Music and dance are so central to the Mexican identity that it's no surprise that the Top Ten Bars, Clubs, and Nightlife in Mexico City
center on these activities. Add a shot of tequila or mescal, a frosty cerveza
or a glass of vino tinto
and you're set for a night of fun.
If you are looking for a good time and want to connect with local partiers, visit the Federal District's most popular nighttime areas: Polanco, Condesa and Roma, Zona Rosa, and Centro Historico.
My #1 Pick: Area Bar.
The Habita Hotel's rooftop bar, Area, set the standard for high style in Polanco when it opened in 2000 and is still the capital's #1 nightlife destination. If you want to surround yourself with Mexico City's most beautiful, wealthy, and well-connected night owls, Area is the place for you.
Mama Rumba - #2 on the Top Ten list
- is Roma's "in" place for salsa, cumbia, and timba. Its dance floor is always packed with sexy, sweaty, hip swiveling couples.
Mexico City's LGBT bars and clubs can be found mostly in Zona Rosa. My #7 pick is Nicho,
an unpretentious place that attracts a mixed-ages male crowd that comes here to hang out with friends and share a pitcher of draft beer.
Maybe your tastes run to high culture - there's no finer destination than the elegant #9: Palacio de Bellas Artes. Ballet, opera, and classical music are represented here. Ballet Folklórico de México graces the stage on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Avenida Presidente Masaryk 201
Hotel Habita, Colonia Polanco
Area Bar at Habita Hotel in Polanco set the standard for high style when it opened in 2000 and is still the capital's #1 nightlife destination... read more
Queretaro 230, Col. Roma at Eje 3 Pte. Medellín, Col. Roma Norte, Cuauhtemoc
Among Mexico City's sexiest nightlife offerings is dancing salsa long into the early morning hours at Mama Rumba in Roma Norte... read more
Motolinia 20, Esq. 5 De Mayo
Best to make a reservation at the hot little nightspt, Zinco Jazz Club where Mexico City knows to go for the best in live music... read more
Campeche 284 (near Culiacan)
Condesa offers many nightlife choices including smoking flavored tobacco in a water pipe at Hookah Lounge... read more
Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas and Av. Juarez, Centro Historico
For Mexico City's finest dance, music, and opera performances visit the 1904 Neoclassical Palacio de Bellas Artes... read more
Paseo de la Reforma 50
Nightlife offerings at Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional include rock, jazz, and popular music, and HD broadcasts of opera and ballet... read more
Calle 5 de Mayo, 10
Whether or not Pancho Villa actually shot a bullet into the ceiling of Bar La Opera, it is still worth stopping for a nightcap at Mexico City's most historic bar... read more
Plaza Villa de Madrid 17, (corner of Durango)
The bar Cibeles de Noche has an ambience that strikes a good balance between Polanco chi-chi and Condesa trendiness... read more
Mexico City's Bear crowd loves Nicho's, a Zona Rosa gay bar that welcomes all ages, shapes, and sizes... read more
Venustiano Carranza, 49
A place for those who enjoy bullfights... read more
Calle Insurgentes, 149
Insurgentes y Sonora
A Place That Takes You Back to the 1960s... read more
Mexican music and great atmosphere... read more
Colonia Roma Sur
Mariachi, rock, merengue and salsa... read more
Jardín Centenario 17
Mingle with Mexican music culture... read more
Guatemala 18, Centro Histórico
Cultural de Espana, a Centro Historico arts center, has one of Mexico City's liveliest roof terraces... read more
Río Churubusco esquina Miramontes
Colonia Country Club