Techno might not be the first genre of music you associate with Bogotá. Home to incredible salsa bars and vibrant reggaeton clubs, Bogotá’s electronic offerings can seem like an afterthought for those visiting Colombia’s bustling capital. Let it be known, however, that the sweaty enclave of hipsters throwing shapes to warehouse anthems is alive and well. If you find yourself hankering for some high-quality techno with a great atmosphere, here are some of the finest techno clubs in and around Bogotá’s metropolitan area.
On one of the busiest retail high streets in Chapinero Alto, Video Club can be found on the corner of Calle 64 #13-09. By day, the club sits silently above a Q Bano sandwich shop and is fairly inconspicuous. By night, it becomes the beating heart of the neighborhood as locals and foreigners queue in their droves around the block. It’s co-founder, Martín is an architect and designed the club layout himself. The first room on the ground floor primarily plays electro-disco fusions to warm you up for the main event. Upstairs you’ll find the techno room and open courtyard with a spectacular view of the city. Video Club’s resident DJs play a wide range of dynamic techno so you’ll rarely listen to the same track twice. Online music broadcaster Boiler Room has put on several nights here as well as the music platform Resident Advisor. Attracting artists such as Ben UFO, Joy Orbison, Move D and DJ Tennis, Video Club’s reputation speaks for itself and is a must-see for any techno lover. Tickets usually cost between 15.000 – 35.000COP ($5 – $11) and the club are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Located off the Septima at Calle 33 #6-24, the roof of BAUMs industrial warehouse shakes all night and half of the morning. It’s all black exterior and a nameless front door gives you the feeling of hipster royalty and exclusivity. Before going, prepare yourself for aching joints and wet clothes as you take part in something close to doing a boxercise class in a sweat lodge. Its lack of an outdoor area and 900-person capacity (which is regularly filled) means you’ll be perspiring profusely from the minute you step through the door. Baum always has great DJs and boasts one of the best sound-systems in all of the Colombian clubbing. Split into two rooms, the main room usually plays a mixture of techno and other electronic music, while the smaller room in the back is more for the die-hards. BAUM is also known for hosting an electronic music festival in Parque Norte every May. The festival has attracted names such as Leon Vynehall, Bart Skils, and Sol Ortega and has been running for 5 years. BAUM is a favorite of rolos and extranjeros alike. Tickets cost between 20.000COP – 40.000COP ($6 – $12) depending on who’s playing and on what day.
Octava is another techno club in Bogotá, located Chapi Alto just a few blocks from Video Club at Calle 8 #63-41. Easily spotted by it’s all-black and indented outside, Octava quickly fills up on weekend evenings. The interior has been designed with acoustics in mind – the layout has been geometrically constructed to optimize clubber listening experience, for example, the soundproofed ceiling minimizes the echo. This attention to detail explains why Octava lures some of Bogotá’s most talented DJs with a faithful group of regular customers. Octava sits in the heart of Bogotá’s gay district and aims to cater all who love techno without discrimination, as they frequently host LGBTQ nights and events. If you’re looking to party in Chapinero Alto on a weekend evening, make sure to check out Octava. Ticket prices can vary depending on whether you go Friday, Saturday or Sunday but usually range between 15.000COP – 30.000 ($5 – $10COP).
Two blocks north of Parque Norte is Vagabond Club at Ak. 15 #97-18. The venue has a capacity for 800 people and is normally packed on the weekends. Vagabond Club is owned by DJ Daniel Calle, aka Minor Dott, who often performs here. Minor Dott is a pioneering force of Colombia’s techno scene and has opened for names such as Adam Beyer, Carl Craig and Dax J, his club holds a similar famous reputation. Vagabond prides itself on playing new and underground techno with a big roster of excellent resident DJs. It hosts a mixture of events but ultimately stays true to its origins as being solely a techno club. If you think of yourself as a techno aficionado you’ll fit right in at Vagabond Club. Vagabond Club is open all week and apart from Mondays and Tuesdays, for 24 hours a day. Prices vary between 20.000COP – 50.000COP ($6 – $15).
For special events with guest DJs at any of these clubs, it’s best to plan ahead for big queues or order tickets in advance. To buy tickets online – go to Resident Advisor and search by the name of the techno club in Bogotá.
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