La Nueva Babel

Live Music in Oaxaca City

A mural of Bowie as Aladdin Sane juxtaposed with the Virgin of Guadaloupe sets the alternative tone in Babel, a kind of Mexican dive bar with regular live music from an eclectic cache of performers – it could be son (folk), blues, trova (troubadour-type folk), jazz or cumbia (dance music originating from Colombia). The chairs are covered in old newspaper, should you get bored.