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Nightlife in Mexico City

Polanco is home to Mexico City's most fashionable bars and clubs, including Area. Head to Condesa for a more laid-back boho vibe. The Centro Histórico boasts the city's best cantinas as well as Palacio de Bellas Artes, a performing arts hub. Mariachi bands perform in the open air into the early hours around Cuauhtémoc's Plaza Garibaldi. It's here that many locals choose to end a long night of partying.

Jorongo Bar, Mexico City. © María Isabel Hotel
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El Hijo del Cuervo

Mexican bohemia

Drinking in cave-like El Hijo del Cuervo in Coyoacán is an immersion in Mexican bohemia, past and present. Students, hipsters and intellectuals come to think, talk and reinvent the world to the sound of nueva canción (protest rock music).



Address

Jardín Centenario 17, Mexico City 04000

Telephone

+52 (55) 5658 7824

Transport

Viveros metro

Website

El Hijo del Cuervo Website

El Mitote, Mexico City. © El Mitote
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El Mitote

Young, sociable atmosphere

El Mitote in Condesa is chic, relaxed and self-assured. With excellent Spanish tapas, strong vodka sangrias, a young, unpretentious crowd and a sociable atmosphere where the music is never overbearing, this is one of the city's most fun bars.



Address

53, Amsterdam, Mexico City 06100

Telephone

+52 (55) 5211 9150

Transport

Chilpancingo metro

Website

El Mitote Website

Area, Mexico City. Courtesy of Hotel Habita, © Jean-Luc Laloux
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Area

Cocktails under the stars

Hotel Habita hosts rooftop bar Area in Polanco. A trendy crowd sips cocktails while looking down at the city below. The minimalist decor features barstools and a VIP lower terrace area. Expect a mix of Euro, chill-out and house music.



Address

Avenida Presidente Masaryk 201, Mexico City 11560

Telephone

+52 (55) 5282 3100

Transport

Polanco metro

Website

Hotel Habita Website

Jorongo Bar, Mexico City. © María Isabel Hotel
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Jorongo Bar

Traditional mariachi music

For typical Mexican mariachi music in plush surroundings, make your way to Jorongo Bar in the María Isabel Hotel in Alameda Central. This place attracts a cosmopolitan crowd enjoying the views across the city as they sip their cocktails.



Address

Paseo de la Reforma 325, Mexico City 06500

Telephone

+52 (55) 5242 5555

Transport

Insurgentes metro

Website

Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel & Towers Website

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La Casa de las Sirenas

Tequila heaven

This bar in the Centro Histórico serves 146 types of tequila to a smart crowd, accompanied by a hip 60s rock soundtrack. Located in a 17th-century colonial building, with a leafy courtyard, classic Mexican snacks are also served.



Address

República de Guatemala 32, Mexico City 06000

Telephone

+52 (55) 5704 3345

Transport

Zócalo metro

Website

La Casa de las Sirenas Website

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Tierra de Vinos

World-wine cellar

The stylish Tierra de Vinos wine bar in the Roma neighbourhood has one of the city's most impressive wine cellars. There are varieties from key wine regions around the world and Spanish tapas to accompany your wine tasting.



Address

197, Durango, Mexico City 06700

Telephone

+52 (55) 5208 5133

Transport

Metro: Insurgentes

Website

Tierra de Vinos Website

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Bengala

Trendy international bar

Expats, world travellers and internationally minded Mexicans make Bengala in the Roma neighbourhood one of the city's hottest bars. There is diverse music and dancing between tables for the 30-something crowd. The red-apple martini is the drink of choice.



Address

34, Avenida Sonora, Mexico City 06700

Telephone

+52 (55) 5553 9219

Transport

Metro: Insurgentes

Website

Bengala Website

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Bar Milán

Margaritas and electro-funk

Stepping into the intimate Bar Milán in Cuauhtémoc means changing your pesos into the bar's own milagro (miracle) currency. Convert them back when you're done dancing to electro-funk and sampling the selection of very strong margaritas.



Address

Calle Milán 18, Mexico City 06600

Telephone

+52 (55) 5592 0031

Transport

Cuauhtémoc metro

M.I.C. - Music Integrates Community - Mexico City. Courtesy of M.I.C.
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M.I.C.

Steamy reggaetón

Cap-wearing hip-hop dancers and reggaetón-lovers accompanied by scantily dressed ladies turn the heat up with their urban dance moves at Mexico City's underground hotspot for these select genres. Live international acts and steamy dancing fills Polanco's small M.I.C. club.



Address

Moliere 237, Mexico City 11560

Telephone

+52 (55) 1923 5684

Transport

Polanco metro

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Rioma

Dance lovers' favourite

Rioma is a popular club in Zona Rosa attracting a fashionable crowd. A staircase leads clubbers down to a pumping dance floor where DJs play Miami funk music. Get there early on a weekend to be sure to get in.



Address

Avenida Insurgentes Sur 377, Mexico City 06700

Telephone

+52 (55) 5584 8540

Transport

Insurgentes metro

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Living

Gay clubbing

Mexico City's most glamorous gay club is also a hotspot for open-minded heterosexuals. Living is in the Juárez neighbourhood and the huge dance floor kicks off each Friday and Saturday night with exotic themed shows. Expect electronic, house and trance music.



Address

144, Eje 1 Poniente Bucareli, Mexico City 06040

Telephone

+52 (55) 5512 7281

Transport

Metro: Juárez

Website

Living Website

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Zinco

Basement jazz club

Zinco jazz club emits an unavoidably cool vibe from an old basement vault in the Historic Centre. Top performers play in the centre of the intimate club. The crowd is both cutting edge and unaffected.



Address

20, Motolinía, Mexico City 06010

Telephone

+52 (55) 5512 3369

Transport

Metro: Zócalo

Website

Zinco Website

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Palacio de Bellas Artes

Premier opera house

The city's iconic cultural ensembles are based in the ornate Centro Histórico's Palacio de Bellas Artes complex. Catch the spectacular Ballet Folklórico de México, the national opera and dance companies here, as well as the nation's symphony orchestra.



Address

Avenida Hidalgo 1, Mexico City 06050

Telephone

+52 (55) 5512 2593

Transport

Bellas Artes metro

Website

Palacio de Bellas Artes Website

Centro Cultural Universitario, Mexico City. Photo by Ulises Moreno
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Centro Cultural Universitario

Performing arts venue

The city's university campus in Coyoacán has a cultural scene to match its size. It all revolves around the Centro Cultural Universitario with its numerous theatres, including dedicated venues for classical music, drama and dance, with performances throughout the year.



Address

Avenida Insurgentes Sur 3000, Mexico City 04510

Telephone

+52 (55) 5622 7185

Transport

Universidad metro

Website

Centro Cultural Universitario Website

Cineteca Nacional, Mexico City. Photo by Kara van Malssen, Flickr - kara_vanmalssen
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Cineteca Nacional

Themed film showings

The Cineteca Nacional in Coyoacán is the centre of the city's lively film culture. Eight screens show a rotating schedule of thematically linked films, including international films and many in English with Spanish subtitles. Visit the cafés and bookstores.



Address

Avenida México-Coyoacán 389, Mexico City 04400

Telephone

+52 (55) 4155 1200

Transport

Coyoacán metro

Website

Cineteca Nacional Website

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