The Draw: Feel the heat. This is as close to Cuba as you can get in DF. The Scene: Along one of Condesa’s hottest strips, the Mojito serves up the city’s coolest Cuban drinks and best tunes from Thu–Sat. You won’t find a more gregarious place in the city, with tables regularly connecting over the bar’s namesake drink while ogling the action spinning on the floor. Make sure to bring your mojo to the Mojito; dancing is mandatory. And hooking up here is a contact sport. Hot Tip: Women stand a better chance at looking good, since men here lead and women follow. If you aren’t a great dancer and you’re in the driver’s seat, make up for lack of skill with a big smile and no regrets.
The Draw: Condesa’s ultimate house party. The Scene: T-Gallery takes the house party concept to whole new level. Situated in a giant, remodeled two-story home in the coolest part of town, complete with sitting rooms filled with couches, a long bar, and a wide-open atrium dance floor, this place has all the ingredients to help you meet and mingle with Condesa’s boisterous “in” crowd. Live music is a staple, with jazz and blues during the quieter weeknights, a Cuban band on Fridays, and Latin Rock on Saturdays. The music can be loud, especially on the ground floor, so if you want to converse, stick to the trio of upstairs rooms. A great place to scope out the scene is on the second floor gallery bar stools overlooking the dance floor.
Hot Tip: The hottest spot to see and be seen are the three high tables near the door.
Whiskey Bar Campos Eliseos 252, Polanco, 9138.1800 whotels.com
The Draw: The ideal spot to meet single travelers and well-to-do locals. The Scene: Since its 2003 opening, the W Hotel has done things right. There’s no better place to see this than at Rande Gerber’s Whiskey Bar. To start off, check out its primo location in the lobby (actually, it is the lobby). Due to this excellent setting at the entrance to one of the city’s coolest hotels in the well-heeled part of town, expect a cosmopolitan combination of trendy locals and foreigners. There’s a coolly lit multilevel bar with open square-sofa seating, ideal for interacting with others. The Whiskey Bar also happens to be a good spot for star-gazing: Cindy Crawford (Gerber’s wife) and George Clooney (his business partner) have both been spotted sipping drinks here. Hot Tip: Stick to the seats near the lobby door. The deeper you go (in the bar), the more intimate the scene becomes.