Last New Year’s I visited Colombia with my favorite travel buddies. While the region wasn’t one of my favorite travel destinations, if you find yourself in Bogota, you need to plan an evening at Andres. There are a slew of locations now, but if you want the true experience with the locals you go to the original spot and take the 45 minute drive out to Chia.
One of my friends was there before so for the New Yorkers, the best way she could describe it was a glorified, more intense version of Sammy’s Roumanian. She couldn’t explain it much more than that and once we got there, I got it. How can you explain a place where there are grown men dressed in dog costumes who come by to dance with you and then throw confetti all over the place, adorn you with Burger King style crowns and sashes and colorful tiki drinks in ridiculously decorated mugs. It was an absolute circus.
The restaurant can seat up to 2,000 people, which isn’t immediately clear walking in because there are so many different dining sections, mazes and little hideaways but then you quickly freak out once you realize the enormity of it all. I am immediately hit in the face with so many lights, colors, crazy quirky knick-knacks hanging from the ceiling and rooms full of laughter and loud music. The atmosphere was something like I’ve never experienced before. Within a half hour of being seated you feel like you are at a massive dinner and dance party celebration with hundreds of friends you are just meeting for the first time.
Arrive early to claim the best spot in the restaurant, which is clearly by the dance floor. While all of the food is tasty, the menu is obnoxiously long and the portions are huge so order in waves. The steak is the best (duh).
While I thought the decor and knick knacks were hilariously over-the-top, it was nice to know everything in there was hand-made in Bogota, and most items were available for purchase in the adjacent shop.
I didn’t take many photos as I was busy dancing but again, you really need to experience it for yourself. There’s no other way.
Andre Carne de Res
Cl. 3 #11A – 56, Chía, Cundinamarca, Colombia