There were days when it would be quite a task to get a good cocktail in Mexico City. But, today the city is going through a renaissance and a golden age of mixology has arrived. Here are the best cocktail bars in Mexico City.
One of the world’s most famous cocktail bars is Maison Artemisia. The house specialty is absinthe, and they have imported the original drinks, materials and techniques to prepare some intriguing cocktails. They also create amazing concoctions with gin, rum and vodka. The bartenders mix French and Mexican flavors to create their concoctions. Don’t forget to ask your waiter what the seasonal specialty is, they often turn out to be delicious and memorable. Tonalá 23, Cuauhtémoc, Col. Roma Norte 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico +52 55 6303 2471
Bar, Contemporary, Beer, $$$
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Jules Basement is a speakeasy-style bar, located inside a Mexican restaurant and behind a faux refrigerator door. It’s a reservation-only cocktail joint. If you are lucky enough to be on the list, the door will open, and the sound of thumping bass will welcome you. It might take a minute for you to adjust to the dim lighting, the interiors appear to be made keeping the word ‘funk’ in mind. The geometric shapes and contrasting textures of the bar, stools, tables and ceiling play well with each other and make for a striking image. An American-trained staff attends a small bar that serves up cocktails using a variety of unconventional ingredients. They also serve the classics like Cucaracha, Old Cuban, and Mary Pickford. They also have a dance floor with the DJ pumping out the best hits.
This bar is named after the first independent woman to appear in the Bible. It does pour out some questionably named drinks. For example it serves the San Francisco Homeless, made with vodka, pineapple, cranberry and orange juices and lager. It is served in a bottle inside a paper bag to honor its name. This place is fun and vibrant with mural-lined walls and colorful tile countertops. In addition, it has some tasty bar food like habañero-chocolate chicken wings and Mexican-themed cheese plates.
When Licorería Limantour opened its doors, it changed the face of Mexico’s cocktail scene, which was barely starting to take off. Limantour’s concept is simple: designer cocktails that use all kinds of dynamic ingredients. These ingredients include fresh herbs, flowers, fruits, syrups, shrubs, spices, and rare foreign spirits. Limantour’s bartenders are sophisticated and well educated; they can prepare a delicious concoction from just about anything. Álvaro Obregón 106, Cuauhtémoc Roma Nte. 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico +52 55 5264 4122
Cocktail Bar, Cocktails, $$$
Felina Bar is an intimate spot specializing in rums and mezcales. It’s a classy place located in the quirky, subdued Hipodromo neighborhood near Condesa. Felina draws an arty crowd and romance-seeking couples. It’s got an ambiance that is both hip but not too overdone, it’s a small place and the DJ plays some terrific tracks on the weekend. The bar is impressive and serves some fine drinks. Somewhere to enjoy fine drinks and talk about big ideas.