I’m an early riser so I don’t burn much oil at night. But San Miguel is no “sleepy” little town. It is just as lively and vibrant as most cities in Mexico
When you first come here, it’s a good idea to go to one of the gringo “Welcome” social meetings where you can get insiders’ info from those who “know.” I think there are two or three of them. Try them all. They are easy to find in the calendar section of the local papers.
Hank’s New Orleans Cafe & Oyster Bar is a popular hotspot for the local gringos. Its owner, Hank, is a gringo who ran restaurants in the USA before moving here. Friday nights are "dos por uno” (translated into “two for one); Happy Hour drinks and is packed with our local expats.
Personally, I enjoy sitting at one of the outdoor sidewalk tables at Centro Bar located in the Jardin. It's great for people watching. Musicians and Mariachi bands are all over the square. For 300 pesos (less than $20), the Mariachis will perform a number of Spanish classics for you table-side. 300 pesos for Mariachis might seem like a lot; but there are about 8 members in the group and that gets you about 20 minutes of songs. So for a little over 20 bucks, it seems fair enough.
On the weekends you are likely to see large parties of beautifully heeled men and woman pouring in and out of the Peroquia to celebrate a newly wed couple. From there, the entire party and Mariachi band will stroll, singing and dancing with cocktails in hand, down through the streets of the city.
There is also an upstairs patio bar in one corner of the Jardin called “Cielo”. From there, you can look down on all the happenings of the square without being in the middle of it. It is also the perfect spot to watch and photograph amazing sunsets.
(Looking down from a rooftop bar at the procession of people in the street in the town of San Miguel Allende, Mexico, pictured.)