uring a road trip across the Yucatán Peninsula, I spent almost a week in Mérida, eating tons of Mexican food and visiting nearby ruins sites. On Mexican Independence Day, I shared a meal with a Mexican medical student named Ana, who toured me through the holiday festivities in the central plaza and took me dancing at fun, art gallery-electronic dance house Casa Pompidou. But, my favorite stop was at La Fundación Mezcalería, a bohemian dance bar that serves huge, cheap, and stiff mezcal cocktails in mason jars. There’s a M$50 cover charge on the weekends, but they allow reentry if you want to bar crawl, and the young crowd here loves to dance to the rotating live bands. But it’s that tamarind-mezcal drink that I can’t stop thinking about. WB
Corner of Calle 56 and 53 in the center of Mérida. Wednesday to Saturday, 8 PM to 3 AM.
To read the whole story of the trip on which I discovered La Fundación Mezcalería, read: Dancing for Mexican Independence — A Mérida medical student guides me through Mexican Independence Day.