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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Dance All Night in Mexico City


3. What to Do

Join the party at Pasagüero.  

Find D.J.'s instead of mariachis at actor Diego Luna’s La Bipo (Malintzin 155, Coyoacán; 52-55/5484-8230), the faux dive bar in the artsy Coyoacán neighborhood inspired by traditional cantinas.

Hear cutting-edge electro acts like Kinky or Mexican Institute of Sound at Pasagüero, a recently renovated cultural center near the Zocalo that also stages exhibitions and fashion shows. Indie bands play at the year-old El Imperial (Álvaro Obregón 293, Roma Norte; 52-55/5525-1115), where the downstairs space is decked out in modern baroque with chandeliers and lace-draped columns.

Shake it at Pasaje America, where a roster of international D.J.’s like New York’s Tommie Sunshine spin deep house and minimal techno below giant disco balls. Or get down at the legendary Patrick Miller, a cavernous space that has attracted high-profile patrons like Diplo, and is still the favorite spot for high-energy music lovers to battle it out in laser-lit dance circles.

Learn to dance to synth-heavy cumbia sonidera at Buttergold, the megasize disco with five bars and twice-nightly drag revues that draw as many straight folks as gay. The $9 cover includes two domestic beers.

Published on Dec 3, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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