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La Jugada, Rooftop Bar

Cartagena, Colombia

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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We continued our journey through the Colonial City of Cartagena, Colombia for fun and lively rooftop bars.

We discovered this one because we sat at Al Quimico a few nights before, and had noticed the flamingo statues on the roof!

Thought we might check it out.

La Jugada Rooftop Bar, Cartagena, Colombia

La Jugada Entrance

This was a nice entrance, and the menu was posted on the wall. We were told that it did not have an entrance fee, nor a minimum to spend like some other places in town, so why not give it a try?

The first floor of La Jugada Club and Bar, Cartagena, Colombia

The first floor

The first floor of La Jugada was attractive, but we were interested in the rooftop view.





That meant about 5 floors up!

Bartender at La Jugada Rooftop Bar, Cartagena, Colombia

Bartender on our level

Once we broke out of the interior of the building, we noticed that there were three different rooftop locations.

There was one open-air terraza below us and one above.

We made the decision to stay at this second level for no particular reason, and we had a nice view of Al Quimico across the street.

Notice the box of striped straws on the right in the photo. These are made of plant material and are biodegradable.

Al Quimico Rooftop Bar and mural, Cartagena, Colombia

Our view of Al Quimico across the street

This is a lovely view of Al Quimico rooftop and their delightful tropical mural.

As you can tell from the angle of this photo, we are another level up from this bar.

The "famous" Flamingos

These are the Flamingos we saw from Al Quimico a few nights past. We don't know the significance of them, other than they are a tropical bird and being on the rooftop brings attention to La Jugada. They happen to be part of the interior decoration of the bar as well, and as a backdrop print on the menu.

From our middle rooftop location, you can see the patio bar below us. There is one above us as well.

All of these areas in La Jugada are cozy.

Menu at La Jugada Bar, Cartagena, Colombia

Our menu

We have been having good luck with sharing appetizers at these rooftop bars, so we decided to order the Ceviche Tropical under the "Para Compartir" menu.

Generally, when ordering from the Shared Menu, portions are big enough for two or more people. Because this was Ceviche Tropical, we anticipated mango, papaya, pineapple or other tropical fruits along with the fish.

Ceviche Tropical, La Jugada Bar, Cartagena, Colombia

Pretty, but underwhelming

Kind of dinky, isn't it?

As you might remember, at Hotel Movich Rooftop Bar we had a Carpaccio of Octopus that was simply gorgeous and actually huge.

To have this tiny bowl with bits delivered... well, we were disappointed.





Still, the fish was very fresh, and the sauce was a citrus/mango flavor.

Our bill at La Jugada Bar, Cartagena, Colombia

Our bill

Our bill with a bottle of water, two rums, the ceviche and automatic tip came to $27USD.

While we understand that this bar gets rocking later on in the evening, compared to some other locations we have visited, La Jugada was just disappointing.

Perhaps on your visit, you might find it otherwise.

La Jugada Club House - Bar

Carrera 6 #3425

Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena

Bolívar, Colombia

Phone: +57 317 7131458 OR +57 316 3194481


Open daily 5pm to 4am

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