Being a Brit, I’m quite partial to copious amounts of beer being poured down my gullet at the weekend. I appreciate the rums, the whiskeys and even the aguardientes on offer on Colombia, but my first love will always be a cool, refreshing lager.
That said, in many South American destinations there are precious few places to sink into a cold one, and that can get frustrating.
Not so in Bogota.
I attribute the popularity of pubs in Bogota to the slightly cooler climate. You can handle the heavier weight of a pint because you’re not slugging around, sweating from the heat. Instead, often, you’re seeking shelter from the rainy weather in Colombia‘s capital, and as any Brit knows, the best place for that is the pub.
So where are the best places to go for a beer in Bogota? To whet your appetite for a night out in Bogota? Here’s my list:
Bogota Beer Company
The BBC was the first pub to arrive in Bogota and has since inspired many imitators. Boasting the best home-brewed selection of beer in the city, it’s pretty much a must-visit when you come to Colombia. I recommend the Half and Half.
The Monkey House
Near Zona G, The Monkey House is a modern style pub that serves an array of delicious meal and boasts a beer menu to rival many in Europe. The selection of beers is astronomical by South American standards, and includes Paulaner, Erdinger, home-brewed beer and many, many more.
My pal Alex runs this joint and, while it’s a little out of the centre of the town for me to go regularly, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the beer and the food when I’ve been. Alex has shares in Sierra del Tigre, too, which is a beer they serve at the pub, and is one of the best in the city.
The Eight Bells
For authentic pubby goodness, you can’t go too far wrong with The Eight Bells, which is located in Usaquen. It’s the first pub I’ve ever been to outside of the UK and Ireland that feels really and truly like a pub (if you ignore the table service). It doesn’t have the selection of beers of other places on the list, but trumps everyone on atmosphere.
There’s nothing better than a few cheap tienda beers to warm you up before a night out, and you just wouldn’t be living the Colombian life if you didn’t grab a couple of Pokers or Aguilas and listen to some disconcertingly loud Vallenato. So loud, in fact, you can’t hear your friends talk.