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Even though Bogotanos aren't known for their dancing abilities, they do enjoy an enviable nightlife. An active bar and club scene thrives in Usaquén, La Candelaria, La Zona Rosa, and Parque de la 93. Most bars and clubs get going around 11pm and close around 3am. In large clubs, you'll be expected to buy a bottle of liquor if you want to sit at a table; if you just want a shot or two, sit at the bar. Bogotanos dress up to go out, so make sure to look your best. An extensive listing of Bogotá clubs and bars can be found at www.bogota-dc.com/dir/rumba.html.

Andrés Carne De Res, at Calle 3 no. 11A-56 (no Transmilenio access), in Chia (tel. 1/863-7880; www.andrescarnederes.com), is considered the king of Bogotá nightlife by most Bogotános (even though it's technically located in the municipality of Chia). It's the kind of place where young and old come to dance the night away. Ask any Bogotano where to party, and they'll say Andres 99% of the time. The club doubles as a restaurant serving up excellent steaks and is decorated completely with second-hand items. The sprawling establishment plays mostly crossover music, and by the end of the night, everyone is on their feet -- don't be surprised if you find yourself table dancing after several shots of aguardiente. Partying doesn't come cheap at Andrés Carne de Res, though: Expect to spend COL$100,000 to COL$200,000, not including the long taxi ride back to Bogotá. Cover is COL$10,000. The owner recently opened another Andres in La Zona T divided into three floors (Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell), but a trip to the original Andres is still definitely worth a visit.

At Parque de la 93, Galeria Café Libro, Calle 11A-93-42 (tel. 218-3435), is one of my favorite salsa places in Bogotá and fills up Thursday to Saturday. They only play salsa here, so make sure you've polished up your moves. This rumbero caters to a 25-and-above crowd. Expect to be drenched in sweat upon leaving after a night of intense salsa dancing.

Punto G, at Calle 94 no. 11-46 (tel. 1/616-7046), is another popular crossover club. It resembles a hotel reception hall and is popular with the over-30 crowd. There's live music Wednesday through Saturday (featuring reggae, rock en español, salsa, and traditional Colombian beats), as well as a decent food selection. A night of partying at Punto G will also cost you: The average cocktail goes for COL$20,000, and a bottle of aguardiente costs about COL$90,000. Cover is COL$16,000 Thursday through Saturday.

The Bogotá Beer Company is popular with the post-university yuppie crowd. It plays '80s and '90s rock beats and serves several varieties of beer produced in a nearby Bogotá beer distillery. All locations are popular with Bogotanos, but some of my favorites are on Carrera 12 no. 83-33 (tel. 1/603-071), Carrera 11A no. 93-94 (tel. 1/621-9914), Av. 19 no. 120-76 (tel. 1/215-5150), Carrera 6 no. 119-24 (tel. 1/620-8454), Calle 85 no.13-06 (tel. 1/256-6950), and the Usaquén location.

The always-popular Irish Pub in La Zona T caters to a diverse crowd of Bogotanos and foreigners. One of the few places you'll find quite a few foreigners, the mojitos are excellent -- as they should be for COL$20,000 a pop -- and the atmosphere is festive. This typical pub fills up early, so be sure to show up early if you want to get a much-coveted outside table. (Don't worry, there are heaters to warm you up on cold nights).

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