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 remains the area’s signature stop for residents and long-time visitors, thanks to its old-school atmosphere, downhome menu and amazing barstool vantages of Land’s End. But Sancho’s Bar, a relative newcomer by comparison, is catching up quickly with its scenic location overlooking the Cabo San Luca Marina, and a firm commitment to the “tacos and tequila’ lifestyle.

Cabo Wabo and Mango Deck are iconic names to long-time visitors. They’ve been around for what feels like forever–teaching more than one generation what it means to party like a rock star, Cabo style–and both still consistently pull in the crowds with lively atmosphere and entertainment. 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.



Happy Ending has a loyal clientele, and not for the reason their name might suggest. Think value instead. Their ongoing offer of two beers and two tequila shots for $5 remains the best deal in town. Unlike many bars in Cabo San Lucas that don't...  Read More



There always seems to be an "it" bar in Cabo San Lucas, a place where expats and regular visitors congregate en masse, and every visit promises reunions with long-lost friends. Since its opening in late 2016, Sancho's has been that bar, due in...  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



Hidden in the breezeway behind Solomon's Landing, on the marina side of Tesoro Los Cabos Resort, Two for the Road is the premier local spot for live jazz, martinis and even a bit of sophisticated conversation. Marty and Kathy Daniels - he plays...  Read More



Named for the village in Gabriel Garcia Márquez's 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, Macondo is the Cabo San Lucas version of "magical realism." Nothing about it is like other downtown bars, from the Spanish galleon bursting through the...  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



Baja California Sur's first brewery has three locations - the original in San José del Cabo, a rooftop aerie on the ninth floor of Cachet Beach Club, and an air-conditioned oasis overlooking the Cabo San Lucas Marina - all of which have proved...  Read More



Every day feels like Spring Break at Mango Deck. Looking for a place with bikini contests? Sex position contests? Banana eating contests? A mustachioed Pancho Villa lookalike named Big Johnson who carries holsters filled with tequila bottles,...  Read More



Cabo Wabo has come a long way in 28 regards its surroundings and its business, which has spun off a tequila brand and several U.S. locations. Originally opened in 1990 by Sammy Hagar and his then Van Halen bandmates - who can forget...  Read More



The walls of Latitude 22+ are a Los Cabos history lesson, filled with old photos 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


Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is co-founder of CaboVivo, co-writer of Fodor's Los Cabos travel guidebook, Editor at Baja.Ca, and a contributor to Forbes and 10Best at USA Today, as well as other websites and...  More About Chris