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Downtime doesn’t exist in D.F., as Mexico City’s nightlife agenda makes sleep seem nonessential. Hotspots spread out across the city and musical spectrum. We suggest starting with traditional: Mariachi bands at Plaza Garibaldi. Mexicans from various social circles congregate at all hours to drink tequila and listen to the music. Bohemian types will fancy La Condesa hangouts like La Botica, where the poetic house philosophy says, “Para todo mal mezcal, para todo bien también” (mescal for everything bad, and for everything good as well). Mexinaco also gets our thumbs up as a place to learn about (and subsequently forget) the country’s folklore while pouring back a cerveza. The adjacent Zona Rosa neighborhood shares many of La Condesa’s characteristics and is known as a meeting place for the LGBT community. The chic meter and cover charges tilt up at the parties in Polanco, at places like the huge nightclub Ragga Primitive Room. La Chopería and Celtics Irish Pub, meanwhile, serve as watering holes for the well-off. The historic center also has a contemporary side with joints like Zinco, welcoming acclaimed jazz musicians from across the world.