NileGuide Expert Says:
The single best place for any lover of Mexican mariachi and other regional music.
Plaza Garibaldi 12, Col. Garibaldi
Mexico City, Mexico
Outside of the Mexican city of Guadalajara, Plaza Garibaldi is the world's epicenter of traditional mariachi music. Hundreds of bands gather here at nights expecting to be hired for parties, weddings, birthdays or for midnight serenades to one's loved one. At Garibaldi you can get a band of up to 20 musicians to sing any of their massive repertoire of Mexican favorite tunes (ask for "Mariachi Loco" for one of the most upbeat, fun and danceable tunes). The city has also allowed outdoor drinking at this plaza and you can buy a traditional beer cocktail called "michelada" made of beer, lime juice, chili and sometimes bitters. The adjacent restaurants (especially Tenampa) are definitely worth a visit but at night try to remain within the plaza, as the adjacent neighborhood can be dangerous.