This subterranean cellar could be anywhere in the world. It's got the traditional small-jazz-club vibe: dark, with candlelit tables for two, classy booze and a stage right in the middle of it all, so close you might trip over the artists if you get up during the performance. Zinco Jazz Club is in the heart of the city's historic center, but you're likely to overlook it unless you pass by shortly before it opens, when a long line of well-dressed people in the know wait for the doors to open so they can commence the night. Big names, like Iraida Noriega and Richard Bona, roll through this place. Surprise: The food is excellent and fairly priced. Such a concept.


An underground club attracting big international names in jazz, blues and world music.
Because mariachis and techno are great and all, but sometimes you want something smooth.
Motolinia 20, at 5 de Mayo, Centro Histórico, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City
Weds.-Sat., 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Zinco doesn't have a big sign, just a narrow doorway. It's on a pedestrian-only street, but you can't miss the line. Reservations recommended.