La Bodega is a Hot Spot for Fun in Ajijic

La Bodega is just a few blocks from my casita in Lower La Floresta. Their address is: 16th of September #124.  It was one of the reasons I moved there. I don’t have a car and La Bodega is within walking distance from where I live. I was impressed with it the first time I went there with a friend. It appears small from the outside. It doesn’t look like much.

 The Outside of La Bodega

The Outside of La Bodega

Once you get in the door, you see how beautiful it is because it opens up onto a large garden. It is shaped like a u with three sides open to the garden. At night there are star shaped lights hanging from the ceiling and colored lights out in the garden area. The owners are Javier and Marta. They are gracious and always give their customers special greetings. They are a young Mexican couple. Marta keeps things lively. She loves to get out on the dance floor. Sometimes at the end of an evening, a band will play a line dance. I have seen everyone get out on the dance floor, including the owners and the waiters. It is fun.

 The Garden at La Bodega

The Garden at La Bodega

Jose is one of the waiters. He has a beautiful smile and he is always friendly. I have gotten to know everyone there. For some reason, many months ago, Jose and Caesar started calling me “Mi Amor” and I started calling them the same thing. They always hug me and seem happy to see me.  I have danced the night away there many times.  Usually there are many more single women than single men so we women get up on the dance floor and dance the fast ones together. No one cares. We just have fun together.

 Jose, the Waiter at La Bodega

Jose, the Waiter at La Bodega

Caesar loves to do the line dancing and he also likes to sing. Whenever he gets a chance, he will take the microphone and sing a beautiful Mexican love song. Caesar has a beautiful smile too.  Dimples! These two men are very special to me. If I ever feel lonely all I have to do is drop in to La Bodega and see their smiling faces.

 Caesar, Waiter at la Bodega

Caesar, Waiter at la Bodega

La Bodega has music almost every night of the week. I don’t know what day they are closed now. It was on Wednesdays.  They have different musicians every night and that keeps it interesting. They have big holiday buffets and fundraisers. I was at one fundraiser for the Tarahuma Indians. As you can see from the photo, lots of expats love to go out for dinner at La Bodega.

 The Crowd at La Bodega

The Crowd at La Bodega

Once a year, they have a singing contest that goes on for several weeks. It is one night a week and each week part of the money is donated to a different charity. Both Mexicans and expats join in the fun.

 Woman Singing

Woman Singing

The tables become filled up with families clapping for their own favorites. At the end, the most popular singer wins some money.

 One of the Singers at La Bodega

One of the Singers at La Bodega

I have been to dance classes there in the afternoons. That was before my knee said no. They were fun while I could still do them. Brad, the teacher, is great. He is a physical fitness professional and a very patient man. Unfortunately, he isn’t teaching there now. Maybe he will start up again when the winter people arrive.

 Salsa Dance Class at La Bodega

Salsa Dance Class at La Bodega

Saturday nights are always packed.  People have a chance to dress up and show off their dancing skills. I can hear the band from my house and I always want to go and take part in the fun. When I am well from this broken ankle, I will be there again. I miss everyone.

La Bodega can be a very romantic place. I remember arriving there once in the midst of a huge storm. All the lights went out and we sat by candlelight and talked.  The storm only lasted forty-five minutes and then the lights came back on and we were back to normal.

 Couple Dancing at La Bodega

Couple Dancing at La Bodega

Above are two friends, dancing, obviously in love. They came for a short visit and decided to move here. They went home for a few months and now they are back for good. I am looking forward to seeing them again. It inspires me to see people still in love after years of being together. It renews my faith in relationships.

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