The Best Hipster Bars in Mexico City

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I absolutely adore Mexico City! The cosmopolitan rush mixed with the Mexican culture makes it one hell of a unique place to visit, especially at night. Mexico City has one of the biggest and most up-and-coming nightlife scenes in the world. From first-class restaurants to unique hipster bars and nightclubs, this city has it all. With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to find the best spots to spend your precious nights in this magical city. That’s why I’ve put together this collection of the most unusual and funky hipster bars in Mexico City. Be warned, some of these places are just downright crazy… I’m talking other dimension stuff here guys!

Wallace Whiskey Bar

Voted the best whiskey bar in Mexico City for a reason, Wallace Whiskey Bar has an outstanding collection of over 150 different labels. Whether you are a whiskey connoisseur or a total beginner, the head barman Marcos will share every drop of his whiskey wisdom with you. While in Wallace Whiskey Bar you must try the house speciality: The Wallace, a delicate mixture of whiskey, ginger and cucumber, perfect for refreshing after a long day in the city. For those of you who don’t have the taste for whiskey, the bar also offers a wide selection of local and imported beers. If you get a little peckish after all that drinking, you can order from their traditional pub menu. Delicious fish and chips, a good old steak, or the overflowing Wallace Burger will all hit the spot.

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However, Wallace Whiskey bar isn’t all about the drinks. Each night you can sit back in the old movie theatre seats, or cosy up in one of the hidden booths and listen to the amazing funk, jazz and blues bands that grace the stage. If you’re feeling a little competitive, you can always head up to the second floor and enjoy a game of pool or darts.

Jules Basement

Walking into Jules Basement is a little like entering Narnia but colder. To get into this amazing ‘speakeasy’ style bar, you have to walk through a fridge door at the back of a little restaurant called La Surtidora. Once inside this secret establishment you are met with the ultra chic and totally abstract decor. Think chrome fixtures, angular shapes, glass skulls and black and white as far as the eye can see. The fantastic design of this bar isn’t its only plus. Jules Basement boasts some of the most decadent and delicious cocktails of the entire city. Jay Keuhner, a famous Mexican mixologist, will keep your taste buds dancing all night long with his fantastic array of liquid delights. When in Jules’ you must try the house specialty, the Falda Escosesa cocktail.

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If it’s entertainment you’re looking for, then Jules Basement won’t disappoint! Throughout the week you can always find something exciting going down behind the fridge. Mixology lessons, live jazz bands, world-class DJs and stand-up comedy can all be found at Jules’.


Inspired by the extravagant French culture, this chic hipster bar is dedicated solely to absinthe. You first enter Artemisia on the first floor, their restaurant, where you can chow down on their French gastronomic eccentricities. Simple raw food with the Artemisia flare is their speciality. Once you have enjoyed your delicious meal, you can request an invitation to the next level, the absinthe bar. To enter the bar you must meet a very select set of criteria, and entrance is often by invitation only.

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Once inside the exclusive bar, you can enjoy all the delights of the green fairy herself. Artemisia has their own custom blended absinth, specially made and imported from France. Allow the award-winning bartenders to transport you to another world with their amazing absinthe cocktails. If you aren’t in the mood for such a strong flavour, then the seasonal drinks made with prized gin, mezcal, bourbon and scotch will surely win you over.


The second you walk into Kommä you feel like you have lost your mind. The white wash walls splattered with neon lights, and covered with manic neon graffiti, mixed with the entrancing house music will totally captivate you as soon as your feet hit the concrete floor. But the true masterpiece of this insane space is down the spiral staircase, inside a spaceship. On this level, you will find yourself totally surrounded by lights and wired and loud pulsating music that will seduce anyone who enters. Pair these surroundings with the devilishly delicious mix of mezcal cocktails, and you are in for one hell of a night.

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Photo Credit Alejandra Carbajal

Kommä is the mind-child of the young entrepreneurs Ready to Die, as they boldly push the boundaries to redefine the bar-nightclub experience. Every night they pick the best house, techno and disco DJs from the area, whose presence is unmistakable known from the moment you reach the front door. Some believe Kommä is the beginning of a new wave of nightlife and some believe it’s just an insanely cool bar, either way, there’s no disagreement on the bar’s amazing decor, music and addictive atmosphere.

Condesa DF

One of the most sought-after and trendy areas in Mexico City is the Condesa District, and Condesa DF is at the heart of all that eclectic action. Situated on top of the fabulous boutique hotel, the Condesa DF terrace bar has some of the most amazing views of the area. This bar prides itself on its first-class service, and the luxury doesn’t end there. With a plethora of delicious cocktails, craft beers and delicacies on offer, you could spend all evening gazing out at the city from this bar.

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One thing you have to try when in Condesa DF is the amazing sushi. They use an array of techniques that produce the most delicious and innovative fusion sushi around. The amazing refreshments, stunning views, and lush rooftop gardens make this bar a must for any romantic evening in Mexico City.


Have you visited any of these hipster bars in Mexico City? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!


Stay Salty x

38 Comment

  1. Claire says: Reply

    Awesome, i’m in Mexico city right now so will check these out!! I’d heard about the one through the fridge door but didn’t know where it was 🙂

    1. No way! This is a great one for you then haha! Yeah Jules Basement is amazing, and if you’re still there on Wednesday check out the live funk band at Wallace 🙂

  2. Artemisa and the Condesa DF are so beautiful!! i would go to any of this bars in a heart beat actually :p

    1. Right? I totally love the hipster scene in Mexico City. Ooh the sushi at Condesa DF is to die for! 🙂

  3. Wow, this is really good to know!! I wish I had found this article before I went to Mexico City… Guess it just means I’ll have to go back! 😉

    1. Yes! New places to visit are my number one reason to re-visit places hahaha! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  4. Ana says: Reply

    Wow! I’d love to have a cocktail in Jules Basement 🙂 Great post!


    1. Jules is so cool! And the mixology is outstanding, definitely worth a visit!

  5. Always dreamed to visit Mexico. Interesting article.

    1. You should visit! I’ve lived in this country for 3 years now and absolutely love it!

      1. I definitely will some day

  6. OMG these are so cool will check them out for sure! 🙂

  7. I can’t believe these places! They look like such amazing places. Definitely going to check them out

    1. They are so worth a visit! I absolutely love them, each one is no unique!

  8. I would definitely visit condessa bar because I like outside bars. The others are quite interesting though. Was it expensive ? What was the average price for a drink over there?

    1. Condesa is beautiful. It’s a little expensive yeah, for American prices it’s very reasonable, but for Mexicans it can be classed as a little on the higher side.

  9. Awesome and such unique description of these nightly heavens of Mexico City . Good Work !!

    1. Thank you! They are pretty cool places! 🙂

  10. Damn, that jules basement bar was scary. I would like to visit it though !! Did you go there?

    1. Hahah! Because of the skulls? I think it makes it so unique, I love it! definitely worth a visit 🙂

  11. Fabian says: Reply

    ah, miss those good nights out in Defe, great compilation !!

    1. Thank you! I love the nightlife there, its so European compared to the rest of Mexico, ahead of its time.

  12. I love hipster bars or just about any dive bar. as long as they dont try too hard to be cool.

    1. Yes! Me too. These ones are so effortlessly cool, although some of them have put in a lot of time for the decorations, they aren’t pretentious.

  13. Joanna says: Reply

    The Condesa DF roof terrace looks so inviting! I would love to try their famous fusion sushi while enjoying that beautiful view. I like how the hipsters bard put so much effort into their quirky decor.

    1. They really do put in a lot of effort, and then it just looks so effortless haha. Oh yes, their sushi is a much for sure 🙂

  14. JT says: Reply

    I would love to grab a drink at Jules Basement and Condessa. I love your descriptions (the Narnia description says a lot in few words) and have opened my eyes to Mexico City.

    Looking below, I see you posted about tacos as well. I think I’ll check it out (and salivate).

    1. I’m glad you appreciated that reference, I tend to use a lot of strange references in my writing haha. Ooh lovely, I hope you enjoy the tacos too!!

  15. Thomas says: Reply

    Great writing, though the bar look too scary for me, anytime I visit my uncle in Mexico I would like to give it a try…

    1. Haha yeah, I guess the skulls will put some people off. It’s definitely worth it for the cocktails and music though

  16. Ami says: Reply

    Jules Basement looks nice. Would not mind an evening here. They definitely would add some stars to your travel. 🙂

    1. Yes! It’s such a unique place, definitely worth adding into your itinerary when in Mexico City 🙂

  17. Nicki says: Reply

    wow! I wouldn’t have even pegged Mexico City to have hipster bars! My favorite is Jules Basement – love the skull

    1. Yes! They have so many, such a cool scene there. Oh I’m the same, I totally love anything will skulls or studs 😀

  18. Kommä looks like an amazing place to be at when in Mexico. Would love to plan a trip soon!

    1. You definitely should! I’m actually heading there in two days and will be paying this place a visit 🙂

  19. Jules basement bar does look a bit scary with those giant skulls. But I love Komma. So colorful.

    1. Haha a little, yes. I personally love the skull decor. 🙂 Komma is so unusual, definitely worth a visit!

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