The Travelling Cocktail Drinker: The Best Bars in Mexico City

Home to some of the most amazing dormant volcanoes, incredible Aztec ruins and pyramids and over 700 different types of reptile, Mexico is a truly fascinating place to visit. When it comes to tourism, the people are very welcoming, with a fantastic hospitality industry. Of course, Mexico is the birth place of both tequila and mezcal, so it is quite easy to find a delicious drink.

So, where does one go to find the finest Mexican cocktails? Read on to find out!

Licoreria Limatour, Avenida Alvaro Obregon Roma Norte 106 Del. Cuauhtemoc

Listed as the tenth best bar in the whole wide world, Licoreria Limatour is a must-visit for any trip to Mexico City. With a focus on exemplary service and perfect cocktails, there are no gimmicks, nothing out-of-the-ordinary. Instead you can expect a full bar and well-satiated customers. The drinks list is extensive, with a lot of dessert-sweet offerings in place!

Cantino Tio Pepe, Avenida Principal 18 Zona Rural, Sao Luis

This is one of Mexico's oldest bars, which is evident in the decor and atmosphere of the establishment. If you are looking for a little traditional Mexican culture, however, then is the place to be! There is no food - all the focus is on providing excellent drinks and enthusiastic service. This bar has a long and interesting history - do a little research beforehand and ask the bartender questions to find out more!

Jules Basement, Julio Verne,Polanquito

Its not a best bar list without mentioning a speakeasy, and this prohibition-style bar is one of the best around! Hidden in basement of a popular restaurant, you'll find the drinks behind a refrigerator style door. Enjoy a custom-made cocktail or pick one of their long and varied list - the mixologists know exactly what they're doing here, which is why it is important to book before you visit!

Felina Bar, Ometusco 87, Colonia Condesa

Nestled at the back of a busy bar district, Felina is something of a hidden gem. The cocktail list is rum-based, which makes sense given the incredible number of rums on offer, and the atmosphere is intimate, with low-lighting and jazz music setting the scene. The bartenders are very knowledgable about the drinks they expertly serve up, so feel free to ask any questions!

Pulqueria Duelistas, Aranda 28, Colonia Centro

Before there was beer in Mexico, there was Pulque. This Mexican delicacy is a must-try for any tourists looking to immerse themselves in the local culture. Made from agave sap, this drink might take a few tries before you really get a feel for it, so plan on spending some time in this trendy bar and test out the various fruity flavours on offer.

Drinking cocktails in Mexico City is a great way to get a taste for the local culture, with bartenders serving up old classics and drinks you have never heard of with ease. It is a city soaked in history and romance and the drinks are no different.

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Bartender's top tip

Engage with patrons genuinely. While mastering mixology is key, the best bartenders remember that building rapport and creating a welcoming atmosphere are just as vital to repeat business.

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