Glance at the map, and it will look like Huatulco, Mexico doesn’t really lend itself to bar crawls. Its nine bays are spread across 22mi (35km), and some sections of coast can be people-free for days at a time. However, if you know where to look, there are lots of great drinking options. Most of them center on La Crucecita, where you’ll find everything from cocktail bars to live music pubs.
Two words sum up this bar near La Crucecita’s main square – micheladas and mezcal. The micheladas are Mexico’s spin on the bloody mary, made with tequila, tomato juice and a beer that’s upended and sunk into the cocktail while still in the bottle. As for the mezcal, more than 10 varieties are served. Every shot comes with a plate of chili-dusted lemon and the obligatory shaker of salt.
Nights at Don Diablo start with pizzas, nachos and buckets of beer, and continue with DJ sets, dancing and tequila. Located close to the main square in La Crucecita, this playful bar is decorated with murals and colorful furniture – some of which is pinned to the walls rather than the floor. Illumination, meanwhile, is given by fairy lights strung up inside tequila bottles.
This place wins the title of Huatulco’s quirkiest bar, hands down. It’s set inside a turreted stone building, a 10-minute walk from Chahué Beach, and everything about it is Medieval-themed. Wrought-iron chandeliers hang from the ceiling, torches line the walls, and there are suits of armor, swords and shields displayed everywhere. As for drinks, the place specializes in German beers and mezcals.
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