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Reviewed January 24, 2019

we went here for drinks after going to La India (my favourite, down the road). The drinks were around 140 a piece and the cocktails you get are of fairly dubious quality. The atmosphere is very fun and old school though. When you buy drinks...you get to choose things of a 10-item menu (eg. chicharron in salsa verde, carnitas etc.) The free dishes of food were pretty average. At the end of the meal the worst happened. We got charged 720 pesos for 5 drinks (which is totally fine) and left a 70 peso tip (a lot for a dive bar) and then these other two guys came over and told us that they were expecting another tip for bringing the food and that there was a separate tip for food and drinks?! needless to say we told them that information came too late and that it was ridiculous and we left. I also just got an $8 transaction fee from the bar itself for paying on card. Overall though, I enjoyed the place! just be wary of the above information!More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

As people rightly say below, the food isn't free as the price of beer is much higher than other bars but for <90 pesos i ordered a bottle of beer and received 2 plates of food that was basic but tasty. Both the food waiter...and the drinks waiter asked for a tip when handing the bill and the experience was a bit rushed but worth the visitMore

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

Great atmosphere - a litte run-down, tier 2 mariachi group, full of boisterous, loud, hard-drinking workers singing along to the mariachis. The real deal! A few key pointers: 1. food comes free with the drinks (US$4-5), 2. separate waiters for the drinks vs the food...and they want to be tipped separately, 3. Mariachis were about US$2/song, 4. didn't see a woman or child in the place, 5. food can be ordered off a little menu of 6 to 8 choices and range from soups to tacos to quesadillas to enchiladas. We stopped by for a few drinks but stayed for the atmosphere - it was fun!More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

In search of a cold beer, I came across this cantina a hot Sunday afternoon in CDMX. Though the surrounding streets were fairly quiet, La Mascota was hopping! Turns out Sunday is "marisco" (seafood day) and the locals were out in force munching on a...wide variety of gifts from the sea while sipping everything from tea to tequila (ok, tea not so much). We had already had lunch so we ordered a couple of cold Indios and some little fish quesadillas...salty peanuts were also provided. The music was loud, the patrons were animated and happy, the service was great, the beer was cold, the fare was tasty and the atmosphere was authentic. A fun hour or so...recommended!More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed June 5, 2018

We enjoyed a real cantina experience in La Mascota. And, obviously, everyone else who packed the place also enjoyed it. The food came out in a steady stream, fresh and hot. And very tasty. (There are menus, so you can order what you like.) And...the beer was nice and cold. A thoroughly enjoyable hour or so in Mexico City. We heartily recommend La Mascota and its hard-working waiters.More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed February 2, 2018

Just like spain--order a drink and get a free small dish of food. Very nice service, tasty food, nice atmosphere

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed October 7, 2016

Anthony Bourdain went to La Mascota and that's how we knew about it. Apparently, it's not a big deal for the locals. No one local person we spoke to knew about it, which I guess we should be thankful for. The location is near the...city center down a small street. The street was kind of dead. We weren't even sure if the restaurant was even open. There weren't a lot of people there, just a handful. But, numerous servers were standing around waiting to serve us. Luckily our distributor accompanied us who spoke Spanish. We should up on seafood day so every dish has some type of seafood in it. They offered us 15 different dishes which they will keep bringing out to you as long as you keep drinking. The food is free; it comes with your drinks (very much like in Granada Spain). But the drinks are big with extremely generous pours. The food they served was really delicious with a Seafood Soup, huge Prawns soaked in some spicy sauce with Rice, a type of Quesadilla with Seafood and raw Oysters. Yes, we ate the Oysters and it was perfectly fine! We were a party of four and averaged four drinks each with all that free seafood, our bill was under $50.00USD with tip!More

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed September 30, 2016

we origianlly came on monday on a food tour. our guide Jorge told us for every drink you can order an appetizer off the table menu. an original cantina. the tables had drink holders on each leg so you could play cards or dominos on...top. they do not measure. we ordered a Pina Colada and a margarita. got the lg grapefruit glass size. delicious. We got a salada and shrimp bisque off the appetizer. under $10US including tip. I would have to be 20 again to drink 2 of those. I saw one man order tequila and it was about 2 inches in a water glass. The food we saw on other plates looked good but we were there for an evening nitecap.More

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

This is the tradicional México City down town cantina that historically has been visited by common people to have lunch and drink some beer or tequila or to finish labor day since lunch time. Food is average, little spicy but with good ancient style. I...had puchero (beef soup), a delicious entomatado toast (beef chipotle dish) and smoked pork rib with smashed potatoes. Drinks are not cheap but considering that all-you -can-eat food is included, price is fair.More

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for the typical late lunch / early dinner around 2pm. The menu changes daily. The way this place works is that if you buy 3 drinks each then you can order anything on the menu for free. I don't know what happens if...you don't order drinks but still order food. We ordered drink then food then drink then food etc until we hit the 3 drink mark. Then we ordered more food. We had lima bean soup, quesadilla, pork meat and spinach, torta de bistec (scrambled eggs, meat in a broth) and sopes. All were smaller portions but very tasty. There is a waiter for ordering food and another for ordering drinks. Even with an almost full house these guys are efficient and unflappable. Plates, napkins and bottles get removed as they sweep by. This is a DF Classic. Not a place for children or someone wanting VIP treatment. Not fancy by any means. A great place to experience working class Mexican culture. The drinks are higher than other places that just serve booze. We were asked for a tip by both waiters. We over tipped and gave them 10% each. Not something we normally do but we were having so much fun eating, drinking and watching the game and people. It stays open late but not like a regular bar.More

Date of visit: July 2016
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