What is it like to party in Mexico City? Well, one week off at the most populous city in the continent might begin to give you an idea. Here’s a complete guide to such a vacation in this dazzling and dizzying metropolis.
Let’s begin at the center and work our way from there. Downtown Mexico City -or CDMX, as we call it in Mexico- is ground zero for the party scene, the place where lights never fade and motion doesn’t stop.
To kick the night off, you’re going to need a place like Bósforo, a quiet but chic little spot where you can taste some of the best artisanal mezcal in the world.
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To turn it up a notch, try U.T.A. Bar, a legendary meeting point for the goth community of the city. You’re sure to see some crazy night creatures in this haunted house looking, multi-room building while you dance to classic eighties new wave and post punk records.
If you’re looking for a live experience, you can find local, domestic and international bands any given night at La Bipo Pasagüero, an intimate concert hall that has seen acts like Conor Oberst and Ratatat nearly tear down its walls.
The terrace at the Centro Cultural España is a beautiful spot right beside the Zócalo, Mexico City’s main square. It is known for its amazing, late night, DJ and live band-fueled parties. Definitely a must in the city’s old downtown.
Let’s move to the proximities of the city’s core. Colonia Juárez is a vibrant neighborhood of big old houses, right beside Paseo de la Reforma, the grand avenue that connects downtown with Chapultepec. It is the original bohemian district and home to the LGBT community in CDMX.
For an afternoon experience, don’t miss Casa Fusión, a charming boutique mall inside an old mansion that is run by the artists and designers themselves. They constantly host gourmet events, art exhibitions and theme weekend specials. It’s the perfect place to have a drink and chill before a night of partying in Colonia Juárez.
You could then move on to Helado Obscuro -in spanish, the name is a pun about ice cream and “the dark side”. This novel bar serves sweet and exquisite ice cream based beverages with just the right amount of alcohol to enhance the taste without it being too much.
Already dark outside? It’s probably time to take it to Hanky-Panky or Xaman, two super hot, very classy, speak-easy style bars that are becoming a staple of the city. The former has an elegant but stripped down vibe and a cocktail menu that will make you feel adventurous, no matter what you order. The latter is a homage to the shamans in the northern deserts of Mexico and the drinks are based around domestic ingredients.
Late night can get a little crazy in La Juárez, with places like Americana leading the craze. The theatrical quality of this nightclub is well worth the experience -picture an old, colonial house, retro and carnival themed art everywhere, thumping tech-house through the speakers and an erotic dance show.
Mono is an exclusive nightclub where interesting city residents hang out on weekends. It owns a subtle and classy seventies theme. There are two rooms, one is great for dancing and the other for talking and having a drink. The sound system is nearly perfect.
Other barrios surrounding downtown are the well-known Condesa and Roma. A lot has been said already about the nightlife in these two sister neighborhoods, which boast large artistic, media and design communities.
At Roma, Félix stands out for its relaxed vibe and great mezcal selection as one of the best places to start the bar hopping.
If you’re up for an indie rock show, definitely try El Imperial, probably the best place in town for the task.
For late night experiences, check out: Club Social Rhodesia, a hip place for youngsters who are into underground electronic music; Kommä, a whacky looking, neon light techno temple; Leonor, an eclectic place with a retro mood that’ll play anything from Michael Jackson to EDM.
The most famed after-party institution in the city is, precisely, near the border between Condesa and Roma. AM Local is open until the first hours of the morning with pumping, chilly house beats to cool down from the night.
Bonus: a great after party deserves a proper brunch. Lalo! in Roma has a killer brunch menu full of Mexican flavors and fresh ingredients.
Keep reaching into the city’s periphery and you’ll discover even more barrios with life of their own. The always exclusive Polanco neighborhood hosts most of the international boutiques in the city, as well as hot night spots such as Living Room Bar. This classy joint inside Hotel W has got a retro-futuristic vibe that’s worth checking out.
Coyoacán is a south side neighborhood known for its Mexican hippie vibe. Over here, the night is teeming with life. We recommend checking out cantina-style bars like La Celestina, La Coyoacana and Centenario 107.
As you travel to the fringes of the city, you might find other interesting districts like San Ángel and Santa Fe. The former is one of CDMX’s oldest towns, with a reputation for its art galleries and nice restaurants. Check out Bartola if you’re around the area.
Santa Fe is the city’s financial district and it’s got its own little night scene. If you’re venturing this far, you might as well pay a visit to the legendary Hookah Lounge.
Want to stay at the historic downtown? City Express Alameda is located at the perfect spot. Do you prefer to be closer to Juárez and Roma/Condesa? No problem, City Express EBC Reforma is right where you want to be.
We also have hotels near Polanco, Coyoacán, San Ángel and Santa Fe, so now you know: if you’re planning for a week of partying in Mexico City, we’ve got your back! Enjoy this great city’s nightlife safely with City Express hotels.