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Cristina Alonso
Updated January 20, 2017

There are certain activities that are greatly improved when they’re done outdoors, such as running, reading, and of course, drinking. Few things go as well together as a warm, sunny afternoon and a cold beer… or a gin and tonic… or, well, you get the idea. Although quite a few of Mexico City’s bars feature some kind of outdoor area (from a cute patio to a balcony where smokers can go have a cigarette), these five spots set themselves apart from the rest because of their uniqueness. One of them is the chic, chilango version of a New York classic; another one, the unexpectedly cool rooftop bar at a museum, and there’s also an awesomely chill backyard where you can even bring your pets. The crowds that these bars attract are equally eclectic, which helps make them even more special and exciting, and helps you have a different option for your every mood. 

La Capital

Though the modern cantina-inspired interiors with high ceilings are pretty cool, nothing beats spending the afternoon in the ivy-covered terrace of this Condesa bar while sipping on a beer and snacking on their famous tuna tostadas. Get there early though—the outdoor area is small.

Terraza del Centro Cultural España

A boring museum café serving stale muffins this is not. The rooftop at this downtown gallery features live music (jazz on Wednesdays, DJs on weekends), a solid tapas menu, and amazing views of nearby Templo Mayor ruins. The glass walls and ceiling ensure outdoor fun even with the city’s unpredictable weather. 

Rooftop at Downtown Mexico

Sip on a lime caipirinha or a Pibirita (mescal, hibiscus and passion fruit) while taking in the view of the city’s oldest streets and buildings, including the Torre Latinoamericana, which was once the tallest tower in town. The olive green couches and wooden details playfully contrast with the renewed baroque building that houses the ultra-hip hotel.

Traspatio

Ever wish you had a lovely backyard where you could host outdoor parties every weekend? Well, your dream would probably look something like this Colonia Roma bar, with wooden furniture, plants and a super-chill vibe. Order a juicy burger or a choripan (chorizo on baguette) from the grill and a couple of mezcals, or, if you’re hungover, a Mexicali-style clamato

King Cole Bar

Located at the chic St. Regis hotel, this lovely watering hole not only offers views of Reforma and the Chapultepec Castle, but it also boasts a mural by Pablo Weisz Carrington (son of famed Mexican artist Leonora Carrington). The impressive whiskey list includes highlights like a Glenfiddich 18 and a Clyenish 14, but if you’re more of a cocktail fan, the Sangrita María, with mescal, sangrita and chile pasilla purée, never disappoints. 

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