Guadalajara Region drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Dancing in Guadalajara

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 rea…
Top Choice Bar in Guadalajara

Café Galería André Breton

Tucked away on a side street on the eastern side of the Centro Histórico is this charming bar, cafe and live-music venue. As bohemian as its name suggests, this is one of the city’s coolest hangouts. Enjoy the Frenc…
Craft Beer in Guadalajara

El Grillo

This bar stocks over 50 (mainly bottled) Mexican craft beers. Of interest are the Guadalajara-brewed Diógenes IPA and the red amber Grasshoppy. The front patio is a good starting point for a Chapultepec night out – …
Bar in Guadalajara

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 patronize…
Gay in Guadalajara


Attracts a fairly diverse and attractive crowd usually OFB (out for business). It gets packed around 10pm, and Friday and Saturday nights are a madhouse. Great music but no dancing – this is the place to start your …
Club in Guadalajara

Bar Américas

One of the most interesting late-night clubs in town, this place caters to a slightly well-heeled, sophisticated older crowd. The all-black entrance down the steps look as though you are entering the very gates of h…
Club in Guadalajara

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.
Bar in Tequila

La Cata

This wonderful upstairs bar and tequila-tasting room in the center of town has excellent cócteles artesanales (craft cocktails) and flights of three tequilas (blanco/reposado/añejo) for M$250/300/350. Blotter (M$30 …
Bar in Guadalajara

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 i…
Cafe in Ajijic

Café Grano

This thoroughly pleasant local cafe is everything a good coffee bar should be, with fine aromas, Mexican beans, wooden chairs tailored in coffee sacking and excellent cakes (M$22 to M$45). Bright murals tell the cof…