Although in the past it was considered to be more of a risky destination, Medellin specifically has worked very hard to make the city safe for tourists to explore and feel comfortable going out to party.
They’ve even developed Colombia’s first metro and cable car services to make it easier to move around!
The nightlife really comes alive from Thursday to Saturday night, with local and guest DJs in a variety of genres.
One of the coolest things about this city in particular is that a huge chunk of the parties actually happen in hostels, specifically on rooftop terraces, which often come equipped with their own bar/restaurant.
Read: Best hostels in Medellín.
What this means is that many of the hostels in town are super welcoming towards visitors and friends of guests, as it means they will add to the party atmosphere and keep things exciting – something that isn’t so universal in the hostel culture of other countries and cities.
Something else worth mentioning is that the affordability of the city extends past the price of getting drunk and going out. The hostels themselves are awesomely affordable. So here are the best party hostels in Medellín.
🥳 The COOLEST Party Hostels? Your shortcut:
- The Wandering Paisa Backpackers Hostel
- Selina Medellín
- Tiger Hostel
- Rango Boutique Hostel
- Medellin BackPacker Hostel
- Viajero Medellin Hostel
Money-saving tip: Compare hostel prices with Hostelz.com. You can even filter specifically for Party hostels on Hostelz.com.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when you want …
- to party!
- a social Hostel to actually meet people!
- a cool hostel with drinking games and such!
Backpacking throughout the country? We also have a guide on the best hostels in Colombia.
- best Party hostels in detail
Quick Introduction to Medellin
Average price for a bed: On average, the price of a hostel in Medellin is around 15€ per night. Prices always depend on the season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelz.com.
Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 p.m.), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11 a.m.). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Clubbing Scene in Medellin: While reggaeton and salsa are the main music you’ll hear, Medellin also has a huge electronic scene that brings in DJs from all around the world, and you can enjoy all of this while sipping on tasty cocktails and watching the sun go down from a rooftop bar.
Neighborhoods worth mentioning for parties:
El Lleras: locals and tourists alike recognize this as the party zone on El Poblado, the prices here range from quite cheap to more expensive and the variety of clubs and discos is incredible. (Selina Medellin, Tiger Hostel, Rango Boutique Hostel, Viajero Medellín Hostel)
Barrio Colombia: where most of the super exclusive nightclubs of the city are. Because they are super spacious, they tend to be more expensive and further away from the downtown area.
La 33, the ¨paisa¨ party: this is where you would go to see more of a typical Colombian party, where locals enjoy all kinds of music at a much more affordable price.
La 70, Colombian afternoons and nights: within the Laureles region, this area has small bars to enjoy a beer in the afternoon and switch over to fun discos in the evenings, with plenty of restaurants close by and prices kept quite reasonable. You’ll see many locals here and be able to enjoy a super authentic vibe.
Las Palmas: both exclusive and remote, it’s often a bit cooler up in this top portion of the city, but the stellar views are well worth it. To get here, you’re best off taking an Uber or taxi, and prepare yourself to spend more than you would in some other regions.
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The Coolest Party Hostels in Medellin are …
Let’s jump right into the fun hostels in Medellin for partying:
- The Wandering Paisa Backpackers Hostel
- Selina Medellín
- Tiger Hostel
- Rango Boutique Hostel
- Medellin BackPacker Hostel
- Viajero Medellin Hostel
These are our favorite hostels in Medellin to party. We put all these hostels on the map, including our own insider tips for bars, clubs, and popular night life areas in Medellin (and more!).
Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type
|👩💻 For Digital Nomads:||The Wandering Paisa Backpackers Hostel|
|👫 For Socializing:||Selina Medellín|
|🎒 for Backpacker:||Tiger Hostel|
|🌆 For Nice Views:||Rango Boutique Hostel|
|👩❤️👨 Couple Hostel:||Medellin BackPacker Hostel|
|🦸 Solo Traveler:||Viajero Medellin Hostel|
1. The Wandering Paisa Backpackers Hostel
The Wandering Paisa Backpackers Hostel offers free salsa classes on top of karaoke, live music, open mic nights, language exchange, and stand-up comedy, which you can enjoy while sipping on a drink from their on-site bar and lounging in one of the hostel hammocks.
The hostel is decorated with a Bohemian vibe that pays homage to Colombian culture, and each of the rooms is hand-painted by a local art student to depict a different theme.
Comfort is not something this hostel skimps on, providing privacy dividers, orthopedic mattresses, personal lockers, and bunks that promise to be quiet as your drunken bunk mate hauls themselves into bed at five in the morning.
They also went all out with six updated bathrooms, 24-hour hot water, and brand-new computer stations for digital nomads.
If you’re trying to spend a day relaxing rather than raging, have no fear! They have it all taken care of with Nintendo Wii and a 42-inch plasma screen TV with cable television, lots of DVDs, a rooftop terrace with spectacular views, and a bar with plenty of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
They have 24-hour reception, quick laundry services, a massive kitchen, and bilingual staff who are eager to help you plan and book your trip.
Location: The location is stellar for avid party-goers (just over a kilometer from the city center), as it’s situated in Laureles, just a block from local party spots La Setenta and La 33, and also quite close to the metro.
Our favorite hostel in Medellin for
- digital nomads
2. Selina Medellín
Selina Medellín is part of a super popular chain of hostels spread all throughout Latin America and is one of our personal favorites in terms of hostels that offer comfort at reasonable prices.
Selina hostels always have a hip, social vibe about them and the staff do a great job connecting you with whoever, or whatever, you may be looking for!
Enjoy their onsite bar, restaurant, café, balcony, electronic music dance floor, live music and DJs, and even pool tables!
24h reception gives you the freedom to come back at any hour of the night, or morning, and the staff are super eager to help you plan your time there and give advice on which clubs and restaurants to check out.
If you’re feeling more like staying in, take advantage of the well-stocked kitchen to cook yourself a nice meal before sitting down in the fully equipped coworking room to be mega productive, play a board game, or take a nap in the air-conditioned room to gather your energy for a wild night out.
Location: This hostel is around five kilometers from the city center, but it’s right next to some fancy restaurants and wine bars that you can hit up before heading back to the hostel.
This hostel is great for:
- Social butterflies
3. Tiger Hostel
Tiger Hostel is perfect for pub lovers, as it is the number one rated pub crawl in the Medellin and keeps things exciting well throughout the night with drinking games and themed parties.
If you’re big on beauty rest, this is probably not the hostel for you. With tons of comfy lounging areas, an onsite bar with happy hour, and an outdoor terrace to hang out on while nursing your hangover with a tasty brunch from the in-house café.
They also offer free coffee around the clock, which is definitely no small detail for those who rage every night and need to rally for the following evening.
On top of being right in the middle of the party area, they also have a large TV with access to all the sports games you could ever dream of.
They have a deal with multiple bars and nightclubs in the area that give free entry to guests and are really lax about letting non-guests come to their in-house events.
Location: Located in El Poblado, just over five kilometers from the city center, this is probably one of the cheapest party hostels you can get, and you can sleep guilt-free as they are committed to sustainable, social, and conscious tourism!
A top choice for:
4. Rango Boutique Hostel
Rango Boutique Hostel is perfect for those who are willing to spend a little more to come back to a place of luxury and pampering after long nights of partying.
Downstairs and rooftop bars, drinking games, no curfew, an open coworking space, and plenty of perks make this place stand out in terms of comfort and luxury compared to other hostels.
They have a 24-hour reception, a mini supermarket, airport transfers, a swimming pool, BBQ, hair dryers, their own nightclub, a foosball table, and board games.
Basically, this place has everything other hostels have, but on a completely different level – ranging from cleanliness to comfort, this is the place for those of you willing to spend some extra money to treat yourself.
Location: one minute from Parque Lleras Club and close to the bar scene, this hostel is also located in the El Poblado region.
One of the best hostels for:
- Comfort-oriented travelers
5. Medellin BackPacker Hostel
Medellin BackPacker Hostel is more centrally located and provides a great balance between those of you who love partying but also prioritize your beauty sleep, as there are plenty of bars and clubs nearby but none within the hostel itself.
This is one of the safest places to stay as it has personal lockers, 24-hour reception, security cameras, and secured parking spots.
They have a fully equipped and clean kitchen, a terrace to work on, hair dryers, cable TV, and towels are included.
They’re also a bit more lenient with when you’re allowed to come in and leave.
Location: right in downtown Medellin in the neighborhood of Sevilla, within walking distance to the botanical garden, Explorer park, and park of Wishes, as well as two shopping centers and a state-of-the-art gym.
6. Viajero Medellin Hostel
Viajero Medellin Hostel provides instant immersion in the super unique culture of Medellin with its graffiti-covered walls, taking care of your socializing needs by providing plenty of free games and activities on site!
Amazing rooftop views, coworking spaces, meeting rooms, and plenty of dishes and drinks to choose from in their restaurant pub.
Something worth mentioning is that this hostel has a hot tub, which is pretty ideal for resting and resetting before the next night of partying hard.
Location: Located in El Poblado, just over five kilometers from the city center, the hostel is in the city pink zone
This hostel is recommended for:
- Solo travelers
Fun Tips for Party Hostels in Medellin
As you have come to realize, staying at a party hostel is a little different than staying at a regular hostel. Here are some tips to make your stay go a little smoother, and how to be prepared:
How to identify a party Hostel? 4 Simple indicators:
- Is there an age limit? 18+ and an upper age-limit are indicators
- Do they offer Pub Crawls and Drinking Games in the hostel?
- Check for party pictures
- Filter the Reviews on Hostelz.com for keywords like "Party", "nightlife" or "social"
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Things to Bring & Pack
There are a few things backpackers should be sure to bring when staying at a party hostel specifically. These items include earplugs (for early mornings and loud roomates), a padlock (lock up your valuables BEFORE going out), headache medicine (always usefful!), and condoms.
Especially for the bigger European cities where pickpocketing is common we recommend wearing trousers with zippers. This limits the chances of stealing from your pockets.
One of the best things about a hostel is being able to meet new people from every corner of the world. Be sure to talk to people and mingle. Travelling solo is great and life-changing, yet enjoying it with new friends can be even better. Locals especially, can show you hidden secret and some of the best spots in the city.
Read: 18 Rules for Hostels and how to build life-time friendships in Hostels
What about the cheapest hostels in Medellin?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Medellin.
- Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Medellin
- add your dates
- Order the listings by price
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How to book?
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We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
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We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Medellin best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
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Our Favorite Hostels in Medellin put on a map + sights
Let us have a look at the handmade map we have created for you. As promised, below we list all party hostels and best hostels in Medellin, as well as sights and our own travel tips.
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Our Insider Tips
As mentioned in the beginning, this guide is an extension of our article “Best hostels in Medellin”.
Yet, we have written down more of our best tips for Medellin. Check out the following:
Where to Party in the City
- Parque Lleras: This is the epicenter of Medellín’s nightlife. The park and its surrounding streets are lined with bars, clubs, and restaurants. It’s the go-to place for both locals and travelers.
- La 70: Carrera 70 is a street bursting with bars, clubs, and street food vendors. It’s a lively area where you can party with the locals.
- El Poblado: This upscale neighborhood is home to some of Medellín’s trendiest clubs and bars. It’s where you’ll find a mix of backpackers and fashionable locals.
Best Bar Areas:
- Barrio Colombia: A district filled with clubs and bars that cater to different tastes. Whether you’re into electronic music or Latin beats, you’ll find a spot here.
- La 33: This is where you can enjoy a more local experience. The street is lined with bars, discos, and plenty of places to practice your salsa moves.
- Envigado: Just a short taxi ride from El Poblado, Envigado offers a more laid-back nightlife scene with excellent bars and restaurants.
Nightlife Events and Activities:
- Gringo Tuesdays at Son Havana: A popular event where you can dance to reggaeton and salsa, enjoy a free salsa lesson, and mingle with fellow travelers.
- Pablo Escobar Tour: Take a tour to learn about the city’s history and visit some of the infamous drug lord’s former haunts. It’s an eye-opening experience.
- Salsa Dancing: Medellín is the perfect place to learn salsa. Many clubs offer free lessons, so you can hit the dance floor with confidence.
- 12-1-Uno: A favorite spot in El Poblado known for its generous happy hour. Grab a cocktail, unwind, and get ready for a night of dancing.
- Café Zorba: A cozy café with a great happy hour on beer and cocktails. It’s a perfect place to meet fellow travelers before hitting the town.
- Wandering Paisa Hostel: This popular hostel offers a daily happy hour with affordable drinks, setting the mood for a night out with new friends.
What to Drink in the City:
- Aguardiente: The national drink of Colombia, this anise-flavored liquor is a must-try. It’s often consumed as shots and is said to bring good luck.
- Club Colombia: A popular local beer that pairs perfectly with the warm Colombian evenings. Try the “Roja” for a crisp and refreshing taste.
- Mojito: A classic cocktail that’s popular in Medellín. Sip on a mojito while you soak in the lively atmosphere of the city.
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