On this Vallarta Nightlife
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Here's a guide to and reviews of many of the straight bars, discos, nightclubs, antros, entertainment joints, pubs, cantinas and sports bars in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico if you want to check them out, have to decide on fun places or want to know about where to party in town. This page does list most of the frequented and best Puerto Vallarta nightlife fun spots for drinks, music, partying, dancing and sports watching, and gives their locations and phone numbers. The most bustling and popular bar and clubbing scene is the general downtown-El Centro malecon neighborhood which includes such hangouts as Hilo, Mandala, Senor Frogs, and La Vaquita, the newest party locale downtown, which is right next door to the Zoo. So now three of the best downtown night life venues: Mandala, the Zoo and La Vaquita are lined right up alongside each other on Díaz Ordaz street. The restaurant and bar La Bodeguita del Medio presents excellent live Cuban and salsa music; La Dulce Vita Italian restaurant has jazz, Weds and Friday only; La Chata and El Andariego restaurants have mariachi; Paradise Burger, Wingman and Senor Frogs have live rock on a regular basis; Wing's Army sometimes has live rock, ska, and reggae. Wingman is perhaps the top choice for late night rock 'n roll, drinks and views of the PV malecon boardwalk. Locals and tourists used to hang out on the malecon across from Carlos O'Brian's for socializing and people watching; now crowds tend to congregate around nightclubs Mandala and the Zoo bar.
On the North Side of town in the Hotel Zone or Marina area, there are a number of popular places to party that include Xtine Club (formerly Hyde and Christine discotheque), Strana nightclub, and La Santa, the newest upscale and posh Puerto Vallarta disco-dance spot which opened in late February 2014. And don't forget some of the smaller sports bars along the Marina malecon boardwalk promenade.
There's also a high energy nightlife party scene in El Centro or downtown at Liberty and La Regadera (both with karaoke) on Morelos street, one block up from the Malecón. Another area of straight night life in PV is the located in the South Side area, south of downtown and across the Cuale River, at times referred to as the Romantic Zone or Old Town. Centered along Ignacio Vallarta street near gay clubs CC Slaughters and Paco's Ranch (formerly Club Paco Paco), you can find live music & fun times at Club Roxy Rock House and El Torito, as well as a fair number of smaller cantinas, sports bars and watering holes like All Access and Gringo Loco in that general vicinity. Or head over a few blocks closer to Los Muertos beach to visit Nacho Daddy for dining, drinks, sports and music, or along Olas Altas street at Andale, a South Side favorite for well over 30 years now.
From what I see and hear I would rate Mandala, the Zoo and La Vaquita as the current top trendy spots downtown for nightclubbing and a good time, and La Bodeguita del Medio as tops for live music. Señor Frog's is also popular and often crowded as they serve food and alcohol and have dancing and such. So as you can see the city has become quite the beach party-town in many ways, offering a wide variety of entertainment venues of all sorts.
Taking into account accessibility, affordability, popularity, proximity to local beaches and partying mentality, U.S. News & World Report considered Puerto Vallarta to be the best spring break destination in the world.
The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18, though a number of places don't card carefully. The bars and cantinas serve alcohol until 2am while dance clubs will go on until 4am-6am. The nightlife scene here has a relatively late start coming to life around 10pm or even later and going into the wee hours, and of course weekends are the most popular time to go out, drink, have fun, find some romance and boogie the night away. Holiday tips: I recommend checking prices before ordering, keep good track of your drinks, and count your change - in a word, watch your tab; it's best to pay in cash when served. Please be generous in your tipping as wages here are relatively low. The city in general is a rather casual and laid back travel destination, so most spots don't have much of a dress code except perhaps for the several that say no shorts, no caps, no t-shirts; basically dress up a bit the way you would when going out in the U.S. or Canada. Some of the high-end places like Strana and La Santa will charge a cover ranging from 100-400 pesos. And, yes, the downtown & malecon area along with other tourist locations are safe to walk around in and enjoy, day and night. Where to go out in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? Well, here it is:
3rd Base Sports Bar/Monchis - South Side - 245-A
Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 223-9354, 223-5394
All Access - Romantic Zone - 175
Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 222-1542
Newest sports bar on the South Side located next door to A Page in the Sun coffee shop and bookstore. Grab a beer and catch a game: NCAA, baseball, Nascar, NHL, PGA, soccer and football on six high-definition TVs. Sidewalk and indoor seating serving drinks and such eats as hamburgers, wings, club sandwiches and quesadillas. Daily, 12pm-2am
& Bar - South Side/Old Town - 425 Olas Altas. Telephone: 222-1054
Andale's bar is on the first floor, which can be quite crowded and loud during the winter months with its music and dancing. The sidewalk restaurant has seating as well on the 2nd and 3rd floors overlooking Olas Altas street, serving 8am-11pm. Recently celebrating 30 years, Andale is one of Puerta Vallarta's oldest family-owned restaurant bars. Daily, 8am-2am/3am
Barra Bar -
Hotel District in Plaza Peninsula - 2485 Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio. Tel:
209-1229, Cell: 044-322-158-1927
One of the newer high class bar-clubs in town, located upstairs in the Peninsula Plaza, locales C2-C3. Barra Bar plays music and videos from the 70s, 80s and 90s; also live piano music by Rafa with songs by Ceci. Since November 2009. Attire is dressy. Weds-Sun, 9pm-6am
- El Centro/Downtown - 522 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Telefono: 113-0099
Now Closed. The newest live music venue in downtown PV. Loud live rock and roll music (photo at right) and an excellent view overlooking the Vallarta malecon and Banderas Bay from the second level up has made this location a party place popular with the 20-30 year old-plus crowd. Next door to Bar Oceano. Bebo Tero clubs are also found in Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque. Music starts around 10pm until 2-3am. Daily, 6pm-3:30am
Brando's Bar - Marina district
- Condos Marina del Rey locale #11.
Sports bar and restaurant overlooking the Marina harbor. Daily, 2pm-2am
No Llores - Hotel Zone - 1989 Fco. Medina Ascencio, local
I-8. Cell: 044-322-170-2314
A neighborhood karaoke bar located in the Comercial Villas Vallarta Center just a few doors down the block from Casa Blakes'. Canta y No Llores (Sing and don't Cry - see photo below left) has a pool table, drinks, songs, dance floor and videos since 2010. Daily, 5pm-2am
Don's Sports Bar - Colonia 5 de Diciembre - 127 Honduras. Cell: 044-322-190-3446
At Captain Don's you can watch MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, NCAA, boxing, golf, Mexican soccer, tennis, NASCAR, Formula One and more. Drink and food specials during major sporting events. Located near the Buenaventura Hotel and one block from the beach. Daily, 10am-2am
Carlos O'Brian's - el Centro - 786 Paseo Diaz
Carlos O'Brians closed/sold in January 2009. This coveted Puerto Vallarta downtown spot is now occupied by the restaurant-bar Senor Frogs.
Casa Blakes' Sports Bar - North Side/Hotel Zone
- Plaza las Glorias, local 16. Tel: 293-2397
Mike and Sue Blake's restaurant-bistro and bar features a variety of sporting events such hockey (NHL & WHL), football (Canadian & American), baseball, golf, Nascar, NBA and "the best in pay-per-view". Casa Blakes menu includes salads, fish, chicken, Italian and seafood dinners. Wifi. Popular. Mon-Tues, 4pm-1am; Weds-Sun, Noon-1am
Champions Sports Bar - Marina
Vallarta - 435 Paseo de la Marina at Hotel Marriott. Tel: 226-0000,
Located in the Hotel Marriott Casa Magna. Featuring two of the largest giant screens in town nearly 5' by 8' and some 21 flat screen TVs showing a multiple selection of programs. Serving tourist American foods such as burgers, sandwiches, pizza, appetizers and tacos until 1am and alcohol until closing. Champions sports bar with pool tables - good reviews. Daily, 11am-2am.
Chasers - Nuevo Vallarta - 570 Ave. Mexico at
Blvd. de Nayarit. Tel: 297-7274
Sports bar and grill located just off of Highway 200 in front of El Tigre golf course, so a good place to meet friends after a round of golf. With NHL, NFL, NBA and other sporting games on six plasma TV screens. Under an open air palapa, their food includes wings, ribs, pizza, burgers and fajitas. Daily, Noon-1am
Disco - North Side - Ave. de las Garzas at the Krystal Hotel.
Now Permanently Closed - remodeled and renamed Hyde from December 2010-2011 and now named Xtine (see below). A large discotheque dance club on the north side/hotel zone of Puerto Vallarta, Christine's had a capacity of around 1,200 partygoers (photo at left). Classy and trendy, from October 1986-November 2010.
Cheeky Monkey - Central - 556 Paseo Diaz Ordaz
at Corona, upstairs. Tel: 222-8938
Italian restaurant and bar on the 2nd and 3rd floors above the malecon boardwalk, with balcony views of Banderas Bay. Pasta, sandwiches, salads & subs. People go to Cheeky Monkey for the inexpensive beers, $1 margaritas, malecon people watching and the splendid sunsets. Ask for Cristobal/Christopher as your waiter. Daily, 11am-10pm
Club Nitro - North Side/Hotel Zone - Avenida
de las Garzas 3. Tel: 226-6800, 226-6868
Part of and located in front of the Golden Crown Paradise Hotel. The disco hosts evening productions that may include Broadway themes or Mexican fiestas, 8:30pm-10pm, and then after the shows the place becomes a discoteca-bar, sometimes with live bands, 10:30pm-2:30am.
Club Roxy Rock House
- South Side/Romantic Zone - 217 Ignacio Vallarta. Tel: 177-2683, 044-322-105-8515
Roxy Rock House is the only rhythm and blues venue in Puerto Vallarta, also playing rock n roll, Latin and reggae, even mariachi, with nightly music by the house or guest band. Often a lively crowd, especially when the bands get jamming on the weekends. The line up changes, so call. Banderas News reported "The house band is fabulous, playing popular and obscure blues, rock, samba, salsa, reggae and jazz tunes worthy of at least a few spins on the dance floor." Pool table. Music generally starts late at Club Roxy, 10pm-11pm until 3am during week and 4:30am on weekends. No cover. Daily, 9pm-6am
Cuates y Cuetes - South Side/Los Muertos - 101
Francisca Rodríguez at pier Los Muertos. Tel: 223-2724
A restaurant-bar on Vallarta's Los Muertos beach included here as it often has very good live musicians playing jazz, salsa, light rock or reggae in the evenings from happy hour sunset until around 11pm. Cuates y Cuetes is popular for their sunset/happy hour, 6pm-8pm. Daily, 8am-11:30pm
Off Beach Bar - Centro - Local 7 on the New Malecon II extension.
Not a beach bar but ocean-front on the New Malecon between the pedestrian bridge and Vitea restaurant. Cheap beer and margaritas, usually with sports on the several TV screens, or music and videos; wireless available. Day Off Beach Bar is popular for the drinks and people watching. Casual attire. Sun-Thurs, 10am-2am; Fri-Sat, 10am-4am
de Santos - Plaza Neptune/Marina
Vallarta - Blvd. Fco Medina Ascencio at 7.5 Km to the airport. Tel:
Mediterranean international cuisine from Spain and Italy in a chic environment. The restaurant-bar-nightclub relocated in 2011 from downtown and opened in the Peninsula Plaza. After dinner this Puerto Vallarta restaurant becomes something of a discoteca/disco nightclub scene. House DJ spins a combo of flamenco, mood, lounge and jazz music for meals and later. De Santos also has club locations in Mexico City, Guadalajara,and New York City. One of the owners of De Santos is a member of Mexico's most famous rock group, Mana. Food daily, 12:30pm-2am; Music begins around 10pm until 3-4am.
El Barril - Centro - 225 Guerrero at Juarez,
upstairs. Tel: 223-2155
Downtown Mexican cantina with cheap beer and street-side views of busy Juarez street. Mostly locals. Mon-Sat, 1pm-2am
Bolero - South Side/Romantic Zone - 229 Ignacio Vallarta street.
Cantina bar with a largely neighborhood crowd hanging out drinking, talking and playing pool. Daily, 6:30pm-4am
Faro Lighthouse Bar - Marina Vallarta - 245 Paseo de la Marina. Tel:
El Faro lighthouse bar and cocktail lounge with guitar/easy listening music, open seating and panoramic views overlooks much of the Marina from the 110 foot tower. Full bar and wine list. Often crowded at sunset. Daily, 5pm-1am
El Nido - Downtown - 520 Matamoros. Tel:
Rooftop terrace bar at the famed Chez Elena restaurant. Enjoy a refreshing drink and the spectacular sunsets from the top of town, with owner Gloria Whiting. A romantic setting for special occasions such as weddings, anniversary parties, birthdays and retreats. Daily 5pm-10pm
El Torito Sports Bar & Grill - South Side/Old
Town - 290 Ignacio Vallarta street. Tel: 222-3784
Sports bar and restaurant-grill with seven satellites and twenty-five televisions (straight central!) with capacity for some 250 fans and revelers. Showing all NCAA, NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, UFC and NASCAR, El Torito sports bar & grill is known in town for their BBQ ribs and chicken wings. Since 1982. Happy hour, 5pm-7pm. Daily, 11am-2am
Garbo - South Side/Romantic Zone
- 142 Pulpito. Tel: 223-5753
An upscale ambience and a well-dressed crowd make this martini-piano bar a popular choice for tourists and locals alike. Elegant "minimalist Deco". Live music starting around 10pm with various entertainers such as Bobby Broadway with his show tunes. Friendly owners Javier and German to serve you. Daily, 6pm-2am
Gringo Loco - Emiliano Zapata
- 403 Francisco Madero at Aguacate. Tel: 118-5893
A friendly, hidden neighborhood cantina on the east side of the Romantic Zone which appeals to expatriates and locals alike. The owners are from California and Mexico City. At Gringo Loco sports bar the happy hour is every day 12pm-6pm, with beer at 17 pesos and well drinks 25 pesos. Live music often during the winter months. Pool table, wifi, satellite TV, free long distance to the US and Canada, outdoor patio seating. Since November 2008. May-Sept 11am-11pm; Oct-April, 10am-2am
- Centro/Downtown - 588 Paseo Diaz Ordaz.
Closed late 2014. Once one of the most popular Puerto Vallarta clubs (photo left) and downtown nightlife entertainment venues with the well-off twenty to thirty something crowd, especially during spring break. "Hip, great sound system, cool decor".
J&B Salsa Dancing
Club - Hotel Zone - 2043 Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio, Km 2.5.
Tel: 224-4616, 223-3609
Latin-Caribbean based music: salsa, cha cha, cumbia, merengue and samba, and sometimes the DJ plays oldies from the 70s and 80s. Live bands on the weekends, Fri and Sat nights starting around midnight and they primarily play cumbia and salsa. One of Puerto Vallarta's finer live music and dance spots. Fodor's guide called J&B Salsa "the best club in town for dancing to live salsa." Mon-Sat, 10pm-6am
Bodeguita del Medio - Centro - 858 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Tel: 223-1585,
Cuban cuisine in the upstairs and downstairs dining areas with pleasant views of the malecon boardwalk and Banderas Bay. Live traditional Cuban music, salsa, boleros and rumbas from around 9:30pm to midnight or so. Popular and swinging. La Bodeguita del Medio (in spanish) has locations also in Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey and Playa del Carmen. Daily, Noon-3am
La Noche - Old Town - 257 Lazaro Cardenas.
Gay nightclub featuring a two-level rooftop garden bar area with views of the town. The main ground floor has lots of conversation, DJ Mike spinning music, and regular shows. Popular among locals and tourists alike, especially earlier at night before guys head out to dance at Paco's Ranch and CC Slaughters. Pics & info. Daily, 7pm-3am
La Parota - Downtown - 849 Morelos at Allende.
Watering hole mostly for younger locals, with inexpensive beer, sports on the TVs, as well as some eats like quesadillas, tacos and shrimp. Opened in later 2015. Weds is women's night. Located right up from La Bodeguita del Medio and the India Gate restaurant. Daily, 1pm-2am
- Central - 666 Morelos. Cell: 044-322-148-1612
Cantina, karaoke bar and downtown dance club on two levels. La Regadera is best known and popular with local and Mexican tourists as a top karaoke bar (one of several in PV) with some 7,000 songs in English and Spanish to choose from and a dozen plasma screens. Weds-Sat, 9pm-4am
Revolucion Sports Bar - el Centro - 245 Matamoros at Guerrero. Tel:
Tony Colin's sports bar and restaurant. Interior bar area with several TV screens for sports watching and an outdoor patio for dining and conversation. La Revolucion is one of the oldest cantina-taverns in PV. Wireless internet, free snacks with drinks. Daily, 8am-2am
La Santa Night
Club - Hotel Zone - 2468 Ave. Francisco Medina Ascencio at Fluvial Vallarta.
Tel: 224-0196, Cell: 044-322-150-5451
The newest and hottest happening night spot in the city, this large discotheque (photo left) opened its doors in February 2014. Hip and very trendy, La Santa has become one of the places to be seen in town. Split into 2 sections, the club side has a large dance floor with house and guest DJs; the second part is the lounge with a retractable roof and swimming pool. La Santa has a rather high-end dress code, like, dress to impress. Somewhat mixed reviews on the service and drinks but really popular, especially among the younger upscale crowd, and with a capacity of well over 2800 people. More info & pics. Thurs-Sat, 11pm-6am
- Downtown - 610 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Cell: 044-322-149-1836
The newest night-club bar along the boardwalk malecon. La Vaquita (the little cow) provides comfortable seating, chic decor and a live DJ that has been keeping them busy since opening in late December 2009. So now three of the best and hottest downtown Vallarta nightlife venues: Mandala, the Zoo, and La Vaquita are lined right up next to each other on Diaz Ordaz street. The Cerveceria Union seafood and Mexican restaurant (where Las Palomas used to be) completes the line-up on that very loud and lively city block. Casual attire. Always 2 for 1 on Weds. Daily, 7pm-6am
Liberty - Downtown - 676 Morelos.
Cantina and karaoke bar. A friendly, pleasant atmosphere with some 7-8,000 songs on the jukebox. Club Liberty is next door to another popular Puerto Vallarta karaoke bar, La Regadera, but is larger and more spacious. Ask for waiters Victor or Lucio. Weds-Sun, 9pm-4am
Brewing Company - South Side - 302 Lazaro Cardenas. Phone: 222-0308
The town's first craft brewery is an authentic, open air cantina style brew-pub serving a variety of artisanal beers including stouts, malty ambers, IPA and even fruit-infused ales. Sports on the TVs, board games on the tables, foosball and a shuffle board table. Located in the heart of Old Town the restaurant on the 2nd floor of Los Muertos brewing has New York style pizzas and other eats. Daily, 12pm-12am
- Central - 640 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Tel: 223-0977, 223-0966, Cell:
Hip high-tech Puerto Vallarta club, restaurant & video bar, Mandala is next door to The Zoo and where Club 69/Mogambo used to be located (picture at left). Quite popular with the tourist and upscale crowds for its Hindu style-concept interior and the Spanish pop, electronic and party music selections. Has a Sky Bar lounge rooftop for drinks and the view. Mandala draws a large people-watching crowd on the malecon too. Flashy, with formal dress; recommended. Locations also in Cancun, Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen. Cover often 100+ pesos. Daily, 6pm-6am
Murphy's Irish Pub/Viejo Vallarta
- Downtown - 484 Morelos, upstairs. Tel: 113-0373
Tavern opened in January 2011: whiskey, occasional live music with Chillin Villains and others, cable TV with sports like NHL, NFL, NBA, pool table, wifi, food, Negra Modelo and Modelo Especial on tap. Same address as the Viejo Vallarta restaurant-bar, which is upstairs and serves Mexican and seafood. Check out Murphy's Irish Pub. Often live classic rock and roll at 11pm usually on Thurs, Fri and Sat. Tues-Sun, Noon-1:30am
Nacho Daddy - South
Side/Romantic Zone - 287 Basilio Badillo. Tel: 178-8117
"Mex-Tex" cuisine in the dining area, a popular sports bar area with several 42" television screens and all with a lively atmosphere at night. Nacho Daddy is one of the newer additions to the growing number of restaurants and fun nightspots on the famed Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Row. Live rock music Sat nights featuring Joe 'King' Carrasco, Friday with the Texas Embassy Blues Band. Recently moved down the street several blocks to a new location. Daily, 11am-Midnight
Paradise Burger - Centro/Malecon
- 740 Paseo Diaz Ordaz, upstairs. Telephone: 223-2328
All American fare with some Mexican specialties added to spice things up, and a great location oceanfront in the middle of the Puerta Vallarta malecón. Paradise Burger often has live rock 'n roll with The Black Beans band during the tourist season, Thurs-Sat, 10pm-2am. Daily, 10am-2am
Lounge - Central - 993 Avenida Mexico, upstairs. Tel: 223-9406, 044-322-135-6681
Downstairs it's take out beer by the liter from 1pm; upstairs with a pleasant open-air sitting area with views and music video entertainment. DJ sometimes spinning music from the 70s and 80s. The downtown Party Lounge bar (picture left) is located across from Hidalgo Park just before the Malecon when coming into town from the main Hotel District and Marina Vallarta. Dress: casual attire. Daily, 4pm-4am
Players Sports Bar - Old Town - 138 Rodolfo
Gomez. Phone: 222-1800
New hangout in the middle of the South Side, with sidewalk and inside seating, several TVs with mainstream sports, and reasonable prices. Owners Elezar and Lia. Daily, 12 Noon-1am
Pour Favor Sports Bar - South
Side - 245 Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 222-1955
New neighborhood Puerto Vallarta sports bar with 4 large 45" high-definition TVs with NASCAR, NBA, NCAA basketball and football, NHL and PGA. With owners Nicki and Jada formerly of Asadero's restaurant. Pour Favor Sports Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, appetizers, salads, sandwiches. Popular. Next door to 3rd Base/Monchis. Happy hour, 11am-5pm. Daily, 10am-11pm
Punto V - Central - 796
Paseo Diaz Ordaz.
Now Closed. This coveted downtown nighttime entertainment spot is now occupied by the new Senor Frogs, see below.
Pasa - South Side/Old Town - 625 Aquiles Serdan at Cardenas. Tel:
Gringo neighborhood townie bar since 2004 with daily food specials, satellite TV for sports events, wifi, and pool tournaments on Weds at 7:30pm. Que Pasa has open mike night on Fri at 5pm; live country and/or rock music, Thurs-Sat at 8pm. Bands that play here include Hoochie Coochie Men, Brittany Kingery, Beverly and Willow, Pacific Rock Company, Texas Embassy Blues Band, and Joe King Carrasco. Happy hour, 4pm-7:30pm. Kitchen, 11am-10pm. Daily, 11am-2am
(formerly Glam) - Central - 460 Morelos. Cell: 044-322-108-4358,
Closed autumn 2014. One of Puerto Vallarta's newest upscale downtown disco-club-antro, Roo is the recently totally remodeled version of Glam. Opened late October 2010. Several levels and different terraces for seating and plenty of TV screens with music videos, dance floor lighting and music. Rather elegant and now a popular PV clubbing spot. The front outdoor terrace is a popular drinking-conversation area. Roo has a club location in Cancun. Cover at times with a semi-casual dress code. Sun-Weds, 7pm-4am; Thurs-Sat, 7pm-6am
Sea Monkey - Los Muertos beach - 174 Aquiles
Serdan. Tel: 222-2174
Beachfront bar and restaurant. Especially popular for the $1 margaritas, cheap beer, people watching and the great Puerto Vallarta sunsets. Same owners as the Cheeky Monkey restaurant-bar downtown. Sea Monkey is located at the Vista del Sol condos on Los Muertos beach, with 8 palapas on the beach as well. Daily, 8:30am-10:30pm
Senor Frog's - Downtown
- 786 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Telephone: 226-9260, 222-1444
This restaurant and international night-club chain has a lively atmosphere, especially on the weekends. Big drinks, ample food portions and loud music make Senor Frogs is a favorite with the younger crowd for the Tuesday Foam party, and for families who stop in for a bite to eat during the day. Recently moved over from Morelos street to the malecón where it took over the great spot from Punto V in late 2014. Often crowded; eats served until midnight; occasional live rock and roll. Dress comfortably, always casual. Daily, 10am-1am but Tues, Fri, and Sat with open bar they often stay open until 4am
Sports Bar - South Side/Romantic Zone - 286 Basilio Badillo. Phone:
Lots of conversation, drinks, simple food, board games and sports on the 8-10 televisions in one of the most popular Puerto Vallarta sports bars. "Vallarta's NASCAR headquarters. American and Canadian satellite systems show NFL, CFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, NCAA basketball and Formula 1 racing". Steve's sports bar and grill is located across from Memo's Pancake House breakfast joint on the Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Row. Daily, 11am-1am
- Hotel Zone - 2125 Francisco Medina Ascensio. Tel: 224-7793, Cell:
This upscale and posh discotheque-dance club in Puerto Vallarta opened in the Hotel Zone in early November 2011 (see photo left), apparently by the same owners as Roo and Hilo downtown. Strana (facebook) has a cover charge of 200 pesos. Located near the Plaza Caracol, Strana is apparently now quite popular and drawing sizeable, trendy crowds. Dress code: formal-elegant; doesn't require reservation. Thus-Sat, 10pm-6am
The Jazz Foundation
- Downtown - 116 Allende, upstairs. Telephone: 113-0295
Newest hot spot with live music along the downtown boardwalk - a jazz club, bar and restaurant, with ocean views. Across the street from popular La Bodeguita del Medio. "A forum, a restaurant, a rest, a bar, class room, a stage, a window of life in the sea, where we worship the essence of life." Also occasional offerings of poetry, alternative tango, soul, R&B and funk. Becoming popular and I've heard good music there on several occasions. Check out more info on the Jazz Foundation where they include the food menu (soups, salad, main dishes) or at their facebook page. Dancing, wireless internet, pet friendly. Daily, 6pm-2am
The Palm Cabaret
and Bar - South Side - 508 Olas Altas. Tel: 222-0200, Cell: 044-322-168-9950
The Palm Cabaret since 1999 has been Puerto Vallarta's original and longest running showplace venue on the South Side. It has a large inside bar and entertainment area and an outside terrace for street-side seating and people watching. Shows this coming season are scheduled for seven nights per week, usually with two different shows each evening. The line up for the 2015-2016 season, which will again spice up life in town, include: Amy Armstrong, Coco Peru, Kim Kuzma, Leslie Jordan, Miss Conception, Simply Barbra, Spencer Day, Well Strung and many others. Audiences will be more comfortable than ever in the intimate 90-seat space with its new upholstered furniture and renovations in the lobby and restrooms. Entertainment director Tracy Parks has cooked up some great ideas and acts, so check out the website and calendar here. You can buy tickets for these performers on-line or at The Palm during the day. Rated as #2 on TripAdvisor for Nightlife in Puerto Vallarta. Info also on facebook. Daily, 7pm-2am
The Redneck Sombrero - Downtown - 868 Paseo
Díaz Ordaz. Cell: 044-322-171-9761
Newest bar on the Malecon, oceanfront with nice views of Banderas Bay and catering to lovers of country music and loud classic rock. Serving food such as burgers, hot dogs, nachos, buritas and tacos. Featuring karaoke Weds at 9pm, and Redneck Reggae with King David Bailey and the Jamex band every Thursday throughout the winter season starting at 9pm mexican time. Visit for more info. Daily, 12pm-2am
Wing's Army - el Centro -
Paseo Diaz Ordaz, upstairs
Side - 345 Basilio Badillo at Insurgentes. Tel: 222-2446
Downtown restaurant and bar chain specializing in chicken wings and other fried and BBQ American dishes. At times featuring local bands in the evening playing rock, ska, reggae from 11pm-3am, usually Thurs, Fri and Sat. The new Wing's Army is located in the middle of the malecon, and there's also one on Basilio Badillo at Insurgentes street in the Old Town Plaza. Locations as well in Cabo San Lucas, Guadalajara, Mazatlan and Cancun. Bar, 12pm-3am
- Downtown - 552 Paseo Diaz Ordaz, upstairs.
Chicken wings, beer and sports, with occasional bands and live music. Located where Bebetero was for years, so Wingman has excellent views overlooking Vallarta's malecon and Banderas Bay from the second level up. With 11+ outlets throughout Mexico, also serving burgers, salads and side orders. Daily, 5pm-3am
Night Club - North Side - Ave. de las Garzas next to the Krystal Hotel.
Cell: 044-322-105-8437, 221-3510, 221-2473
Xtine is a large discotheque dance club on the north side of town, where the famed Christine Club used to be, and next door to the Krystal resort-hotel. Totally remodeled inside and out during the summer 2012, Puerto Vallarta Xtine Garden (facebook) opened just before Christmas 2011 and was formerly known for about a year (Dec 2010-Dec 2011) as Hyde nightclub. Dress code/attire: formal/elegant/dressy. Valet parking. Thurs-Sun, 10pm-8am
the Zoo Bar - Central -
630 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Tel: 222-4945, 044-322-150-6574
Great sounds and a cool ambiance make the Zoo bar/antro (photo left) one of the best nightclubbing and dance spots in Puerto Vallarta. The party music is a combination of techno, hip hop, dance, Latin, reggae and pop and the DJ at the Zoo night club knows how to mix 'em good. Nicely remodeled in March 2010; mixed reviews. Cover charge on weekends at around 100 pesos. Casual. Bar opens at Noon with some light food; Music daily, 8pm-3am
Further information and Puerto Vallarta nightlife reviews and recommended hangouts can be found here: All Vallarta Message Board - Bar and Restaurant Reviews (probably the liveliest and most current Board-forum in town) and there's always Trip Advisor's Nightlife in Puerto Vallarta - Attractions, and the Nightlife in PV by Student Travel at About.com to check out. One of the finest overall local entertainment calendars of daily events are at Rick and Sarah Hepting's helpful The PV Scene (events, entertainment, art, etc); and one of the best websites with photos of fun revelers having a great time at many of the straight night spots is on the Vallarteando website (eventos, antros, bares, fotos - in Spanish) and Vallarteando facebook.
Remember, the info provided in the Puerto Vallarta Gay Travel Guide was considered accurate when posted but changes occur, so you may wish to confirm any details directly with the businesses in question before planning your time out. Travel advice: As in all of Mexico, I recommend that you check drink and food prices before ordering, always keep good track of your bill, pay in cash whenever possible (avoid use of credit cards) and be sure to count your change regardless of which places you go out to to party, eat, socialize or dance. Please be generous in your tipping to our friends and waiters here in Puerto Vallarta as wages in Mexico tend to be scandalously low; tip rate is same as in the USA, 15-20%. Go here for some of my own excellent travel tips & vacation advice.
Note: The Pto. Vallarta, Mexico nightlife scene has changed considerably over the last few years. Along the malecon, Kahlua and Mogambo were sold together in 2007 and soon replaced by the now quite popular Mandala discotheque-bar. Senor Frog's moved over from V. Carranza street on the South Side to its current excellent locale where Planet Hollywood was years ago. The age-old Carlos O'Brian's was replaced after over 30 years by the sleek new nightclub-restaurant Punto V, and the beautiful old No Name Cafe building (like O'Brian's) was demolished in 2009 to make way for the chic restaurant-disco Glam, which occupied that coveted Puerto Vallarta downtown location less than a year, and has itself just been replaced-remodeled into the upscale new disco-bar Roo which had its inauguration in October 2010. Wing's Army, which had taken over the old Viejo Vallarta restaurant spot, moved into the more central location as the beachfront part of Z-tai restaurant in the middle of the downtown boardwalk next door to Bubba Gump restaurant. The new Plaza Peninsulaby the Pitillal river in the Hotel Zone now hosts three popular nighteries: Barra Bar/Disco Rocki, La Isla, and de Santos (which moved over from Morelos street in mid-2011). After 24 years, Christine disco permanently closed in late September 2010, was taken over by the totally remodeled and expanded Hyde nightclub-disco (opening late December 2010) which has now been taken over and renamed as Xtine (opened December 2011). The younger crowds used to hang out on the malecon across from Carlos O'Brian's to socialize, drink and watch the passersby; now they tend to gather across from club Mandala and The Zoo bar.
Puerto Vallarta nightclubs Punto V, Senor Frogs, and discotheque Christine (now known as Xtine Garden) for great nightlife
Hard Rock Cafe, Mandala and Zoo on the Malecon; Cuates & Cuetes bar on Los Muertos beach; Zoo nightclub
Hilo nightclub downtown malecon; Marina Vallarta and El Faro lighthouse bar; La Santa disco
La Bodeguita restaurant-bar with Cuban music; Puerto Vallarta downtown club La Vaquita; old Carlos O'Briens staff
Vallarta Club Photos
Nightclub & Bar Images II
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