Cantina La Ópera
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Stop in Iconic Cantinas

Cantinas del Centro Histórico
Cantina La Ópera

One of the traditional spots in Mexico City to barhop cantinas and sing along with mariachi musicians is on Plaza Garibaldi. The square got a facelift a few years ago, and today it shines. Logically, this is home to the splendid Museo del Tequila y el Mezcal. 

There are many famous spots around the plaza, but the must-see stops are the museum that hosts tastings in its cantina and on its terrace, Guadalajara de Noche, Tenampa, and Hermosa Hortensia. These establishments all serve up the best pulques and curados (pulque-based mixed drinks) on the plaza. 

Two and a half miles from Plaza Garibaldi, far from the sound of mariachi music, one of the oldest cantinas in the city sits on the corner of Dolores and Independencia. It is Cantina Tío Pepe, where you seem to travel through time when you push through its swinging door. Very old photos and bartenders with decades of experience can tell you more about what has happened inside. 

The fanciest details of this spot dating from the Porfiriato period are on the bar and the striking stained glass sign reading “Cognac Hennessy.” Just as in any typical cantina, you can enjoy classic drinks paired with a snack that will satisfy even the hungriest patron. 


Centro Histórico, Centro, Ciudad de México, CDMX, México

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