Cali is home to one of Colombia’s most iconic nightlife scenes. Salsa dominates here, and many of the swanky old clubs fueled in the cartel days are still hanging around, most of them staying open until 3am on the weekends. You’ll want to plan in advance for Delirio (www.delirio.com.co; tel. 2/405-5300), a wild, monthly salsa party set in a circus tent in the Parque del Amor. Tickets can be purchased at www.tuboleta.com. There are dozens of other great salsa spots that run year-round, however. Zaperoco Bar, Avenida 5 Norte no. 16–46 (tel. 3/751-3266), is a classic, with veteran DJs and a high-energy crowd that packs the dance floor until late on Thursday to Saturday nights. Another iconic yet no-frills salsa spot is the second-floor Tin Tin Deo, Calle 5 No 38–71 (www.tintindeo.com), also open Thursday through Saturday.
All is not salsa, however. For a modern dance club with all sorts of music that goes beyond salsa, hit The Lobby Discoteca at Calle 1 Oeste no. 2–38 (tel. 2/892-3206) in El Peñon. Beer geeks will appreciate Ritual Cervecería, Av. 9N no. 10–52, a laidback pub that brews its own beer, amid a sea of other small bars and clubs in Barrio Granada. For cocktails, head to sleek Roset, at Carrera 2 Oeste no. 1–14 in El Peñon, which also has a full menu.
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