gay, fun and chic. That would be how we would describe the Lipstick
Lounge located in the Zona Rosa district of Mexico City. We first
noticed the bar during our New Year’s Eve celebration just off of the
Monumento a la Independencia along the Paseo de la Reforma (see "sights"). The folks at Lipstick were clearly throwing a rather outrageous
party that evening, though we were not in the market for spending New
Year’s Eve cover charge prices. Instead, we ended up checking the bar
out a few days later and definitely enjoyed the experience. There are
many different rooms to explore, most with ample access to various
balconies which allow you to soak in both fresh air and the lounge’s
The lounge is really like a cross between a wine bar and a dance club, and its that variety which makes this a great place to have a drink, or two, or three!
Lipstick is open Wednesdays through Sundays; cover charges vary depending on the night, though do not expect to ever pay more than USD $5.
Lipstick - Colonia Juárez, Zona Rosa, Cuauhtmoc, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, 011 (52) 5514 4920
One frustration in Mexico City was its shape-shifting nightlife. We spent the entire week trying to track down various clubs and bars, but their hours of operation all seemed to be reported incorrectly, or even worse, the bars were closed all together. This was one time where checking the local listings was absolutely necessary! And thus, after flipping through the Mexico City weekly (Tiempo Libre) we decided to head out to a place called Hibrido, a dance club that was reported to be located on the third floor of the Plaza del Ángel building in the Zona Rosa. We thought its location a little odd since the Plaza del Ángel was an antique market we had visited just days prior!
night and it was time for a Victoria (or four!) In Mexico City,
Victoria is akin to the Coca-Cola of beers. We walked swiftly from our
hotel in the Centro Histórico to the Zona Rosa and up to the Plaza del
Ángel, only to be stopped by a young local behind a velvet rope! Yes, a
velvet rope set-up in the entrance way to an open-air courtyard
featuring antique shops! Too funny.
Anyway, once inside, Hibrido
lived up to its printed reputation. Sweaty boys and
girls-who-like-boys-who-like-boys were all in a frenzy, shimmying and
shaking to the latest techno-pop-hits-of-the-day. The cavernous
two-story club featured a number of different bars and lounge areas and a
nice balcony where you could watch the young heathens dancing the night
away under a large piñata celebrating Las Posadas. From here, we had
an absolute hoot watching two young boys on the far stage dancing with
wild abandon and in perfect unison to the likes of Beyonce, Madonna and
Enur. (Who?) To be honest, we felt a little old hanging out here as
everyone in the club seemed to be 22 years old - or younger! Ahhh, but
when in Mexico City...
Hibrido is open Thursday through Sunday starting at 11:00 AM and goes well into the early morning. Expect a cover charge (though probably no more than USD $5), and some sweaty half-naked bodies!
Hibrido - Londres 161, Segundo Piso, Plaza del Ángel, Cuauhtmoc, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, 011 (52) 5511 1197