Route 36 Cocaine bar La Paz, Bolivia

Diablo (Potosi Bolivia) by Ahron de Leeuw

Tired of the typical bar scene? Looking for a more unique approach to having a drink? Route 36 Cocaine bar located in La Paz, Bolivia offers more than your average beer and cocktail nuts.

Route 36 is a tourist hot spot located in one of Bolivia’s capital cities, La Paz. The after-hours bar attracts local as well as foreign drug users and backpackers. Route 36 offers the often expensive and well sought out drug cocaine alongside the regular alcoholic drinks. Being the word’s first and only cocaine bar, it attracts travelers from all across the globe. Vacationers praise Route 36 as being one of the greatest travel experiences in South America.

Miles of tiles by Phillie Casablanca

Interested in taking a trip to South America for the chance to explore Route 36 for yourself? It may be helpful to know that the location of the bar is not very stable. Many oblivious tourists find themselves looking for the lounge to no avail. Due to neighbor complaints about the use of an illegal drug, the location of the bar frequently changes. A few months is the maximum amount of months that the bar typically stays in one location, while a few weeks is the average.

The ever-growing illegal drug trafficking scene in Bolivia, opposed to countries such as Colombia, had increased majorly during the last decade. Cocaine production is on the rise and attempts to stop it prove to be extremely futile.

Valle de la Luna by Phillie Casablanca

The drug cocaine is illegal in Bolivia, but that didn’t hinder Route 36 from becoming one of the country’s most loved and visited lounges. Thousands upon thousands of tourists make a stop to partake in the otherwise expensive to difficult to find drug. Many tourists advocate the Bolivian cocaine because of its purity, price, and availability.

If you are interested in more than just the usual bar, consider Route 36 in La Paz, Bolivia for the adventure of a lifetime.

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Kev May 20, 2012 at 12:37 am

Had never heard of this route 36 before in my life, but now i need to go haha, its sounds like something out of a film lol and to the 2 comments above i totally agree with them, i cant possibly imagine the coke been shit. I stay in scotland and this is were u get shit coke! I think the coke may be shit to Bolivian standards but it must be like a 100 times better than any coke that you could ever find in scotland

Jonno June 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I had a big nigh here with a few friends. Fun place to visit for a few hours. Different vibe than other bars. But!! The cocaine we bought was shit!! More like speed diluted with some cocaine. None of us are big users… But we know enough that the quality was low. But!! Fun bar definitely worth a visit!!

User1 July 8, 2012 at 12:30 am

I have not been here but really want to go! I am really confused by jonnos response. Coke is cut in the US to turn a profit. Considering in a country like Peru, cocke is super cheap. Why would they need to cut it with meth? I can see why they would cut it with a neutral substance to make it not TOO potent, but speed?
My experience using cocaine in south America has been great, snorting bumps; not lines, and enjoying a great high.
I would like jonno could elaborate

SHAME ON U August 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

To you all: so called “adventure travelers” It’s a shame you guys consider yourselves travellers!!all the way to Bolivia just to go snort cocaine?? WTF!!u go for such cheap thrill?
Everytime u guys do cocaine my country is going to hell.
But when u think u are getting “the experience of your life”by snorting lines of wherever they give you on that bar or getting some”pure bolivian coke” as u think you get from a prisoner.I’m pretty sure how hard that people laughs at you when you get into that kind of “adventures”.

J August 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

Just went last night! Heard about it from various bar owners. Chill atmosphere, met a couple british ppl there. Complimentary drinks upon entry. Probably going to go once more while still in La Paz!

J August 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

Also yeah there are different kinds you can get, usually between 200-300 Bs. Kinda expensive but the atmosphere is GREAT! also yeah, some varieties were def cut w/ something, we agreed it was probs speed. Quality isnt the best but its far from bad

another bolivian October 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm

please! do not come here for the coke… i m prode of being bolivian and there are thousands of greats things to do but to snif. we dont need more junkies, nor deads, nor poverty, nor corruption. stay in peru or colombia, that way u ll make a huge favor to all of us

James smith November 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm

The coke at route 36 is speed with a dash of coke .. Makes you stay awake for so many hours ..grinding teeth /lock jaw / shaking ( hahaha) Otherwise it is a good laugh … Doing coke of silver trays in an aeroplane ..

Marco January 15, 2013 at 2:56 am

Tried lots of different drugs in my life, and I can assure that the R36 have both Cocaine Hydrochlorid (perhaps not available in every moment), and something called synthetic cocaine (also refered to as Procaine, Benzocaine, Lidocaine).
The whitecoloured-lite-beige crystallline powder is numbing good (7/10) and you feel the drip (5/10), The euphoric high feling is (3/10) (maybe cause i’m getting immune to cocaine‚Äôs euphoric high part, tried it too many ocassionally times, on a period of 10years).

Amsterdam in year 2010 had a great synthetic coke. It was a white crystalline powder very similar look like real outdoor snow, and numbness is to be rated (10/10) the Drip was 9/10 but the Euphoric high was 1/10.

Other cocaine I’ve tried in Bolivia was the Colombian type, It’s just the best. can’t get better (10/10 numbness, 4/10 drip , euphoric highness 10/10)).

User1982 January 26, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I went here in 2009 and a lot of the other travellers were saying the same things about it being speedy. Well the reason they say that is because the coke they get at home is so cut they hardly get a buzz from it, so when they get a hit off real coke it blows their mind! Does anybody really believe that speed is substantially cheaper in Bolivia, to make it worthwhile cutting coke with it? Or lido or benzo for that matter?

Mak February 17, 2013 at 10:48 am

You have to go to this place, even if you go to jail for a few days. This place is awesome!

Gannik March 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

Which cocaine is better Columbian or Bolivian?All people are telling that Bolivian is the best in the world.

william March 15, 2013 at 9:56 am

how have found it???

fibster101 March 20, 2013 at 6:58 am

User 1982. Is bang on about wat he said people here are not used to the real thing even wen they think they get the proper here its not the same i been to Columbia n its a different caliber out ther they don’t cut it wid speed waste of time n if u stupid enough they will c u coming but if u no ur shit these people want to give u the best

Marco April 27, 2013 at 4:56 am

The question should rather be: From which origin is the best cocaine. Because it’s both possible to find Colombian and Bolivian cocaine produced in Bolivia.
I think Colombian is put more passion into producing it..makeing it a little extra.. But Bolivian is also good, definitely better than the ones bought in western world (USA,Europe,Aussie,Canada) which is usually cut a lot.
Also in this old video from 1984:
which i found on youtube, is the coke that actually is possible to find in Bolivia’s R36. (Watch video at 4:50 min, it claims to be the best product in the world, something about M product… well I know this is not Meth, because Meth is transparent in color like ice, and this product in the video is a white crystalline powder which is most likely Cocaine as it says.) perhaps this video solved lot of questions..

doobie dex July 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm

im in la paz 5 years, stay away from the gringo places if u want good cocaine. if u dont speak spanish u will be sold pure crap. the price of a half gram of pure crystal is 50 pesos (bolivianos) if u kno where to look. good luck hope u find me

Ondina July 18, 2013 at 12:48 am

People traveling to a country to get drugs..really SUCK! The same for people spending such amounts of money to get high when humankind are starving worldwide, animals species becoming extinct and tropical forrests are being cut off just to keep trash like you filling your horrid noses with sh… I wish you all go soon to a place at the very bottom of this Earth. It is called HELL! Or at least thay your empty lifes vanish from Earth, as so many precious resources are vainly spent on you!

Also, as a Bolivian who worked with foreigners trying to push down all prices down just because stupid foreigners like you think we all Bolivians are thieves and drug dealers and that you deserve to get everything by 10 cent here whilst you do not bargain the price of your f# coke, wish you the WORST ever!!!

Coca Loco September 16, 2013 at 2:20 am

There a few different plants grown that produce cocaine , and the powder that we call coke is not all cocaine , it is cocaine and a mixture of other alkaloids that also come from the coca plant . There are 4 types of Erythroxylum plants grown to produce cocaine in South America , and also a plant that grows in java which contains cocaine .

Troy October 14, 2013 at 11:05 am

Brazil…world cup… detour?? Say no more!!
As if the coke in Bolivia is shit. .. they say themselves that they dont really use… so dont know what they are talking mate travels and goes regular to route 66… A.W.E.S.O.M.E is the feedback…..

Fabien November 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Salut est ce que quelqu un connait quelqu un qui livre de la bolivienne par correspondance merci

cholito December 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I used to live and work in La Paz, Ruta treinta seis ( route 36) is utter shit. Its full of Backpackers and idiot tourists, shit vibe and awful music (if there is any at all), but that’s not whats even bad about the place. Its seedy but not in the normal cocaine way ha, Its just dingy and nasty and full of dickheads ( amplified by the “cocaine”). I used to work in several bars in La Paz and would often be asked about and have to take demanding people there ( have to in the sense that otherwise they will end up in trouble etc etc) a lot of them heard and wanted to go, admittedly including myself at first. I spent many many nights there and most of which i just spent drinking a single expensive ( BP price wise) beer and looking after speed sorry’ “cocaine” induced idiots basically ruining the reputation of foreigners and making places like this even exsist. The stuff they sell is terrible coke, in quality and price. Its like cheap speed, infact i have no idea what it is but it aint coca. In fact its barely coke at all and this is the Mecca of cocaine ( Bolivia). Its expensive, and is just utterly horrid in every way and being a barman and particular lover of dive bars and occasionally cocaine and a self proclaimed connoisseur of such things and places. Its basically a novelty and a potentially dangerous and unpleasant one. This part of the world is the land of cocaine and it has bars too ( good ones), why bother going to route 36. Just trust me and avoid it no matter how appealing it may or may not sound. I wont even bother going into further detail.

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