22 April 2007

The low-rent correspondent goes "naco"


A DJ friend in Mexico City commented recently that "the style in Mexico is to be naco (slang for tacky or lacking taste) ." The Malverde bar in La Condessa would be a prime example. Named for Jesus Malverde, the patron saint of narcotics traffickers, the bar sells a 75-peso "Martini Malverde" along with a heaping dose of all things kitch - lucha libre figurines, raunchy comic-book pages covering the table tops and Virgin of Guadalupe icons. Of course, it's a voyeuristic and pricey experience and not the real thing - there are plenty of cantinas and pulque bars for that - but it's damn good fun.

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