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Cuauhtemoc District
0.9 miles from Chapultepec Castle
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Recently traveled to Mexico City with a friend and found this spot online. Condesa / Roma Norte is a neighborhood of Mexico City that boasts more in common with Brooklyn, Austin, or Silverlake than most of the US or surrounding areas of Mexico. This bar...sits near Hotel Condesa, which is essentially the Mexico City version of the Ace Hotel brand across the US. My friend wasn't feeling up for a drink, so I decided to drop in my last night in town anyway. I can't recall ever having gone to a bar on my own, but I figured there were plenty of artsy locals, European, or American travelers to people watch. Was happy I came out; the bar's outdoor seating is covered in foliage, a cozy nook to consume a cocktail before leaving Mexico City. Having been told I couldn't leave town without sampling variations of Mezcal, I admitted to my server (Horacio) that I had never previously been a fan. Thankfully, he did not judge! He gave a sampling of recommendations, and made great suggestions. While traveling, it can be reasonable to expect to be treated with some disdain or attitude, but in general Mexico City seems to have friendly folks, and Horacio was no exception. I would return to this bar in a heartbeat. I joked that both locals and 'gringas' like myself would have a nice time here. Enjoyed my cocktail, taste(s) of Mescal, and the friendly service on my final evening of my trip. My spanish ability is (ahem) subpar, and the staff more than compensated for my deficiency. Thanks, La Clandestina and Horacio!More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed April 30, 2022 via mobile

Cocktails were great but we were told we had to order food as it was their policy. We weren't hungry so we were asked to leave. Bad business practice in my eyes and just an attempt to squeeze more money out of their customers. We...went to the bar next door (the trappist) and it was cheaper, just as nice and without this greedy short sighted policy.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed January 16, 2022 via mobile

The staff were so helpful and nice in helping us choose Mezcal and tips on drinking it. I ended up falling in love with one of them and was able to buy a bottle there to take home. Great ambiance too.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed March 30, 2020

they have a good variety of traditional made mezcals which aren't high-end but prices are somehow reasonable. Classic hole in the wall place.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed February 23, 2020 via mobile

Even though the drink I wanted was seasonal and was not available the waitress had me try the Cucumber cocktail and my daughter had the avocado cocktail both with mezcal. Both cocktails were excellent! Food looked good but did not try as we had reservations...somewhere else that evening. Would easily return the next time we visit and try some other cocktailsMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 21, 2020

Some locals told us to go here as we wanted to do some good mezcal tasting. They didn't disappoint. Their selection was really good and not that expensive. And the vibe was great too - really a good place to chill, grab some drinks and...have some food. They had grasshoppers on the menu so we had to try them - delicious. Only downside was that the service wasn't great, but if you know that going in, and you're patient, it's well worth itMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 9, 2019

Went here on a recommendation for after dinner drinks. First of all, it's small; really small. Don not be surprised if you end up chatting with someone new sitting inches away. Really cute bar featuring a small selection of creative cocktails, but the star of...the show is a nicely curated selection of mezcals available by the single shot or variously-sized carafes/little pitchers. Lots of waitstaff for a tiny place and they provide a nice level of detail about the various offerings to make an informed decision. We got a pitcher they said held "about 10 shots." Those would have been some seriously large shots. We had about half left when we decided to leave and they poured it into a little "to go" bottle with a label. Nice touch.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed May 12, 2019

The name of the place says it all. The only sign to this place is the name snatched into the concrete on the pavement. Inside, the decoration is minimalistic and if you want to lounge comfortable, this is not for you. But if you want...to sample mezcal or try some interesting mezcal cocktails, this is the place. I have learned to appreciate the nuances of this drink much more by tasting the varieties on offer here.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

We were not the only Americans packed into this place! Felt kind of like a New York City bar in that way. We loved the cocktails, and the staff was super friendly. Walked in at 9ish on a Saturday and got a table right away.

Date of visit: April 2018
Karla M, Propietario at La Clandestina, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2018

Thanks for write. We will be happy to see you again.

Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

My friends and I stopped in to try some mezcal. I honestly didn’t see many other tourists there, maybe 2 other folks beside our party. I didn’t expect to stay too long but stayed for a couple hours. My friends and I tried a few...mezcals and all of their cocktails. A couple of the cocktails were pretty sweet but the flavors were well developed. The staff was friendly and extremely attentive. I would definitely go back here our next time around town.More

Date of visit: May 2018
Karla M, Propietario at La Clandestina, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

Thanks for your words! We will wait for you!

Reviewed April 26, 2018 via mobile

We were 10 ladies on a bachelorette party, and we went to La Clandestina for a mezcal tasting! We were told lots about how mezcal is made and the stories about all the different ones we tasted, and after that we shared lots of tacos...“tapas style”. The price was really good for everything we got and the service was nice and casual. I would recommend anyone who wants a good experience with a mezcal tasting to go here!More

Date of visit: April 2018
Karla M, Propietario at La Clandestina, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

Thanks!! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Even though this bar was full of Americans, it still gave off an authentic vibe! We ordered mezcal cocktails since we didn’t want to sip on straight mezcal. I recommend the aguacate cocktail. It sounds weirdo, but you can’t even taste the avocado. In fact,...we thought it tasted a little like mint chocolate chip ice cream. The cocktails were 140 pesos each. They also serve beer and food. This place is small, but on a Saturday at 6 PM, it wasn’t crowded, so we easily got a table.More

Date of visit: March 2018
Karla M, Propietario at La Clandestina, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Hi! Thank you for your words. That cocktail is made with the same mezcal that we prepare the cucumber cocktail... The next time that you visit us, you should try that drink, or another choices... please ask to our waiters or manager the best option...More

Reviewed January 28, 2018

For some reason we were under the impression that this was some sort of speakeasy. However it was not only super easy to find but pretty well trafficked by tourists. However the staff were all really friendly and knowledgeable. We got a lot of mezcal...to taste, which was nice, and a cocktail, which was way too sweet. Not a bad way to start the night but wouldn’t hang for super long.More

Date of visit: January 2018
Karla M, Propietario at La Clandestina, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Thanks for write. Our staff will always be ready to welcome you again and start several night with us.

Reviewed January 21, 2018

Casual and small bar packed with English speaking patrons. The mezcal we tried was not the smoothest. It may help to go when not as crowded so you could receive more attentive service.

Date of visit: January 2018
Karla M, Propietario at La Clandestina, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Thanks for write. Your words motivate us to improve. We hope you will come again soon.

Reviewed January 1, 2018 via mobile

We went here after dinner and it's a very small place but with cozy lights and the highlight is the mezcal wall and the cocktails. The mezcal menu in itself is huge. They have snacks too but we didn't get to try them. The free...ones were ok. It was definitely a touristy spot which is good if you want to meet other travelers in town.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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October 22, 2017|
Response from Karla M | Property representative |
No, but if you want to drink mezcal on Sunday, you can go to El Palenquito, another mezcaleria that we also have at Alvaro Obregon 39. Regards
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