At the top of some desolate, winding stairs, is where you’ll find Vaqueros Bar (formerly known as Q-Eros and Nuevo Vaquero), a watering hole located on the first floor of a early 1960s building with an impressive view of Calle Florencia in Zona Rosa.
The club’s windows are at the same height as the tops of the palm trees that adorn the center of the boulevard. In an area known for its hustle and bustle of pushy salespeople, trying to get to enter whatever bar for whatever “drink special,” we appreciate the relaxed service and respectable volume of the music that allows for conversation without feeling the need to shout.
Unlike others in the neighborhood, this club doesn’t overflow with flashy décor. It’s really a simple place: A square with monochromatic walls, tall tables, plasma TVs and in a small coerner, a little cubicle for DJs, illuminated by LED lights.
At least on the Friday that I went, the clients were all male couples (although of course women are are welcome), and all were chatting quietly with a little bowl of popcorn in the middle of the table and a beer.
One of the servers assured me that “it gets good” just before the first drag show beings (around 11 p.m. or midnight). It seemed at times like a cowboy bar, with the wooden floorboards and some of the patrons boasting cowboy hats. Sometimes, Vaquero Bar even hosts “Western Nights,” but in general the music is more eclectic, with everything from Adele to Jenny Rivera.
The only problem here is that its entrance barely calls the attention. There’s no business sign, and it looks more like a store from the outside than a bar. But keeping in mind that there are many bars that are much less well kept on Calle Amberes, for example, it’s probably the best spot to relax and chat and watch some excellent impersonations of Gloria Trevi or Rocío Durcal. There’s no cover.