BEST BARS & NIGHTLIFE IN MEDELLIN
I’m probably not the first to tell you that Medellin’s nightlife is good. There are a baffling number of bars and clubs located in pockets throughout the city. Medellin is one of the reggaeton capitals of the world, alongside Santo Domingo, Panama City and Puerto Rico.
There are many areas I can suggest, but if you are here for any less than 2 weeks, I will only recommend one: Parque Lleras. This area is dense with bars, discos, lounges and restaurants and is snuggly in the posh El Poblado district.
Some people complain that Medellin nightlife is too cliquey. There are not too many ‘stand-up’ bars that are good for mingling. Most local Colombians go out in mixed groups and spend the night talking to their group. Dancing can help break the barrier.
My Latin Life recommends:
Bendito Seas: Definitely a younger crowd here, but a really cool interior. I liked it, but if you want a nightclub, go to Babylon. But, there are lots of foreigners in Babylon. You’ve been warned.
WHERE TO STAY IN MEDELLIN
The best areas of Medellin to stay are Poblado, Laureles, Sabaneta and Envigado. Most first timers in Medellin stay in Poblado or Laureles, the most Americanized and upscale neighborhoods. Poblado is the area of the city most frequented by expats and digital nomads. Laureles is a little bit more local and residential, but also a major nightlife area with great coffeeshops. Envigado is a little further from the action, but close to the mall and much safer. All three of these areas have many hotels and Airbnbs to chose from. Poblado and Envigado will be more expensive than Laureles and Sabaneta.
IS MEDELLIN SAFE?
So-so. Despite its unprecedented decline in crime rates over the past 20 years, Medellin is still not entirely safe. It’s a big city and most people do not make very much money. Take taxis home after the bar, and never leave your drink unattended. Be cautious walking alone at night. Pereira is significantly safer.
BEST CAFES IN MEDELLIN FOR DIGITAL NOMADS
Chances are you will stay in Poblado or Laureles at some point during your time in Medellin. Every neighborhood in Medellin has great cafes. The baristas will be helpful and probably speak some English. The wifi is fast throughout the city. One of the best parts about Medellin is working remotely in the cafes, sipping amazing coffee and eating a super cheap tasty meal. You are bound to meet other expats and digital nomads if you spend enough time at the cafe.
Best Cafes in Poblado, Medellin for Digital Nomads