Guadalajara, Mexico: Nightlife

After a long day of sightseeing, Guadalajara is revealed as a city of music lovers, with lively and diverse night establishments, from salsa clubs and discos, to jazz and piano bars. The city’s tranquil bohemian bars, wild nightclubs and restaurants featuring live music, create an atmosphere that is hard to find in other cities and tourist destinations.

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On the eastern side of Centro Historico, tucked away on a side street, is Café Galería André Breton, one of the city’s best hangout spots. This charming little bar features nightly live music, a French menu and a good variety of artisan beers from across the world.

Situated close to the Arcos and Minerva monuments, the Capitol Club offers a wide range of beers and liquors. This renaissance styled building has an exclusive ambience and gives visitors a true taste of Guadalajara’s nightlife.

A bar with an atmosphere of pre-Castro Cuba, La Mutualista is a vintage dance hall, simmering with the decaying glamour of old Havana. The real reason to visit is Salsa nights, Thursdays and Saturdays. Around midnight, a Cuban band kicks off and the crowd of all ages explodes on the dance floor.

The incredible variety of restaurants and choice cuisine in Guadalajara can be overwhelming. From traditional Mexican dishes to Italian, French, Chinese restaurants to excellent steak houses and more, the city is sure to please all appetites. Great food is one of the city’s strong points and prices, even in the classier establishments, are quite reasonable when compared to resorts.

Some of the best joints for a traditional Mexican dinner include La Tequila, Pachuco and Allium: Cocina de Huerto, while Sagrantino serves excellent Italian dishes. La Artesanal, La Vaca Argentina and Cortazar Parilla de Autor, are some of the best steak houses in the city, where as Barocco - Beer, Wine, Pizza has excellent pizza.

Experiencing nightlife in Guadalajara is not complete without a visit to the Arena Coliseo, to see the masked luchadores (wrestlers) fight it out.