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Luis Moya 31, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06000 Centro, CDMX, Mexico
Hidden behind rusty doors on Calle Luis Moya in the Centro Histórico is El Bósforo, a simple bar specializing in mezcal, tequila's slightly smokier cousin. Many of the bottles here are ultra-artisanal and once they're gone, they're...
Av. Álvaro Obregón 99, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Located on the gorgeous grounds of cultural center Casa Lamm, 99 nueve nueve is a full-service restaurant with an elegant and sophisticated bar. The wine menu is carefully curated by the sommelier, and cocktails are available as well. Live music...
Aguascalientes 232, Hipódromo, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
One of many mezcalerías in the trendy Condesa neighborhood, Alipús Endémico distinguishes itself by extensive wine, beer, and cocktail menus in addition to the selection of mezcal—tequila's more complex cousin. Nearly...
Londres, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
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...
Calle Gral. Prim 95, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Baja California-born chef Jair Telléz is the force behind Amaya, a restaurant and wine bar that has helped stimulate capital residents' interest in wine, especially domestic labels. All of the bottles at Amaya are organic or biodynamic, and...
Malintzin 155, Del Carmen, 04100 Coyoacan, CDMX, Mexico
Co-owner Diego Luna, one of Mexico's most internationally recognized movie stars, helps draw celebrities and other see-and-be-seen folks to La Bipo, his bar in the Coyoacán neighborhood. Designed as a cantina-style watering hole, La Bipo has a...
Tonalá No. 23, Roma Norte, Roma Nte., 06700 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
The specialty at Artemisia is absinthe, and the bar even has its own French-made custom blend. The bar space located within the Porifiran-era mansion is small and intimate—better to enjoy your drink, staff says (and to control noise and...
Oscar Wilde 9, Polanco III Sección, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico
One of the capital's original contemporary cocktail bars, Limantour ranks #20 on the World's 50 Best Bars list. Mixologists here take their sweet time to make drinks, so don't plan on stopping by if you're in a hurry; the idea is to slow down and...
Chihuahua 118, Roma Nte., 06170 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If the cocktails at Lilit remind you a bit of London, it's with good reason: the bar's drink menu was designed by Lucas Ranzuglia, formerly of the popular London bar Milk and Honey. If you're keen for a taste of Britain, then order up a London...
Calle Querétaro 225, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Biergarten, located on the roof of Mercado Roma, is a hip urban artisanal food market in the equally popular Roma neighborhood. This is a casual, open-air spot where you can try locally-crafted beers from the barrel or in a bottle. There's always...
Calle Milan 14, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
One of the growing number of speakeasy-inspired bars in Mexico City, Parker y Lenox channels the Gatsby-and-jazz era with velvet chairs, chandeliers, and live music. Drinks are somewhat safe and familiar Prohibition-age classics—martinis,...
Av Oaxaca 87, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
As its name suggests, gin is the spirit of choice at this cocktail bar, which is inspired in every way by all things "across the pond." Mixologists and servers in button-down Oxford shirts prepare and deliver—what else?—gin and tonics in a setting...
Calle Ometusco 87, Hipódromo, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The setting of Felina Bar feels somewhat like hanging out at a friend's apartment: all vintage chairs and couches, with low lighting and jazz setting the scene. Don't rush the bartenders, who mix drinks with great attention and will happily tell...
Higuera 40-A, Coyoacán, La Concepción, 04020 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
In a country that produces as much coffee as Mexico, you might expect more cafés to feature domestic beans, but that's not always the case. At Café Avellaneda, however, you can be certain that the coffee in your cup was brewed from...
Paseo de la Reforma 439, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The King Cole Bar, located in the St. Regis, isn't just another boring hotel bar. You can choose to drink inside, where a massive painting by Surrealist artist Pablo Weisz Carrington, son of Leonora Carrington—a British artist and novelist...
Puebla 242, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
We live in the age of artisanal everything, from chocolate and coffee, to, you guessed it, water. At Mexico City's Casa del Agua, staff produce and bottle "local water" on-site. The bottles—designed artisanally, of course—are charming...
Local F, Av. Emilio Castelar 107, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Josélo's location right on the periphery of Parque Lincoln—a peaceful park in the upscale Polanco neighborhood—is one reason to stop by for a cup of coffee. You can sit at a second-floor table and overlook the park as you sip and take a break from...
Córdoba 132, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Cardinal was the first shop in town to take coffee really seriously. Unlike the vibe in many cool cafés, hand-poured cups aren’t served with a salty attitude. It’s a friendly neighborhood spot where you can read the paper in peace and enjoy a...
Calle Tonalá 133, Roma Norte, Roma Nte., 06700 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Run by a veteran of New York City’s Le Bernardin, Máximo Bistrot attracts a crowd of dedicated foodies, most of whom are not clued in to the new upstairs bar. Enjoy highbrow snacks (jamón ibérico) and herb-driven...
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