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Britannia – the British Pub in Bogotá

by Alex on Oct.24, 2011, under Blog, What to do in Bogotá

Britannia is a real British pub with a real British landlord and all the inane banter that that might entail. It’s as traditional as you can get in Bogotá – clearly back home no self-respecting landlord would waste money on waitresses and to my mind a pub can do without TVs but we are in Colombia and with that comes table sevice and perpetual sport. Looking on the bright side you don’t need to expend effort in going to the bar for your next drink and let’s face it, there are a lot of sports fans out there and you only need ask to have your game shown, so long as there is no one bigger and tougher than you wanting to watch something on the other chanel…

We have Sierra del Tigre beer, the best beer by a long way in Bogotá and probably the best in Colombia. We opened with an American Pale Ale, an Irish Red, an American Brown Ale and an IPA, and have recently put on our second batch of IPA, even more hoppy than the first. We have a good range of imported beers and spirits and use decent liquor in our cocktails (many bars have recognised brands on the shelves and use cheap made-in-Colombia vodka, gin etc. for coctails). You will recognise the difference in quality when you drink at Britannia.

On Mondays we entertain our North American cousins with Monday Night Football, we have games night on a Tuesday and a language exchange on Wednesdays – come and chat foreign with the locals. Our after office special Monday to Friday gives you 20% off jugs of beer, bottles (of liquor) and coctails from 4 until 7 and the atmoshere is always friendly – a safe place to come and sit at the bar and chat with the landlord and staff. Every day we do a lunch with either a half pint of beer or a soda for $15,000 –

Britannia is on the 26 on the way from the airport to downtown or vice versa depending on your point of view, in the Marriot Hotel building, full address calle 26 number 69b-53 local 1. There is secure parking under the hotel, really secure with dogs and guns and all that jazz and you get an hour’s free parking when you come to Britannia.

So I suppose I’ll see you here. I tell you what, I’ve had a few Sierra del Tigres and am feeling generous – bring a couple of friends and if you tell me (Alex) that you found out about the pub here I’ll regale you (as they say in Spanish) with some real chips complete with lashings and lashings of salt and vinegar (whether you ask for it or not)…

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Bogotá Beer Company (BBC)

by Alex on Nov.01, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

BBC is a Bogotá-based brewery with a number of very popular pub-styled bars throughout town. Although a welcome change from the very average lager sold as standard in Colombia, sadly, aficionados will recognise that the beer is not great beer (it is though better than Colón beer in which I think they put actual colons). The best bet for beer lovers is to drink black and tan, a mixture of the porter and red – this tip was given to me by a beer expert who makes what must be the best beer in Colombia. The BBC bars that I’ve been to usually have a great atmosphere and popping in for a pint can often end up in drinking until closing time, just like back home…

BBC bars can be found here:

Carrera 12 no. 83-33
Zona Rosa
(1) 802 6737/802 9762

Calle 85 no. 13-06
Zona Rosa
(1) 805 0105

Carrera 6 no. 119-24
(1) 802 6784
Usaquén

Carrera 11a no. 93-94
Parque 93
(1) 802 6765

Carrera 5 no. 71a-75
Rosales
(1) 802 8759

Avenida 19 no. 120-74
(1) 743 0497

Torre Suramericana
Avenida Jorge Eliécer Gaitán no. 68b–85 Local C-107
Salitre
(1) 805 1348

Avenida 19 no. 139-07
Cedritos
(1) 742 7763

Avenida Calle 116 no. 17-78
Pepe Sierra
(1) 475 9120

To call a landline from a mobile/cell in Colombia prefix the landline number with 03 followed by the region code. For Bogotá prefix with 031

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The Irish Pub, Zona Rosa

by Alex on Nov.01, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Carrera 12a no. 83-48
Zona T
Zona Rosa

Real name simply ‘The Pub’, this place is an institution. Even when the T is otherwise deserted, the terrace of the Irish Pub is usually packed. Popular amongst ex-pats, visiting business people and the richer of Bogotá, the place is also frequented by those who will spend a day’s income on a couple of beers. BBC (Bogotá Beer Company) beer is sold

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La Villa, Bogotá

by Alex on Oct.31, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

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Club – western music

Carrera 14a No. 83-56
Zona Rosa

La Villa is the latest club to open in Bogotá, and the best if you are looking for somewhere playing western music, with Armandito, famous DJ of Armando Records plays on Friday nights

The décor is vintage, and the fit out Mediterranean with plenty of terrace space, antique furniture, a fountain and other cool features. Clientèle are friendly as are the various owners, some of whom are there most nights and will do their best to make you feel welcome

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Zona Rosa

by Alex on Jul.12, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Zona Rosa, an area of cafés, bars, restaurants, clubs and malls lies around and to the south of Calle 85 and Carrera 12. Some places to try out:

Zona T (cafés and bars)
Andino (mall and cinema)
Atlantis (mall and cinema)
Alma (club)
Armando Records (club)
La Villa (club)
Penthouse (club)

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Zona T

by Alex on Jul.12, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Bars and eatieries
Calle 83 with Carrera 12
Zona Rosa

An area of smart bars and eateries in the middle of Zona Rosa, the Irish Pub being packed even on Sundays and public holidays. Western prices

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Quiebra-Canto

by Alex on Jul.12, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Club/Bar
Carrera 5 No. 17-76
Centro
Entry 10,000 COP includes drink before 23:00
Open until 03:00

This medium-sized bar/club with two dance areas over two floors is most popular on a Wednesday night where a mixture of latin and western music is played

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Las Galerias

by Alex on Jul.12, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Bars and clubs
Carrera 27 between Calles 51 and 52

Lots of good quality bars and clubs. It is unlikely that you’ll see other tourists here

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Chapinero bars and clubs

by Alex on Jul.11, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Calle 51 with Carrera 7
Chapinero

There are lots of cheap studenty bars in this area, great for meeting locals. Bar:be and In Vitro are just up the road

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Satsuma

by Alex on Feb.13, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Sushi lounge and bar
Calle 12 No. 3-55
La Candelaria

As well as good sushi in a cool atmosphere, ceviche and tasty veggie maki are available. Great cocktails and high-level juices too!

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