Friday, September 23, 2011

Drinking Again

For many years we longed for a place where one could lounge and hang and have a drink and it just never happened.  Now that my friends kids are old enough to get out and get in trouble we have discovered another side of Merida.  You can start out early at one of these places and end up staggering home after 3am happy as a clam at high tide.

La  68
If it's too early to go out you can hang out or have a light dinner at this cultural center or see a documentary film Wed-Sat at 9 selected by local filmmaker Lorenzo Hagerman.

Mayan Pub
This indoor outdoor eatery drinkery often has live music on the weekends and while it's not comfortable sitting on a bench at a trestle table with 3 out of 4 legs full or termites it's a fun place to be early on a weekend night.  If it's too early have a beer at the Bierhaus down the street and then go the the MP.For many years we longed for a place where one could lounge and hang and have a drink and it just never happened.  Now that my friends kids are old enough to get out and get in trouble we have discovered another side of Merida.  You can start out early at one of these places and end up staggering home after 3am happy as a clam at high tide.


La Fundacion Mezcaleria
You'll want to get here before 10.30 if you don't want to stand in line.  A couple of French guys opened this Mescal and beer joint earlier this year and it's popular with the local artist and the visiting artist crowd and the hipsters and the hippies alike.  It's a mesclada of mescal drenched bohemians and since it's 80's local and the BMW crowd up north is none the wiser it's really pretty cool.  If I can still use that word.  They also serve food.

Casa Pompidou
Your last stop on the downtown bar crawl and one you might want to skip if your over the age of 40.
It's too crowded to dance so people stand around hopping and sweating and sloshing beer on one another.  I think it's great I just think I've been there done that and it's probably a lot of fun if your 21 and high or if your high and think your 21.

It's 3am and your out on the street and you can have a burger on the corner before stumbling home or you should have heard about an after hours party in an abandoned terrano steps away from the bars or a rave at a hacienda just outside of town.  The locals would be off to find a cochinta pibil sandwich about now.

La Fundacion Mezcaleria
You'll want to get here before 10.30 if you don't want to stand in line.  A couple of French guys opened this Mescal and beer joint earlier this year and it's popular with the local artist and the visiting artist crowd and the hipsters and the hippies alike.  It's a mesclada of mescal drenched bohemians and since it's 80's local and the BMW crowd up north is none the wiser it's really pretty cool.  If I can still use that word.  They also serve food.

Casa Pompidou
Your last stop on the downtown bar crawl and one you might want to skip if your over the age of 40.
It's too crowded to dance so people stand around hopping and sweating and sloshing beer on one another.  I think it's great I just think I've been there done that and it's probably a lot of fun if your 21 and high or if your high and think your 21.

It's 3am and your out on the street and you can have a burger on the corner before stumbling home or you should have heard about an after hours party in an abandoned terrano steps away from the bars or a rave at a hacienda just outside of town.  The locals would be off to find a cochinta pibil sandwich about now.

UPDATE 3 OCT 2013

Now you can start to drink earlier.  The owners of Mezcaleria have opened a cantina called La Negrita in a location where a bar has been functioning since 1918 under the same name.  They have artisanal beers as well as the national brands.  They have daily specials and a small menu of snacks and meals.
Great ambiance in the afternoons.

La Negrita Calle 62 x 49 from noon to 10pm
La 68 on Calle 68 x 55
Mayan Pub on Calle 62 x 57 y 55 opens at 7.
Bierhaus on Calle 62 x 57 y 59 open lunch and dinner
La Fundacion Mezcaleria on Calle 56 x 55 y 53
Casa Pompidou on Calle 58 x 55 y 53

3 comments:

Susan said...

Glad you're posting again. I've missed your hits and misses.

hcbravo said...

Hi, Im the Punta del Mar, chef owner, I read you comment, I invited you to enjoy a chef menu with all the best of punta del Mar, maybe wasn´t a good day but I´m sure to have that you want

Thank
Chrisstian Bravo

My cel number 9992725308

Best regards

John Powell & Josh Ramos said...

Hi Christian. Your restaurant was highly recommended to me. The day I went it really was not good but that happens some times. I had some guests at New Years who stayed at the hacienda Sac Chich and my house in Merida. They took a cooking class from you, I think. They said it was a great class. I'll try Puna de Mar again sometime and I'd like to know more about your classes.