Órale! 5 must-visit bars for your next weekend trip to Mexico City
Home to a thriving mixology scene, the Distrito Federal holds more surprises than you can count. Next time you’re visiting, make sure you check out these 5 world-class gems.
Licorería Limantour is the unquestionable pioneer at the forefront of Mexico City’s vibrant cocktail bar scene. With a second venue in chic Polanco, its original location is in Roma, the hipster heartland of the city. Licorería Limantour’s decor draws on elements of Art Deco reinterpreted with a modern eye, and the cocktails are as stylish as the setting. The bar team are a passionate and highly trained bunch who between them have years of experience working behind bars around the world. They have combined this with local expertise, flavors and ingredients to create a sophisticated menu of cocktails incorporating classics, best‐sellers and specials that change with the seasons. It goes without saying that they make their own syrups and infusions, and they also offer an extensive list of rare and unusual spirits imported from around the world.
By the same team behind Limantour is this Darwin-inspired drinking den (think rustic walls with vintage maps, paintings of butterflies, lithographs of animal anatomy, and furry taxidermy) with a laid back atmosphere you wouldn’t expect from a bar receiving the kind of attention it has. The drinks at Baltra are seasonal and evolved to the utmost, created by a team that has been awarded accolades from all over the globe for their mixology skills. The menu is constantly changing but no matter when you drop in, you are sure to be treated to one of the best cocktails in the city.
Xaman celebrates the cultural heritage of the pre-Hispanic world through the ancient knowledge of plants, the identity and aesthetics of shamanism and the spirit of European service. This singular bar weaves national and Latin American elements into an immersive sensory experience by way of aroma, flavors, design and music (the playlist is really something). Enjoy some of the best craft cocktails in the DF made with traditional Mexican spirits, native fruits and herbs (such as Xoconostle, Hoja Santa, Manzano peppers and guava), and an array of mysterious aromatic tinctures and homemade infusions. Amidst clouds of smoky incense and smooth electronic beats, Xaman is the place to go if you want to rub elbows with a sexy, bohemian crowd – it comes as no surprise that the sceney venue is by the same people behind uber cool clubs Le Baron.
The cosy interior of Maison Artemisia is designed to transport drinkers to Paris and the Belle Epoque. Maisons were private houses that functioned as clubs where famous artists and wealthy personalities went to drink. In this 19th century house in Mexico City, the spirit of the those Maisons has been revived with vintage French decoration and an emphasis on the favorite spirit of French artists and intellectuals: absinthe. The bar has imported all the original ingredients, materials and techniques needed to make a range of absinthe cocktails guaranteed to get the night going with a swing, and the city’s bohemian spirits flock here to sample them.
Finish your weekend getaway in style at Fifty Mils. Equal parts elegant, innovative and unpretentious, this trendy gastrobar at the Four Seasons is widely acclaimed as one of the best in the city. It is headed by star bartender Mica Rousseau, who you can observe working his craft alongside his expert team of mixologists behind the striking, 20-foot long marble bar. Spend a relaxed Sunday evening sipping on exceptional cocktails made using local ingredients and artisan techniques, and start planning your next visit.