The best places to get a drink and meet others
According to Juan, one thing that sets Bogotá’s LGBTQ+ scene apart is that there’s truly something for everyone. “The evolution [of Bogotá’s queer scene] has been very positive. From the small and practically clandestine bars of the 80s, to the more diverse alternatives in the 90s, to the bigger and bolder bars of the 00s, right up to the globally-recognized spots of today, such as Theatron and Dark Club.”
So whether you’re into bars, restaurants, or nightclubs, there’s no shortage of places to grab a drink in this city—and Juan covers plenty on his tour. “Chapinero Central is the zone where the majority of LGBTIQ+ entertainment establishments are located. There, I’d recommend the following clubs and bars: Theatron, Octava Club, Videoclub, Brokeback Mountain, Leos Bar, and El Perro y la Calandria. (I’d suggest the latter to Spanish-speakers because it only plays Spanish-language music.)”
He also recommends hiring a local guide if you want to find the best saunas or cruising clubs in Bogotá. “These places don’t have signs or rainbow flags outside. They’re extremely discrete and hard to find without help.”
Must-visit LGBTQ+-owned institutions
“The majority of LGBTIQ+-oriented businesses are part of the community. The most well-known are the El Muro restaurant, the megaclub Theatron, and the bar El Perro y la Calandria.”
And if you want to visit? Be sure to spend at least one weekend in Bogotá, as that’s the only time some of these establishments (most notably the megaclubs) throw open their doors to visitors.