The Best Spots For Mariachi Music In Guadalajara

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Violins, guitars, Mexican vihuela, guitarrón (“big guitar”) trumpets, and of course voice are the basic elements of mariachi music. But listening to mariachi also means having a good time with your friends, and drinking tequila. Here’s our pick of the best places to visit if you want to experience an authentic fiesta, Jalisco style.

1. El Parián de Tlaquepaque

This restaurant could be considered to be the largest canteen in the world. It’s really just a large square flanked by columns and surrounded by restaurants and bars. During the Mexican Revolution it was a downscale and dirty place to eat and drink; now it’s one of the city’s main attractions, and mariachi bands frequently approach the tables to ask visitors if they would like a song. We recommend that you agree a price in advance.

Calle Juárez, Centro, 45500 San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, México, +52 3336960488

2. Casa Bariachi

Restaurant, Mexican

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In this restaurant, which has been going for more than 20 years, you’re always guaranteed to find some mariachi music, as well as colorful folklore, regional dancing, typical cuisine, and an authentic Mexican atmosphere. You’ll hear classic songs as well as modern hits.

3. Plaza de los Mariachis

This place, in the heart of downtown, is a favorite of locals looking for a mariachi band to get them in the party mood, or a classical serenade at midnight. It’s also a popular tourist destination, and although it’s not the most elegant or sophisticated place in the city, it’s one of the most original. You do need to keep a careful eye on your belongings, though.

Álvaro Obregón, Lic. Verdad 23, San Juan de Dios, 44360 Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, +52 3336174421

5. El Adobe

Restaurant, Mexican

It’s almost impossible to listen to mariachi and not want to get closer to the music, it’s that captivating. Restaurant owners know this, and hire mariachi bands to play while people enjoy their food. El Adobe is a great example of this, offering great food and excellent live mariachi music, not to mention an art gallery.

6. El Alazán y el Rosillo

Guadalajara is well known in the rest of Mexico for its charros or cowboy culture, and there are a few restaurants around the city that reflect this. One of them is El Alazán y el Rosillo; the name refers to the names of the two horses that belonged to the original owner. Tequila, horses and grilled food are all perfect with mariachi music, and if you’re looking for that kind of experience, this is one of the best places to go.

Carretera Libre A Zapotlanejo #317, Santa Paula, 45400 Tonalá, Jalisco, México, 01 3336901686

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