Land's End Watering Holes: The 10 Best Bars in Cabo San Lucas



Nightlife in Cabo San Lucas has several different settings,from high-energy dance clubs to laid-back cantinas. Even the word nightlife is something of a misnomer, since many beachside hangouts draw large crowds in the afternoon, and generous happy hour specials are a feature of most downtown drinking establishments. Nonetheless, good old-fashioned bars – lively and welcoming watering holes with honest drinks and good-time music – are relatively easy to find.

One of the easiest ways to gauge the quality of area establishments is by counting the number of expats and local types holding down bar front real estate. Tourist Corridor landmark Latitude 22+ Roadhouse is the area’s signature stop for residents and long-time visitors, thanks to its old-school atmosphere, downhome menus, and amazing barstool vantages of Land’s End.

Cabo Wabo and Giggling Marlin remain two of the top time-tested stops in Cabo San Lucas. Both have been around for more than 20 years, but still consistently pull in the crowds with live entertainment and late night revelry. Beer lovers, meanwhile, will find it hard to resist Baja Brewing Company, which serves up fine food and the best suds in Baja California Sur at three area locations.




Owners Scott and Amanda Osborne have helped make this one of the most popular downtown bars, fusing great pub-style food and eclectic music to create a thriving late night party atmosphere in their courtyard location at Plaza Real (next door to...  Read More




This place has a loyal clientele, and it's easy to see why. Their ongoing offer of two beers and two tequila shots for five dollars remains the best deal in town. Unlike many bars in Cabo San Lucas that don't really hit their stride until after...  Read More




If Cabo San Lucas had a hall of fame for drinking establishments, Giggling Marlin would be in it. Although not as popular as it once was - its halcyon days as a party mecca were in the 1990s – the place still retains an esteemed spot on the...  Read More




Billed as the "World's Smallest Bar," Slim's packs a lot of atmosphere into a very small space at Plaza de los Mariachis: four seats facing the bar, with two standing room spots at the front window. The décor consists largely of signed dollar...  Read More




Tanga Tanga is a favorite of locals, and a great place to hang out if you want to end up in a conversation with a grizzled expat or a member of the local drinking society. It's located at the Plaza de la Danza near Nick-San and the Tesoro Los...  Read More




Beloved by locals and tourists alike for its laid-back beachfront atmosphere, Zipper's offers excellent comfort food and easy access to some of the area's best surf breaks. Set on Costa Azul Beach - site of the annual WSL sanctioned Los Cabos...  Read More




Yes, the spirit of Boston is alive and well in the heart of Cabo San Lucas. The recently opened Fenway Bar - it premiered in March 2016 - was the inspiration of long-time Red Sox fan and former Baja María proprietor Ignacio "Nacho" Padilla....  Read More




Cabo Wabo has seen a lot of growth in the last twenty years, in its surroundings and in its business, which has now spun off a tequila brand and several U.S. locations. The bar was started by former Van Halen and Montrose frontman Sammy Hagar,...  Read More




Baja California Sur's first brewery has three locations - the original in San José del Cabo, a rooftop spot on the ninth floor of Cabo Villas on Médano Beach, and on the Cabo San Lucas Marina at Puerto Paraíso - all of which have proved...  Read More




The walls of Latitude 22+ are a Los Cabos history lesson, filled with old photos of enormous catches and fishing contests, prominent local personages, and even life preservers from notable area vessels. The place comes by its nautical aspect...  Read More


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Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is Editor at Baja.com, co-writer of Fodor’s 2015 guide to Los Cabos, and a regular contributor to Los Cabos Magazine and 10 Best/USA Today. He lives in Cabo San Lucas.

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