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Men, Music, And Mezcal: The Best Weekend Parties In Mexico City

A curated list of the capital's coolest blowouts.

Mexico City can be a major party town: Most parties don’t start until late, but they make up for it by going all night (and in some cases, all day).

Many evening options fall within the capital’s queer neighborhoods, like Condesa, Zona Rosa, Polanco, and the City Center. Below, check out a weekend guide that’s sure will satisfy your late-night cravings for disco, drag, and dark rooms.

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Kinky

Kinky is about as comprehensive of a venue as you’ll find in Mexico City. Whether you’re looking for pan-genre karaoke, dark cruisy corners, or shoulder-to-shoulder dancing, Kinky’s got it.

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Catch some fresh air on the outdoor balcony that overlooks Zona Rosa’s main drag, possibly one of the gayest places in the Americas.

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller isn’t a gay party, per se, but the high energy music, theatrical outfits, and no holds barred fun might have you second-guessing. Taxi drivers mix with telenovela actresses amid ’80s and ’90s electronic disco.

Saint

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Located in the posh neighborhood of Polanco, Saint is a classic club experience: The cover is higher than most places, and if you’re wearing a baseball cap it will be confiscated. That said, the venue is polished and the indoor temperature is as comfortable as possible. Drake and Abba remixes clash pleasantly with Latin club bangers.

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El Marrakech

This no-fuss, younger-skewing club, which blares reggaetón all night, is one big dance floor, so anyone not cutting a rug will look out of place. (Don’t miss the custom mural art.)

Guilt

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If you’re tired of dancing to techno in warehouses with makeshift bathrooms, Guilt might be the spot for you: The music is mostly pop hits, remixes, and Top 40, but the crowd is truly international.

Pervert

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This floating party goes off in any number of quick-and-dirty venues around the city. House, techno, and club music set the scene as partygoers soak up the pornographic visuals, drag queens, and signature triple-X neon sign.

Suda

Another floating party, Suda is unlike any in the U.S., with a unique blend of reggaetón and house music playing, and hundreds of eclectic queers dressed like they’re prepping for Y2K.

Por Detroit

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Por Detroit resembles the kind of underground parties you’d find in Bushwick or Oakland. (At least one version took place inside a parking garage.)

The vibe is dark, the fog machine works overtime, and the music hits hard.

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Nicho Bear and Bar

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A no-frills watering hole where you can chat with locals while nursing a hangover, Nicho is popular among 30-somethings and—as its name hints—with local bears.

Tom’s Leather Bar

Sundays at Tom’s are low key, even if the 150 MXN (8$) cover gets you three drink tickets. The place always draws a crowd that can be cruisy or relaxed, depending on what you’re looking for.

Brooklyn-based Mac Malikowski is the founding editor of the independent gay food magazine Mouthfeel.
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