Guadalajara's Secret Bars Even the Locals Don't Know About

Bar / l.blasco / Flickr
Bar / l.blasco / Flickr
Photo of Pablo Mares
19 June 2017

There’s seemingly always a good reason to enjoy a drink in Guadalajara: someone’s birthday, a football game, cooling down on a hot summer night or just to go out and find some new friends. These are the bars you have to know in the city.


Bar, Pub, Mexican, $$$
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If you’re in the mood for something cool and fancy, this could be the place. A recently rejuvenated classic bar with a professional barman making cocktails all night, its comfortable sofas and background jazz music make it the perfect place to take a drink or two.

Joselito Mezcal

Bar, Mexican, $$$
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Mezcal | Paul Sableman / Flickr
For many years this place was the emblematic Bar Calavera. Situated on the corner of Hidalgo Avenue, this place has all you can ask for in a good bar: music, drinks and friendly bar staff. Their specialties are of course Mezcal, so be sure to get a safe ride home before getting too drunk!

Palíndromo cafe

Bar, Cafe, Mexican, $$$
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A palindrome is a word which reads the same backward as forward, so of course this place offers great food and drinks by day and night. Come here if you like artsy crowds, books, beers and a relaxed vibe. They have a small performance space, so you can look for their forthcoming music shows.

La Occidental

Bar, Mexican, $$$
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This place exudes style. Their cocktails are innovative and their many delicious concoctions can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the 9 Esquinas (9 corners) – one of the oldest places in the city. If you want to try a real Mexican bar with good music, great drinks and a beautiful setting, La Occidental should be at the top of your list.

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