Mexico is not really known as a wine-drinking nor wine-producing country. However, this is slowly changing, especially in the cosmopolitan capital. Wine bars and tapas bars, Mexicans seem to need food as an accompaniment to their wine, offering extensive and specialist wine menus are springing up all over Mexico City. Read on for The Culture Trip’s favorites.
Bar, Wine Bar, Italian, Mexican, Fast Food, Street Food, Beer, $$$
Moët | courtesy of Xampañería
An excellent wine bar option that also offers exceptional cheese board accompaniments to enjoy with your drinks, El Pecado de Noéis located in the quaint Roma Norte area of Mexico City. The wine menu is perhaps not as extensive as claimed, however there is a great selection to suit almost every taste. The place itself has vintage décor, and the staff are attentive and knowledgeable about the wine selection on offer, so feel free to ask for recommendations. It’s a great spot for a light snack, good wine, and a friendly chat.
Xampañería offers a great selection of wines and, as the name suggests, champagne options if you really feel like splashing out one evening. It’s also a Spanish restaurant, so go ahead and treat yourself to some food and make a night of it. Tuesdays would make the perfect time to drop by, as they have live acoustic music providing a relaxed backdrop to the entire experience. Alternatively, you can attend one of their regularly organized presentation and tasting evenings, during which they present their bottle of the month. Be aware that there is an entry fee and there is limited availability.
Another tapas bar that also boasts an extensive and impressive wine list is Broka, which is also located in Roma Norte. This chic little spot would make an impressive date night location, or just a great spot for a relaxed meal and great wine with friends. The décor is modern and fresh, yet still has a rustic vibe and a lovely, spacious patio at the back. Be sure not to accidentally walk past it though, as the entrance is somewhat inconspicuous.
Restaurant, Mexican, Italian, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Street Food, $$$
Wine Terrace | courtesy of El Estanquillo
GastroCava is another excellent example of Mexico City’s growing obsession with enjoying their wine alongside tapas. It is the bar associated with El Placer Del Vino, a recommendable wine store at which you can purchase a bottle to enjoy at no extra cost in GastroCava. If you just want to visit the bar however, we recommend (for the women at least) to take advantage of the Winesday discounts every Wednesday. Alternatively, if drinks discounts on gender lines aren’t to your taste, head down on Thursdays when they often have live jazz music.
El Estanquillo is a high-quality little restaurant in the quirky Roma Norte neighborhood which also doubles as a wine bar. You can pair your glass of red or white with, for example, a stone baked pizza or slow-cooked, smoked meats. Shaking off the notion that wine bars are stuffy and for an older crowd, El Estanquillo plays indie and alternative music, making it feel fresh, modern, and in keeping with the neighborhood you’ll find it in. Enjoy your drink on the comfortable wine terrace.
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