Monday, January 12, 2009

Paseo de Cantinas--Bar Walks

Every Thursday this year, the DF Cultural Secretary is hosting guided tours of some of DFs famed bars in the Historical Center. With 100 pesos in hand, meet at 8pm at Angela Peralta, next to the Palacio de Bellas Artes. A sneek peak at some stops (reprinted from The News):

One of the stops, La  Faena (Venustiano Carranza and Bolívar) which translates roughly to "The Performance," was a meeting place for bullfighters, those closely associated with bullfighting, and fans of the sport during the 1940s and '50s. Bits of popular wisdom decorate its tiles. 

At Bar Alfonso (Motolinía and Avenida 5 de Mayo), the Díaz era's Francophile tastes are grand display.

The same is the case at La Opera (Avenida 5 de Mayo), with private salons, ornate furniture, and dark wood everywhere. At the same bar, revolutionary Pancho Villa is said to have rode in on horseback and shot a hole in the ceiling. 

For fans of agave, Salón España (Calle Argentina and Luis González Obregón), established in the ex-Convento de la Enseñanza, is the best-stocked tequila spot in Mexico City, with over 227 brands on its shelves. It is a favorite among workers at the Education Secretariat and the Templo Mayor. 

The Nuevo León (Pino Suárez, a few steps from the Zócalo) is a favorite, apparently, of Supreme Court justices. Their botanas, or snacks are apparently top-notch.

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