The Best Cocktail Bars in Guadalajara

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You might be under the impression that a margarita is the only tequila-based cocktail there is. Well, it’s time to open your mind to a new spectrum of flavors at the best spots to try some very original drinks in Guadalajara, Mexico.

1. Oliveria Cocktail Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Mexican

Oliveria Cocktail Bar
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A bar set in NY during the Prohibition era, this place constantly organizes visits from bartenders who make interesting combinations of cocktails for the clientele. It also has a very good selection of spirits of all kinds. You have to try the Nahual with White Alicantes cocktail.

2. La Occidental

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Mexican

This traditional Mexican canteen is a treasure for savoring a good drink, especially during May and June, the pitaya season in the Jalisco state. If you are visiting the city at this time of the year you have to try the pitaya cocktail with mezcal, a unique and very colorful drink.

3. Fat Charlie

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Mexican

Within a year, this place has earned its reputation as a very good cocktail bar in town. The concept of this bar is a speakeasy, an establishment that during the historical period known as Prohibition illegally sold alcoholic beverages. They share a password on their social media, and only the ones that know the password can get in. A great place to celebrate or just to spend a good night with friends.

5. Joselito Mezcal

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Mexican

Mezcal
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In the very heart of the city, this small bar is a fusion between a traditional Mexican canteen and a fancy hipster bar. Joselito Mezcal prides itself on its drink selection and ambience. It is ideal to spend a good time relaxing and listening to some local music drinking a beer or one of the original cocktails based on mezcal.

6. Pigalle

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Mexican

Pigalle cocktail - Courtesy of Pigalle
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Named after the famed Paris neighborhood, this bar features a cool ambience of two dark rooms full of people talking and drinking, the perfect spot to start with a beer and then try something on their cocktail menu, like a traditional margarita or even an Old Fashioned. A terrace with just three tables is the right place for a hot summer night.

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