Two Mexico City bars were recently crowned some of the best bars in North America by North America’s 50 Best Bars. Rayo ranked 17th overall and Licoreria Limantour took fourth overall. Rayo also took the Best New Opening title, opening just 18 months ago and being the highest new entry on the list.
Rayo sits on the rooftop of a landmark heritage estate in the Roma Norte district. The bar celebrates the city’s heritage and history through an immersive menu of 10 cocktails, each showcasing the flavors of Mexico’s spirit-making regions. Drawing inspiration from the legend of Mayahuel, a Mexican goddess who came to earth in the form of an agave, Rayo lets no detail go unnoticed or unappreciated.
Guests enter an airy, blue-hued room highlighted by neon light fixtures resembling the lightning bolts that brought Mayahuel down to earth. Rayo’s physical menu is an intricately carved, 3-D box with tincture bottles for guests to sample flavors of each drink before deciding which full cocktail they want to try. Each cocktail incorporates a different Mexican spirit, but crafts each spirit in seemingly impossible ways, from bubblegum-infused Amaro to pandam-charged Negronis to edible garnishes like puffed beef tenderloins.
Cocktail highlights include 6, a clarified honey-mezcal aperitif infused with fermented kumquats and yellow chartreuse; 7, a whiskey-forward drink with clarified Jack Daniels and bacanora redistilled with citrus peels and topped with emulsified lemon chia jelly; and 10, a tropical concoction inspired by the Jalisco coast, featuring carbonated Yucca shrub and dehydrated cilantro roots.
Licoreria Limantour joins Rayo in the bars representing Mexico City, ranking fourth not only on North America’s 50 Best Bars but also on the World’s 50 Best Bar List. At this bar, guests peruse a menu celebrating founder Benjamin Padrón and bar manager José Luis León’s home city.
This bar, which first hit the scene in 2011, proves its drinks stand the test of time with cocktails like Mezcal Stalk (mezcal, orange liqueur, pineapple juice and agave honey, all rimmed with worm salt) and the beloved Margarita al Pastor (tequila, orange liqueur, taco mix and lime).
Read This Next
OMNI PGA Frisco Resort Comes to Texas
DailyJun 7, 2023
FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
eFlyer DealsJun 7, 2023
Dad’s Escape at Andaz San Diego
Give dad the ultimate escape this Father’s Day with a stay at Andaz San Diego. Book the Father’s Day offer and receive a one-night stay in the Andaz Star Suite, a bottle of Your and Yours Gin upon arrival and a private mixology class at The Rooftop by STK.
Plan Your Escape to Arizona
Indulgent escapes are made even more enjoyable by fast, easy access — and that’s what Arizona offers. Quick, non-stop and direct flights to one of two international airports put all the luxury of The Grand Canyon State within easy reach.
eFlyer LeadJun 7, 2023
Airbnb Sues New York City Over Short-Term Rental Limits
House-sharing platform Airbnb sued New York City June 1 over the city’s implementation of new restrictions limiting short-term rentals. Originally formed in 2022, the ordinance would require homeowners to register with the mayor’s office, reveal who lives in the property and agree to comply with construction, zoning and maintenance ordinances.
Leisure Lifestyle 2023Jun 7, 2023
Go with the Flow: Take a Soothing Spa Journey at Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale
As they say, third time’s a charm. In April 2022, after returning from a cruise and before attending a convention, I tried to visit The Spa at the then-brand-new Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale, but there was no availability. Again, a no occupancy sign hung during a high-season visit for another colleague. Finally, a February 2023 overnight meant another shot, and this time there was a reservation available. As they also say, it was worth the wait.
Share Your Travel Preferences with Global Traveler in a Short Survey & Win
Learning more about our readers’ travel habits and preferences ensures Global Traveler delivers the content you desire. As the travel industry has adapted and changed over the last few years, it’s more important than ever to connect. To best meet your short- and long-term travel content needs, please help us!
Leisure Lifestyle 2023Jun 7, 2023
Gather Insight and Inspiration at Some of the World’s Intriguing Art Shows and Fairs
© FNB ART JOBURG
Time to Unwind
Leisure Lifestyle 2023Jun 6, 2023
Protected: MORE TO TRAVEL
SponsoredJun 1, 2023
Review: JW Marriott Essex House
April/May 2023May 31, 2023
eFlyer ReviewsMay 31, 2023
Homer and Janet by Homer Review
The Marais District, covering swaths of Paris’ 3rd and 4th arrondissments, has a distinctively gritty glamour that reveals it to be one of the city’s great incubators for new French food, fashion and lifestyle trends. It is here Moïse Sfez took on the challenge of creating street food establishments Homer in 2017 and Janet by Homer in 2022, doing it in such a way they both transcend the novelty of being regional American comfort food offered at stylized lunch counters matching up with New England lobster shacks and New York delis. Overwhelming local response and Sfez winning the 2018 Lobster Roll World’s Championship title in Portland, Maine, solidified him as a Paris restaurateur and one of France’s hottest culinary stars.
Hit the High Notes in Nashville
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
eFlyer NewsMay 31, 2023
Air New Zealand to Introduce Skynest Sleeping Pods on Ultra-Long-Haul Flights in 2024
Starting September 2024, Air New Zealand introduces its new Skynest full-length sleeping pods on its ultra-long-haul routes. The new feature will begin on routes between New York and Chicago.