan Valdez Granada, there’s no wifi but on the terrace you catch the wifi from restaurant tikitako. Their new password is: 1234567890
Left Medellin for Cali due to the crappy rainy weather.
The Roo was right. Nothing really happening at night and you better have your Spanish on point.
The Chipichape Mall seems to have a few Hotties, but your game better be tight to stop them.
I will be trying out the Juan Valdez Cafe this afternoon to see, if indeed it has the Hottest and most sophisticated Chicas around.
Thanks Roo. It’s time to prowl.
Cali isn’t for everyone. I lived there for 6 months and felt like a king. If you speak basic spanish, have cash and go there for long enough to integrate, you will have a fantastic time.
Dont go in shorts, everyone wears jeans (smart casual) most of the time.
Cali women are taller and have better bodies than Medellin women. Don’t be an idiot. Medellin faces a little cuter on average but they’re smaller and have less sexy bodies than Calenas.
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