The World’s First Cocaine Bar

Route-36-cocaine-lounge-001Backpacking tourists flock to La Paz, Bolivia’s Route 36 for long nights of cocaine and Jenga. Is this what your neighborhood dive bar would look like if hard drugs were legalized? The Guardian writes:

The waiter arrives at the table, lowers the tray and places an empty black CD case in the middle of the table. Next to the CD case are two straws and two little black packets. He is so casual he might as well be delivering a sandwich and fries. And he has seen it all.

La Paz, Bolivia, at 3,900m above sea level – an altitude where even two flights of stairs makes your heart race like a hummingbird – is home to the most celebrated bar in all of South America: Route 36, the world’s first cocaine lounge. I sit back to take in the scene – table after table of chatty young backpackers, many of whom are taking a gap year, awaiting a new job or simply escaping the northern hemisphere for the delights of South America, which, for many it seems, include cocaine.

Down in Route 36′s main room, the scene is chilled. A half-hearted disco ball sporadically bathes the room in red and green light. Each table has candles and a stash of bottled water, plus whatever mixers one cares to add to your drink. In the corner, a pile of board games includes chess, backgammon, and Jenga …

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  • http://twitter.com/Hatrid Fred Hazlett

    Awesome

  • http://twitter.com/Hatrid Fred Hazlett

    Awesome

  • Princeofgonzo

    This could/should be a feature.

  • Princeofgonzo

    This could/should be a feature.

  • lickety split

    Meh cant stand the way cocaine makes me feel. Jack3d  a dietary supplement that you can find at GNC gives you the same buzz plus a more focused feel with out the insatiable need for more that cocaine brings. Pot plus a nice espresso is a way better high without all the criminality and numbness of feelings that cocaine brings which in my opinion enables people that would otherwise not commit horrible acts to become jaded enough to do so. check out http://www.jack-3d.com/ its a hell of a supplement. 

  • lickety split

    Meh cant stand the way cocaine makes me feel. Jack3d  a dietary supplement that you can find at GNC gives you the same buzz plus a more focused feel with out the insatiable need for more that cocaine brings. Pot plus a nice espresso is a way better high without all the criminality and numbness of feelings that cocaine brings which in my opinion enables people that would otherwise not commit horrible acts to become jaded enough to do so. check out http://www.jack-3d.com/ its a hell of a supplement. 

    • Mrcoolbadguy

      Shitty cocaine sucks and leaves you feeling insatiable cause you’re just being teased, real cocaine is an entirely different creature, you can curl up in a ball and melt away into sleep on it when you’re done.

    • Awesome

      Looking at those ingredients, I think cocaine might actually be healthier. 

      • lickety split

        i bet they are both just as bad when it comes to toxicology. But cocaine is a pain in the ass to get most of the time which makes debunks your argument because time is money. And if this actually kills you, your family can at least sue someone. I don’t want to waste my time going after a buzz from cocaine that is mostly cut, getting shot and arrested is also bad for your health  

    • EyeoftheAxis

      I don’t like cocaine, but I love the way it smells… ;)
      I’m for ya, I’ll take kind buds and coffee and pass on the endless craving for more, more, more.
      http://youtu.be/erbhsXaCwYU

      • lickety split

        yeah ive tried it all. coffee and pot is the best buss. all these coke heads can suck it.

  • Mrcoolbadguy

    Shitty cocaine sucks and leaves you feeling insatiable cause you’re just being teased, real cocaine is an entirely different creature, you can curl up in a ball and melt away into sleep on it when you’re done.

  • Awesome

    Looking at those ingredients, I think cocaine might actually be healthier. 

  • Linnanea

    Wouldn’t like to be a regular.  Would sure like to drop for a visit or two, though….

  • Linnanea

    Wouldn’t like to be a regular.  Would sure like to drop for a visit or two, though….

  • Linnanea

    Wouldn’t like to be a regular.  Would sure like to drop for a visit or two, though….

  • lickety split

    i bet they are both just as bad when it comes to toxicology. But cocaine is a pain in the ass to get most of the time which makes debunks your argument because time is money. And if this actually kills you, your family can at least sue someone. I don’t want to waste my time going after a buzz from cocaine that is mostly cut, getting shot and arrested is also bad for your health  

  • Lonely Traveler

    Why is this not on my Travelocity page? 

  • Lonely Traveler

    Why is this not on my Travelocity page? 

  • EyeoftheAxis

    I don’t like cocaine, but I love the way it smells… ;)
    I’m for ya, I’ll take kind buds and coffee and pass on the endless craving for more, more, more.
    http://youtu.be/erbhsXaCwYU

  • rob

    The Guardian story is two years old.  I wonder if the place is still around.

  • rob

    The Guardian story is two years old.  I wonder if the place is still around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Smiley/748674046 Jack Smiley

    But what about Cokie’s in Brooklyn?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Smiley/748674046 Jack Smiley

    But what about Cokie’s in Brooklyn?

  • lickety split

    yeah ive tried it all. coffee and pot is the best buss. all these coke heads can suck it.

  • Straightedgerevenge

    Fuck this. 

  • Straightedgerevenge

    Fuck this. 

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Mario sez:

    “Everybody talks. Nobody listens. Great party….Ho hum…Zzzzzzzzz”

  • Anonymous

    Mario sez:

    “Everybody talks. Nobody listens. Great party….Ho hum…Zzzzzzzzz”

  • Jerald

    South America has cocaine bars, and we keep marijuana illegal!   WTF is wrong with this country? 

  • Jerald

    South America has cocaine bars, and we keep marijuana illegal!   WTF is wrong with this country? 

  • ktrip

    i was at route 36 about a year ago. it is still a highly illegal establishment, but the owner pays off pres. evo morales (who is a coca farmer himself) enough to not be hassled. its definitely not the “best lounge in all of south america”  in fact,when i was there it was around the corner from a MUCH nicer lounge with better music, decor, atmosphere and patronage. everyone just goes there to get high, having fun is a secondary effect, and that is just plain backwards. also their product is 10x more expensive and half the purity or what we were getting on the street. its an interesting place to visit if you like that kind of thing. it was pleasant being able to rack up in public instead of in shit stained toilet stands. but the novelty wore off almost as fast as the drugs. 

  • ktrip

    i was at route 36 about a year ago. it is still a highly illegal establishment, but the owner pays off pres. evo morales (who is a coca farmer himself) enough to not be hassled. its definitely not the “best lounge in all of south america”  in fact,when i was there it was around the corner from a MUCH nicer lounge with better music, decor, atmosphere and patronage. everyone just goes there to get high, having fun is a secondary effect, and that is just plain backwards. also their product is 10x more expensive and half the purity or what we were getting on the street. its an interesting place to visit if you like that kind of thing. it was pleasant being able to rack up in public instead of in shit stained toilet stands. but the novelty wore off almost as fast as the drugs. 

  • Dunzain

    We need to open an Ether bar. Call it Hunter’s Inn…

  • Dunzain

    We need to open an Ether bar. Call it Hunter’s Inn…

  • Chris

    William M. Theisen: He opened Wild Willys in 1973 selling pizzas. He began franchising Godfather’s Pizza in 1975, which became a publicly traded company in 1982. He sold the pizza chain in 1983 and served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Diversifoods, Inc. until his resignation in 1984. He became the President of Business Ventures that same year. He purchased controlling interest in Green Burrito in 1984; in 1994, he became Chairman of the Board and CEO of the company. He received the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award and the Brownell-Talbot School Recognition Award. He became a franchisee of Famous Dave’s in 2000.  (Source)

    According to the assassinated investigator of the Boystown and Franklin Credit Union scandal, Thiesen was also a heavy cocaine user with others in the Omaha, Nebraska area. (Source) His alleged close friend, Jimbo Jogusch was also named on the list. (Ibid).

    It appears that Larry King, the main player in the child molestation/Satanic Ritual Abuse ring, also placed his victims in the restaurant industry. Larry was purportedly partners with one Shirley Jordan in the Omaha area, and employed spme of his victims there. (Ibid.) One Steve Turner, who allegedly recruited young victims for King and others to abuse, worked at both Franklin Credit Union and then Godfather’s Pizza. (Ibid)

    Pizza delivery opens the door for other “deliveries” as well. For example:

    “Cops in Chicago busted 19 people in association with a pizza delivery/illegal drug business. The ring operated out of a host of food joints in the area selling narcotics alongside the food delivery orders. During the investigation cops said five pounds of cocaine was sold as well as Vicoden and Ecstasy. The combined street price of the narcotics was over $160,000. Each of the 19 suspects bail was set at $50,000. After the arrest cops said the ring “had been a thorn in the side” of authorities for quite some time.” (Source)

    I remember hearing rumors of just such a “delivery” service in Parma, Ohio, when I was in politics. Interestingly enough the Treasurer’s office at City Hall was busted for trafficking cocaine and the mayor purportedly died of a cocaine overdose. The narcotics were rumored to have been linked to a pizza and delivery ring.

    Prostitution and Pizza Delivery can also be linked:

    “Albuquerque Police have busted a very shady pizza operation — not for health violations but for peddling skin along with pepperoni. Police say Jose Rengifo, 51, was running a prostitution ring disguised as a pizza delivery operation, which was only disrupted after Rengifo handed out a flier for the pizza at a popular lunch hangout for police officers. Investigators eventually learned that potential customers would call the number on the flier and order a pizza, at which point they would be directed to a home in southwest Albuquerque. Police say customers were paying $2 a minute for sex once inside the home!” (Source) http://www.moneyteachers.org/Godfathers.html

  • Chris

    William M. Theisen: He opened Wild Willys in 1973 selling pizzas. He began franchising Godfather’s Pizza in 1975, which became a publicly traded company in 1982. He sold the pizza chain in 1983 and served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Diversifoods, Inc. until his resignation in 1984. He became the President of Business Ventures that same year. He purchased controlling interest in Green Burrito in 1984; in 1994, he became Chairman of the Board and CEO of the company. He received the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award and the Brownell-Talbot School Recognition Award. He became a franchisee of Famous Dave’s in 2000.  (Source)

    According to the assassinated investigator of the Boystown and Franklin Credit Union scandal, Thiesen was also a heavy cocaine user with others in the Omaha, Nebraska area. (Source) His alleged close friend, Jimbo Jogusch was also named on the list. (Ibid).

    It appears that Larry King, the main player in the child molestation/Satanic Ritual Abuse ring, also placed his victims in the restaurant industry. Larry was purportedly partners with one Shirley Jordan in the Omaha area, and employed spme of his victims there. (Ibid.) One Steve Turner, who allegedly recruited young victims for King and others to abuse, worked at both Franklin Credit Union and then Godfather’s Pizza. (Ibid)

    Pizza delivery opens the door for other “deliveries” as well. For example:

    “Cops in Chicago busted 19 people in association with a pizza delivery/illegal drug business. The ring operated out of a host of food joints in the area selling narcotics alongside the food delivery orders. During the investigation cops said five pounds of cocaine was sold as well as Vicoden and Ecstasy. The combined street price of the narcotics was over $160,000. Each of the 19 suspects bail was set at $50,000. After the arrest cops said the ring “had been a thorn in the side” of authorities for quite some time.” (Source)

    I remember hearing rumors of just such a “delivery” service in Parma, Ohio, when I was in politics. Interestingly enough the Treasurer’s office at City Hall was busted for trafficking cocaine and the mayor purportedly died of a cocaine overdose. The narcotics were rumored to have been linked to a pizza and delivery ring.

    Prostitution and Pizza Delivery can also be linked:

    “Albuquerque Police have busted a very shady pizza operation — not for health violations but for peddling skin along with pepperoni. Police say Jose Rengifo, 51, was running a prostitution ring disguised as a pizza delivery operation, which was only disrupted after Rengifo handed out a flier for the pizza at a popular lunch hangout for police officers. Investigators eventually learned that potential customers would call the number on the flier and order a pizza, at which point they would be directed to a home in southwest Albuquerque. Police say customers were paying $2 a minute for sex once inside the home!” (Source) http://www.moneyteachers.org/Godfathers.html

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