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Where to Drink in Mexico City

From mezcal-slinging salsa halls to haute cocktail palaces, here are the best bars in D.F.

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Cocktail crafting at Xaman Bar
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Already renowned for its dynamic street-food scene and globally acclaimed restaurants, Mexico City has become an equally vibrant nightlife destination, with a slate of new, boundary-pushing cocktail, wine, and beer bars spread throughout the city. There’s a vibe for everyone, from a hidden boho cocktail haunt to a sweaty salsa hall to a mezcal-slinging dive bar. Here are some of the best places to drink in the D.F. And for more on this thriving scene, check out Eater’s full guide to Mexico City.

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Cicatriz Cafe

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With its meticulously executed craft cocktails and thoughtfully curated natural wine list, Cicatriz has changed the game for drinking in Juarez. Owned by New York transplants and siblings Scarlett and Jake Lindeman, the relaxed drinks destination combines new American style dishes, like an indulgent crispy chicken sandwich, with signature drinks like the Yokos, the house version of an Aperol spritz. [Disclosure: Scarlett Lindeman has contributed to Eater as a writer, Jake Lindeman as a photogropaher.]

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Xaman Bar

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As you enter this hidden bar, the bohemian smell of copal incense welcomes you to a night of mellow music and fancy cocktails. Xaman’s list plays with local ingredients like guava and hoja santa, which find their way into fermented syrups, bitters, and other boozy concoctions. Local and foreign artists blend in alongside an edgy business crowd, so be prepared to people-watch with cocktail in hand.

The bar scene at Xaman
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Salón Rios

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Set in the financial district of the Cuauhtémoc borough, this contemporary haunt is dominated by an old cantina-style bar that doles out beer, mezcal, and a mix of cocktails. Patrons belly up for leisurely dominos sessions set to a soundtrack of ranchero and Mexican folk classics. At the tables, a mixed crowd digs into hearty portions of Mexican cantina recipes, like chamorro or spicy shrimp. On Thursday nights, climb the stairs to the hidden tropical dance hall, Babalú, with salsa and bachata set to live music.

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King Cole Bar

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For a drink with a view of Reforma, one of Mexico City’s most beautiful avenues, head to the recently renovated King Cole Bar at the St. Regis. Richard Sandoval, one of D.F.’s premier bartenders, is the man behind the acclaimed cocktails including the Sangrita Maria, a spin on the bloody mary, and the Centli, made with pineapple juice, corn shrub, agave honey, and mezcal.

Drinks at the King Cole Bar
Cocktails at King Cole Bar
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Loup Bar

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This wine bar hidden down a little nook off Roma Norte is the frontrunner in D.F.’s burgeoning natural wine scene. Chef Joaquin Cardoso (best known for his work at the Hotel Carlota) and wine director Gaëtan Rousset teamed up to offer an amazing selection of organic, biodynamic wines — mostly French and Mexican — and a delicious menu to pair them with.

Dining room at Loup Bar
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Can Can

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Located on a busy corner in Roma, Can Can bar draws inspiration from cocktail classics like the Long Island iced tea (vodka, gin, tequila, rum, black tea, and lime) and the Moradito (vodka and grape juice), but those in the know go for the Moscow mule. The bartenders (also behind the award-winning bar Limantour) give the retro libations a high-end twist. The throwback drinks match the not-too-serious spirit, but the bartenders here know what they’re doing.

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Dietrich Roma

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A turn-of-the-century mansion is home to this classy cocktail bar with an air of grandeur. The list features haute fruity drinks like the Lily Tequila (gin, tequila, pineapple juice, and celery bitters) or Man by the Roadside (rum, Chartreuse, honey, and lime), and attracts a who’s who of the posh Roma crowd. Pro tip: This is where you want to finish the night.  

The bar at Dietrich
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Tasting Room

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This industrial temple to all things hops offers a delicious glimpse of the Mexican craft-beer scene, with 22 taps dedicated to small local producers. If not everyone’s up for a brew, there is also plenty to quench the thirst of cocktail and mezcal lovers. The relaxed vibe here makes it a popular weeknight stop.

Beer flight at the Tasting Room
Photo: Tasting Room / Facebook

Cicatriz Cafe

With its meticulously executed craft cocktails and thoughtfully curated natural wine list, Cicatriz has changed the game for drinking in Juarez. Owned by New York transplants and siblings Scarlett and Jake Lindeman, the relaxed drinks destination combines new American style dishes, like an indulgent crispy chicken sandwich, with signature drinks like the Yokos, the house version of an Aperol spritz. [Disclosure: Scarlett Lindeman has contributed to Eater as a writer, Jake Lindeman as a photogropaher.]

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Xaman Bar

As you enter this hidden bar, the bohemian smell of copal incense welcomes you to a night of mellow music and fancy cocktails. Xaman’s list plays with local ingredients like guava and hoja santa, which find their way into fermented syrups, bitters, and other boozy concoctions. Local and foreign artists blend in alongside an edgy business crowd, so be prepared to people-watch with cocktail in hand.

The bar scene at Xaman
Photo: Xaman Bar / Facebook

Salón Rios

Set in the financial district of the Cuauhtémoc borough, this contemporary haunt is dominated by an old cantina-style bar that doles out beer, mezcal, and a mix of cocktails. Patrons belly up for leisurely dominos sessions set to a soundtrack of ranchero and Mexican folk classics. At the tables, a mixed crowd digs into hearty portions of Mexican cantina recipes, like chamorro or spicy shrimp. On Thursday nights, climb the stairs to the hidden tropical dance hall, Babalú, with salsa and bachata set to live music.

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King Cole Bar

For a drink with a view of Reforma, one of Mexico City’s most beautiful avenues, head to the recently renovated King Cole Bar at the St. Regis. Richard Sandoval, one of D.F.’s premier bartenders, is the man behind the acclaimed cocktails including the Sangrita Maria, a spin on the bloody mary, and the Centli, made with pineapple juice, corn shrub, agave honey, and mezcal.

Drinks at the King Cole Bar
Cocktails at King Cole Bar
Photo: The St. Regis Mexico City / Facebook

Loup Bar

This wine bar hidden down a little nook off Roma Norte is the frontrunner in D.F.’s burgeoning natural wine scene. Chef Joaquin Cardoso (best known for his work at the Hotel Carlota) and wine director Gaëtan Rousset teamed up to offer an amazing selection of organic, biodynamic wines — mostly French and Mexican — and a delicious menu to pair them with.

Dining room at Loup Bar
Photo: Loup Bar / Facebook

Can Can

Located on a busy corner in Roma, Can Can bar draws inspiration from cocktail classics like the Long Island iced tea (vodka, gin, tequila, rum, black tea, and lime) and the Moradito (vodka and grape juice), but those in the know go for the Moscow mule. The bartenders (also behind the award-winning bar Limantour) give the retro libations a high-end twist. The throwback drinks match the not-too-serious spirit, but the bartenders here know what they’re doing.

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Dietrich Roma

A turn-of-the-century mansion is home to this classy cocktail bar with an air of grandeur. The list features haute fruity drinks like the Lily Tequila (gin, tequila, pineapple juice, and celery bitters) or Man by the Roadside (rum, Chartreuse, honey, and lime), and attracts a who’s who of the posh Roma crowd. Pro tip: This is where you want to finish the night.  

The bar at Dietrich
Photo: Dietrich / Facebook

Tasting Room

This industrial temple to all things hops offers a delicious glimpse of the Mexican craft-beer scene, with 22 taps dedicated to small local producers. If not everyone’s up for a brew, there is also plenty to quench the thirst of cocktail and mezcal lovers. The relaxed vibe here makes it a popular weeknight stop.

Beer flight at the Tasting Room
Photo: Tasting Room / Facebook

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