Tucked away between a hotel and a 7-Eleven, the unmarked entrance of this popular yet elusive spot is easily missed. This cool hangout, utterly devoid of a social media presence, is doused in a green glow, giving it an almost ethereal feeling which combines well with the eclectic but well put together playlist. Bósforo isn’t one of the best mezcalerías in Mexico City for nothing: it offers an impressive range of mezcal from each of the seven mezcal producing Mexican states. Accompany your drinks with their signature blue-tortilla quesadilla.
Mexico is not known for its spectacular skylines in the same way the New York and European cities are; however Mexico City is a vast, sprawling metropolis that really has to be seen from up high to be believed. For this reason, Miralto is one of the best bars in the historic center. Situated in the Torre LatinoAmericana, on the 41st floor, this swanky bar offers beers and cocktails at pretty reasonable prices considering both the view and the location. Try to grab one of the tables that lines the full length glass windows of the building and head there for sunset to watch the city light up.
Address & telephone number: Dentro de la Torre LatinoAmericana, Piso 41, Eje Central 2, Centro Histórico, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5518 1710
If you like your drinks accompanied by some smooth and funky jazz, then Zinco Jazz Bar is the perfect place. Taking up residence in a converted basement of an old Mexican bank, it may make you feel a bit like you’re Harry Potter going to the Gringotts vaults for the first time. With live jazz Wednesday to Saturday, acts can range from national musicians to better known international guests. The atmosphere is as vibrant as the music.
Address & telephone number: Motolinia 20 on the corner with 5 de Mayo, Centro Histórico, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5512 3369
For something a little more upbeat, Marrakech Salón is an excellent choice. Described rather complexly as a cabaret-gallery-gay-kitsch-retro hangout, Marrakech Salón hosts drag queens, strippers, and all manner of live entertainment. Always thriving with late night revelers, there’s no cover charged here, and the prices are very reasonable for beers, shots and cocktails. One of the most popular and refreshing cocktails is El Mayate – mint liquor with mineral water.
Address & telephone number: República de Cuba 18, Centro Histórico, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5518 3711
Situated in a magnificent 17th-century building, DOWNTOWN is actually a hotel bar but welcomes non-guests too. Their rooftop hangout has become known as one of the coolest places to stop by in Mexico City’s historic center for a casual drink with friends, day or night, due to the friendly and chilled out vibe and the spectacular view. After you ascend to the top in a rather rickety looking lift, comfortable khaki sofas huddled round low tables greet you on the terrace, all of which are topped by a glass ceiling.
Address & telephone number: Dentro del hotel Downtown Mexico, Isabel la Católica 30, Centro Histórico, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5282 2199
Pile into this popular pre-night out pulque spot, which has been open and run by the same family for almost 80 years just off Plaza Garibaldi. It has become a cult hangout of Mexican youths and travelers clamoring to experience one of the most traditional Mexican drinks, pulque, a thick Aztec concoction. La Hermosa Hortensia is a must-visit, not least because of its inclusion in the Museos Vivos project which celebrates everyday locations with cultural and historic significance.