Behind the rainbow-colored façades of the low-rise streets in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, are some of the best mezcal bars in Mexico. Here’s where to try the smoky spirit after a day of exploring the many markets, galleries and street food spots in town.
There are two things for which Oaxaca is best known: its spectacular food and for being the birthplace of mezcal. So it’s no surprise its capital has no shortage of establishments where you can sample tequila’s hipper, smokier sibling. Not into the hard stuff? You’ll still find an abundance of nightspots serving everything from craft ales to flamboyant cocktails. So put your drinking shoes on, and head off on a bar crawl around the best bars in Oaxaca City.
No list of best bars is complete without a dive bar, and Bar Ilegal puts a smudged cross in that box. It’s a central street-corner joint with a rock’n’roll soul, its own mezcal and some of the cheapest beers in town. Regular local live bands crank it to 11 at weekends, while an appreciative, tattooed and leather-clad clientele makes for a friendly, rough-around-the-edges atmosphere. Rock on.
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