The Ultimate Guide to Mexico City Nightlife in 2022

Being the most populous city in North America, it’s no surprise you’ll find some of the best and varied nightlife here in comparison to the biggest cities in the world. Located in the Valle de México at a high elevation of 2,240 m, it does actually get cold at night, but that is no deterrent to the partygoers of the city.

With bars and clubs offering everything from salsa to reggaeton, house to techno; there is such a varied music scene and there’s sure to be something for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of the best bars, clubs and up and coming spots to enjoy the Mexico City nightlife the proper way.

Mexico City Nightlife

A vibrant city of more than 20 million people, it can be daunting to know which area to stay and where to go for a night out on the town. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Most clubs are open until 3 or 4am, and of course you can find clubs if you’re looking to stay up until sunrise.

Where to Party in Mexico City?

As it’s such a big city there are obviously many districts and neighbourhoods you could find yourself in. Each one has a unique take on nightlife, whether it be with locals or with foreigners. The most popular places to party are for sure Roma, Condesa and Polanco, and here you’ll experience the best Mexico City nightlife in the city.

Polanco is probably the most expensive place to party in all of Mexico City. With bars/lounges such as Scotch, expect to break the bank paying for a few cocktails. There’s also popular clubs like Republica and Janis (mentioned below) with an upperclass clientele.

Roma and Condesa can be combined into one category as they are about walking distance to on another (20 minutes). Here you’ll find mostly foreigners as the area has been mostly gentrified. You can find super cheap bars/clubs and also pricier/fancier places.

Centro Historico is the old town of Mexico City and here you’ll find old clubs and bars such as Pata Negra, Terraza Rooftop bar, Donceles 88 and Cultural Roots, a fun and eccentric nightclubs that usually plays reggaeton music.

Mexico City Nightlife Costs

Most people assume Mexico is very cheap compared to some first world countries like the US, Canada or UK. While there may be some very cheap towns and beach towns in Mexico, Mexico city is typically more expensive when going out compared to other places in the country.

You’ll definitely spend less than going out in say Miami, New York City or Montreal, but don’t expect to be having a night out for only $15.

Here’ s a basic outline of what you’ll typically pay on good night out in CDMX:

  • Cover for entry to some clubs: $5-$30
  • Cerveza (national beer such as Corona): $1-$7
  • Cocktails: $4-$15
  • A shot of Tequila or Mezcal: $1-10
  • Bottle of liquor at a club: $50-200
  • Bar or finger food: $5-$15

Of course this depends what area of Mexico City and what bars you’re hanging out at. If you’re drinking at Cottoritos for example, you’ll only pay $1 for a beer or a shot. If you’re partying in Polanco you’re gonna pay at least $6 for a beer. A bar like Gin Gin or Carajillo will set you back around $20 per cocktail in most cases.

If you’re on a budget, our recommendation is to pre drink at home with friends first before going out, or start somewhere cheap like McCarthy’s Irish Pub or Cottoritos.

Best Bars in Mexico City

Jardin Paraiso

A popular place among foreigners and Mexicans alike with one of the best atmospheres of any bar out there, a great place to warm up – if you can get in. Typically a 200 peso cover on weekends, the music is a mix of salsa, reggaeton and pop.

Mexico City Nightlife

Usually packed by 10 o’clock with a mob of partygoers banging on the door outside, get there nice and early if you want to get in, or try to get a reservation.

Bar Pata Negra

A famous live music venue located in the historic center of CDMX, come here for the cocktails, good food and great music. There’s also a Pata Negra in Juarez with a library-themed decor that’s worth checking out also if you’re closer to Roma area.

Via Pata Negra Instagram

Departamento

Undoubtedly one of the most popular bars for Mexico City nightlife, especially among gringos and foreigners, it’s more of a lounge and turns into club later on in the night, typically with house music.

With three floors, including a rooftop where people congregate to talk, smoke and drink, it’s an easy place to meet new people, and a great place to drink and party. Drinks are a littler pricier than other venues and usually there is a line to enter, so show up a bit earlier (10-11).

Bizarro Café

It’s not just a name, this place is actually bizarre at times, with an eccentric crowd typically filling the dance floor everynight. The music of choice is punk rock, classic rock or pop rock from the early 80’s and 90’s, so bring your punk clothes and dancing shoes.

The décor at Bizarro cafe via Facebook

There’s three floors, including a newly opened rooftop, with a very differen vibing to the tunes.

Peralta

A popular bar to pre drink before heading out or before heading upstairs to Club Phoenix. Usually chilled electronic vibes with and outdoor patio and good cocktails.

Xaman

Xaman is hidden cocktail bar with chilled out, mellow music and a dark, ambient vibe. Inside you’ll find an upper class crowd sipping on fancy and expensive cocktails. Definitely a must visit spot, but I wouldn’t go here every night or you’ll break the bank.

Via Facebook

Cottoritos

Probably the cheapest place to drink, at least in the Roma/Condesa area. The beers and shots going for only 20 pesos, it’s definitely the perfect place to warm up and get started before heading to the pricier bars. Spread across three different floors with loud music at the top, they also serve cheap food around 20-60 pesos depending on the dish.

Pulqueria Los Insurgentes

If you’re looking for something with a bit more of a local vibe, this is your place. Pulqueria los Insurgentes is a casual restaurant/bar serving pulque, a milk colored liquor made from certain types of agave, it has quite a kick and will knock you on your feet.

Via Pulqueria Los Insurgentes Facebook

Marketeatro

If you’re a gringo and into salsa and bachata music then you’ll love Marketeatro in Roma Norte. Every Friday night a bunch of foreigners and Mexicans alike descend on this food market/beer hall for salsa lessons. Later on in the night it turns into a full on free for all where people dancing with other random strangers. This is a good place to start if you’re looking for excellent Mexico City nightlife.

Drunkendog

A little different from the others as this place only serves craft beer, but wow what a selection! With typically more than 30 craft beers on tap, mostly from Mexican breweries, you’ll never get bored here!

Calle Genova

While not a bar per se, but rather a row of several bars along a popular walking street. If you’re looking to experience Mexico City nightlife from the perspective of the locals then here is a good place in the heart of the city.

Best Nightclubs in Mexico City

Funk

One of the best electronic venues with possibly the best sound system in Mexico City. This club is below ground and features world class DJ’s and an amazing laser light show. Cover is typically 400 pesos and up.

Light show in Funk Club

Phoenix

If you’re looking for more of a pop or reggaeton vibe then head here for your evening out. Although I’m not a fan of the music and ADDJ who changes the songs every 30 seconds, it’s one of the most popular clubs in the city and is typically packed.. The venues decor has a very industrial vibe featuring artwork from Banksy.

Via Facebook

APOTHEKE

Located in Cibeles in Roma Norte, this is hot spot for the youth looking to experience Mexico City nightlife. A little pricier than other clubs, you can typically buy a bottle with friends for around $100. On Saturdays the place is open from noon until very late.

Via Apotheke Facebook

Patrick Miller

One of the most notorious and popular clubs to experience Mexico City nightlife, it was closed for two years during the Covid-19 pandemic and has just recently reopened for business. An eccentric crowd fills this large warehouse during the weekends with a wide range of music from the 80’s all the way up to the present.

Not really an upscale place, beer goes for only $50 pesos and cocktails around $100. Throughout the dance floor you’ll find circle’s where people can challenge each other to “dance-offs”, think you’re a good dance? Give it a try!

ATO

A new nightclub that just recently opened up in 2022. Located in Roma Norte in Cibeles, this nightclub features an array of DJ’s playing progressive house, techno and even trance. Entrance is free before 12 am if you’re on the list. The place is a little small, drinks are pricey but it’s definitely worth it. The music and lightshow is out of this world and in our opinion one of the best places for Mexico City nightlife.

Via ATO’s Instagram

Cultura Subterranea

A special kind of night club that changes locations every weekend. With very mixed crowd, foreigners and Mexicans alike, the only thing they have in common is the need to party. Drinks are also quite cheap here. You can find out where the next event is by following their Instagram page here.

Cultura Subterranea Facebook

M.N. Roy

One of the hardest clubs to gain entrance to because of it’s notoriety and the occasional celebrity cameo, it’s definitely quite different than the other clubs and a lot pricier. You need to know someone in order to enter, or hold a membership to the club. Good luck.

Donceles 88

In the heart of the historic center you’ll find this gem of a nightclub. Housed in an old historic 3 story house is this venue with excellent electronic music; from house to techno to even progressive trance some night. Beware: the building is quite old and it may feel like you’ll fall through the floor at times.

Via Donceles 88 Facebook

Janis

An upperclass club located in the fancy and expensive Polanco district, named after Janis Joplin. You’ll see a lot of young pretty ladies here looking for that special guy or to simple experience the magical Mexico City nightlife. The music is typically electronic and also pop some nights, drinks are quite expensive here, which is to be expected in Polanco.

Via Janis Instagram

Where to Stay in Mexico City for the Best Nightlife

If you’re looking to mostly party and experience the best Mexico City nightlife then we recommend staying in the Roma or Condesa area. You’ll find many awesome Airbnb’s and Hotels that are within walking distance to all of the best nightlife spots. Here are some that we recommend:

Luxury: Brick Hotel

If you’re looking for luxury and don’t want to break the bank, Brick Hotel in Roma Norte is an ideal spot, around $400 per night but definitely worth it based on the amazing facilities included and the perfect location.

Mid Range: Capital Luxury Apartments & Offices

For around $85 per night you can get this awesome apartment studio with a kitchen and balcony located right on Medellin street which is situated right between Roma and Condesa, giving you easy walking distance to all the best nightlife spots in Mexico City.

Budget: HoM Monterrey

If you’re travelling on a budget but still want to stay in an awesome area and get the most out of Mexico City nightlife then HoM Monterrey is a great choice. For only $20 per night you’ll get a private room in what is basically a hostel with a shared bathroom and kitchen. Located in Roma Norte, we think it’s an excellent deal.

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