Centrico — Bogotá, Colombia
The architectural duo Manuel Villa and Antonio Yemail have taken Bogotá’s love of high-octane rooftop bars to new heights. The pair, two of the country’s sharpest young architects, commandeered the penthouse of the former Hilton, an iconic 1963 tower block designed by Colombo-Catalan architect Fernando Martinez in the city’s financial centre, to create Bogotá’s loftiest new bar. Determined to go one better than legendary predecessor Cha Cha, Villa and Yemail added a 41st floor to Martinez’s residential tower (originally built for retired policemen) turning the roof into Colombia’s highest spot for discreet late-night mischief. Along with the best views of the Latin American capital, it serves up food by Enobra chef Francisco Pinzon and soul and Latin sounds stretching back through the building’s glorious 40-year history.