The excitement and enormity of gay Mexico City are felt the second you step outside the airport. This is a city you could visit 1,000 times and have a different experience each trip.
The city of nine million (23 million in the metropolitan area) falls just short of New York City’s 24 million, and claims the spot as North America’s second largest city. While you may want to explore many of Mexico City’s hundred neighborhoods (colonias) there’s a few you should certainly orient your trip around to see the best of gay Mexico City.
The biggest and proudest is Zona Rosa, which is said to have over 200 gay-owned businesses spread over 16 blocks. The neighborhood is certainly best for first-time visitors looking to get their first taste of gay Mexico City.
Other hip and gay-friendly/centric neighborhoods include Centro Historico CDMX, Condesa, and Roma.
Mexico City gay nightlife
Some of Mexico City’s best and most energetic gay bars are located in Zona Rosa. The best part? Most are packed close together making bar hopping a cinch. Whether you’re looking for conversation over a classy mezcal cocktail, or plan on venturing into a dive bar, Mexico City has it all.
Gay events in Mexico City
Mexico City is at its proudest and loudest in the month of June. With Pride occupying the later end of the month, Zona Rosa explodes into color with thousands of pride flags as the March of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transvestite, Transexual, and Intersexual Pride takes place.
If you’re in town for Pride, be sure to check out the massive circuit party Feel Alive: Vive Mexico Gay Pride Festival, put on in collaboration by power house event planners like Circuit Festival, WE Party, Arena Festival Internacional, and The Week Brazil. The event draws thousands who come for four days of music and barechested revelry.