Oaxaca nightlife is not quite as exciting as some of the larger Mexican cities, but there is still plenty of things around to do after dark. The Centro Histórico alone has enough entertainment venues to keep you occupied, but there are a number of bars, discos and nightclubs outside the district as well. For salsa, mambo and other types of Latin dance, try Candela (Murguía 413), La Tentación (Matamoros 101). If you are looking for a gay club, Bar 502 at Calle Porfirio Díaz 502 is open Fridays and Saturdays. The place has excellent DJs and a mixed-gender clientele, most of which arrives after midnight and dance until dawn.

More mellow forms of music are performed at Hipótests Café (Morelos 511 A), which has a piano bar or El Piano y Sofa (20 de Noviembe), which performs blues and jazz. Many restaurants also provide live entertainment; a few that offer regular evening shows are La Fonda de Santo Domingo (5 de Mayo 411), Las Campanas (Iturbide 100) and Rincón Zapoteco (Violetas 121).

Oaxaca has no shortage of regular bars either. La Cucaracha (Calle Prfirio Díaz 301) offers a wide selection of tequilas and mescals. La Crema (av. Carrizal 503) is one of the city’s oldest and most romantic bars, and features a dance floor at night. Musical entertainment is a given at these places: even at the smallest of zócolos in Oaxaca, you are likely to hear mariachi bands in the streets as you sip on the beverage of your choice.