The vibrant, Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende is known as a magnet for US and European retirees looking for a new home in sunny Mexico
. What is less known, is the popularity of the city among younger expats who are drawn by the artistic vibe, the great lifestyle and the exciting nightlife. Below we have listed the best bars to explore in San Miguel, for visitors of all ages and tastes, looking for a good time.
You cannot come to Mexico and not drink Mezcal, the ‘overcooked agave’ version of tequila. And there is no better place to enjoy it than La Mezcaleria. This modern bar-restaurant has creatively built its vibe around Mexico’s famous drink, with huge success. People flockto taste the different types of Mezcal and the imaginative Mezcal cocktails from the exhaustive drinks menu. La Mezcaleria is also popular for its gourmet menu and innovative interpretations of traditional Mexican dishes. The interiors are comfortable and welcoming with a well thought balance between warm traditional Mexican and modern sleek. The perfect place to try some of the best drinks and Mexican cuisine in San Miguel.
Correo #47-A col. Centro., San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub, Mexican, $$$
This popular restaurant-bar boasts the best ambience in town; as a spot where you can enjoy the genuine Mexican fiesta vibe. Mama Mia is more like a multi-space, offering food and drinks in different bars and restaurants. Its rooftop terrace is ideal for those who want a cold beer and great views whilst listening to reggae. Other areas offer live Mariachi or jazz bands, salsa music and dancing, and there is even a Karaoke night for those who are feeling adventurous. Mama Mia is open late, a real blessing for anyone looking for some non-nonsense Mexican fun in San Miguel.
Umaran #8 | Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Berlin Bar and Bistro
This cozy downtown bar and restaurant has European charm and attracts an interesting artsy crowd. Berlin Bar and Bistro has smartly separated its interiors to accommodate both a busy bar and a more laid-back restaurant area, and you can easily access the best of both worlds. There is a gallery feel inside, since Berlin Bar and Bistro is a proud supporter of arts and local artists, and frequently hosts exhibitions. The well-crafted martinis, delicious cocktails and sophisticated ambience have made it the favourite of many expats looking for an original bar scene.
Umaran No. 19 | Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
El Tres (Patio 3)
El Tres is a super sleek restaurant bar that serves some of the best margaritas in San Miguel. Located within the luxurious boutique hotel El Meson in the heart of the city, it attracts an elegant and smart crowd. El Tres is also a restaurant serving superb gourmet cuisine to be enjoyed in a lively, fabulously decorated dining area .The music playing in the evenings is great too. A perfect place to share some delicious gourmet food and a bottle of wine with a big group of friends.
Mesones 80, Centro | El Meson Hotel, San Miguel de Allende ,Mexico
If you’re thinking that an Irish bar has no place in San Miguel, Limerick Pub will prove you wrong; and it is more than just a pub. With a dynamic music scene hosting regular live gigs and DJ events, it is the favourite hangout of many young people in San Miguel. Despite the dance club vibe, good old Guinness is still served at the bar as well as a variety of pub food.
Umaran 24, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Las Cuatro Milpas
This simple and elegant cute corner bar is a hidden gem in San Miguel. It is so tiny it almost looks like a box full of local charm! While it is a stylish eatery serving delicious snacks, salads and tapas, it is also a romantic spot to enjoy a glass of wine, an afternoon beer or some tequila. Las Cuatro Milpas offer a warm and welcoming ambience that feels like home.
Barranca #42 at Montes de Oca, San Miguel de Allende Mexico