Have you ever wanted to go in to a real, authentic (non-touristic) cantina in Mérida, but hesitated to do so as you were not sure if you would be welcome? Or maybe you were worried that it would be dirty, or that ladies would feel uncomfortable? On the other hand, maybe you are already an experienced cantina customer…
Whatever the case, there’s a great new option on the east side of Centro, Cantina Bar El ChemBech, located on Calle 42 between 55 and 57, just around the corner from the well-known ChemBech market, in what is fast developing into the new “hot” zone of Mérida.
The cantina re-opened in early March, after an extensive renovation, which changed it from what was a somewhat run down bar with a poor reputation into a fresh, bright, clean establishment, where everyone over 18 is welcome and will feel safe and secure. It has something of a European pub-style atmosphere now, with flags hanging from the ceiling, pub signs on the walls, a brand new red and black colored bar, and indoor and outdoor (rear terrace) seating.
A full range of Mexican beers from Grupo Modelo is offered, including Corona, Corona Light, Pacifico, Victoria, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, Leon, and Bud Light, as well as imported and artisan beers, and a full range of liquors and cocktails prepared by the talented bartender. Excellent prices are offered, with current promotions including “megas” (1 liter bottles) of Bud Light for $35 pesos, a 710ml bottle (equivalent to two regular bottles) of Corona Light for $25 pesos, and buckets of five regular domestic beers (including Bud Light) for $90 pesos. Domestic liquors are bargain priced at $20 pesos. If you are a fan of European style Cider, Stella Artois Cidre from Belgium is offered, at $40 pesos per bottle.
From opening until 6 pm, in keeping with Yucatán tradition, complimentary botanas are served with each round of drinks; these vary according to the day. After 6pm dry snacks are offered. In the near future, a menu of more substantial snacks (wings, chicken strips, nachos, etc.) will also be available for purchase.
The team of friendly and smiling waiters provide great service to tables both in the inside salon and on the terrace.
A jukebox provides music, while 5 screens show important football (soccer) matches and other sporting events. Free high speed Wi-Fi is available to help you stay in touch, or to share your experience with friends. Unlike in many cantinas in Mérida, the bathrooms are clean, and stocked with toilet paper, soap and paper towels! The salon wall is lined with power outlets to allow you to recharge your phone, while simultaneously recharging yourself with a cold beer.
Cantina Bar El ChemBech is open daily from 12.30pm to 10.00pm. More information on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cantinabarelchembech.
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