Easily the most well-known of all the capital’s reggae hotspots, Cultural Roots Reggae Bar is a must-visit for any reggae fan, and it’s conveniently located, smack bang in the centre of the historic zone of Mexico City. With regular nights of DJs and bands, this is not only a top reggae venue, it’s also great for live music fans looking for something a little more intimate. Accompany your reggae with a glass of traditional pulque and enjoy the evening.
As the name suggests, Kalyman Reggae is a reggae-focused bar in the southern neighbourhood of Xochimilco. While most travellers only venture there to visit the iconic trajineras and canals of the capital, it’s worth heading over after hours if you’re a big fan of the reggae scene. As well as reggae, they also host regular events where dubstep and jungle, amongst other more underground sounds, are the stars of the show. A great spot for any alternative music fans.
Unlike the first two locations, Dirty Sound Bar isn’t a wholly reggae oriented nightlife hotspot. However, they do regularly host excellent reggae nights, which makes it well worth following them on social media to stay abreast of the latest updates. In recent months, they’ve hosted acts like The Granadians from Spain and March 2017 will see their celebration of the Jamaican Journal Ska. Basically, keep your eyes peeled for their sporadic but fantastic reggae nights.
Conveniently located in the fancy Condesa area of the city, Kaya Bar is perhaps not what you expect from the location, yet it is undoubtedly one of the best reggae spots in Mexico City. It effortlessly combines cocktails and reggae, in a relaxed and welcoming environment. As well as live acts and DJ sets from time to time, they also do some interesting reggae takes on more commercial music.
Kaya Bar, Tamaulipas 223, Cuauhtémoc, Condesa, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5272 0709
Finally, one of the city’s most popular and famed reggae spots is the brilliantly named El Ghetto. If you ask any reggae music fan in Mexico, this is the place they’ll recommend, as it’s known for hosting a combination of international reggae acts and local favourites. It also dedicates itself to promoting the reggae scene in the city, giving newbies a helping hand in the industry.