mexico city is a sprawling urban monster that's known to instantly devour those who don't know their way around. as in any other a-grade megalopolis of this stature it's good to be able to fall back on a safe haven that's not you're hotel room, but one where you can make new friends and have a little fun along the way. well, may we suggest balmori, the mexican capital's hottest new watering hole of late? the venue has quickly become hugely popular, and is named after carlos balmori, the male millionaire alter ego of con woman conchita jurado. hailing from spain, balmori wooed and tricked the capital's upper crust with a number of non-embezzling pranks in the late 1920s.
but let's go back to the bar, shall we? it's set on a rooftop of a low-rise building in the tony neighbourhood of colonia roma, and effortlessly combines a unique setting with sophisticated urban fun. occupying a sizeable 300 sqm. [3,229 sq.ft.], local practice taller david dana arquitectura created a secluded and distinctly modern oasis that's a world away from mexico city's loud and sometimes very intrusive hustle and bustle. the hybrid design of balmori is a balanced mix of simple materials such as wood, concrete and steel, and quite brilliantly fuses architecture, landscaping and industrial design into a welcoming concept, one that has resonated very well with its savvy urban clientele.
a curving elongated bar, made from perforated concrete bricks, flanks one side of the terrace. directly opposite, various seating arrangements are situated below a retractable roof, consisting of tables for two and larger communal tables. glass paneling and a variety of lush plants shielded the outdoor setting from the street - if not the rest of the city - and add an interesting visual layering. sophisticated lighting - and we'd like to mention the linear pendant lamps here - allow to shift the place into festive gear in the evening. now, balmori may be a bar, but this is mexico, so the menu obviously lists tasty cosmopolitan dishes, captured in daily rotating set menus. location: calle zacatecas 139, second floor [roma].