This little hole in the wall bar became my local favorite when i was in Oaxaca.
It´s a small bar with a small stage that features local rock bands at night and the clientele is mostly the local students and the place has a bohemian and rebellious atmosphere that i really loved.
Teh live music i i heard there was really of a high quality and i recommedn this place big time if you are in to hard rock music and the alternative crowd.
La casa del mezcal is a bar that seems to cater mostly to the local working class crowd.
I heard that tourists come by this place too, but i did not see any the 3 times i was there.
They have a nice selection of mezcal there and an ok beer selection too.
The place can get quite croweded and loud during weekends and on thursday where they 2 for 1, but i liked the place and had a good time there.
Dress Code: i don´t think there is any dress code there, but you will look more like a local if you wear a stetson.
Folkloric dance shows known as Guelaguetza, are staged every Friday night at the Camino Real ( and more often in the high holiday season), with a whole range of dances from the stately and sedate Flor de Pina to toe-tapping whirls of wide skirts and coquettish looks and on to the leaps and whoops of athletic young men in their high feathered head-dresses as they perform the men-only Danza de la Pluma de Zaachila. A buffet dinner is included in the price of admission. The performances are very popular and you must book to be sure of getting a place. Similar performances are staged at other venues.
Otherwise, you might find yourself slipping in beside the locals at a rather less staged-for-the-tourists show in a local dance hall, or even (as we did for both these) being called in to watch some youngsters practising in a small dance studio. Whatever you do, you're in for a feast of colour and music that will keep the camera clicking and your eyes dazzled by both the colour and vibrancy of the scene and - especially at the latter events - the smiles and obvious enjoyment of what they are doing on the faces of the dancers.
The young dancers practising in one of the studios at the Oaxaca University were sweet, but the best night was the one in the dance hall we came across by accident, beckoned in by a gun-toting policeman, to stand in the midst of a crowd of locals watching a crowd of youngsters in flounced skirts and white suits literally having a ball.
In the evenings most people head downtown to eat dinner, people watch, and enjoy the action. Kids will light firecrackers for you for a few pesos, and for a few pesos more, you can develop your own firecracker routines!!
Dress Code: Very casual and laid-back
Now this is where things get a little difficult for me. I am pretty sure this is the name of the Bar/live music venue we went to one night, where they had a cracking local ska band playing on the stage - which is "raised up under the roof" ( the best way I can explain it).
So if you end up going and there is no stage high up in the back room, I can only apologise ( too many beers & margueritas) !
The night we were there there was 2 for 1 on the drinks and free mescal. They were open till about 2.00am........... I think.
It was a good mix of locals & tourists when we were there, although I do suspect that there are mostly more tourists sometimes.
This is a really small, laid back bar with very friendly staff. They only play blues music at a level where you can still talk, it's always full, mostly with locals.
Definately the Venga 7's favorite starting place for the night out ( it sadly closes at about 10.30-11.00pm).
I can recommend their frozen margueritas & another bonus is a bowlful of the MOST delicious peanuts with garlic...mmmmmm
A few blocks south of Santo Domingo, there is a fantastic nightclub called Tentacion (temptation in english). On the weekends there is a live salsa band and during the week there is a DJ playing all the best tunes. The dancing is great, and the people are friendly. Across the street there is also another bar called Freebar. This is geared more for the younger crowd, almost like being in a regular American nightclub. Both places are tonnes of fun, especially bouncing back and forth between the two. A word of advice... this street is not lit very well, and while I always felt safe inside the clubs I did not like lingering too long outside. Bring lots of people or even better, go with a local that you trust. Other than that, it was great and I can't wait to return on my next visit.
Wellin Oaxaca the only place I visited was a club named Tequila Rock and it was a fun place, I really dont know if it exist anymore but it used to be cool.
In Huatulco I must confess there are only like 2 clubs, one the used to be the Magic, the disco form the hotel and I think there's another one but cant remember the name...Pizza something it is..Huatulco is a cool place. the thing is that it's not developed as Cancun or Acapulco but definatley it is a cool place to visit!
The Gala Resort is the best hotel you can visit in Huatulco for me....it's all inclusive, it has different shows every night, different buffets each night and the club is a place you cant miss!
Dress Code: Casual, doesnt really matters! That's the best part!
If you want to sample the local traditional dance then there is an expensive nightly show at the Carmino Real Hotel, developed specifically for tourists (didn't go so can't say how much it was or if it was any good - remember it seemed a lot of money). If you want to sample local music and musicians, there ae lots of bars on Reforma (behind Santo Domingo) and in the vicinty of Plazuela Labastida (one block south of Santo Domingo)
Dress Code: informal
Indulge yourself! If you can't afford to stay at this historic hotel (and at something like $200 per night...), have a Margarita at the poolside bar. Chose inside (walls book-lined, piano, heavy rugs thrown over the furniture, oil-paintings - very homely) or, better still, sip one the best margaritas in Oaxaca by the pool by night. Relax, listen to the crickets, the rustle of the bouganvillea in the breeze, surrounded by the ancient walls of the 17th century ex-convent.
Dress Code: whatever.
In Huatulco, Oax (one night by bus from Oaxaca), go to the beach. mexican guitar player on Chahue beach