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The Top 10 Bars in Guanajuato, Mexico

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Updated: 19 January 2018
Guanajuato is home to thousands of university students, and as a result there are plenty of watering holes. Here are ten of the best bars to check out during your visit to the city.

El Incendio

Bar, Mexican, $$$
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Right in the centre of town is this atmospheric bar, a favorite with students and drinkers of all stripes thanks to its cheap prices and dive bar feel. You’ll have to fight your way to the bar on Friday and Saturday nights, but if you want to see how the locals do things it’s a small price to pay.
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Sun - Mon:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

La Choperia

Bar, Mexican, $$$
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Across the road from El Incendio is the cavernous space that is La Choperia, named for its draught beers. There are loads of tables as well as a long bar, and a multitude of screens make it a top place to watch sport.
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Golem

Bar, Mexican, $$$
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This old house is now home to a popular student bar where the drinks are cheap and things can get very lively. The décor is incredibly simple, but the lighting is so low that you’ll barely notice. Make sure you explore each of the various rooms as this labyrinthine place has a surprise around every corner.
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Sun - Mon:
9:00 am - 3:00 am

Why Not?

Bar, Mexican, $$$
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After you’ve had some pre-drinks on a bar crawl around town, it’s time to head to Why Not? for some dancing. It’s open until 5am, so you can party all night if you want to. Once you’re inside it’s easy to lose track of time and end up walking home at sunrise.
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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 5:00 am

La Clave Azul

Bar, Mexican, $$$
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Head to Plaza San Fernando to find this trendy little spot, which consists of small rooms with rock walls connected by narrow staircases. It’s great for a quiet drink, and popular with the bohemians of the city.
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Bora Bora

Bar, Mexican, $$$
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If you’ve had enough of Mexican ranchera music, come to this EDM bar for a change of musical style. There are DJs on some nights, but in the evening it’s more like a lounge.
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Mon - Sat:
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun:
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

La Dama de las Camelias

Bar, Mexican, $$$
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Another late-night bar, this place really gets going from 1am onwards. Come here for Latin music such as salsa, son and mambo in an unpretentious atmosphere.
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Sun - Mon:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Los Lobos

Bar, Mexican, $$$
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Older patrons who don’t want to hang around with the students will feel more at home at Los Lobos. The music is mainly rock, although nothing too extreme, and the other drinkers tend to be slightly older than the screaming teens in the student bars.
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La Inundación de 1905

Bar, Mexican, $$$
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Named after the flood of 1905, this place is a favorite with people of all ages. It feels like a beer garden, and it’s a great place to spend a warm evening.
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