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Puerto Vallarta Nightlife – Top 50 bars and nightclubs

February 27, 2019 by Justin

Nightclubs, bars on the beach, Tex-Mex, cantinas, Salsa bars, Jazz, Rock n’ Roll bars, and rooftop terrace bars, Puerto Vallarta nightlife has everything. 

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Top 50 bars and nightclubs by zone

Puerto Vallarta is divided into zones so this guide for Puerto Vallarta nightlife is divided into the different city zones to help you plan and navigate your fun!

All pins have the full address, website, images and contact details. Zoom in and out on the map

In the north, there is Nuevo Vallarta, with orange pins

Just below the airport, there is Marina Vallarta, which have black pins

South of the Marine is the Hotel Zone with red pins for nightclubs

Downtown (or central) Puerto Vallarta has purple pins

and The Romantic Zone has green pins

Puerto Vallarta Nightlife – Nuevo Vallarta

1. Santuario Nightclub

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The grand palapa and sweeping decks of Santuario at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta

2. Chasers

Address: Ave. Mexico at Blvd. de Nayarit 570

Chasers is a sports bar and grill close to El Tigre golf course. It’s excellent for socializing after a round of golf. It has all US television networks on six plasma TV screens. Under an open-air palapa roof, with tasty bar food. Open daily from noon to 1 am. 


Puerto Vallarta Nightlife – Marina Vallarta

3. El Faro Lighthouse Bar

Address: 245 Paseo de la Marina

El Faro lighthouse bar and cocktail lounge offer panoramic views that overlook the Marina from the 110-foot tower. Full bar and wine list, El Faro is good for groups and business meetings and is often crowded at sunset. Opens daily, from 5 pm to 1 am

4. Brando’s Bar

Address: Condos Marina del Rey 

Sports bar and restaurant overlooking the Marina harbor.  Open daily, from 2 pm to 2 am


5. Champions Sports Bar

Address: Paseo de la Marina 435 (at Hotel Marriott)

Located in the Hotel Marriott Casa Magna, with two giant screens and 21 flat screen televisions showing multiple programs and sports. Serves American foods such as burgers, sandwiches, pizza, tacos. It also has pool tables. Open daily, from 11 am to 2 am



Puerto Vallarta Nightlife – Hotel Zone

6. Abolengo Bar

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Address: Francisco Medina 2468 (in Plaza Altamar)

Abolengo is a new upscale bar in the Hotel Zone. Part of the Plaza Altamar which includes many super restaurants and La Santa. With capacity is 400 people, wireless internet, Thursday night is ladies night.  Opens daily, from 6 pm to 2 am


7. La Santa Night Club

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Address: Francisco Medina Ascencio 2468

Next door to Abolengo, La Santa is the newest and hottest club in the city. There are 2 sections, the first is the club side with a large dance floor, house and guest DJs, the second section is the lounge with a retractable roof and swimming pool. La Santa has a high-end dress code, dress to impress. The capacity is 2800 people. Open from Thursdays to Saturdays, from 11 pm to 6 am

8. Strana Niteclub

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Address: Francisco Medina Ascensio 2125

Located near the Plaza Caracol, Strana is located near the Plaza Caracol. There is a cover charge of 200 pesos. Considered upscale, with a trendy crowd and elegant dress code. Opens Thursday to Saturday, from 10 pm to 6 am


9. Barra Bar Nightclub

Address: Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio 2485

Barra bar plays music and videos from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Dress code is elegant. Opens  Wednesdays to Sunday, from 10 pm to 6 am


Puerto Vallarta Nightlife – Downtown and the Malecon

10. Bar Morelos

Address: Morelos at Aldama 589  

For traditional drinks and a wide variety of mezcal cocktails; often with live music. With a local crowd rather than tourists, with dressy attire. Often people start at Bar Morelos before going to the nightclub La Vaquita.   Opens daily, from 7 pm to 6 am


11. Bar Océano

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Address: Paseo Diaz Ordaz 565 (upstairs)

This Mexican cantina overlooks downtown and has the most famous local history as Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole used to drink and socialize there in the ’60s. It serves seafood and sandwiches, there is sometimes live jazz, mariachi and salsa music as entertainment in the evenings.  Open daily, from 8 am to midnight. A great place for margaritas on the beach 


12. Zoo Bar

Address: Paseo Diaz Ordaz 630 

Zoo bar is one of the most popular nightclubs in Downtown Puerto Vallarta. The music is a combination of techno, hip hop, dance, Latin, reggae, and pop. The cover charge on weekends is 100 pesos. Dress code is casual. Open daily from 8 pm to 3 am


13. Cheeky Monkey

Paseo Diaz Ordaz at Corona 556 (upstairs)

Cheeky Monkey is an Italian restaurant and bar on the 2nd and 3rd floors above the Malecon boardwalk. Visitors like Cheeky Monkey for the inexpensive beers, $1 margaritas, watching people on the Malecon and the balcony views of Banderas Bay to see splendid sunsets. Open daily, from 11 am to 10 pm 


14. Day Off Beach Bar

Address: El Malecon 

Day Off Beach Bar is a casual place for drinks and people watching on the New Malecon.   Open on Sunday to Thursday, from 10 am to 2 am; and on Friday to Saturday, from 10 am to 4 am


15. El Nido terrace bar at Chez Elena

Address: Matamoros 520

Rooftop terrace bar at Chez Elena restaurant.  El Nido is also a romantic place with panoramic views of Banderas Bay and its sunsets. Suitable for special occasions such as weddings, anniversary parties, and birthdays.  Open daily from 5 pm to 10 pm


16. La Bodeguita del Medio

Address: Paseo Diaz Ordaz 858

Cuban themed cuisine with live traditional Cuban music, salsa, boleros and rumbas from around 9:30 pm to midnight. Popular and swinging.   Opens daily, from noon to 3 am. 


17. La Ingrata

Address: Mariano Abasolo 169

La Ingrata has three floors: ground level for live music, the first floor has pool tables, and the top floor is a terrace with a DJ. It has a varied and mixed crowd.  Opens Monday to Saturday, from 9 pm to 6 am


18. La Regadera

Address: Morelos 666

La Regadera is a cantina and karaoke bar, and a Downtown dance club on two levels. It boasts a selection of 7,000 songs in English and Spanish to choose from and over 12 plasma screens.  Opens Wednesday to Saturday, from 9 pm to 4 am


19. Revolution restaurant and bar

Address:  Matamoros  245

The interior bar area has several TV screens for watching sports and an outdoor patio is for dining and conversation. It is one of the oldest cantina-taverns in Puerto Vallarta. Opens daily, from 8 am to 2 am


20. La Vaquita Niteclub

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Address: Paseo Diaz Ordaz 610

La Vaquita translates to “the little cow”. Located on the Malecon boardwalk, it is 1 of 3 of the most happening Downtown Vallarta nightlife venues. Mandala, the Zoo, and La Vaquita are located next to each other on Diaz Ordaz street.  Dress code is casual. Opens daily, from 7 pm to 6 am


21. Karaoke Liberty

Address: Morelos 676

As the name suggests Karaoke is a Mexican cantina and karaoke bar. A friendly atmosphere with 8,000 songs available. Liberty is next door to the other popular karaoke bar on the list, La Regadera, but is larger and more spacious. Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 9 pm to 4 am


22. Mandala Niteclub

Address: Paseo Diaz Ordaz 640

Mandala is a hip, high-tech club, restaurant & video bar. Popular with tourists and upscale crowds for its Hindu style-concept interior. Music is Spanish pop, electronic and party music mix. Mandala has a Sky Bar lounge rooftop for drinks and a view of the Malecon. Mandala draws a large people-watching crowd on the Malecon too. Dress code is formal/flashy.  Opens daily, from 6 pm to 6 am


23. Murphy’s Irish Pub

Address: Morelos 484  

Murphy’s Irish Pub does exactly what it says on the sign, beer, whiskey, occasional live music, cable TV for sports, pool table, wifi, and food. The upstairs restaurant, Viejo Vallarta, serves Mexican and seafood. 


24. Paradise Burger

Address: Paseo Diaz Ordaz 74

Located facing the ocean in the middle of the Malecón, Paradise Burger serves an American style menu with some Mexican specialties added to spice things up. Opens Thursday to Saturdays, 10 pm to 2 am


25. I Party Lounge

Address: Avenida Mexico 993

I Party Lounge has a pleasant open-air sitting area with a nice view. Located across from Hidalgo Park just before the Malecon. Opens daily, from 4 pm to 4 am


26. Senor Frog’s

Address: Paseo Diaz Ordaz 786

Senor Frogs is a restaurant and nightclub with a lively atmosphere, especially on the weekends. Big food portions, big drinks, and loud music make Senor Frogs more popular with younger folks. Dress code is casual.  Opens daily, from 10 am to 1 am 


27. The Jazz Foundation

Address: Allende 116 ( upstairs )

A jazz club, bar, and restaurant, on the downtown boardwalk, with ocean views! Opens daily, from 6 pm to 2 am

28. The Redneck Sombrero

Address: Paseo Díaz Ordaz 868 

For lovers of country music and loud classic rock, the Redneck Sombrero is on the Malecon and has oceanfront views of Banderas Bay. Serving food such as burgers, hot dogs, nachos, burritos, and tacos.  Opens daily, from 12 pm to 2 am


29. Wingman

Address: Paseo Diaz Ordaz 552 (upstairs)

Wingman has excellent views overlooking the Malecon and the Banderas Bay from the second floor.  Serving wings, burgers, salads and bar food.  Opens daily, from 5 pm to 3 am


Puerto Vallarta Nightlife – Romantic Zone / South Side / Old Town


30. Andale Restaurant & Bar

Address: Olas Altas 425

Andale’s bar is one of Puerto Vallarta’s oldest family-owned restaurant bars. The restaurant occupies the downstairs and sidewalk outside, the bar takes up the 1st floor for music and dancing and the 2nd and 3rd floors overlook Olas Altas street. Opens daily from 8 in the morning to 2 am at night. 

31. Bar La Playa

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Address: Lazaro Cardenas 179

Serves handcrafted mixes of refreshing and uniquely flavored cocktails, as well as imported beers. Excellent ratings, small and trendy, located across from the Lazaro Cardenas Park. Creative drinks and a fun lively atmosphere. Happy hour, 3 pm – 5 pm.  Mon-Sat, 12pm-Midnight

32. Cuates y Cuetes

Address: Francisca Rodríguez 101

Located on Los Muertos, Cuates y Cuetes has good live musicians playing jazz, salsa, light rock or reggae in the evenings. There is a happy hour from sunset to 11 pm. Cuates y Cuetes is popular for their sunset and happy hour.  Opens daily, from 8 am to 11:30 pm


33. El Torito Sports Bar & Grill

Address: Ignacio Vallarta 290

With seven satellites and twenty-five televisions with capacity for 250 fans and diners. Showing all US domestic sports channels. El Torito sports bar & grill is recognized for their BBQ ribs and chicken wings. Happy hour is from 5 pm to 7 pm.  Opens daily, from 11 am to 2 am

34. La Noche

Address: Lazaro Cardenas 257

La Noche is a gay nightclub with a two-level rooftop garden bar area with views of the town.  It is popular with locals and tourists, many starting here before going out to dance at Paco’s Ranch and CC Slaughters.  Opens daily, from 7 pm to 3 am


35. Los Muertos Brewing Company

Address: Lazaro Cardenas 302

Puerto Vallarta’s first craft brewery is an authentic, open-air cantina style pub serving a variety of artisanal beers including stouts, malty ambers, and even fruit-infused ales. There are board games on the tables, foosball, and a shuffleboard table. The restaurant on the 2nd floor has New York style pizzas.  Open daily, from 12 pm to 12 am


36. Players Sports Bar

Address: Rodolfo Gomez 138

Players Sports Bar is a recent addition to Puerto Vallarta with sidewalk tables and inside seating. There are several TVs with mainstream sports, and the prices are good.  Opens daily, from 12 Noon to 1 am


37. Kelly’s Pour Favor 

Address: Lazaro Cardenas 245 

Pour Favor Sports Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, salads, sandwiches. Happy hour is from 11 am 5 pm.  Opens daily, from 10 am to 11 pm


38. Que Pasa Bar & Grill 

Address: Aquiles Serdan at Cardenas 625

Described as a “Gringo townie bar” with daily food specials, sports satellite TV, wifi, pool tournaments, open mike nights, live country and/or rock music.  Happy hour from 4 pm to 7:30 pm. Opens daily, from 11 am to 2 am


39. The Palm Cabaret and Bar

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Address: Olas Altas 508 

The Palm Cabaret has a large inside bar and entertainment area and an outside terrace for street-side seating. There are often two different shows each evening, seven days a week.  It is an intimate 90-seat space with nicely upholstered furniture. Check out the current calendar. Buy tickets online or at box office during the day. Opens daily, from 7 pm to 2 am


40. All Access Sports Bar

Address: Lazaro Cardenas 175  

All Access Sports Bar is a good place to grab a beer and catch a domestic US sports game. Seating outside and indoor, serving drinks and American style food. Opens daily, from 12 pm to 2 am


41. Roxy Rock House

Address: Ignacio Vallarta 217

Roxy Rock House is a venue for rhythm and blues, but also playing rock n roll, Latin and reggae, mariachi, and guest bands. Music generally starts at 10 pm. Opens daily, from 9 pm to 6 am

42. El Sonador

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Address: Ignacio Vallarta 229

El Sonador is a cantina bar popular for playing pool, an open rooftop terrace, live rock ‘n roll music, film night on Mondays on the roof. Opens daily, from 6 pm to 4 am


43. Piano Bar & Jazz Garbo

Address: Pulpito 142 

This bar has an upscale atmosphere, with a minimalist interior style. Popular with tourists and usually with a well-dressed crowd. Live music starts around 10 pm. Opens daily, from 6 pm to 2 am


44. Gringo Loco

Address: Francisco Madero 403 

Gringo Loco is a friendly sports bar inexpensive drinks, live music, pool table, wifi, satellite TV, and outdoor patio seating. Opens daily from 10 am – 2 am 


45. Nacho Daddy

Address: Basilio Badillo 287  

A “Mex-Tex” styled bar and cuisine with several huge television screens. Located in the renowned Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Row, it has live rock music on Saturday nights. Opens  daily, from 11 am to midnight


46. Steve’s Sports Bar

Address: Basilio Badillo 286 

Another sports bar on Restaurant Row with all the big TV’s displaying all the US domestic games and matches. Opens daily, from 11 am to 2 am


47. Twisted Palms Rooftop Lounge

Address: Ignacio Vallarta 228, (upstairs in Plaza Romy)


Twisted Palms Rooftop Lounge is a laid-back, second-floor rooftop bar lounge with a friendly atmosphere. Located upstairs in the interior of Romy Plaza. The lounge area is comfortable and quiet enough for conversation. The cocktail menu includes a long list of martinis and assorted cocktails. Twisted Palms is a popular place for drinks before a night out dancing. Films are sometimes shown on a large projection screen. Opens from  Monday to Sunday, from 4 pm to midnight


48. Zapata Antojeria Mexican Bar

Address: Lazaro Cardenas 308

Zapata Bar is next door to Los Muertos Brewery and has craft beer, cocktails, mezcal, a dance floor, pool table, and multiple televisions. The menu includes Mexican dishes, hamburgers, pizza, and salads. Happy hour is $1 USD a beer, from 12 Noon to 4 pm.  Opens daily, from 3 pm to midnight


49. J&B Salsa Dancing Club

Address: Francisco I Madero 178

Considered by many to be “the best club in town for dancing to live salsa”, J&B Salsa has Latin-Caribbean based music for salsa, cha cha, cumbia, merengue, and samba. Friday and Saturday nights start at midnight with cumbia and salsa.  Opens Monday to Saturday, from 10 pm to 6 am


50. Sea Monkey

Address: Los Muertos beach 

Sea Monkey is a beachfront bar and restaurant. $1 margaritas, cheap beer, socializing, and the beautiful Puerto Vallarta sunsets. Sea Monkey is located on Los Muertos beach, with 8 palapas on the beach as well.  Opens daily, from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm


For more fun activities and information, check out Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

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