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Mezcal: Mexico City’s Top 7 Mezcalerías
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There's almost no question: Mezcal is the drink of choice for some of Mexico City's young movers and shakers - and for some true boozehounds too. Here's the top 7 places to indulge.
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The mezcal Mexico City is cheering: Nobody knows why, but mezcal has ceased being the drink of choice for boozers and become an exquisite distilled beverage. Ooh la la. Made from maguey and sold in far more exclusive places mezcal has overcome the passing fashion test and it has proven that, aside from being a valuable traditional drink, the richness of its aroma and the taste that flows from it endow it with its true value, which is capable of conquering the most skeptical of palates.

Tasting mezcal is to delve into an art form, one which often requires we have a guide to help us enter that great world of the maguey distillations. For this purpose we give a list of the mezcalerías in the city, where in addition to a rich variety of mezcales at accessible prices and plenty of food, you will also be able to ask the waiters to help you choose which mezcal suits you the best.

  1. Mezcalería Vulgar

Its elegant décor and bohemian feel are ideal to taste their fine varieties. Its menu offers a wide range of mezcal from different parts of the country and delicious cocktails with this drink. They also serve delicious traditional Mexican food.

Average price per person: from $150 to $250 pesos.

Address: San Luis Potosí 196-B, esq. con Medellín, Colonia Roma. Closet to the Sonora metrobus stop.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 18:00 to 2:00 h.

Phone number: 62-67-70-41

Website: http://www.vulgar.com.mx/

  1. La Clandestina

This place, as its name suggests, is located in a small dimly lit locale with a dark ambience in la Condesa. It has more than 40 mezcal varieties on its menu, and all are described in great detail. One of the most appealing elements of this place, is the finger foods they serve with your drinks: orange slice with a spicy pepper powder and roasted pistachios. We recommend the mezcal cream prepared with coffee grains, its flavor is truly unique.

Average price per person: from $150 to $250 pesos.

Address: Av. Álvaro Obregón 298, esq. con Sonora, Condesa. Closet to the Álvaro Obregón Metrobus stop.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 18:00 to 2:00 h.

Phone: 52-12-18-71

  1. La Mil Amores

This place is a must if you’re looking for good mezcal, normal or flavored, and it has truly excellent prices. It décor is popular Mexican, with plastic seats and flowered tablecloths, which create a welcoming and light atmosphere that perfectly mingle with the tropical rhythms that are played in La Mil Amores. The finger foods are Mexican, you can find chapulines with powdered chilies (a type of grasshopper) which go perfectly with the beverage.

Average price per person: from $150 to $250 pesos.

Address: Yucatán 34, Colonia Roma. Near the Álvaro Obregón metrobus stop.

Hours: Wednesday and Thursdays: 16:00 to 24:00h, Fridays and Saturdays from 16:00 to 3:00 h.

Phone: 63-78-90-10

  1. La Botica

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If you happen to be in la Zona Rosa and you feel like warming your throat and perhaps singing along to a song or two, you can find good Mezcal and a karaoke in La Botica. Here the drinks come with a warm tamal and spicy dry beans. The menu also offers different flavored drinks.

Average price per person: from $150 to $250 pesos.

Address: Amberes 1, Juárez, between Reforma and Hamburgo. The nearest subway station is Insurgentes.

Hours: from Monday to Wednesday from 17:00 a 24:00 h, Thursday through Saturday from 17:00 a 2:00 h.

Phone number: 55-11-13-84

Website: http://labotica.com.mx/

  1. Mezcalería Al Andar

A mezcalería that is already a well-established tradition. The small locale with a few tables set out over the pedestrian passageway has become famous because it sells a great variety of designer mezcal and artisanal beers, as well as delicious creams, at accessible prices. The food on offer is ideal for those with palates that seek new flavors; here you can find chapulines with guacamole and tangerines.

Average price per person: from $100 to $150 pesos.

Address: Regina 27, Centro Histórico México. Between Isabel La Católica and 5 de Febrero.

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 13:30 to 22:00 h, and Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00.

Phone numbers: 57-09-12-29.

This is their Facebook page.

  1. Bósforo

The mezcal from Oaxaca are the specialty here, even though their menu offers different types from all over the country. Unlike other similar places, Bósforo stands out because of its clandestine style ambience and because it is less pretentious. The house specialty, quesadillas with hierba santa, or their peanuts roasted with garlic and chile de árbol, are perfect when mixed with a mezcal.

Average price per person: from $100 to $150 pesos.

Address: Luis Moya 31, esq. con Independencia, Centro. Near the Juárez subway station.

Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 16:00 1:30h, and Thursday-Sunday 16:00 to 02:30h.

  1. Corazón de Maguey

Fifty different types of artisanal magueys, either naturally flavored or combined with herbs or fruits, pulques and artisanal beers, are the different beverages that can be found here, and which are perfectly combined with their food menu, which is truly for the most demanding palates. Hibiscus tacos, tlayudas, tortilla soup, huazontles in pasilla salsa, fish tacos, beef tongue in pipian, chile ice cream, among other dishes that invite us to have a haute-cuisine experience.

Price per person: $200 to $350 pesos.

Address: Plaza Jardín Centenario, Jardín Centenario 9-A, Villa Coyoacán. Esquina con Belisario Domínguez.

Hours: Sunday-Wednesday from 13:00-24:30h, and Thursday-Saturday 13:00 to 01:30 h.

Phone number: 56-59-31-65

Website: http://www.corazondemaguey.com/

15 Indisputable Reasons Mexico City is Latin America’s Favorite, Again
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Latin America's Favorite is Mexico City again, and for a lot of good reasons. Here are just 15 of the big ones to get you started.
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With more visitors than any place else in the region, Mexico City is Latin America’s Favorite for good reason. 

Here are just 15 of them!
 

Mexico City is vibrant, vast and very important. Not just in terms of the space it occupies and the stone and brick from it’s made from, but Mexico City greeted more than 30 million visitors last year. That’s more than it’s entire metro-population (though not by much). Let’s look at why they came. 

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Last year, at about this time, The New York Times had named the city the number one travel destination for 2016. Tourism searches on Google showed Mexico City as not just a Latin American Favorite, but in the top five tourist searches in the world. And of course, people have been asking for the last several years if it wasn’t the Next Paris, or the Next New York or the Next SOMETHING.

The City government set itself to the task of figuring out just why people love coming here. These are the top 15 reasons they came up with, and ultimately they’re the reasons that Mexico City is Latin America’s favorite, and maybe your favorite too! 

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1) 185 museums, nine archaeological sites and four World Heritage sites? The cultural scene is enormous, rich and varied. There’s something for every kind of cultural traveler.

2) Fairs, festivals, conventions, meetings and extravaganzas cover music, food, movies, books, and trade in every kind of human activity, down to the annual clown convention.

3) Blockbuster events? Last year saw a Formula 1 race, an NFL game or two, the Tour de France, and a free Roger Waters concert in the city center.

4) Chosen for the sixth world C40 Mayors Summit in November of 2016, Mexico City is widely perceived as a world leader in combatting climate change.

5) The Metrobús system, originally based on one running in Bogota, Colombia, is now the biggest in Latin America. Stretching some 125 kms today, in 2017 no less than 90 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-decker buses will begin plying the length of Paseo de la Reforma, as Metrobus Line 7 officially opens.

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6. The tourist program Sonrisas por tu ciudad, literally “Smiles for your city,” organized by the Secretary for Tourism, has benefited more than 200,000 people.

7. Mexico City’s Central de Abasto (pictured below), after more than 30 years sells 30,000 tons of merchandise (mostly food) and sells to about 30,000 people every day. It’s the largest shopping area in the world.

8.  Mexico City was the first Latin American city to join the Rainbow Cities Network, which coordinates city-level actions to protect LGBTI citizens and residents. 

9. Mexico City was chosen as the World Capital of Design for 2018, by the World Design Organization. 

10. The Centro Histórico is the largest historical city center in Latin America, with 1,500 buildings designated as having historical, cultural, artistic or architectural value. That’s more than most tour guides can handle, but it’s also home the continent’s biggest Metropolitan Cathedral.

cdmx11. Mexico City’s first ever Day of the Dead parade was celebrated by more than 250,000 marchers, band members, onlookers and, yes, zombies.

12. The city’s El Médico en tu Casa program puts a “Doctor in Your Home.” It’s already recognized in America, Asia, and Europe, for bringing health services closer to people who can’t easily visit hospitals or clinics.

13. Mexico City also began the first Specialized Center for the Management of Diabetes anywhere in Latin America.

14. The Ecobici system  (pictured below) is the biggest public bike system in Latin America, with 452 cycle stations and about 35 million trips made by 200,ooo riders every year.

15. And finally, the good old underground Metro network is the biggest in Latin America, too. With 12 lines 226 km in total length, about 5 million people ride it every day.

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Source: CDMX government, with information from International CDMX and the 4th Governmental Report CDMX, 2016.

Mexico City’s 6 Best Wine Shops for increasingly fabulous Mexican Wine
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As Mexican wines increasingly aspire toward truly inspiring vintages, some of the best wine shops in the city are in fact taking notice. These are six of the best.
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Some of Mexico City’s Best Wine Shops are still not backing Mexican Wines. These ones are…

Casa Madero may have been the first winery in the Americas, founded way back in 1597, and way up in Coahuila. But Mexico’s predominant “beer culture” has always given wine producers something of a long shadow to grow up in. Aguascalientes, Querétaro, Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Chihuahua all produce respectable wines, but it’s been the environs of Ensenada (the Guadalupe Valley, the Santo Tomas Valley, and the Ojos Negros Valley) that have really busted the Mexican wine scene out onto international lists of “respectability.” Some parts Coahuila (the Valley Of Parras, and Cuatro Ciénagas in particular) still hold their own – but most wine enthusiasts agree, Baja’s got the wine to beat. 

Mexico exports wine around the world. According to the Mexican Wine Council, about 400 brands of wine are currently being produced in the country, and these increasingly appear on the international lists as being wines to watch (and to taste). But those lists aren’t everything. Even the most sophisticated drinkers know today that plenty is coming each year from Mexican wineries that’s worth taking note of. 

Yes, you can still find plenty of good Mexican vintages mixed in with the international offerings on the shelves at Liverpool. But the wine shops below are pretty active at pushing good wines, from Mexico, onto more Mexican tables.  

 

Vinoteca

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Vinoteca has three locations in and around the city and carries a wide range of Mexican wines, and still more around the country. They do a fair internet trade in wines too, but stopping in lets you pick the brains of their knowledgeable staff. 

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La Contra

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La Contra, also with shops all over the country, is one of the city’s leading advocates for the Mexican wine industry. With a capital location in Roma, it’s an easy and relaxed place to pick up recommendations, or indeed, to sample some of the best bottles coming in. 

Address: Álvaro Obregón 130, local # 10, Colonia Roma Norte
Telephone: 5564 0966
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Á de Acento

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Á de Acento offers a very well-regarded restaurant, but the gourmet shop offers plenty that’s pure Mexican and well worth a bottle or two. In fact, prices are very reasonable, but there’s also usually something special hidden away in the shelves that inquiring customers will be very pleased to find.

Address: Cuernavaca # 85, Colonia Condesa
Telephone: 5260 4721
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Amaya

 

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Another in the list of combo restaurant and gourmet shops, Amaya has made a big splash with their list of “vinos raros.” Far from weird, many of them are fabulous.  They’re also generally available in the shop, no reservation necessary and many of the best are, in fact, domestically produced!

Address: General Prim # 95, Col. Juárez
Telephone: 5592 5571
Website | Facebook

 

La Europea

 

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Don’t expect friendly service. La Europea is still trying to figure out in which decade they’re doing business. But for all the wood-boxed bacalao these people sling during the holidays, they’ve always got a ton of good wine, too. With a good number of branches in and around the city, calling them one of the best wine shops in Mexico might be a stretch, but they do a lot of business, and for that, they always offer a ton of good Mexican wines too. 

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Si Mon 

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Si Mon is run by the chefs at Broka Bistrot, practically next door. And the emphasis is on local, good, and even inspiring wines. One of the best things about shopping at a wine bar is after all, that there is usually a bottle open. And for that, including Si Mon in a list of the best wine shops is practically a given. 

Address: Zacatecas # 126, Colonia Roma Norte
Telephone: 1866 9030
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Main Photo Above: Aborigen Valle Seco, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Courtesy of La Contra