10 Best LGBT-Friendly Bars and Clubs in Los Cabos

With its "anything goes" attitude, Cabo San Lucas has always been relatively tolerant and gay friendly, and Los Cabos in general is hospitable to the LGBT community, particularly in terms of vacation villas and marriage and renewal of vows ceremonies. Despite the respectable turnout for the annual Gay Pride parade, however, the area lacks the vibrant gay nightlife scene found in some of the more highly populated Mexican cities and resort areas. There are gay bars here, but not as many as you might think, and much of the local scene is centered around the larger and more diversity-friendly dance clubs like Passion, Pink Kitty and Mandala.

Chandelier's is the center of the gay club scene in Cabo San Lucas. The second story party palace opened in 2013 the heart of the tourist district (less than a block from Cabo Wabo Cantina), and now showcases its reverse banker’s hours (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) four nights a week. Nearby Glow, located at the site of the former Angel's Gay Bar, also offers lively theme nights and high-energy dance music from house DJs.

ME Cabo Hotel on Médano Beach has always been gay friendly, and draws diverse crowds for the daily pool parties and occasional theme nights at Passion Club and other onsite lounges. Pink Kitty and Mandala are the top dance clubs in the downtown area, with rotating casts of international DJs, and plenty of high-end bottle service.

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

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

Nowhere is exactly where you want to be. That's the motto of the bar, and it's often true, particularly on Tuesdays, when Nowhere Bar hosts Cabo's best ladies' night. Ladies drink for free from 8-10 p.m., and single men might also want to take...  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

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

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

A chic and sexy downtown nightclub with boutique boudoir décor and lots of high-end bottle service, Pink Kitty has, for at least five years anyway, been among the premier places to see and be seen in downtown Cabo San Lucas. A popular stop for...  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 Cabo San Lucas Bay, it also offers a stunning...  Read More

Located on the site of the former Angel's and Closet, Glow is one of the few gay bars currently open in downtown Cabo San Lucas. It's pretty laid back in the early evening, but picks up steam late night, with DJs pumping high energy dance music,...  Read More

Billed as "the official gay bar of Los Cabos," Chandelier's has been the center of Cabo San Lucas' LGBT scene since its opening several years ago, drawing lively crowds with theme nights, strip and drag shows (Boys n' Heels are a local...  Read More


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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