El Convento de las Carolinas: Late night cafe, live music, street performers
Even though the photo shown was taken during the day, this place is just as busy in the evening. We ended two of our evenings here, partaking in drinks and a plateful of French Fries. The Carolinas is open until at least 1:00am on Fridays and Saturdays, and closes a little earlier on other days. It is located in a busy activity-filled section of the Callejon de los Sapos area, on the stretch of pedestrian area where Avenida 3 Oriente and Calle 6 Sur meet.
Dress Code: Very casual. Students make up the majority of patrons in the evenings, but other ages found here, too.
On Fridays and Saturdays, there is live music, with no cover charge. You will likely be visited at your table by flower peddlers and the ever-present pantomime (we saw him every night, everywhere!), but just smile nicely and politely decline if you do not wish to purchase anything.
The wait staff is very friendly, and often they are enjoying the music and socializing with patrons too.
A great place to kick back and relax with good drinks, appetizers and good music.
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Bembe: Lounge & Salsa Bar
On a Friday or Saturday night, as you walk down Avenida 3 Oriente coming from Calle 6 Sur, you can hear the rhythmic sounds of salsa, merengue and other Latin music coming from this venue on Avenida 3 Oriente.
Stop inside, and if you're lucky, you will find the bar packed with salsa dancing patrons. We stopped by one night, and it seemed pretty packed.
On Sunday night we stopped by, and it was more mellow, with no live music, but music playing on the stereo speakers nonetheless and groups of friends gathered around tables enjoying drinks and dancing to the tunes.
Dress Code: Very casual. All ages were present, though the university students seem to be the majority. They have a full bar, and serve a number of appetizers. We had the potato salad, which was a delicious, garlicky bowl of potatoes, pimientos, peppers, etc.
Put this place on your list of clubs/cafes/bars to check out in Puebla.
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The Zocalo: Always a sure bet
Puebla's Zocalo is lively, both during the day and at night. The Zocalo is surrounded by several restaurants, cafes and fast food places (yes, unfortunately one will find McDonald
s and Burger King here...)
But, for drinks and some food and to relax and people-watch, the Zocalo is a sure bet to find a place to hang out.
Some of the cafes have live music on the weekends, and on Friday and Saturday nights, there is a nightclub or two that is quite hopping above the cafes.
Two of the cafes/restaurants that we frequented in the evenings include:
* Casa Puebla
* Caffe Vittorio
See my Restaurants Tips for more information on both these venues.
Dress Code: Casual. This is a place for friends to congregate before a night on the town, or for families to gather for a nice meal. On the weekends, the plaza itself is alive with vendors and families strolling about. Tree trunks are lighted, adding a festive atmosphere year-round.
Most restaurants and cafes stay open until late (at least midnight) on Fridays and Saturdays, but close earlier on weekdays and Sundays.
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Alejandro Ramos at Meson Sacristia de la Compania: Great live music, beautiful venue
We stayed at the Meson Sacristia de la Compania, and to our delight on a Saturday evening, the wonderfully talented musician Alejandro Ramos performed at the hotel's bar/restaurant.
Alejandro was so good that we stayed for his entire set (around 9pm to 11pm.) He played a mixture of American/British music (Beatles, Santana, Eagles, and other classics from the 60s/70s) and some Mexican songs as well that were popular with the locals.
He is good natured, has a terrific voice, and is an awesome guitarist. Please tip him if you enjoy his music. It was a great way to spend a good part of our Saturday night. Bravo Alejandro! (He says he plays Saturday nights there.)
Dress Code: Casual/dressier dinner wear. Alejandro performs in the bar section of the hotel which is nice and smal and intimate. However, his music flows out nicely into the bigger courtyard and adjacent dining room.
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Callejon de los Sapos (Frog Alley): For the youthful vibe...
The Callejon de los Sapos (Frog Alley) is located where Calle 6 Sur and Avenida 5 Oriente meet. It was literally one-half block from our hotel, just several yards away. In the daytime, it is full of artisans selling their wares in front of furniture/antique stores. In the evening, around 9:00pm, it is the hip, happening, lively place for young people to hang out with their friends. In this little pedestrian block, there are several nightclubs on the second floors of buildings whose ground floors house bars and cafes. Street vendors sell their wares and also food items such as chalupas, cemitas, tortas, etc. Given that there are several universities nearby, the feel is that of a university town, out to party on Friday and Saturday nights.
Dress Code: Very casual. Seems like everyone is club-, bar-, cafe-hopping. Mariachis also hang out, hoping that a drunk patron will hire them to serenade his loved one.
It is noisy, crowded...but energetic. Beware of drunk patrons. We saw one man get so drunk that his face fell plop down on the table while his date calmly sat there and finished her plate of cheese and hams on toothpicks. The waiter had to come by, prop the guy up and escort him to the restroom.
Great place for people watching. For those of you like me (a Southern Californian) who is used to smoke-free environments, remember that smoking is still quite prevalent in places like Callejon de los Sapos.
Nightlife District: Plazuela de Los Sapos
Se concentran ahi una serie de bazares y anticuario que le ofrecen artículos novedosos y exclusivos de la mas variada procedencia, asli como obras de arte de autores clásicos. Puede adquirir una variada linea de muebles, predominando los de estilo colonial maxicano, de gran aprecio en el extranjero y los fabricados en madera apolillada que da un toque de originalidad.
Disfrute de la comida poblana en los restaurantes ubicados en su entorno, tambien se sentira transportado a la época colonial con el ambiente que le dan las vetustas fachadas revestidad de azulejos.
Los sábados y domingos en la plazuela se establece un mercado de anticuario endonde encontrará a la venta los artículos más inverosímiles (libros, monedas, estampas, etc.), siendo este uno de los sitios de visita obligados en su estancia en Puebla.
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