Old Jack's Bar: It's EVERYWHERE!!!
It's true that nowhere in the world is safe these days from a jack daniels themed bar. This place is pretty cool, with a live band playing Wednesdays and Saturdays (or is it Fridays). The band plays in Spanish and it is definitely rock n' roll! Even though the crowd is mostly locals, I just couldn't shake the feeling I was in Vegas or NY when I was in there. Drinks are kinda pricey for cocktails, but they bring you free food to veg on when you drink.
Dress Code: as with all of Gto, don't wear your sweatpants here
Los Lobos: women, guard your tooshies
A nightly haunt where the locals go to pack themselves into a tiny bar, Los Lobos is never dull. Although a few times I was there, some girlfriends of mine were having difficulties with the male patrons. And once I got the sense the door guy was trying to gouge me on my bill. I definitely felt much more at ease when I went with some locals. It gets pretty rowdy as the night goes on. Sometimes there is a band, which amazes me because sometimes I wonder where I'm going to stand, but they are able to put a full band in the middle anyways.
Dress Code: stylish, more chill and a little street
Zilch: American music and art fantastique
Zilch is an amazing place to have a drink at night. They have 20 peso beer and on some nights have 2x1 coctails in rum, vodka and tequila. They are always playing American music, which is pretty good but after a few nights I noticed it was just the same 20 songs on a loop. Still, there are live bands some nights. I happened to be in Gto on the anniversary of the day John Lennon was shot and they had a John Lennon cover band that played in both English and Spanish. There is tons of amazing artwork in Zilch and all by a local artist. You can also take your drink onto the roof and enjoy an extremely unique nighttime view of the city.
Dress Code: stylish but definitely laid back.
Guanajuato Grill: dance ALL night long aqui!
This is where the locals go to party, and party they do! The club was open until at least 4am every night I went, including week nights. Drinks are not bad by American standards, you can get a bottle of tequila and mixer for 400 pesos when I was there. They play a good mix of American and Mexican dance music and techno mixes. The club was always packed with beautiful people and is definitely gay friendly as tons of hot guys were dancing with their shirts off! Definitely my fav club in Gto
Dress Code: as with all other aspects of Gto, dress is very posh and stylish.
A tradition in Guanajuato are the Callejoneadas, they come from a renaisance tradition in Spain and consist on groups of students that form a group called a Tuna.
The members of a tuna are called tunos and they dress in colonial clothes, they will walk you by several squares and streets in the city and all the time they will be singing traditional mexican and spanish songs, as well as telling you legends. It is a very amuzing and funny experience.
We were told there were many tunas in the city, altought we only saw one, wich was quite good, they are called "Tuna Colegiata Real de Guanajuato" you'll find a couple of them at Jardín Unión selling tickets for the callejoneada wich will begin at night, they were all very profesional, and you could notice they constantly rehearsal in order to give a great show, along all of them they were also children wich they were training to ensure the group goes on generation after generation.
Traditionally you were also served wine during the walk, that no longer happens and you are instead offered some grape juice, that is great because that ensures the show remains as safe fun for all the family, otherwise there would be surely some people going there only to drink.
We had great fun during the callejoneada, I recomend a lot that you attend the show, not only will you be part of a city tradition, you will also help the "tunos" to pay for their studies. Don't miss it.
Dress Code: Take comfortable shoes as you'll be walking all around downtown during the show.
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
El Bar (know called La Copa): It is time for Salsa
If in Guanajuato, must visit this small and always packed salsa bar located on a second floor of a historical building. Seating space is very limited but not necesserily needed because everybody's dancing throughout the whole night anyway. Drinks are very affordable, atmospere live and exciting, people amazing.
Had a chance to visit Guanajuato twice and both times had an amazing time at that bar.
Below the bar you can find a restaurant under the same name for a quick but tasty bite. Very affordable.
Highly recommend it.
Dress Code: none
- Budget Travel
- Study Abroad
Good place for sitting in bars or cafes
I was only there during the week and a lot of the places I tried to go to for a drink were closed, I think they only really party at weekends ( I'm such a big city girl - I can't get used to having to wait for the weekend if I want to go out!)
But there are nice cafes and bars everywhere, so don't worry, I didn't go thirsty ;-)
Magnificent view of the city: Nightime Romance
In the city of Guanajuato you will see a huge statue.It is a top a hill,and made of white marble.It is called 'Monumento a El Pipila.
Take the Funical (rail car) on up;it is located
behind Teatro Juarerz.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
Teatro Juarez: The place to be
This is arguably the most well known spot in Guanajuato, as it is used as the "meeting spot" for all tourists and locals alike. IT is in the center of everything, and you could spend hours sitting on the steps and people watching without getting bored. When street festivals and singing occurs, the best seat in the house is on the steps of this theatre.
- Historical Travel
- School Holidays
- Theater Travel
Teatro Juarez: The Place to Be...
This was the place everyone gathered from the entire city to people watch, meet the gang, and watch all the happenings in the city. It is a building with many steps, and people are always gathered there watching the parades, or seeing the art exhibited around...it is really quite amazing, because no matter where you are in the city, everyone knows that Teatro Juarez is the designated meeting spot and once you see it, you can assess how much further you need to go....
The tradition in Guanajuato is to walk in the night thru some streets with an "Estudiantina", there are guy that play traditional songs with guitars.
Dress Code: Confortable shoes!!!