Route 36 is an unlawful pop-up bar within the Bolivian capital metropolis of La Paz infamous for being the world’s first and solely cocaine bar.
South America is house to many widespread vacationer points of interest, just like the ruins of Machu Pichu, the Salar de Uyuni salt desert, or Angel Falls, however in terms of drug tourism, there’s one place that everybody places on their must-visit checklist. Route 36 might be the one place on the planet the place you may stroll in and order cocaine from the bar with out having to fret concerning the authorized penalties. Aimed solely at overseas vacationers seeking to take pleasure in some high-purity cocaine – no Bolivians allowed – Route 36 has been round for not less than 12 years, throughout which era it has develop into well-known because the world’s solely cocaine bar.
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Though the high-risk drug is available and comparatively cheap in Bolivia, its use continues to be unlawful within the South American nation. Nonetheless, the folks behind Route 36 have managed to remain in enterprise for so long as they’ve by greasing the suitable palms and ensuring to alter the situation of the bar each few weeks. Working as a cocaine-serving after-hours lounge doesn’t sit too effectively with the locals, so so as to keep away from complaints from neighbors, Route 36 continually strikes its operations all through La Paz.
So how does one discover the world’s solely cocaine bar? There’s no handle, no mainstream advertising and marketing, no official web site to verify, however then once more, it doesn’t want any of that to get loads of patrons. Foreigners touring to La Paz want solely faucet the town’s taxi community to get details about the present location of Route 36. There are different methods as effectively – obscure journey web sites, phrase of mouth, and many others. – however that is by far the best solution to discover it.
For apparent causes, there’s no vivid “Route 36” signal exterior the venue, and aside from the 2 grunts standing exterior no matter location it does enterprise, there’s no indication that the place even exists. After being frisked by the 2 gents, vacationers are allowed contained in the institution, however should move a number of safety checks and locked metallic doorways earlier than lastly making it contained in the lounge itself.
Route 36 modifications its look with each new location it strikes to, however most frequently than not it’s a dimly lit room with the standard tables and a bar, the one distinction being that you may order and revel in greater than the standard drinks. Right here, you may reportedly order cocaine by the gram and have it dropped at you on a metallic tray, divided into traces, in addition to a straw to snort it with.
The costs per gram differ by supply (from 14$ to $25), nevertheless it’s positively less expensive than you’d should pay wherever else on the planet. I can’t attest to the standard, however each supply I checked appears to place it within the above-average class.
Even with its fixed relocation, a bar as infamous as Route 36 would have been lengthy closed with out the tacit help of legislation enforcement and native authorities.
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“Everybody comes right here. In fact, the police know, however they receives a commission sufficient that they really take care of the place,” one common patron of Route 36 informed Stylist.co.uk.