Mexico City Nightlife
201 Avenida Presidente Masaryk
Tel: 52 55 5282 3100
This hotel bar sits atop the minimalist Hotel Habita, which means lots of white couches and chairs set at perfect angles on the gleaming wood floors. The best part is the row of bar stools (white, of course) set on the rail so you have an unmatched view of the skyline. If the evening is a little chilly (which for locals is about 70 degrees), you can cozy up to the outdoor fireplace that runs along one wall.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 6 pm to 2 am.
Tel: 52 55 5208 4507
Several blocks away from most of the bars in the Zona Rosa, Liverpool 100 isn't the kind of place that you find by accident. Even if you walked past, you might mistake this lovely old house for a private club. Don't be daunted by the velvet rope outside—the handsome bouncers pull it back as you approach, treating you like a rock star. Inside are several floors wrapping around a former courtyard that now serves as a long and narrow dance floor. Everywhere you turn is another small room, some with their own DJs, others with go-go boys on the bars. The place draws a mostly straight crowd in the early evening but gets gayer as the night goes on.
Open Fridays through Sundays 10 pm to 4 am.
483 Paseo de la Reforma
Tel: 52 55 5286 0069
Unlike many of the city's cramped clubs, Living has a dance floor that could easily accommodate a soccer match (assuming the place wasn't packed with its usual crowds). The thumping techno and electronic music means the patrons—mostly gay men, but plenty of other dance-aholics as well—strip down to as little as possible. Stick around for one of the extravagant drag shows on the elevated catwalk, or retreat to one of the second-floor lounge areas where cheesy Mexican pop music prevails.
Open Fridays and Saturdays at 10 pm.
Tel: 52 55 5211 1222
This bar, just off the main drag in La Condesa, is where many locals begin a night on the town. The main room is filled with overstuffed couches, so there is always a place to chat with a few friends and knock back a mezcal (like tequila, but with a sharper edge). Later in the evening, conversation is all but impossible when bands start playing jazz and blues.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 5 pm to 2 am.
Tel: 52 55 5518 6369
Jazz aficionados can get their fix in Mexico City—although some of the instruments they are likely to encounter, such as the marimba, will give it a different sound than anywhere else. In the basement of what was once a bank building in the Centro Histórico, Zinco still has the huge steel vaults that once held people's fortunes. Now they gladly give up a little of their loot to hear national and international performers take to the tiny stage. The nearly nonexistent lighting and the haze of cigar smoke that hangs in the air give this place a feeling of authenticity.