Mexico City Journals

Mexico City

A May 2005 trip to Mexico City by noushi

Quote: I took a bus from Acapulco to Mexico City to look around for a week or two. Mexico City is huge--over 21 million people live here!

Mexico City

Overview

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The Zona Rosa, or "Pink Zone" because of its early reputation as a lighter version of other cities' "red light" districts, used to be the best commercial and office area in the city. Its residential aspects were also considered excellent for active urbanites who wanted to live in apartments and be close to what was still considered "downtown", today's Historical Center ("Centro Historico"). In many ways, it was what Polanco currently is. Some of the best hotels in the city are still there, including the Sheraton, the Four Seasons, and the Marquis Reforma, but today, the Zona Rosa is a little seedy, with a lot of cantinas and bars of ill repute. It still is very centrally located, but its access is oft...Read More
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Bar Fly, downstairs from the Valentina in Polanco, can be a riot if you're in the mood for some Latin dancing with an older crowd. El Estribo, inside the Hacienda de los Morales, literally, "The Stirrup" bar has one of the largest selections of tequilas anywhere (over 300). In Polanco, for a younger crowd, there is La Martinera (5281-7238), which is chic and fun, with a good martini menu. This bar is closed for the time being, though it should re-open within a few weeks. If you're looking more for the New York black-and-white look, there's the Rexo (5553-1300, 5553-5337), also in the Condesa. A very chic new lounge bar right next door to the Plaza Condesa cinema at the junction of Tamaulipas and Nuevo...Read More
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Mexico City has a very lively gay scene, with dozens of bars and nightclubs to choose from. El Taller is one of the grittier options available in the city. It plays house and trance music and caters to a broad age group, from 20- to 40-year-olds. For a younger crowd, there's El Celo 2000 (5514-4766) on Londres in the Zona Rosa, one of the most popular and famous gay bars in Mexico City. The crowd is young - in their early 20s - and the music is quite varied. Set in a glorious building from the Profirio Diaz era in the Roma, Living is a hedonistic gay night that has become a by-word for all-night partying in Mexico City. Sticklers for the quality of house music, the club also attracts a fairly l...Read More