Discovering Rayo: A Modern Bar in Mexico City

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Discovering Rayo: A Modern Bar in Mexico City

Rayo: a modern bar hotspot in Mexico City, is a modern bar that celebrates Mexico’s rich heritage in a sleek, multilevel interior. Inspired by Mayahuel, a pre-Columbian goddess associated with agave, Rayo pays tribute to Mexican mythology in every corner of the bar. Its fabled lightning bolts are sculpted in neon fixtures, casting a blue hue over the interior. With its innovative cocktail list and an immense selection of spirits and drinks, Rayo has earned the title of the London Essence Best New Opening Award. In this article I will share some interesting facts and Highlights of why Rayo is a very special Mexican Bar. Let’s Begin:

Rayo Cocktail Bar

In addition to earning the title of the London Essence Best New Opening Award, Rayo has also been ranked as the 17th best bar in North America in 2023. This recognition highlights the bar’s commitment to innovation, creativity, and celebrating Mexico’s rich heritage. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, Rayo is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of Mexico’s bar culture.

Rayo’s Ranking in the Northamerica’s Best Bars 2024

In this 2024 Rayo is now in the Top 5 Best Bars in Northamerica according to the 50 Best Bars famous awards which where hosted in San Miguel de Allende these past April of 2024 being one of the eight Mexico City Bars that are officially in these prestigious awards that are hosted annually. Let’s see what happens in the future with this amazing Bar.

Rayo Bar in Mexico City is now one of the Best Bars in the World

As of October of 2023, Rayo has been awarded on the 50 Best Bars in the World Extended list as the 72nd Best Bar in the World entering for the first time in this very exclusive and competitive Awards.

Innovative Signature Cocktails with Mexican Mythology

Agaves decorate the interior of Rayo, and they are also the star of the bar’s innovative cocktail list. Each drink is inspired by Mexican mythology, and a third of the menu offers classics with a twist. Rayo’s Fermented Penicillin, for instance, is a take on the classic Penicillin cocktail, with Scotch, mead, ginger beer, and smoked tequila. The Signature Section is where Creative Director Tito Pin-Perez’s team really shines. Their trademark Pepe el Toro, a blend of whiskey, Nixta, lemon, pineapple, and cooked agave mix topped with soda, is a must-try.

Rayo: Modern Bar

Cocktail Recommendations

Soldado Medina: A Must-Try Signature Cocktail

If you’re looking for a signature cocktail to try at Rayo, go for the Soldado Medina. Inspired by the classic cocktail The Last Word, The Soldado Medina cocktail, is inspired by the tale of a Mexican Thief that stole from the rich and gave to the poor, made with tequila, chilli-infused liqueur, green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, cactus sorbet and lime juice. This cocktail is my Favorite Cocktail Rayo offers, it brings the best of a Classic Cocktail with some originality by making it swaping Gin with Tequilla.

Marzipan Old Fashion

This is an Old Fashion Cocktail with a twist, you get some maple syrup instead of regular sugar and at the top of the Cocktail you get a marzipan which is burned in front of you for you to savor the smell and of course the taste with the Old Fashion.

El Gallito

This is their signature Drink: Campari, Aperol with an interesting combination of Mezcal and Rum. This is a twist of the famous Garibaldi Cocktail but what is really interesting is definitely the Garnish which is a Tasty and Spicy Potato Chip in the form of a “Rooster” that’s where the name el Gallito comes from.

Non-Alcoholic Options with Familiar Cocktail Ingredients

Rayo also offers non-alcoholic options for guests who prefer to skip the booze. Built with familiar cocktail ingredients such as agave syrup and pourable bitters syrup, these drinks offer a refreshing alternative to traditional cocktails.

An Immense Selection of Spirits and Drinks

Aside from its innovative cocktail list, Rayo boasts an immense selection of spirits and drinks. Nearly 1,000 offerings span the gamut from five Fresh Waters to hundreds of agaves. Guests can explore the diverse flavors of Mexican spirits, from mezcal to tequila, and discover the history and culture behind each one.

Discover the New Cocktail Menu at Rayo

Immerse yourself in a unique journey as you explore the menu through droppers, savoring the diverse elements of each cocktail and tailoring your selection to your personal taste.

Indulge in the finest Mexican spirits, carefully chosen for their exceptional quality and distinct characteristics. From the captivating smokiness of mezcal to the smooth elegance of tequila, and the vibrant flavors of regional liqueurs, Rayo captures the true essence of Mexico in every sip.

Rayo cocktail bar

Discover a wide variety of cocktails that cater to every preference. Delight in classic favorites infused with a Mexican twist or venture into the realm of innovative concoctions inspired by local ingredients and cultural traditions. Whether you crave the refreshing zest of citrus and herbs or the comforting embrace of spices and chocolate, there is a cocktail waiting to be uncovered and savored.

A Very Fun Cocktail Menu

What makes this menu truly remarkable is the opportunity for active participation in the tasting process. Utilizing droppers, guests can sample the various components of each cocktail, engaging their senses and gaining a deeper appreciation for the artistry and complexity behind every creation.

Rayo: A Modern Bar

Recommended Tour: The Mexico City Bar Crawl

This is one of the Tours I host in Mexico City where I take my guests to some of the best bars in Mexico City and occasionally I take my guests to Rayo Cocktail Bar, especially on Sunday nights. Take a look into it and hope to see you guys in one of my tours and workshops:

Final Thoughts

Rayo is a modern bar in Roma Norte that pays tribute to Mexico’s rich heritage in every aspect of its design and menu. From the sleek, multilevel interior to the innovative cocktail list and an immense selection of spirits and drinks, Rayo offers a unique and unforgettable experience for guests. Whether you’re a cocktail enthusiast or a foodie, Rayo is a must-visit spot that showcases the best of Mexico’s culture and tradition.

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