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.