Drinking and nightlife in Guadalajara Region

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    La Mutualista

    With smoke-yellowed walls and antique chandeliers dangling from high ceilings, this vintage dance hall simmers with the decaying glamour of Old Havana. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are salsa nights, the real reason to come. A Cuban band kicks off around midnight and the all-age crowd explodes with eye-popping moves on the dance floor. Prepare to perspire.

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    Cantina La Fuente

    La Fuente, set in the old Edison boiler room, is an institution in Guadalajara and a perfect example of what a proper Mexican cantina is (ie rough around the edges). It’s been here since 1921 and is mostly patronized by regulars who welcome newcomers like family. A bass, piano and violin trio sets up and jams from midafternoon until last call. Look for the rusted bicycle above the bar, left by a patron in 1957 and never reclaimed. In fact, it's been there so long, tapatios often refer to the bar as La Bicicleta.

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    Kin Kin

    Hidden in a underground setting with exposed brick walls and disco balls, the red-lit Kin Kin is the place to groove out to electronica and house. Local and international DJs spin tunes nightly, the space is jam-packed by midnight with hipsters of all ages. Known for its creative cocktails incorporating top shelf gin, vodka and mezcal too.

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    Centro Cultural Breton

    Tucked away on a side street on the eastern side of the Centro Histórico is this bohemian bar, cafe and live-music venue. One of the city’s coolest hangouts, come here to enjoy craft beers from around the world plus live music every night but Monday, from 10pm (free or minimal cover). French bites (M$50 to M$90) offered too.

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    Grillo

    This small but mighty bar stocks over 50 (mainly bottled) Mexican craft beers. Of interest are the Guadalajara-brewed Diógenes IPA and the Loba Negra american porter. The front patio is a good starting point for a Chapultepec night out – while your taste buds are still awake to the nuances of the hoppy brews.

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    Romea

    This swank corner wine bar with large windows stocks a wide range of Mexican vintages as well as wine from Spain, France, Portugal and even Slovenia. Blotter is available in the form of fancy cheese plates (from M$100) and charcuterie (from M$155) boards.

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    La Taberna de Caudillos

    A popular multistory disco, with three dance floors and endless lounges and bars full of gorgeous young things dancing and various acts on stage (from go-go dancers to drag shows). Always fun.

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    Escarabajo Scratch

    This fun hipster bar in the Centro Histórico has elevated the michelada (a concoction of beer, lime juice and assorted sauces) to a fine art, complementing it with regular music – jazz, blues and grungy rock. It's in Andador Coronilla, a purposefully shabby pedestrian street known for its nightlife and artistic tagging.

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    Amargo

    A laid back, modern beer hall pouring Mexican craft brews – sours to stouts from 14 lines – with flights offered for M$60. A full line-up of bottled labels from around the world is offered too. If you get the munchies, there's tasty pub grub to fill your belly. Popular with the university set and locals looking to chill out.

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    California’s Bar

    A two-story gay bar that's popular with a diverse 20- and 30-something crowd usually OFB (out for business). It gets packed around 10pm, and Friday and Saturday nights are a madhouse. Great DJ most nights and dancing anywhere there's a free spot.

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    Pigalle

    Mexican baristas excel at making cocktails (from M$85), both the savory and sweet type, and Pigalle is yet another cut above. Come here to relax, sip some of the most inventive libations in Guadalajara and listen to music, both canned and live.

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    Bar Américas

    A longtime night club catering to the well-heeled, Bar Américas is best known as an after-party spot with its dance floors packed til dawn. The all-black entrance down the steps looks as though you're entering the gates of hell.

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    La Santa

    Not to be confused with the (now closed) bar of the same name that once rocked Chapultepec, this place is out in Zapopan and is a full-blown nightclub – one of the city's best (or so legend has it).

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    El Cardenal

    A dark, artsy dive bar decked out in murals of all kinds, El Cardenal is a popular spot for the 20-something crowd or those with a penchant for piercings and tats. Drinks are cheap and strong.

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    Bebotero

    This is a cool Chapultepec bar plugging cervezas artesanales (craft beer) and spirits for M$19 and M$39 respectively all day and till 8pm on Friday and Saturday. For something milder, visit its Coffee Legacy next door.

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    La Prisciliana

    La Prisciliana is both laid-back and stylish, with arched windows, burgundy walls, worn tile floors and an antique wood bar in an old colonial building. It can get wild late and there’s a drag show on Saturday nights, but usually things stay chilled.

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    7 Sins

    The favorite hangout of the younger set of Guadalajara’s gay scene, this colonial mansion has a cool staircase and ear-bleedingly loud house music, though if you’re over 30, chances are you’ll feel pretty out of place.

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    Babel Club

    Massive meat market, with skimpily clad dancers center stage and action in every direction. VIP booths for your men about town.