Mexico City Nightlife

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    Rincon del Mariachi: Also Inside Live music

    by filipdebont Updated Oct 27, 2002

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    Rincon del Mariachi

    On this Plaza Garibaldi there are also several bars, were these Mariachis are performing. The one we visited was El Rincon del Mariachi. It was not bad, but personally I did prefer the atmosphere outside sitting on a terrace with a beer and enjoying the music outside

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    Plaza Garibaldi: Mariachi Statues

    by filipdebont Updated Oct 27, 2002

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    Mariachi Statue

    On this Plaza Garibaldi, there were several beautiful statues of famous Mariachis. These statues were telling something about the history of this Plaza, like the memories to the glorious life of Jose Alfredo Jimenez (1926 – 1973) and also the Mexican idol Pedro Infante.

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    Plaza Garibaldi: Sergeant Garcia

    by filipdebont Updated Oct 27, 2002

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    Mariachi Singer

    This Mariachi singer performed at our restaurant table. With full devotion he sung the famous Cucaracha song. It was a great feeling and a memory to cherish. We all believed this Mariachi singer looked a bit like Sergeant Garcia from the Zorro series.

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    Plaza Garibaldi: Life Music

    by filipdebont Updated Oct 27, 2002

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    Mariachis

    On this Plaza there were small groups of Mariachis, but there were also few big groups, and mostly they were playing for lots of people. Like that people started dancing just outside on the Plaza. It was great to see and to hear.

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    Plaza Garibaldi: Dancing on the Plaza

    by filipdebont Updated Oct 27, 2002

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    Dancing on the Plaza Garibaldi

    Here you can see people spontaneous dancing to sound of the Mariachi music. We stayed on this Plaza for several hours. It was so great to hear this music, and to see the beautifully dressed mariachis and also the joy of the local people.

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    Plaza Garibaldi: One more song

    by filipdebont Written Oct 27, 2002

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    A last song

    Can you imagine, how it feels to sit on a bench on the Plaza Garibaldi, and listen to a Mariachi group who is playing and singing just in front of you. Well I know it must be difficult to imagine it, but believe me it gives you kind of chicken-skin.

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    La Vitrola: Bar for young adults....

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jan 13, 2014

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    Note: As of 2014, apparently this place no longer exists :-( What a pity!

    La Vitrola is a cool place, not the kind of place where you usually go to dance, but rather a place where you go have a drink, maybe even dinner in the late night, play some cards or dominoes and listen to live music of all kinds. There are few young people that visit this place (on week days anyway), it's rather people on their 30's and up that come here, but there's a nice atmosphere, food is fair (not great but good enough) and prices aren't too high. They serve the BEST piñas coladas ever in here (with MIDORI liquor)!!!

    Dress Code: There isn't really a dress code to come here, dress up in whatever makes you feel more comfortable.

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    Meneo: Latino dancing with live music

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jan 13, 2008

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    Meneo is a dancing spot where they play LIVE latin music (salsa, merengue) and where you may dance disco music as well (when the band is not playing). It's a big place and it's fun!

    Beware, you have to get there early because it gets really crowded. The dancing starts later, but I do think you have to get there no later than 10 PM if you want to be able to go in. Because of the many people that come here, it's rather difficult to have enough space to dance, but the environment is joyful and you can have a quite good time.

    Dress Code: Just casual

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    La Jima: 3 locations / 80's-90's style place

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jan 13, 2014

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    La Jima is a place where you can both eat and drink, just have a good time with your friends and even play cards or other games while you listen to music, mainly pop from the 80's - 90's... You can even dance and the environment is cool. Prices are pretty fair, too -- actually this is one of the cheapest places you'll find to go out by night.

    If you decide to eat something, try the Nueva España Fettucine (pasta), the Argentinian-style "Empanadas" (GORGEOUS) or any of their meat choices, they're good!! They also have a fair variety of alcoholic beverages/cocktails.

    Dress Code: Just casual, whatever you wear you'll be welcome and they don't get too picky to let you in, as they do in other places.

    I've visited the 3 different locations of this place and the attitude is pretty much the same in all of them. Perhaps the one in the southern part of the city is frequented by younger people, and the other 2 are rather for people around or over 30. But the style of the 3 sites is rather casual.

    UPDATE: Apparently all of their 3 locations have been shut down.... that's too sad! Such a pity, it used to be a great place.

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    Acanto Lounge: Neat, chic place on the lake...

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Oct 9, 2006

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    Acanto Lounge slogan

    Acanto Lounge (Bar & Club) is located right on the Chapultepec Lake (on the Chapultepec forest area - second section), so you have a beautiful view of the city and the lake by night from the terrace, which makes it a very cool spot. This is mainly a place to drink & dance, they even have a live show and the music they play is mainly pop from the 70-80-90's, as well as the latest hits.... They have valet parking too.

    I read on their website that there is an entrance fee (only for men) of $200 MXP (about 18 USD).

    They're open from 22 hrs. to 4:30 A.M.

    You can have all kind of national and international drinks, martinis, and Asian style snacks.

    Dress Code: People rather try to be well dressed when coming here, but it doesn't mean you'll be kicked out if you wear jeans.... however, try to pick some nice outfit, as it's a neat and romantic place (some people even consider it as "classy").

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    El Alebrije (Plaza Loreto)

    by flyingpig Written Sep 29, 2002

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    El Alebrije (Plaza Loreto, in San Angel next to Mezzanotte): strict but fair door policy, bring an ID and be prepared to queue for 30-30 minutes. The cover charge is cheap, MXP 50 for men and free for women. The club is a copycat from its namesake in Acapulco and plays a similar mix of Mexican pop/techno/salsa music. The sound system is good and the light effects include lasers - a rare sight in Mexico City. Overall, a nice place to spend a night out.

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    El Hijo del Cuervo: A popular place in Coyoacan

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Dec 31, 2009

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    Claus & me at Hijo del Cuervo!!

    This is a popular place in Coyoacan since many years ago. It was shut down for a while but it's working again now and a lot of people continue to go there to have a few drinks with friends.

    The place is not too big but big enough, it has a terrace for smokers and/or if you like to watch people pass by while having your drink. It gets crowded quickly on weekends so the earlier you can get there, the better. The environment is pretty simplistic but cozy, there is no live music but they play mostly music of the 80's and 90's. The prices are pretty reasonable and there's no cover fee; there's a good choice of alcohol (liquors & beers), snacks and a few dishes if you want something to eat. I've never eaten there so I can't recommend anything in particular.

    Be careful when paying the bill, though, because sometimes they will charge you "by mistake" stuff that you never asked for or consumed. At least this is what happened on our last visit there, so we had to get the bill corrected in order to pay only what we had ordered as they had put a few extra beers in our bill -- luckily we didn't drink much so we had kept good track of what we had drunk and couldn't be fooled. This doesn't only happen in this place, mind you, so always be careful when paying the bill at any bar or restaurant just in case there are any "mistakes".

    Dress Code: No dress code, this place is attended by young people mostly so you can be as informally dressed as you want (of course I'm not talking about shorts & sandals but jeans and sneakers are not looked down on, they're ok).

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    Shelty: An Irish pub style luxury bar

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jun 2, 2012

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    This bar is within the NIKKO hotel, which is a luxury hotel located in the Polanco area. It's on the second floor (upstairs from the "El Jardin" restaurant, right above the main lobby bar area) and it's a bit hidden and not very well known. This is not a place for youngsters as it's rather quiet and posh looking. They do have live music (piano) every night but the lights are dim all the time so it's a place to talk and relax rather than to party and go wild. The decoration is amazing, beautiful and rich, all Irish/Scottish style with fine wood everywhere. The prices are high, as it is to be expected in a spot located inside a luxury hotel, but it's a nice one-time experience.

    This place closes early, so get there before midnight or you will have to sip your drink in 15 minutes and leave (as we did because we got there by 12:30 and they were closing down). They are open since 4:30 PM, every day except for Sundays.

    Dress Code: Rather casual, although the place is elegant.

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    Ixchel: Ixchel - New Concept lounge

    by jumanuel Written Feb 24, 2006

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    Ixchel is a cool place, the concept was change a few years ago, but it really worth it, I celebrate my last Birthday in here, so take a look to some of the pics and you will see.

    It works as a restaurante from 13:00hrs, and at night a lounge is open! Take a drink, have a nice dinner and enjoy the lounge music!

    Dress Code: Casual

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    The Whiskey: W HOTEL

    by jumanuel Written Mar 2, 2006

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    This is a nice bar to spend a good night and money, the place tends to be trendy and they play a good selection of loung music and there are two floors to meet nice people. Exclente if you are looking for friends.

    Dress Code: Shirt and shoes

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