The Party That Never Ends: Downtown Cabo's Uninhibited Nightlife Scene



Rowdy, rollicking, boisterous, spirited, uninhibited...the nightlife scene in Cabo San Lucas has been called many things, but boring isn't one of them. Although beach bars and waterfront cantinas have certainly contributed to the city's well-earned reputation as a party hearty paradise, the heart and soul of Cabo's vibrant nightlife scene is the downtown tourist district, particularly the two block stretch surrounding Plaza Bonita.This hip, dance club filled quarter showcases Cabo San Lucas at its late night best, and is home to signature nightspots like Baja Junkie, Mandala, Rockstone Tavern, El Vaquita and El Squid Roe.

Rather rock n’ roll all night? Top local venues like Jungle Bar and former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina serve up hard rocking live entertainment on a regular basis, as do downtown neighbors like Cabo Blue and Tanga Tanga. But like the KISS song says – KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, by the way, have their own place on Cabo San Lucas’ marina boardwalk – to do it right, you have to “rock n’ roll all night” AND “party every day.” So during daylight hours, these popular haunts also feature plenty of pub-style grub, happy hour drink specials and televised sporting events.




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 charter boat captain or jewelry store owner. It's located at the Plaza de la Danza near Nick-San and the Tesoro Los Cabos...  Read More




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




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




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




Jungle Bar has never quite been the same as it was during the heyday of Strogeno, when lead singer Monster and the boys would kick out the jams four nights a week - in two languages - and the crowds would spill far out onto the sidewalks. But...  Read More




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 (right next...  Read More




The Cabo 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 lighting,...  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




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


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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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