Mexico City entertainment

Top Choice Mariachis in Centro Histórico

Salón Tenampa

Graced with murals of the giants of Mexican song and enlivened by its own songsters – and an extensive tequila and mezcal menu – the Tenampa is a festive cantina on the north side of Plaza Garibaldi. If serenading a…
Top Choice Dance in Colonia Roma

Patrick Miller

People-watching doesn’t get any better than at this throbbing disco, founded by Mexico City DJ Patrick Miller. With a clientele ranging from black-clad '80s throwbacks to cross-dressers, the Friday fun begins when d…
Top Choice Live Music in Centro Histórico

Centro Cultural de España

Cool young things pack the terrace of this place each weekend for its excellent DJ and live-music sessions. Located directly behind the cathedral, the rebuilt colonial-era structure is usually quaking by midnight.
Spectator Sport in Alameda Central

Frontón México

Closed for two decades, the lovely art deco building Frontón México has reopened it doors for professional jai alai matches, one of the world's fastest ball sports. If you've never seen jai alai played live, you're …
Mexican Wrestling in Mexico City

Arena México

One of Mexico City’s two wrestling venues, the 17,000-seat Arena México is taken over by a circus atmosphere each week, with flamboyant luchadores (wrestlers) such as Místico and Sam Adonis going at each other in ta…
Dancing in Mexico City

Salón Los Ángeles

Fans of dance-hall music shouldn’t miss the outstanding orchestras or the graceful dancers who fill the vast floor of this atmospheric ballroom. The live music, consisting of salsa and cumbia (dance music originatin…
Cinema in Coyoacán & San Ángel

Cineteca Nacional

Mexican and foreign indie movies are shown on 10 screens at the architecturally interesting Cineteca. In November the complex hosts the Muestra Internacional de Cine, an international film festival. From October to …
Performing Arts in Alameda Central

Palacio de Bellas Artes

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and prestigious opera companies perform in Bellas Artes’ ornate theater, while chamber groups appear in the recital halls. The venue is most famous, though, for the Ballet Folklórico …
Live Music in Mexico City

Barba Azul

Welcome to the inferno. Red lighting and colorful artwork of dancers engulfed in flames set the mood at this cabaret-style nightclub, where you still see some ficheras (women who dance with men) at work (M$20). Sinc…
Live Music in Juárez & Cuauhtémoc

Parker & Lenox

Named after legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker and famed Harlem jazz club Lenox Lounge, Parker & Lenox is part American-style diner (specializing in hamburgers, M$140 to M$180) and part backroom concert venue …