You can't go far in Guadalajara without coming across some mariachis, but seeing really talented performers takes some effort. Try Casa Bariachi, Av. Vallarta 2221 (tel. 33/3615-0029). In Tlaquepaque, go to El Parián, the building on the town square where mariachis serenade diners under the archways.
The Club & Music Scene
Guadalajara, as you might expect, has a lot of variety in entertainment. For the most extensive listing of clubs and performances, get your hands on a copy of Ocio, the weekly insert of Público. You'll find listings in the back, categorized by type of music. For good mariachis, you should go to Casa Bariachi, mentioned above. Across the street from that club is another called La Bodeguita del Medio (tel. 33/3630-1620), at Av. Vallarta 2320. It offers live old-school Cuban son. The groups come from Cuba and rotate every few months. The place is small, but people were making room to dance. Another thing to do is track down a Cuban diva named Rosalia, who lives in Guadalajara. She's a great talent and always has a tight band playing with her as she belts out salsa and merengue tunes.
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