Interviews LGBT

Interviews LGBT

Bogotá Opening up to Join the Big Names in South America’s LGBT Scene

=> Following the likes of Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo, Bogotá is part of a new crop of cities in South America that are confounding expectations by proving themselves to be open, progressive and popular when it comes to LGBT communities.
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Anthony LGBT Scene Bogota
We caught up with Anthony to discuss Bogotá’s scene,
to see how it’s improving, and what it needs to do to firmly place itself on the map of gay capitals of the world. Anthony is a 30-something who works in PR. He has travelled the world, from Europe to Brazil and much more, and found himself in Bogotá for the past year, not necessarily enjoying the weather, but enjoying the culture and his life in Colombia’s bustling capital city.

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Firstly, what are you impressions of the gay scene in Bogota, how does it compare with other countries you've lived in?

Before arriving in Colombia, my research about gay nightlife led me to the conclusion that it exists but gave me no indication of the size, type or diversity. My first-hand experience of the gay nightlife now that i have been living here for over 8 months is certainly of a growing and diverse scene with many bars and clubs that cater for most tastes.

Whilst Bogota still has to catch up with the likes of Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, new places are springing up every week and you get the feel that the city's gay nightlife is becoming more open and more inclusive.
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What are some of the best places to go out in Bogotá?

From traditional Latin American music to electronica, trendy bars and clubs to the more cruisy scene, Bogota has a lot to offer. For bars head to Chapinero and Zona Rosa, my favourite one has to be Blues Bar and Chase. For clubs, if you want big with several rooms playing a wide selection of music then head to Theatron, although for all Theatron’s openness and atmosphere, the sad fact remains that women aren’t allowed in some bars - and that’s unfortunate. For a more upmarket experience, I would recommend Romeo, in Chapinero - as well as the End, an after-club till 6am.
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How do you see the scene developing in Bogotá, has it improved since you've been in the city?

Having been here for 10 months, I have seen more new places open but I still think it's lacking in variety...There needs to be more coffee shops and restaurants like in Buenos Aires or Sao Paulo. The other service that I think is missing here is gay hotels and apartments (I don’t mean the seedy variety)... When services realise the power of the pink pound and start tailoring their services to meet diverse needs, it shows how much the gay scene is developing.
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Are there other places in Colombia you'd recommend for a good night out?

Medellin is definitely a hotspot...There are some gay places in Cartagena and Barranquilla, but really Bogotá is the place to be.
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