Mezcalería: The local drink - Mezcal
So if you're up for experiencing all the night life of San Cris, you will no doubt find the many trendy bars and dance clubs. But there are some reputable hole in the walls too, like the Mezcaleria.
For those who don't know, Mezcal is a local Mexican drink distilled from maguey (agave). Just like any other drink like tequila or whiskey, a good one goes down smooth and a sharp one can burn the throat.
This little hole in the wall serves several different types of mezcal, from almond flavored, pear, apple, to the original straight up. There are of course a couple beers on the menu for people in the group who don't want to test it out. The prices are relatively cheap for a bar. Tuesdays are 2x1 for ladies.
The doors officially close about ~1am, but that does not mean the place actually closes. If the doors are not open, knock on the door and they'll let you it. It is more an act to keep the noise down for the local residents. One word of caution though is that they do allow smoking in the bar.
Dress Code: The dress code is completely casual, anything goes.
Zirco: Two Dance Floors in One
There are plenty of music and dancing places in San Cristobal, but one that my local friends like and come to is Zirco.
In the front bar, they offer Latin music, mostly salsa dancing and have a decent selection at the bar.
In the back bar, the lights are a bit darker, with the music being more of a club and pop music soundtrack. Both front and back bars, although being separated just by a single doorway are quite isolated from each other.
Dress Code: Dress code is casual.
Madre Tierra: The Late Night Place
While many other may have written up Madre Tierra as a restaurant and bakery, it should be noted that when those close, the vibe changes to a bit.
The bar in the upstairs of Madre Tierra is well known as being one of the best after-hours places in town. When many of the other bars close, people migrate here, so the crowd usually starts to pick up from 2am until ??
There is no cover charge to get in and there is almost always live music, particularly on the weekends.
If you get the munchies after a long night, don't worry, there are always some hamburger and food stands in the street which are open until the last person goes home.
Dress Code: The dress code is completely casual.
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Revolución Lounge: Que viva Pancho Villa !!
The bar where pretty much everybody hangs out! They have live music everyday… sometimes it’s reggae, it could be salsa or maybe some fusion.
Drinks and beers are cheap… although I would go just for beers, didn’t like the drinks (not even the ‘michelada’).
Dress Code: Totally casual ... it's San Cristobal !!
Various: Salsa and Rock & Roll
San Cristobal de Las Casas has a very active nightlife for a relatively small tourist oriented town. We strolled the streets at night, passing street musicians and acrobats near the Cathedral, and stopped for a drink at a bar which had a rock and roll band. But, we eventually saw the advantage of going to a salsa joint where the action on the dance floor was hot! My wife taught my nephew how to dance to salsa music. The dancing in Mexico is not nearly as awesome as in other parts of Latin America, but this was really quite good. Dress can be casual, but most people, particularly the women, were dressed for this type of dance action. We never saw any danger in walking late at night in the center of the city here.
San Cristobal is a small town, but with great nightlife, nice bars like La Revolucion, (mostly tourist´s and live latin music)...Trendy bars like Zapata (full of locals) and nice after hours bars like The Blue (great for dancing)
Latinas and Madre Tierra: Salsa Dancing
If you love to dance, a great live salsa band plays at Latinas nightly until, I believe, midnight. At least during the week.
After the band ended, we mosied over to Madre Tierra where they were still mixing in a bit of salsa, in between songs. The crowd here was a bit younger.
Inside Madre Tierra you can find a bakery, a tour office and La Ventana cine club where you can watch a documentary or current film in a small room that seats about 30.
La Revolucion: Live Music #1
La Revolucion is just north of the cathedral, on Calle 20. de Novembre. Bands play live every nigth (or they did while I was in San Cristobal). The bar is great to meet locals and fellow travelers.
Dress Code: Ordinary.
On a picture is a cathedral in San Cristobal. Right is a central park, Plaza 31 de Marzo. Each evening there is a band that plays marimba, the tipical music of this part of Mexico (like Guadalajara has mariachis, Chiapas & Tabasco have marimba).
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Zocalo: Town is more alive
Just sit in the zocalo and watch the town come alive even more. In some areas of the world, when night comes, the town goes to sleep. Not in Mexico! The zocalo is brimming with people, music is playing, shops are open, and families and couples are walking around enjoying the cool, night air. Night time is the right time for Mexico.
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My other favorite bar in San Cris. Red walls. Huge comfortable chairs. Stairs going nowhere. Relaxed, chill-out atmosphere. They are generous with their cocktails. Snacks are served as well, I liked my soup a lot!
The second night they had a band playing which I did not really like, it killed the atmosphere.
Revolución: Revolución mexicana!
One of my favorite bars in San Cris. I went there twice, it was busy all the time (they were closed on Christmas Eve…), they had live music one night, two guys with guitars playing any kind of music. Great place to drink during their happy hour. Nice interior as well, with fireplace. Yes, San Cris is 2100 m above sea level and it gets cold at night and it’s wonderful to sit by a fire:-)