15 Of The Best Bars In Mexico City (CDMX)

Colonia Juárez is where you want to be for a fun night out in the town! 

Nightlife in Mexico City is, as one would expect, absolutely thrilling. Its bar scene, though, has experienced a growth spurt in recent years with the surge of speakeasies, tap rooms and mezcalerias. This list caters to those who are thirty for high-quality drinks in cool settings and beautifully concocted drinks crafted by knowledgeable staff. Any of the bars below guarantee an exciting night in the city. Salud!

HANDSHAKE SPEAKEASY

C. Amberes 65, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Don’t expect a Piña Colada to arrive in a creamy, tropical glass. HANDSHAKE’S spin on a traditional cocktail is, in fact, translucent. Minimal and utterly tasty. To the naked eye, it appears like a Gin & Tonic. It’s clear, HANDSHAKE does things unexpectedly. Consistent motifs that resonates in the bar’s wide-range of cocktails are: clarification, holistic simplicity, clean aesthetics while emanating an explosion of tastes. READ MORE How HANDSHAKE Bar Became The Best Speakeasy In Mexico City (CDMX).”

Hanky Panky Cocktail Bar

Turín 52, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

When founder Walter Meyenberg first started Hanky Panky, it was meant to remain private between family and friends. Until word got out. Completely hidden, behind a street vendor in Colonia Juarez, the bar’s address is only provided with a reservation which comes with entry instructions. After a slew of passageways even through the kitchen, you’ll see that the interior space is fabulously posh and refined, adorned with leather couches and a sleek bar in elegant marble. There are always visiting bartenders at Hanky Panky, so order whatever is the guest bartender’s signature drink. Be adventurous, try a cocktail with goat cheese or a pumpkin spiced latte mixed drink.

La Clandestina

Av. Álvaro Obregón 298, Colonia Condesa, Cuauhtémoc, 06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

If you’d like to get to know mezcal, La Clandestina is a great spot to explore near Parque España. Inside low lights and a cozy setting, there are giant glass vats containing 22-25 distinct, artisanal mezcal varieties. You can either opt for classic versions, or ones with roasted pumpkin seeds. There are also mezcals served sweet with blackberries or creamy with avocado.

Parker & Lenox

Calle Gral. Prim 100, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Just like HANDSHAKE and Hanky Panky, Parker & Lenox is similarly located in Juarez. This crowd-favorite caters to the hungry crawler since the bar also serves up delicious American-style burgers, where the joint also works as a discrete entryway to a stylish speakeasy giving a modern Great Gatsby energy. Dark wood tables, velvet lounge chairs, and a stage in deep cherry. No cover, no guest list. Head on over without a password. Indulge in more than 30 different types of cocktails, in addition to a fine selection of liqueurs and wines.

Licorería Limantour

Av. Álvaro Obregón 106, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

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At this point, Licorería Limantour has elevated to legendary status in Mexico City’s bar scene since its opening in 2014. The two-story bar is consistently jam-packed with locals and travelers, without pretense while serving delicious cocktails. It’s trendy, perfect for any night of the week but the scene is especially vibrant on Friday nights. Licorería Limantour is known for its creative spins on classic drinks from a Mexican perspective by using local ingredients and liqueur. Try its renowned Margarita al Pastor, it’s out of this world.

Xaman Bar

Copenhague 6, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

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Staying in the Juarez neighborhood, Xaman Bar is another speakeasy perfect to kick start your night out. Located in the basement of a Cuauhtemoc building, the bar exudes mystery and sexy enigma. The crowd is on the fashionable side, blending in with the upscale bar’s décor inspired by natural vegetation. Staying on the theme of plants and greens, Xaman Bar’s best cocktails are infused with herbs: thyme, shrubs, or even flowers like lavender.

Bósforo

Luis Moya 31-local 2, Colonia Centro, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Yet another bar without signs or flashy entrances, Bósforo is a snug spot hosting 40 types of unique mezcals from various regions throughout Mexico: Oaxaca, Guerrero, San Luis Potosi…and many more. Low lights in an intimate though minimalistic space, you want to head there early and start with a choice of mezcal. Or come on week days rather than weekends when the bar is typically cramped with mezcal lovers. Mostly standing room, you’ll probably be mingling with artists and creatives alike.

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Balcón del Zócalo

Av. 5 de Mayo 61, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

For the best aerial shot of Zócalo, head over to Balcón del Zócalo which is part of the Zócalo Central Hotel. An incredibly touristy hotspot but the breathtaking view of Centro and the magnificent buildings that encapsulate Zócalo, Palacio de Bellas ArtesPlaza Garibaldi and Palacio de Correos de México. The hotel’s building itself reels back to 128 years ago, and the bar is located on the 6th floor. The restaurant is always open, but head there for cocktails while taking in Plaza de la Constitución from an elevated perspective.

La Botica

Multiple locations

Another fantastic stop for mezcal is certainly La Botica since it’s one of the oldest mezcalerias in the city. With several locations throughout CDMX, La Botica offers more than 50 types of mezcals mostly produced by smaller and independent distilleries. If you have any questions, the staff is professional and extremely knowledgeable. Compared to other bars, La Botica closes its doors earlier in the night, making it the perfect place to grab a pre-dinner drink.

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FELINA

C. Ometusco 87, Hipódromo, Cuauhtémoc, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Want a satisfying highball? Check out FELINA where you’ll also discover an almost infinite list of drinks: gins, vodka, liquors, beers, rum, agave cocktails…etc. Although La Condesa neighborhood is full of nightlife options, FELINA seamlessly blends into the hip residential landscape resting at the corner of an apartment building. The crowd tends to be on the younger but bougie-boho spectrum, ready to head home after a night cap. Its food menu isn’t shabby either, so you can stay in one place throughout the entire night for both drinking and eating out.

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Falling Piano Brewing Co.

Coahuila 99, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

A relaxing brewery can also contain a bit of drama, just look up at the jumbo piano hanging from the ceiling, in the middle of the pub. Mexico is practically synonymous with beers, hence Falling Piano Brewing Co. carries strong IPAs, fragrant porters, both pale and red ales, and craft beers as well. What makes this place so special is that it also brews its own craft beers inspired by American-style tap rooms. If you can’t decide on a beer, get a taster to get the best of all worlds.

La Xampa

Av Nuevo León 66, Hipódromo, Cuauhtémoc, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Known as one of the best bars in La Condesa, La Xampa is an ideal hotspot for champagne tastings and hosting small parties. In the case that you want to take a break from tequilas, mezcals and beers; sparkling wine at La Xampa is the way to go. Its inventive cocktail variations derived from champagne and sparkling wine are bubblicious. Try the Xampagne Royal made with sparkling rosé, rum, raspberry liqueur, clarified lemon juice, blackberry and raspberry. The Dry Champagne is another delicious option; prepared with gin, sparkling lemon breeze, olive granita and wait for it: liquid nitrogen.

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Balmori Roofbar

Zacatecas 139 Segundo piso, Cuauhtémoc, 06700 CDMX, Mexico

In midst of a plethora of rooftop bars in this cosmopolitan city, Balmori Roofbar is definitely a crowd pleaser with the stunning view of CDMX’s spectacular skyline. If you’re with a larger group of friends, Balmori’s giant tables are fitting for a festive pack, especially next to a live DJ spinning at its 300-meter space. The rooftop bar was originally designed to create a disconnection from the urban mass in the hip Roma Norte area. Today, it has become a reliable place for night owls to grab comfort food, tasty drinks and a lively vibe.

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