Photo courtesy of Hanky Panky
Hanky Panky Cocktail Bar
Mexico City’s fun speakeasy shows no signs of stopping. Officially a membership club, ambitious gate-crashers (doll up and don’t be pushy; foreign accents not a liability) should look for a rather forlorn, seemingly late-night Calle Londres sandwich shop. Are those customers and employees real? Once you’ve talked your way through the air-lock-style door to the back room, you reach a genie’s bottle of a lounge, outfitted in sexy, disco style. Groups take booths and others sit at the bar where surprisingly friendly—and deeply knowledgeable—bartenders shake, stir, garnish, and ignite some of the city’s most showstopping haute cocktaillerie. They’re happy to make your usual, but why not let go a little, allowing mixologists to add their surprising touches? A winning combo of insiders-only and everybody’s-welcome. [Editor's note: Go to the Hanky Panky Facebook page and send them a direct message. They'll respond with the exact address and a reservation.]
By Michael Parker Stainback, AFAR Local Expert
Speakeasy-style bars have been popping up all over Mexico City of late, and in the age of social media, it's hardly a surprise that none of them stays a secret for very long. Still, nearly a year after it opened, Hanky Panky has managed to remain somewhat below the radar. With a members-only model (don't worry; it IS possible to get a membership, which carries a nominal fee), the team behind the Prohibition-inspired Hanky Panky says the exclusivity allows staff to really interact with guests, providing them with information and guidance about what they're drinking. So how DO you get that membership? Check out Hanky Panky's Facebook page, of course!
By Julie Schwietert Collazo, AFAR Local Expert
Londres, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico