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08th Nov 2022

World’s first cocaine bar switches location every month so it can stay open

Tobi Akingbade

A simple google search won’t take you there

An illegal cocaine bar on top of the Andes mountains has managed to stay open by constantly changing its location, of course.

Sounds like the fail-proof method  to keep a secret, a secret.

Route 36 is the world’s first cocaine bar located in the city of La Paz, Bolivia – but in order to stay in operation it moved around once a month.

While Route 36 might be well-known, a simple google search isn’t likely to lead you there

So if you want to visit – we are not recommending this – you’d need to do a lot of your own research.

La Paz is famous for being the highest administrative capital in the world, sitting at over 3,500 metres above sea level on the Andes.

It’s so high that tourists often suffer from breathlessness, nausea, lack of appetite, or insomnia when they visit.

Some who have managed to find the bar report that the best way to get there is to get a cab, as taxi drivers in the city have all the insider knowledge.

According to one report in Stylist, “The best spot to find a cabbie in the know is outside one of the city’s party hostels – Loki or Wild Rover are good bets – but it seems that most drivers in the city centre will have an idea.”

Others who have found the bar claimed that it’s mostly full of tourists as Bolivians don’t tend to spend a lot of time there – and going there will likely set you back a pretty penny as the substance sold there is extremely pure.

Plus, you could be looking at a €5 (£4.30) entry fee before being charged around €15 (£13) for a gram of cocaine – though it is exceptionally pure.

It’s important to be aware of the facts about cocaine.

Cocaine is a Class A drug in the UK and it is illegal in many countries internationally – although in some countries it is legal for medical uses, or possession is legal in small amounts or for personal use.

In 2021, there were 840 deaths related to cocaine registered in the UK – an 8.1% increase from the previous year.

The addictive drug, even when it’s not fatal, can sometimes cause anxiety, panic, paranoia, and erratic behaviour.

Longer term use can cause depression, dependence, impotence, insomnia, and heart damage.

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