For almost 7 years now, Tinto Tintero has been a ground-breaking bar in Medellin, by bringing visitors of the Zona Rosa a unique mix of “rumba” and culture.
Administrator Monika Diaz explains:
“The idea from the beginning was to offer people more than just a place to drink, but a bar/cultural center to make you think.”
It starts off the week on Tuesdays with an open discussion in English on a variety of topics. According to a recent participant: “it feels something like a mix between a cocktail party and university lecture.” It’s an effort to give Colombians with a decent command of the language and native speakers of English a venue to discuss, not only interesting ideas, but share cultural differences.
Wednesdays they’ve just started to offer an hour of free salsa classes to anyone from beginners still looking for their sense of rhythm to more advanced aficionados hoping to polish their spins.
Thursdays the temperature gets turned up with cool jazz at Medellin’s only weekly jam. The doors and the stage are open for anyone with the chops to sit in with the boys from the EAFIT university jazz program. “There are sometimes more musicians than paying clients,” jokes bar owner David Campbell, which lends to the night a dynamic, social mix that makes everyone feel like they’re part of the band.
Fridays those with eclectic musical tastes can enjoy live acoustic sessions featuring up and coming guitarist/vocalists from the Medellin music scene and Saturdays are reserved for bands from a surprising variety of genres. On either of these weekend nights you might expect to hear blues, funk, rock, reggae and more recently, electronic. Most of these offerings are free but occasionally a modest cover is charged to help cover the cost of live music. You can check their website for up to date listings on events:
And apart from this smorgasbord of musical offerings, they also host trivia nights, language exchanges, book launches and private events for groups of up to 50. They feature a lending and exchange library with some 400 titles and an interior décor of counter culture art that does more than just pretty the place up. It’s a drinking hole with a soul and you can really feel that the people who run it put their hearts into it. With a bird’s eye view looking down over Parque Poblado from the second floor, street-side terrace, Tinto Tintero is an ideal place to people watch and survey the crowd of evening revelers and, as one regular jokingly put it: “to stimulate and kill your brain cells at the same time.”
|Tuesdays||English Conversation||8:00pm – 9:00pm||Free|
|Wednesdays||Salsa Class||8:30pm – 9:00pm||Free|
|Thursdays||Jazz Jam||9:30pm – 1:00am||5000|
|Fridays||Acoustic Sessions||10:30pm – 1:00am||Free|
|Saturday||Live Bands||10:30pm – 1:00am||Cover/Free|
Address: Cr 43B No 10 – 12 Medellín
Telephone: (57)(4) 5802924