At La Tentación, located about three blocks from the Zócalo, dancing is the name of the game. Here, groove to tunes by live bands as well as DJ's and their well stocked bar. The energy is always high here, so those looking for a fun filled night would do good to check out La Tentación.
Fandango is part of a complex of bars very close to the Templo de Santo Domingo in the Centro Historico of Oaxaca. This bar is very popular with the locals and many nights features live music acts. The space is small yet cozy, with a back room area providing plenty of seating. Patrons can also enjoy the massive amount of sports memorabilia covering the entire bar. Its location makes it perfect for a night of bar-crawling.
This trendy microbrewery is a great little hot-spot for those looking for homemade beer. There are usually several microbrews on tap, and bartenders with a passion for beer who serve them. Grilled cheese sandwiches and burger sliders dominate the smallish menu, but shrewd patrons know that the bar connects to the Gourmand deli next door, where they can order freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, and charcuterie plates. The place has a homespun look to it, with warehouse-sized ceilings, ladders, and visible beer-making operations behind the counter and above it. In some ways the place recalls all the new and suddenly popular microbreweries, but there is a definitely an Oaxacan feel to it.
Producers and distributors of the finest traditional mezcal in the city, the products found at Mezcaloteca are a cut above most of the others you would find in the city. Intimate, quaint and almost always filled with excited mezcal enthusiasts, this is where you should head to if you want to have a shot at Mexico's premier alcoholic beverage. Taking pride in its Maestro Mezcaleros heritage, this store honors its inherited tradition through the use of age-old distilling methods, techniques and recipes. The maguey plants are hand picked by experienced staff to ensure a flawless batch of mezcal.
La Biznaga, located just a very short walk from the Zocalo and Santo Domingo, is considered one of the best restaurants in the city by both locals and tourists alike. The bar features gourmet, specialty drinks, and are especially known for their mojitos. Rather than individual menus, the food offerings are posted on large chalkboards hanging on the walls. No matter what you order, your meal is sure to be a delightful mixture of traditional Oaxacan cuisine and ingredients, mixed with modern techniques and flavor combinations, a most delightful marriage in Oaxaca's culinary scene. Although most of the time the restaurante is al fresco, the roof is convertable, so you will be able to enjoy La Biznaga's offerings rain or shine.
Nueva Babel is a small bar located just about four blocks from the Zócalo. This tiny yet lively bar often hosts jazz groups and musicians and is one of the better known live music venues in the Centro Histórico. Even when it's packed, Nueva Babel still manages to exude a laid back atmosphere that would make anyone feel right at home.
Candela is one of Oaxaca City's best known dance clubs, with a live Salsa band and amazing regulars who come to dance the night away. Although anyone can bust a move here, very serious Salsa dancers come here to dance; so, try not be intimidated. Candela opens as a restaurant at 7p and dancing starts at 10p, with an hour long Salsa lesson for beginners.
Located in the historic center of Oaxaca city, La Farola is an unpretentious bar that offers great food and drinks. The bar is well equipped with an excellent variety of mezcals, beers and cocktails. Small plates served here offer the ideal sustenance for a prolonged night. Head-bobbing pop-music and friendly staff offer the perfect company for a casual night out with friends.
At El Piano y El Sofa, revelers can delight in live jazz and blues music. Live shows here are very popular, so you're sure to have a good time. If your in the mood for a soulful experience, come to El Piano y El Sofa.
Located in the heart of Oaxaca, In Situ Mezcaleria is an intimate bar that showcases the biggest collection of traditional and artisanal mezcal selected by owner and writer Ulises Torrentera. In an attempt to promote the ancient culture of this distilled alcoholic beverage, the renowned author of cult books on mezcal, Torrentera's bar features various types of agaves, perfectly placed in order of their elaboration and origin. An excellent place to experience the rich culture of Mexico through its legendary preparations, a visit to this bar is a must when in Oaxaca.
La Divina is situated just across from the Templo de Santo Domigo in the Centro Historico of Oaxaca City. This bar, although not very large, hosts live music various times throughout the week. Other nights they screen movies. This bar with a warm and friendly atmosphere is a great place to start out or finish up your night on an up note, and if the interior gets too stuffy, just step out the from door to the incredible sight of Santo Domingo illuminated at night.