5 Rooftop bars in Cartagena

Dreaming of sipping a piña colada, gazing out to the Caribbean ocean, while sitting on the colonial walls of Cartagena?

When I first arrived, all I wanted to do was soak in some rays and relax on a rooftop bar.

I ended up doing exactly the opposite – wandering from one hotel to the next, politely asking to use their rooftop bar, and getting either: 1) immediately rejected or 2) a fee of at least 50 USD for the ‘day rate’.

However, after spending 3 months here, I found some incredible rooftop bars – full of cocktails, culture, and charm. They do exist but are tucked away, only for those in-the-know.

So here’s my pick of the 5 best rooftop bars in Cartagena.

Rooftop bars in Cartagena

Hidden above a swanky ground-floor bar that looks like it belongs in Great Gatsby, it’s easy not to venture up the stairs to the roof.

However, the rooftop bar is worth those extra steps. Less fancy, and more laidback – with graffiti murals in true Cartagenan fashion, and a chilled house playlist. Plus, their cocktail list is short but considered, with delights including tequila with fresh ginger, cucumber, and lime.

Rooftop bars in Cartagena Alquimico
Photo credit: Alquimico Bar Facebook page

If one rooftop pool isn’t enough, Movich has two.

Along with sun loungers, private pods, a hot tub, and the perfect level of attentiveness from staff – you can go for just one drink, and stay all day (if you’re on a budget).

Although you might be swayed by their octopus carpaccio with olive pearls, mango and olive oil – or house fries with paprika salt, serrano ham and asparagus… their salivating menu is endless.

Rooftop bars in Cartagena Movich

Fancy staying here? With 5 stars, its seriously luxurious. Check it out on Booking.com here.

Overlooking the central plaza, port, and monumental clock tower – with the cathedrals peeking out in the background – Monterrey is a beautiful spot to watch the hustle and bustle of Cartagenan life, while the sun goes down.

Fancy staying here? It’s bang in between Getsmeni & the Old Town so has a great location. Check it out on Booking.com here.

Opposite Monterrey, Sunset Gastro Lounge overlooks the same plaza and port – but it’s located just inside the walls of the Old Town. This means it’s often a little busier, but the two-for-one cocktails makes it great value, for such a central spot.

Rooftop bars in Cartagena Sunset Gastro Lounge
Photo credit: Sunset Gastro Lounge Facebook page

An Ibizan-style cocktail bar, nestled into the cobbled, colonial walls of the Old Town – with an ocean view. Watch the sun set behind the sea, sit next to the ancient canons, and listen to the beats of a chill-out playlist, along with sounds of the waves.

Head down around early, to grab the limited seats next to the wall, and spend the next couple of hours sipping away on those dreamy cocktails.

Rooftop bars in Cartagena Cafe del mar


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  1. Thank you so much for this post. We’re currently spending our long layover at the Movich rooftop. We wouldn’t have figured this out without you. Thank you!

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