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San Miguel de Allende Nightlife

Arthur Murray San Miguel
68 Hernandez Macias
San Miguel de Allende
Tel: 52 415 152 0095

Don't laugh—Arthur's doing just fine in San Miguel. Walk past this glassed-in studio around 8 pm on a Friday or Saturday night, and you'll see dozens of wannabe salsa dancers struggling with downbeats and frozen hips during warm-up classes before the band arrives and the rhythm heats up. During the week cha-cha, rumba, and freestyle sessions end by 9 pm, just in time for dinner on the patio at the Baile Café. Hourly classes are available for visitors.—Maribeth Mellin

Open Mondays through Thursdays 5 to 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 11 pm.

Bar Matilda
53 Aldama
San Miguel de Allende
Tel: 52 415 152 1015

Chic locals mingle with hotel guests from Mexico City at this glam bar and lounge at the stimulating Hotel Matilda. The party moves between low couches and white leather chairs on the sleek white patio to the high stools at the bar, where mixologists infuse their cocktails with fresh herbs. Munchies include fries with white truffle oil; personal pizzas with Feta, olives, and capers, and other combos; and a hearty short-rib taco. Aiming to please all takers, the bar hosts ladies' nights, art openings, and special drinks prices for major sporting events on TV.—Maribeth Mellin

19 Umaran
San Miguel de Allende
Tel: 52 415 154 9432

The artsy, bohemian crowd in San Miguel consider this German bar, restaurant, and art gallery their second home. Owner Detlev Kappstein fills the series of small rooms and nooks with bawdy artworks from Peter Leventhal, Terra Mizwa, and others. The menu naturally veers toward bratwurst sausages and such, and a seasonal menu features the freshest produce—nine asparagus dishes on one night. Jazz groups play occasionally, and art is often the topic of conversation.—Maribeth Mellin

Open Mondays through Saturdays 5 pm to 1 am.

Chocolata Lounge
99 Mesones
San Miguel de Allende
Tel: 52 415 152 1958

This longtime hotspot (previously known as Pancho y Lefty's) hosts different events nearly every night of the week. There are Friday and Saturday night "fiestas," live local bands on Wednesdays, and pulque night on Thursdays (pulque is a local brew made from a particular kind of agave plant).

Closed Sunday–Tuesday.

La Azotea
6 Umarán
San Miguel de Allende
Tel: 52 415 152 8265

The killer rooftop view is almost an afterthought for the young professionals sipping honeydew martinis and air-kissing friends at this stylish lounge above Pueblo Vieja, a Mexican restaurant. The long tapas menu includes skinny fresh asparagus sprinkled with Parmesan, chorizo tacos, and a filling roast beef sandwich that's a hit after a few drinks. The cocktail menu includes several wines and tequilas by the glass. A slatted wood awning and white umbrellas shade tables on the terrace. There's also an indoor lounge with couches and ottomans if it gets too chilly outside.—Maribeth Mellin

Open daily 1 pm to 1 am.

La Cava de La Princesa
3 Recreo
San Miguel de Allende
Tel: 52 415 152 1403

You never know what you might get at La Cava de la Princesa—a top musical act from Mexico City, an expat jazz ensemble from New York, or a kitschy local band. But that's part of the fun about this place, one of the city's oldest watering holes and now a Mexican fusion restaurant to boot. Expect a small cover charge for shows; it varies according to who's on stage that night.

Closed Mondays.

La Fragua
3 Cuna de Allende
San Miguel de Allende
Tel: 52 415 152 1144

There's always a party underway at this classy club behind the Parroquia. Tango dancers take to the floor one night, salsa another. Singers bellow out Mexican classics some nights, and you can be assured the crowd will sing along with sentimental favorites. You needn't be young to enjoy the show—sixtysomethings show the young 'uns a move or two on the dance floor.—Maribeth Mellin

Open Tuesdays through Sundays 12 pm to 3 am.

Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar
11 Nemesio Diez
San Miguel de Allende , Mexico
Tel: 52 415 152 9700

Sure, downtown's roof bars have great views of the Parroquia, but the aptly name Luna atop the Rosewood hotel sits high above its neighbors, offering endless views of glittering lights, sparkling stars, and, on special nights, a full moon. A glass of Veuve Clicquot fits right in here, although most patrons are happy with the bartender's tamarind and pomegranate Margaritas. Wrought-iron chairs are arranged around tables at the roof's edge, but the booths set back a bit are more comfortable. Tasty tidbits from the tapas menu include artisan cheeses, a deconstructed shrimp cocktail, beef tacos, and for a nightcap, wonderful miniature churros with warm dulce de leche for dipping. If you can't find a table, head downstairs to the clubby Tequila Bar for a snifter of silky Casa Dragones tequila.—Maribeth Mellin

Open daily 5 pm to midnight.

Mama Mia's
8 Umarán
San Miguel de Allende
Tel: 52 415 152 2063

With its cheap cover charges, music ranging from salsa to Latin jazz, and terrific drinks—including an impressive wine list—Mama Mia's draws all kinds. Its restaurant serves everything from a bountiful breakfast buffet to dinner with both local and Italian touches. Meanwhile, its three bars—Mama's, Leonardos, and La Terraza—are late-night scenes. Look for a crowd of artsy tourists and upper-class chilangos (Mexico City residents) in town for the weekend. Note that La Terraza, with its gorgeous city views, is only open on weekends.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.