Painting the Town Red: Old Time Cantinas & Bars

The Opera Bar (1870)
How can we not mention the famous Bar La Opera with Pancho Villa's bullet hole in the ceiling? The Belle Epoque was never “beautiful”. This has been a must-see for generations of visitors to the capital. There is a menu but we recommend sticking to the appetizers, as the food is just standard.

Five May 10, Center (see map)
Open Monday to Saturday from 13:00 to 18:00, Sunday until 18:00

Paris Hall (1950)
A neighborhood tradition, Salón París recently moved from its original location on the Zócalo in Santa María; thankfully, it retains its old-world feel. It is said to be where ranchera giant José Alfredo Jiménez first began singing in public. It is a local favorite and still occasionally features live traditional music. Free snack come with the drinks.

Torres Bodet 152, (see map)
Saint Mary the Ribera
Monday – Saturday 12:30 – 22:00, Sunday until 20:00

Covadonga Hall (1940)
This traditional club for Spanish ex-patriots became a neighborhood artists' hangout a few years ago. However, old timers can still be found chatting in the vast fluorescent-lit room. There's a good wine list, but the food is mediocre at best. Stick to tapas basics like bocadillos, tortilla española, or calamares a la Romana.

Puebla 121, Colonia Roma (see map)
Open Monday to Saturday from 1pm to 2.30am, Sunday until 7pm

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