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OAXACA, MEXICO

Oaxaca City's Cantinas and Pubs
by Ron Mader

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Oaxacans love to party. Join them.

Entertainment options in the capital run the gamut from listening to marimbas in the zócalo to enjoying a few chelas and botanas in a neighborhood cantina. Local pubs range from hole in the walls to flash, wannabe utltralounges and anthros. Newer bars have retractable roofs to provide shelter against the rain.

Many bars offer free snacks (botana) given out with the drinks. Foods range from peanuts to soups and hearty meat dishes. Beers (chelas) are sometimes served ice cold, como cola de penguino.

FYI, in Oaxaca beer with lime juice is called a suero. Beer with lime and chile is called a michelada.


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BARS AND CANTINAS

Café Central, Hidalgo #302. Live jazz on Thursdays and alternative cinema on Wednesdays. Wiki

La Pasión, Alcalá #303. Flash. Cross the Q-bert tiles and the Mayordomo restaurant to enter this posh cantina with flat-screen TVs and studio lighting.

Tomas Inn, Cosijopi #217. The inn is located half a block east of the Sánchez Pascuas Market. Large TV screen viewing of Bandamax and soccer. Inside ask for Cantinflas (photo)

El Paseo, Juárez #605-A. Trendy cantina-restaurant on the west side of Llano Park.

La Embajada, Porfirio Díaz #501

La Vuelta, Zarate #207, Monday-Saturday, 12pm-9pm.

Elefante, 20 de Noviembre #110

La Sabina, Matamoros #103

La Tentación, Matamoros #101. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 8am-2am. Wireless internet. Cover charge on Fridays and Saturdays.

La Divina, Gurrión #104. Open everyday from 1pm-1am. Free mezcal with your first order. Occasional rock en vivo!

La Independencia, Avenida Morelos #1006. Bar-restaurant

El Pescador, Miguel Cabrera #510

Piano y Sofa, 20 de Noviembre #103

RESTAURANT BARS

Comala, Allende #109. One block west of Santo Domingo. Atendido por tu amigos Carlos.

BEST PLACES FOR MEZCAL

La Farola, 20 de Noviembre #3, corner of Las Casas. This classic cantina was founded in 1916 and features the brand Rey Zapoteco.

Caminito al Cielo, Prolongación del Panteón #117. Quiet place on the east side of town. The plus - this cantina features mezcal from a master mezcalero from the town of Santa Catarina de Minas, outside Ocotlán.

La Casa del Mezcal, Flores Magon #209. Classic cantina.

LIVE MUSIC

Alquimia, Allende #106. Saturday evenings.

Candela, Murguía #413 at the corner of Pino Suárez. Live salsa music every night. On Fridays and Saturdays, it's best to arrive before 10:30pm to secure a table. Salsa classes! Night-time cover charge.

The Fly, Constitución #207.

El Nuevo Babel, Porfirio Díaz #224. Rootsy place with live music most nights at 9pm

MEZCAL

What tequila is to Jalisco, mezcal is to Oaxaca. Choose your favorite -- pechuga, tobalá, and of course, gusano (with worm!). Mezcal is served at all pubs and most restaurants. It's a strong drink and makes a fine after dinner aperitif. MORE

TIP

Locals have a number of recommendations for hangover food that can clear your mind the day after drinking too much. Top choice is pancita (also called menudo) made with tripe.

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Ron Mader is the responsible travel correspondent for Transitions Abroad and host of the award-winning Planeta.com website.


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