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.
Reputedly still bearing bullet holes from Pancho Villa in the ceiling, Bar La Ópera is a bar with stories to tell. First opened as a restaurant in 1876, it maintains its popularity to this day, and as it’s located conveniently near to the Palacio de Bellas Artes. The interior decor is as impressive as the history and rumors surrounding this place: hand carved, antique wooden benches and booths, decadent, gold-coloured cornice work on the ceilings, and rather regal looking portraits adorning the walls.
Address & telephone number: 5 de Mayo 10, Alameda Central, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5521 8375
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
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.