Best Dance Clubs in Cabo San Lucas: Where to Get Down Tonight

There are basically two types of places to dance in Cabo San Lucas: hip late night clubs that feature high-energy house beats from a mix of local and international DJs, and live music venues showcasing old-fashioned, good-time rock n' roll. Lovers of the latter should definitely visit Rockstone Tavern and Cabo Wabo Cantina (founded by former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar), two of the top local boogie down bars.

More sophisticated sorts–or at least those that eschew denim, guitar solos and Jack Daniels shots–will want to hit the dance floor at 11:11, the new "Disco Room" at Plaza del Pescador in San José del Cabo. ME Cabo Hotel on Médano Beach is also a must visit: the hip Deco-style resort boasts dance-friendly Passion Club and Lounge, as well as a lively poolside scene, with seas of bikini-clad revelers enjoying all-day dance music and swim-up cocktails.

Pink Kitty, Mandala and Knotty Social Club are among the most popular clubs in Cabo San Lucas' downtown nightlife district, thanks to driving dance beats and plenty of high-end bottle service. High-profile international guest DJs and special theme nights are frequent features at all three of these clubs, while resident DJ talent typically pulls in the late night crowds at Baja Junkie and El Squid Roe.

One of the newest additions to the Cabo San Lucas nightlife scene, this combination sports bar/restaurant/live music venue opened in 2013, showcasing rock n' roll themed décor, indoor and outdoor bars and a generous selection of comfort food...  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

Cabo Wabo is where you go if you want to see a rock star. This is where you go if you want to party like one. The downtown nightspot supreme, El Squid Roe has been packing in the crowds for decades, and is one of the landmarks of the Cabo San...  Read More

The most notable nightclub addition of 2015 is The Rooftop at The Cape, the new Thompson Hotel at Sunset Point in the tourist corridor that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Set atop a six story boutique resort, this hip new late...  Read More

ME Cabo Resort boasts of "an experience beyond mere accommodation," and the property certainly delivers. In addition to a spectacular Médano Beach location and breathtaking views of Land's End and Bahia San Lucas, it also offers a stunning...  Read More

Baja Junkie doesn't get going until late, but remains one of the better clubs in town after midnight, with quality DJs or live music. A slightly more upscale alternative to neighbor El Squid Roe, this is a regular stop on the local circuit for...  Read More

Since opening in November 2012, Knotty has been one of the most popular late night dance spots in Cabo San Lucas. The Plaza Bonita based club was designed by the hip design outfit Davis Ink, and sports a sound system worthy of the world-class...  Read More

A chic and sexy downtown nightclub with boutique boudoir décor and lots of high-end bottle service, Pink Kitty has, for at least seven years now, been among the premier places to see and be seen in downtown Cabo San Lucas, and a landmark of the...  Read More

The Cabo San Lucas version of Mandala (their original location is in Cancún) offers a more traditionally club-like atmosphere than next door neighbor El Squid Roe, with great dance music from a rotating cast of international DJs, colorful...  Read More

Although lacking the boisterous nightlife scene of sister city Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo does offer after dark attractions, most notably at Plaza del Pescador, a shopping mall and entertainment area across from the Playa Hotelera. Plaza...  Read More


Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is Editor at, 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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