Architectural mishmash, student hotspot, food mecca… There are many reasons to visit Puebla, and not least the lively nightlife, from mezcalerias to jazz clubs and cocktail bars.
With a whopping 40 universities around the state of Puebla, it’s no wonder that both its eponymous capital city and the nearby town of Cholula rock some serious nightspots. And as well as a healthy population of students, this is Mexico, so the locals love a good fiesta, too. Whatever your preference – be it for mezcal or micheladas, craft beers or cocktails – these are our pick of Puebla’s finest bars.
Just steps from Pueblo’s zocalo (main square), you won’t find a more central drinking spot than this classic rock‘n’roll bar and pool house. Live local and touring bands rock the small stage at weekends, while appreciative customers nod along between bottled and draft national beers. Burgers, tacos and chicken wings top the bar food here, and there are enough pool tables to get a game without too much of a wait.
The set-up is a prohibition-era speakeasy. Call in advance for your pass code, arrive through a fake barbershop, and enter through a fridge door. It’s all a lot of fun, with the genuine feeling of a secret club. As you’d expect, cocktails are their forte, but there’s a decent range of craft beers, and sometimes even stand-up comedy, if your Spanish is up to it. In general, the volume is kept to reasonable levels, meaning you can, well, speak easily.
On a mission to show you Mexico through the medium of drink, this place is among the best for expertly mixed, innovative cocktails. The bar occupies the top floor of a small, historic building with a hip, industrial vibe, bang in the center of town. Expect a young, trendy crowd of in-the-know locals and top DJs playing late into the night.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Lydia Carey.
Looking for more? There are plenty of reasons why you should visit Puebla, including for its best restaurants. You’ll be less than two hours’ drive from the Mexican capital, so why not extend your stay with one of the best hotels in Mexico City? You could even treat yourself to a luxurious stay at a boutique hotel in the capital, bookable on Culture Trip. And while you’re here, don’t miss the must-visit attractions in Mexico City.