Ruta de los Volcanes, Mexico City
If you’ve never been to a cantina, this is a must for travelers looking for the real Mexico. Cantinas are not just bars, they are a condensation of Mexican folklore, mixology and gastronomy. Ever since the 19th Century, cantinas have been the meeting point for Mexican personalities and everyday people alike, from politicians to artists, they would gather there to socialize, have a drink, enjoy traditional Mexican food, and listen to live music. That’s why chilangos –as locals in Mexico City are called, love to gather at La 20, as they affectionately call it, whether to have a straight tequila shot (derecho) or intricate beverages fusing endemic pre-Hispanic elements with spirits from all around the world, along with emblematic dishes recognized as World Heritage Cuisine by UNESCO.
This corner conveniently located in the lively Polanco neighborhood, walking distance from the Pug Seal Hotel, honors what’s Made in Mexico, not only with food and beverages, but also the decor includes a collection of unique handcrafts created from stone, clay and metals by nationally awarded artisans.