By Jeffrey Epstein
Guadalajara, Mexico, may not have the seaside queer appeal of, say, Puerto Vallarta, but as we learned on a recent visit, the city (located in the region in which virtually all of the world�s tequila is made) has a wide variety of gay nightlife. In our October issue we described our visit to the Hacienda del Patr�n, just outside the city, where Patr�n makes their premium tequilas. While we were there, we had only one night to check out the nightlife. So we made the most of it.
Link Bar & Lounge
The Mood It�s a cross between a lounge and a modern living room. Actually, several living rooms, as there are many nooks and crannies to relax in, including a patio, which offers a great breeze�refreshing, since guests can smoke in bars in Mexico.
The Boys A good cross-generational mix. The music was played at a decent level so we could carry on a conversation, and the drinks were great.
How We Liked It Definitely the place to kick your night off in style.
The Details Av. La Paz 2199 esq., Sim�n Bol�var, tel. +52 (33) 1204 3151
The Mood Dark but great high-concept design. Think a dungeon designed by Philippe Starck, minus any S&M apparatus. There�s a cool staircase that goes to nowhere, which people sit on to cruise at this cruisey joint.
The Boys A little older (on the night we were there) and definitely on the prowl.
How We Liked It Good for a drink�and a place to pick up a local.
The Details Mexicaltzingo 1521 casi esp., Diaz de Le�n. +52 (33) 3826-9086, www.kingdom-mexico.com
The Mood Like a big, gay disco. Several rooms link together in this colorful space with great energy.
The Boys Very cute and a little younger (than Kingdom). The kind of place where you could go with a group of friends and party all night.
How We Liked It While the music was a bit loud for our delicate ears, the vibe was killer. We went on a Friday, which we were told is �less busy� (Saturday is the big night), and the place was still jumping.
The Details Lopez Cotilla 1495-B, tel. +52 (33) 3615 2525, www.angelsclub.com.mx
The Mood OK, to be honest, we have no idea. After driving around for 30 minutes on a Friday night looking for a parking space and seeing a line out the door, we gave up. (It was after 3 a.m., people, give us a break!)
The Boys The ones in line were definitely cute.
How We Liked It We suspect if we�d gone in, it would have been great. This is the place to hit Friday nights. Clearly.
The Details Galeana 277, www.circusgdl.com/