We’ve compiled the best of the best in Oaxaca - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. La Nueva Babel

    Centro Historico | Bars/Pubs

    It's about as big as a bread box, but somehow this bar manages to accommodate performers—from lone poets or guitarists to jazz trios or...Read More

  • 2. Lokal

    Centro Historico | Bars/Pubs

    Lokal is a trendy bar on a side street in the city center offering an open bar area where customers can try a variety of artisanal beers and...Read More

  • 3. Atemoztli Foro

    Brisas de Zicatela | Bars/Pubs

    Owned and run by musicians, Atemoztli Foro resto-bar overlooks Zicatela Beach from an airy second-floor dance floor in the heart of the Zicatela...Read More

  • 4. Bar de La Musique

    San Felipe del Agua | Bars/Pubs

    In the northern village of San Felipe del Agua, one of the most affluent areas of the city, this dance–show bar attracts a predominantly young...Read More

  • 5. Bar Fly

    Brisas de Zicatela | Bars/Pubs

    Bar Fly is the place to party to the hottest techno, house, electronic, and dance music mixes by local and visiting DJs. Popular on theme nights...Read More

  • 6. Café Central

    Centro Historico | Bars/Pubs

    It's a superhip spot that screens art flicks, hosts concerts and plays, and brings in the occasional DJ for late-night dancing. The roof terrace...Read More

  • 7. Candela

    Centro Historico | Dance Clubs

    You can dance to live salsa music every night at the most popular club in town. ...Read More

  • 8. Casa Babylon


    Set under a dramatic dome and filled with masks and artwork, Casa Babylon is a magical blend of book exchange, coffee shop, and nightclub. While...Read More

  • 9. Comala

    Centro Historico | Bars/Pubs

    Bring a flashlight to read the menu at this dimly lighted café. A mostly young, mostly local crowd sips amusingly titled drinks (try the Dr...Read More

  • 10. La Condesa

    Centro Historico | Bars/Pubs

    La Condesa has two locations, the larger and better of which is in the center of the city. Housed in a wonderful colonial building, it caters...Read More

  • 11. La Crema

    La Crucecita | Bars/Pubs

    One of the most personable and funky bars in the area is also the oldest. Overlooking the town square, La Crema serves well-mixed cocktails...Read More

  • 12. La Farola

    Centro Historico | Bars/Pubs

    La Farola has been serving drinks to locals since 1916—and some of the patrons, it seems, might have been there when the joint opened up. ...Read More

  • 13. La Papaya

    Dance Clubs

    La Papaya is an enormous venue open to the stars. Patrons eat, drink, and dance while bikini-clad dancers entertain. ...Read More

  • 14. La Tentación

    Centro Historico | Dance Clubs

    One of the city's most venerable watering holes offers salsa, merengue, and cumbia dancing on its terrace nightly beginning at 10 as well as...Read More

  • 15. Los Amantes

    Centro Historico | Bars/Pubs

    This is one of the smallest bars in Oaxaca, but being able to be so cozy with the barman and the other customers makes the mezcal sipping all...Read More

  • 16. Salon de la Fama

    Centro Historico | Bars/Pubs

    In the heart of Oaxaca, this bar has not changed for the last 50 years. The owner, El Chato, has seen successive governments come and go (one...Read More

  • 17. Split Coconut

    Playa Zicatela | Bars/Pubs

    Live blues, easy listening, and classic rock music on Saturday nights draw an older set to this rustic beach bar on the sand overlooking the...Read More

  • 18. Txalaparta

    Centro Historico | Bars/Pubs

    Txalaparta is one of the bigger alternative bars featuring live music most nights, great cocktails, and a roof terrace among its many twisting...Read More

  • 19. Freebar

    Centro Historico | Bars/Pubs

    Its dim rooms and loud alternative music make it popular with young people who pack the place even during the week. ...Read More

  • 20. La Casa del Mezcal

    Centro Historico | Bars/Pubs

    The place has been around since 1935. Push aside its swinging doors for a classic cantina experience that's diminished only slightly by a large...Read More

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