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Barhopping in Downtown Cuernavaca

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Recent HOY volunteers have found their favorite places to drink- chic lounges and rooftop terraces. But everyone comes with a different budget, and if martinis poolside isn’t what you had in mind for your participatory trip in Mexico, we’ve got a list of low-key bars that will quench your thirst with a cold one.

The Plazuela. The perfect place to start or finish, they’re usually open anytime after 11 am. These bars that line the cobblestone street of Las Casas are one of my favorite places in Cuernavaca. You get to sit outside and people watch, beers are usually 2 for 30 pesos and even if you’ve only been here for a week, chances are you’ll see someone you know. Music ranges from rock to salsa to pop, even romantic ballads. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and the bar will serve you botanas- popcorn or rice chicharrón.

Es3. Comonfort, a street perpendicular to the Cathedral. Don’t be misled by the people hanging out on the sidewalk, usually there’s an empty table you can squeeze yourself into. Here you can get a tarro, or a mug, of beer or a liter. They also serve sandwiches and appetizers. Cool artwork lines the walls, it's cheap, and there’s usually lots of hippie/artsy types here. A typical place for Casa HOY to get beers with volunteers.

Feisbuk. Right next door to Es3, on Comonfort. A bar that I had never really given a chance, I mean, who names their bar Feisbuk? And I didn’t actually go in, but this is the perfect place to hang out on the sidewalk or on the step into the bar, acting like you’re the cool kid on the block. If Es3 runs out of beer, this is the place to go.

El Barecito. Comonfort 17 corner with Morrow. Opens after 4 pm. This is a gay friendly bar, which Casa HOY has worked with on our LGBT themed trips. They have beer and also offer absinth. El Barecito is a meeting place for lots of artists and activists.

Now remember, Casa HOY volunteers must drink responsibly and be back at their housing on time. Even if you speak fluent Spanish, you don’t want to be wandering around late all good and drunk. Plus doing volunteer work hungover is NOT fun. Believe me. If you’re looking for some new flavors, be sure to try a michelada- you can get a simple one with lime and salt, or if you’re feeling brave one with lots of different salsas! http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Michelada

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Posted by UnMejorHOY 01.05.2012 20:25 Archived in Mexico Tagged parties travel mexico de reyes international traditions community cultural volunteer casa voluntourism casa_hoy participatory rosca

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