Mexico City nightlife is incredible. Locals tell us that some of CDMX's coolest activities take place once the sun goes down. So, with some local input, here are seven reasons why Mexico City nightlife will be the highlight of your trip.
Locals tell us that Mexico City is definitely a dancing city—and salsa is king! Don't know how to pick a salsa spot? Get some local advice. Our trip planners tell us that these are great starting points:
If you're a beer drinker, then locals tell us that one of the greatest things to do in Mexico City is exploring the craft brewing scene. Great local ales can be found throughout Mexico City’s neighborhoods (especially in Roma and Condesa).
What's your travel style? Our locals can give specific suggestions based on how you like to explore. If you're into local beer and looking for some international options, our trip planners suggest visiting El Deposito in Condesa. If you're looking for a brewery that also has food options, locals suggest drinking at Escollo in Roma.
Wherever you go, keep an eye peeled for Cerveza Cosaco, thought to be Mexico City’s first craft brewery.
Shhh—locals say some of the coolest things you can do in Mexico City are also the most secret. Mexico City has a fantastic network of speakeasies and hidden bars...if you know where to look...our trip planners say the secret is out (kind of!) about these excellent spots:
Mexico City offers a great selection of beer, cocktails, and wine. But locals tell us that if you want to explore the city in a different way, look out for some of the country's traditional spirits. Our trip planners say that these include:
Let’s do it live! Locals tell us that Mexico City has some great choices for live music.
This is a good time to mention that while Mexico City is very safe, it is a big city and normal precautions should be taken. Don’t go wandering down dark alleyways, call an Uber when it’s time to go home, and keep an eye on your belongings.
If your itinerary starts around 10 PM, then locals tell us that Zona Rosa is the ideal neighborhood to stay in Mexico City.
Zona Rosa is one of Mexico City’s top attractions because—in addition to offering fantastic nightlife options—the area is considered Mexico City's LGBT core, as well as the home of the city's Koreatown.
Locals say to be prepared to spend some pesos if you choose the club route—if you’re a man, that is. Women often get to skip the cover at Mexico City clubs. Prices in Mexico City are fairly advantageous for foreigners, but men will have to pay around $15–$25 USD to get in the door at the city’s coolest spots.
Here's a good Mexico City travel tip: enjoy street food after a night out. There's nothing like a simmering, fresh elote after a few hours of dancing at a hot club.
If the thought of shouting over loud music in a club makes you nauseous, fear not! Locals tell us there are plenty of other options for exciting nightlife in Mexico City.
Palacio Bellas Artes (the Palace of Fine Arts) is not only one of the most iconic buildings in Mexico City—it’s the cultural soul of the city, and the best place in town to catch a classy performance. Any Mexico City itinerary is enhanced by the Ballet Folklorico, which frequently performs at Palacio Bellas Artes.
And the Palacio Bellas Artes’ calendar is packed with other cultural events almost every night of the week, which include orchestral performances, piano concerts, and more.
Enjoy a post-show drink at the ultra-chic La Opera bar (just a three-minute walk from Palacio Bellas Artes). This historic bar is one of the best places in town to sip good tequila.
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