The World’s First Cocaine-Serving Bar

By Michael Van Duisen on Friday, August 30, 2013
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“I loved when Bush came out and said, ‘We are losing the war against drugs.’ You know what that implies? There’s a war being fought, and the people on drugs are winning it.” —Bill Hicks

In A Nutshell

In the city of La Paz, Bolivia, there is a bar called Route 36 with an interesting distinction: It is the world’s first cocaine bar. Renowned for its purity, it attracts visitors from all over the world but is hard to locate because it often changes its location due to constant complaints from the neighborhood.

The Whole Bushel

Located in the South American country of Bolivia, La Paz is a popular sightseeing destination, located nearly 3,650 kilometers (12,000 ft) above sea level. Renowned for the mountains which are everywhere in sight, the city also has another dubious tourist trap. A bar known as Route 36 is located in La Paz and is the world’s first bar that exclusively serves cocaine.

While highly illegal, Route 36 has attracted a large number of tourists, from as far away as Australia. (When asked about particular customers, a worker named Roberto commented: “We had some Australians; they stayed here for four days. They would take turns sleeping and the only time they left was to go to the ATM.”) The club is open during the night and is constantly under fire from neighbors who complain about the noise and the fact they’re openly serving cocaine, which is illegal in Bolivia.

To combat the police, Route 36 constantly changes its address, with word of mouth spreading its new location each time. It certainly helps that Bolivia is slowly becoming a larger producer of cocaine, calling itself home to some of the largest cocaine factories. This local production enables Route 36 to offer its customers an unparalleled amount of purity and it charges $14 to $21 a gram, which is quite a lot less than it costs in other countries, like the United States.

Show Me The Proof

The Guardian: The world’s first cocaine bar
Bolivia: essential information

  • inconspicuous detective

    because this is a great idea. hopefully the police there find it and shut it down before people end up dead (if they haven’t already).

    • Exiled Phoenix

      It is a good idea. Just because you don’t use doesn’t mean you have to be a killjoy to others. Loser!!

      • inconspicuous detective

        then go do it at home, illegally, but i reserve the right to have that bar set on fire to deter it’s use near me.

        • Exiled Phoenix

          Sir, I find your words to be blasphemous and surreal.
          I challenge you to a duel with pistols in front of the Chrysler building on Jan. 1, 2020.

          • inconspicuous detective

            sure thing.

        • powder99

          I don’t think you have the right of arson.

          • inconspicuous detective

            i don’t think you have the right to break the law near me. so i guess that makes us even.

          • Steve

            This guy is a close minded fool…. Idiot…. I’ve never done a Drug or even smoked a cig for that matter. I drink on occasion, however, why would you (who admits to hating humanity) care if humanity does drugs in a location that you dont own or have any responsibilty over. I have never commented on a post but this back and forth wanted to make me puke. Dont worry about drugs, if you want to make the world a better place then fuck off and die.

          • inconspicuous detective

            actually, you could follow your own suggesting and pull it off by doing those drugs you love so much. just do them either in your own house, or in front of a cop. nobody wants a bunch of druggie scumbags smoking and doing coke around their home.

          • Steve

            I repeat….. I have never done any drug. Thats my choice. Just like its someones choice to DO drugs. as long as its not happening on my property why would I be so fucking self righteous as to tell people I dont know that their decisions are wrong. I mean, I might if my life was so shitty that i didnt have anything to do besides read listverse and knowledge nuts all day lol.

          • inconspicuous detective

            then what was the point of telling me my opinion was wrong? are you an idiot, a hypocrite, or both? likely both, so don’t answer that.

          • Steve

            Well, it wasn’t your opinion I said was wrong…. I agree with your opinion, I am drug free as well…. what I had a problem with was your “I know whats best for the general populous”, your arrogance if you will. You stated your opinion, then furthered the statement by telling other individual how to live their lifes according to what you want… douche bag

          • inconspicuous detective

            i would like to know then, if you understand my reasoning. why i would want this the way i want it.

          • Chester

            Because your a douche? pretty simple explanation. Your like one of those dudes back in the 1500’s whod beat the shit outta people for saying the world was round.

          • inconspicuous detective

            -_-

            you’re an idiot. the law is the law and if you’re going to break it doing something most people (beyond law) think is stupid, YOU LEAVE. get out. it’s not your “right” anymore, it’s my right to live safe, happy, and with peace of mind. understand? take your cocaine out of the neighborhood.

          • Chester

            Actually the Law isnt the Law, its not set in stone and is open to interpretation by a judge.. Hence why if you killed someone it might not be murder (ie self defense, justifiable homicide, manslaughter etc etc). You know nothing and are an egotistical little douche :).

          • inconspicuous detective

            no it’s really not. when a substance is illegal, it’s illegal, and you’re trying to justify it with completely different senarios and instances (murder in self defense equates to cocaine use? what?). you’re embarassing yourself.

          • Chester

            Marijuana is a substance thats illegal in the US except its legal in certain states. Once again you dont know what your talking about. You see theres a thing called a Federal Government and State Government and they both can pass laws. See you just learnt something, just like i continue to learn how much bigger a douche you can get :).

          • inconspicuous detective

            uh, it’s not legal just because a state declared it so. if the fed wanted to persecute those distributing and using it in those states they’re well within their rights to do so and to arrest everyone who they find to be involved. that’s how it works, and now you have learned something. and when was this about pot and not cocaine?

          • Chester

            Yessss but if the fed chooses not to prosecute (not persecute moron) people in those states it doesnt mean Marijuanna is legal at a federal level but its legal at the state lever see how the law isnt the law there fuckhead…Im no longer arguing cacaine im arguing that your a complete moron who thinks in your words “if its illlegal its illegal” now why dont you go back to not having a date on friday night and stop being a poon.

          • inconspicuous detective

            i don’t understand. if it’s illegal, a fact, you’re saying that based on subjectivity the law is no longer valid and you can claim anything is legal and after the fact deserve what? to escape punishment?

            and so what if it’s legal at the state level (not lever, moron)? federal crimes cover all states regardless of what they choose to do. if tomorrow the fed gets together and decides to come down on colorado or washington, guess what? they’re fucked. they’re in the wrong, in violation of federal law, no matter what your dumb ass wants to think is ok or not.

            and just because we seem to be jumping all over the place and not making sense (well, at least you jackass) how about we beg the question that if murder is made legal at the state level in any case, in say oregon, but not at the federal level, then would it be something the federal government could not prosecute to the fullest extent of the law? (i’m using a truely outrageous example to make it easy to see why the “legal at the state level” argument you’re throwing around is wrong).

            further, for someone arguing i’m a moron you seem to have a very good definition yourself in any given mirror. what i suggest is the removal of your big head from your ass and a wake up call known as looking around. you follow laws all the time, daily, and you’re dead wrong about state level laws being legal at all levels just because. what a complete load of crap from an uneducated, ignorant, stupid, down right foolish little troll. too much “cacaine” in your system there, bozo.

          • Chester

            I never once said it was legal at all levels if a state legalizes it…Your argument is if its illegal its illegal doesnt make any sense, law is open to interpretation. My argument is if the state government makes something illegal legal and the federal government says its illegal but doesnt prosecute than something illegal isnt really illegal is it shit head..

          • inconspicuous detective

            you’re a moron, and i’m done trying to get you to understand anything.

          • Chester

            Well when you make no sense it kinda seems like i dont understand but really your just the idiot :).

          • iamtherealgumby

            Too polite, he’s clearly less than a moron…

        • Sativa Savant

          So coke is bad because it’s illegal in most places, but you want to commit arson….which is illegal everywhere….

    • Chester

      Theres nothing wrong with a lil cacaine, what do you care what people do in a bar that has age requirements?

      • inconspicuous detective

        there is something wrong with a lil cacaine. it’s illegal, and i wouldn’t want it near my home. take that crap elsewhere.

        • Chester

          i guess if you were against smoking or alcohol youd say that to right? Its a free country if people wanna do a lil cacaine let em.

        • Chester

          If you dont like it move, nothings stopping you. also this is in Bolivia so what are you concerned about.

          • inconspicuous detective

            no, if YOU don’t like it YOU move and do it elsewhere. if YOU have a problem with that the LAW is on my side. clear enough?

            the whole Bolivia location doesn’t matter. i’m debating the principal, but you’re free to exit the discussion if you want.

          • Chester

            Ok so if i was gambling, drinking smoking and associating with prostitutes at a bar near your house itd be cool? cause thats all legal.

          • inconspicuous detective

            prostitution isn’t legal, and nobody is allowed to smoke on our property or drink without permission. you’re welcome to try it, and see what happens haha (i won’t be doing the dirty work but i’ll be watching.)

          • Chester

            actually prostitution is perfectly legal solicitation for the purpose of prostitution is the illegal thing. And ill just puff on a big stogey with 50 fans pointing at your house while drinking a beer on the sidewalk in front of your house….perfectly legal just like you like :):)

          • inconspicuous detective

            i can’t stand the stuff, and you’re right i did. i don’t like people much, either.

          • Chester

            How can you say you dont like something you havnt tried??

          • inconspicuous detective

            think about it. why would i dislike something that i don’t wanna ever try?

          • powder99

            You don’t like blow but are fine with snuffing people?

          • inconspicuous detective

            i don’t like either, i just happen to hate humans.

          • Chester

            what you got against cacaine anyways?

          • inconspicuous detective

            it’s a harmful and illegal drug. that would be my problem.

          • Chester

            There are plenty of harmful legal drugs so why the knock on blow, its fun, gives you a good buzz than you come down and you go to sleep, no big deal.

          • inconspicuous detective

            whateva, chesta

  • Jack Shen

    eh, to each their own. Personally I think they should just decriminalize everything across the board. It’ll loose it’s glamour. Much like alcohol and tobacco. With waning interest and demand much of the criminal issues will disappear

    • Borten

      Have you ever done heroin or a similar class A drug? Although it may
      lose it’s glamour (and I think the glamour appeal is vastly overstated
      in any case, curiosity is a far more driving factor), it’ll not lose
      it’s addictive and destructive potential. I was addicted to a perfectly
      legal (at the time) substance, an industrial solvent called Gamma Butyrolactone, it sure
      wasn’t glamorous but it held me just the same.
      You have the right
      idea about decriminalisation though because drug addicts should not be
      considered criminals first and foremost, they are sick and should be
      treated as such.

      • Jack Shen

        yeah I’ve been hooked on fentanyl and oxycodone (126 days in the hospital will do that …lol), and done all sorts of class A’s. Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL) is like GBH, from what I know.

        Curiosity is a big driving factor, but maybe “glamour” was not the best word. I guess from experience, if it wasn’t for the DARE drug program and the descriptions the officers would give the drug effects, I probably would have never tried any illegal drug. I recall after the officer described the “inhuman” strength and pain tolerance that PCP would give someone, tons of kids all popped up “COOL!, I want to have super strength and feel no pain, that sounds awesome!”

        • Borten

          Ah fair enough, I’ve known a couple of guys hooked on fent, real scary addiction. I would say GBL is crack to GHB’s cocaine if you get what I mean. Faster acting, more intense and shorter lasting. The shit would melt holes in anything you dropped it on but I’d mix it with water and sip it all day.

          Ultimately people are drawn to drugs for a tonne of different reasons, that’s why it’s near impossible to stop abuse. I was staunchlty anti-drugs for 18 years, didn’t even smoke a cigarette then I suddenly changed my mind, a mixture of boredom and curiosity I guess (plus I found out you can get everything online)… I think like you mention for certain people, you and I included, they heard some of the ‘horror’ stories and rather than be put off wanted to know what it was like.

      • Chester

        Sorry if your a drug addict its your own fault its not a “sickness” its you lack the discipline to not do drugs. Noone told you to do them, you did them on your own accord so its all your own fault, just like the fatty that eats a ton of food doesnt exercise and gets fat, its their damn fault.

        • Borten

          You don’t have to believe it’s a sickness, let’s call it an affliction then, the same ideas apply. Everyone has the potential for some sort of addiction, all it takes is the right circumstance. Everyone also has the discipline to overcome an addiction. I was lucky that I had people around me that understood I needed help, if they had the same attitude as you I would probably be dead. Because they saw I needed help, that I wasn’t in control of my mind, they were able to intervene initially and I am able to find ways to live happily in spite of my addiction, to get some ‘discipline’ as you put it. This could and should be the case for almost every addict but not everyone has a family or people that care about them. We need to change our attitudes and our ways of dealing with those people. We need to give people the tools to implement discipline, to make their lives better whatever their affliction, not say ‘too bad’ and treat them like criminals because that only exacerbates the problem.

          • Chester

            I never said treat them like criminals or too bad, but its your own damn fault a sickness basically means its not your fault and thus people dont take any accountability for their actions as well as they can go on workers compensation which i think is a crock of shit.

  • Exiled Phoenix

    I believe in the future we need to teach all individuals to use a phaser type weapon specifically coded to each individual so they aren’t transferable. Decriminalize everything, ban all rehabilitation centers and view it as acceptable population control. Too many people in the world anyway…

  • Chester

    lol so awesome id totally take a gander, smash some beers do a lil cocaine be fun.

  • John End

    I once did $800 of cocaine 48 hours straight in NYC. Was awesome. Puked once. Peed tons. Cried and couldn’t find anything interesting on TV at the end.

  • MinhSoupanousinphone

    I don’t do cocaine, I sniff nutmeg.

    • iamtherealgumby

      Rutreg sniffer!!

      • MinhSoupanousinphone

        You are? I’m a nutmeg sniffer.

  • Dumas911

    As a police officer I’ve seen what the harder drugs do to people. Yes it would be fine to me if everyone that did drugs would just go home and do it, but they all eventually run out of money once hooked, and that’s when they start robbing and killing others to support it. That’s why I am against it. Personally I think they should legalize marihuana and make alcohol illegal. I’ve never arrested a pot head speeding down the road, they hardly ever go the speed limit. Haha legalizing drugs would cause the market to plummet due to over saturation, and it would cost so much less that the cartels couldn’t make as much. Americans would grow their own, and that would stop alot of violence.

    • Chester

      Because prohibition worked so well the first time right??

      • inconspicuous detective

        yea and since it ended the mob just disappeared. oh wait…

        • Chester

          Dont you have a bar to burn down dingleberry? I know you got nothing better to do on a friday night lol.

          • inconspicuous detective

            don’t you have some crack to smoke? i know you don’t have much better to do with your life. anyway, can we stop this now? the important part (illegal vs legal and who has the rights in the situation) is all but done with…

          • Chester

            Actually technically everyone still has the same rights within the law…Its illegal for me to posses cacaine just like its illegal for you to burn down a bar possibly killing its patrons…You should maybe also check with a lawyer as your knowledge of criminal and statutory law is pretty lacking. Also crack and cacaine are a different drug.

      • Dumas911

        I understand what your saying. I was just saying that in jest. Basically I’m saying alcohol causes more problems than a legalized marijuana would.

        • Chester

          No worries was just chirping ya. That being said i smoked pot alot in highschool soon as i grew up i realized it was a huge mistake and waste of time, and everyone that i know who smokes it now is a lazy, hipster douche, who barely works and lives with their parents. Also i think weed is a gate way drug as in after i tried weed i wanted to experiment with other drugs i dont have an addictive personality so nothing stuck, but i have never had a few beers and wanted to go drop acid.

          • DarthPoot

            I would smoke if it was legal and I could keep my job, never made me lazy. Great alternative to excess drinking and I’ve never tried hard drugs, couldn’t do it, they aren’t green.

          • Chester

            how do you figure the weed you buy is green? Growers use Fertilizer (oil industry) and high grade lighting (coal fired power plants) to grow weed with a higher THC content, weed just strewn in a field produces far less product and far lower quality plant for plant. Opium and mushrooms are arguably the greenest, cocaine is also green to an extent coca leaves grow naturally and the process of refinement is relatively easy. Also if your looking for an alternative to excess drinking try going to the gym or yknow just sticking to a few beers.

          • DarthPoot

            I like beer a little too much for a couple. While a lot of what you say can be true, I’m pretty sure what I can find for potis from much smaller batches . Hydro I think. Fertilizers aren’t all bad depending on the experienceof the grower . I did mean green the color though.

          • Chester

            my bad wasnt sure, and ya the same way i just really really like beer

          • Dumas911

            See I’m the opposite about gateway drug. When I did in high school I never once thought about anything harder. Just beer. Beer made me want to do all kinds of stupid shit, or should I say beer DID MAKE me do all kinds of crazy shit. Lol it just seems alcohol is involved in 99% of the domestic calls I get.

    • SubConscious

      No Fun!

  • Charles Guenther

    I hate cocaine but i love how it smells

  • Glengarry Ricky Ross

    I heard that it common in South America to chew coca leaves which gives you a buzz. I thought it was something like that… Instead it is hamsterdam.

  • kyle conway

    say no to drugs and yes to my music…or just do drugs and listen i dont care. http://kyleconway.bandcamp.com