50Best Accolades
  • The Best Bar in South America 2023, sponsored by Scrappy's Bitters

From furious fiestas danced out to a reggaeton soundtrack to the feelgood farm-to-bar concept as well as a highly progressive cocktail list that showcases Colombia’s biodiversity, Alquímico shows its multiple personalities across three – usually packed – floors of a renovated colonial mansion in Cartagena de Indias. After French-Vietnamese owner Jean Trinh fell in love with Colombia, he wanted to give something back to the country he now calls home – and he made more than good with Alquímico.

While each of the bar’s three floors expresses its own identity through drinks and dishes (strictly vegetarian), Alquímico is also Trinh’s Antioquia farm, which provides the Cartagena team with many Colombian ingredients, such as pine extract or the citrus cordial that goes into the Gimlet. The Raíces (Roots) menu on the first floor, for example, takes inspiration from every region in Colombia, while the terrace’s #FromTheFarmToTheBar cocktail pays tribute to the experiences the team lived through together on the hacienda during the pandemic. Just some of the many reasons Alquímico had been named The Best Bar in South America for the past three years.