Nightlife and Entertainment in Mexico City

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An eclectic mix of elements makes enjoying Mexico City nightlife a singular experience. Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world. Historic, cosmopolitan and trendy areas give visitors a wide variety of choices. The downside is that its traffic can be daunting. Make your visit easy and choose bars or clubs near your hotel. Here are some of the city’s top spots by neighborhood.

Condesa Favorite

The Condesa is a neighborhood that has both bohemian and chic qualities. It’s full of young aspiring artists and has a vibrant nightlife. A favorite hangout amongst locals is La Botica Alfonso Reyes. This place gets full and lines are not uncommon. However, it is worth the wait. The bar serves tamales and a long list of mezcales, the a popular Mexican drink. If you are renting a car, be aware that parking in this part of town is limited. 

Polanco’s Karisma


Mexico City’s equivalent to Rodeo Drive is located in the trendy neighborhood of Polanco. A young international crowd and hip locals frequent Karisma. The décor evokes an old cantina, but the place has a cosmopolitan air to it. Karisma is simple to get to. It faces the Hotel Presidente InterContinental on Campos Eliseos.

Clubbing at the Centro

If you’re in the mood for serious clubbing, Bléu is the place for you. It is located in the historic center of the city. Old colonial streets surround this modern nightclub that features electronica. It stands where an old movie house once did, which translates into an impressive space. Blue torches light the entrance, creating a mysterious atmosphere. It is ideal for people of all ages. 

Frida in Coyoacan


Artists, colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and beautiful plazas are associated with Coyoacan. Frida Loft is located in this southern part of the city. It is inspired by Frida Kahlo, the iconic painter who lived in this neighborhood alongside Diego Rivera. Tourists and locals alike gather here. The environment is friendly and low-key.

Big Silver up North

If you’re staying on the northern end of the city, head to Big Silver. Chilangos, (Mexico City locals) consider it a good place for “precopeo,” or early evening drinks. After a long day of touring, this might be the right option for you. An additional benefit is that it is located on one of the city’s main avenues, Palmas. Finding it couldn’t get any easier.

Safety Tip


Mexico City is tremendously entertaining, but tourists should take safety precautions. Street cabs are not to be trusted. Make transportation arrangements with your hotel for a night out on the town.  




Nightlife in Mexico City is nothing if not exciting. The nocturnal pace in this vast metropolis never slows, and the whole city seems to put on its dancing shoes once night falls. Travelers who like to strut their stuff will be in seventh heaven on a trip to Mexico City. There are clubs inviting revelers to dance salsa, rumba, samba, tango, flamenco...you name it, you can dance it here. There are also plenty of dance clubs where DJs blast out the latest house, R&B and hip hop sounds, along with some more refined jazz spots and classical music venues.

With so much on the nightlife menu in Mexico City, the biggest problem can be fitting it all in. In a city this size, it makes sense to look for nightlife options relatively close to your accommodation if you don´t want to spend a fortune on taxis - be cautious when taking public transport at night, and never walk around unfamiliar areas on foot after dark. Zona Rosa and La Condesa are both neighborhoods with buzzing nightlife and plenty of accommodation options.

Musical Melting Pot

Mexico City is one of the most culturally diverse spots in the Americas, and the varied musical menu reflects this. Budget travelers would be wise to steer clear of the sleek piano bars and jazz clubs of the Zona Rosa and surrounds, as entrance fees and drink prices tend to be steep. Modest pavement bars frequented by locals are great options for those watching their budget, and can often be extremely lively, with impromptu musical performances.

Downtown, the city boasts concert venues hosting opera, classical and chamber music performances. One of the most popular venues is the Imperial Palace of Maximilian of Hapsburg, which boasts superb acoustics. Opera fans shouldn´t miss a performance at the imposing Palacio de Bellas Artes, while a lively jazz festival takes place at locations across the city in June.  

Fashionably Late

Nightlife in Mexico City doesn´t get started until very late, so a siesta may well be in order if you want to stay the course. Locals will head out for dinner at around 10pm, and dining is often a lively affair with mariachis serenading diners at the table. Many restaurants double as places for dancing, so those who know a few moves will have no problem burning off their meals. Bars fill up around midnight, while clubs will begin to get busy around 1am and continue to heave until the early hours. With the opportunity to dance to everything from hard rock and hard house to sultry salsa and samba, there´s plenty to suit every taste, but even those with two left feet will have a blast - just taking in the music and the spectacle is entertainment in itself.

Festival Fever

Mexico City´s packed cultural calendar means that there´s something happening here every month of the year. Key events include a two-month film festival in November and December, June´s city-wide jazz festival, and the Day of International Dance in April. Various folk dance festivals take place throughout the year, and are always a riot of color and sound. A puppet festival in July is very popular with children.

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October 21, 2009 new by lucyb
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