Bar La Opera


Bar La Opera

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Calle 5 de Mayo, 10
(Colonia Centro)
6000 Mexico City, Mexico


52 5 512 8959


There's no more famous bar in Mexico City than La Opera. Opened in 1876 and located in the Zócalo between the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Metropolitan Cathedral, La Opera is the stuff of legend. And, the biggest legend of all is about the bullet hole in the ceiling, put there by Mexican revolutionary icon Pancho Villa who supposedly rode his horse into the bar and fired his pistol. Nowadays, La Opera is far more staid but no less popular than it has been for more than five generations. It is a classic cantina – meaning more of a gentlemen's club – decorated in high Belle Epoque style with elaborately carved and gilded moldings, a highly polished wooden bar, and white linen covered tables. The quality of the food and friendliness of the waiters varies widely depending on whom you talk to. Bar La Opera is conservative and old-fashioned: dress accordingly.

Prices: Drinks: MX$50/US$5+. Food: MX$100-250/US$10-25
Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Amex
Parking: Valet, limited street parking Services: bar, restaurant, music, restrooms
How to Get There: Metro Allende and Bellas Artes


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