El Tenampa on Plaza Garibaldi
Full disclosure: it’s authentically tourist-tacky in Plaza Garibaldi, the traditional Mexico City center for mariachi music and culture. But when you’re ready for a serenade, you’re ready. The plaza fills up late at night, every night, with a motley crew of local revelers from all walks of life, plus visitors, vendors, and dozens of extravagantly attired orchestras. Taking a table at Salón El Tenampa, right on the plaza, may afford a modicum of order. A Garibaldi institution beneath its fabulous neon sign, this music hall pulls in a fascinating, Fellini-esque crew of misbehaving pencil-pushers, shady ladies, broken-hearted tequila-swillers, wide-eyed tourists, and slumming hipsters. Strolling bands—usually pretty good—are available for hire, but bring them in close to your table to avoid interference from every other trumpet in the joint.
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Plaza Garibaldi 12, Centro, 06010 Centro, CDMX, Mexico
+52 55 5526 6176
Sun - Thur 1pm - 1am
Fri, Sat 1pm - 2am