A handful of great bars, all located downtown and within blocks of each other, specialize in mescals and microbrews, which might as well be the official sponsors of San Luis’s social life. Start things off on the southwestern edge of the historic district at Bolivar, Botanero y Mezcalería, a dressed-up version of a traditional Mexican cantina, where you can order flights of mescal from San Luis Potosí and Oaxaca, among other regions in Mexico. Walk two blocks east to get to La Piqueria Mezcalería, where collegiates and young professionals huddle over wooden tables in low-lit corners to sip craft beers (try the blond ales and IPAs from Wasumara, a locally beloved brewery). Or turn to the long list of mescals, which includes a number of varieties of pulque, a centuries-old drink, native to central Mexico, that’s also produced from agave fibers. (It’s making a modest comeback on menus throughout San Luis, though we’ll be the first to warn you it’s an acquired taste.) Around the corner you’ll find La Oruga y La Cebada, the most popular bar in the historic center, thanks to its lengthy microbrew menu, large rooftop, and regular (and good) live music. If the weather is nice, snag an open-air table and sip Mexican beers like the Minerva Colonial Stout or Dos de April, a pale ale made in San Luis. This is also the best bar for food: hot thin-crust pizzas—topped with prosciutto and olives or tomatoes and pesto—are delivered straight from the oven.
All three bars are within a 15-minute drive of the Conrad and a close walk from one other.
BOLIVAR, BOTANERO Y MESCALERÍA: 685 Simón Bolivar, El Centro; facebook.com/botanerobolivar
LA PIQUERIA MEZCALERÍA: 1190 Independencia, Plaza Aranzazu,
LA ORUGA Y LA CEBADA: 169 Universidad, El Centro; +52-444-812-4508