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Live Music and Late-Night Revelry: 10 Best Nightspots in Cabo



Cabo San Lucas is a night owl's paradise, with a host of great bars, clubs, lounges, live music venues and other after dark diversions. The two best nightspots, El Squid Roe and Cabo Wabo, have been open for more than twenty years and are still going strong. Squid Roe is the best place to make new friends and do jello shots at three in the morning, while Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo boasts the best live rock and roll in town.

The heart of the nightlife district in Cabo San Lucas is centered around Plaza Bonita, and this high-density, high-energy strip is home to many of the city's best late night clubs, including Squid Roe, Mandala, Pink Kitty. La Vaquita, Baja Junkie and Rockstone Tavern. DJs, dancing and high-end bottle service rule at Mandala and Pink Kitty. Rockstone, meanwhile, offers nightly live music and excellent pub-style comfort food.

Beer lovers will be drawn to Baja Sur's first craft brewery, Baja Brewing Company, which now has three locations in Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, including a rooftop aerie at Cabo Villas overlooking Médano Beach, and a scenic spot on the Marina at Puerto Paraíso. Nowhere Bar remains the most popular haunt on the Marina, however, with excellent happy hour deals and the best ladies' night in town.


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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 favorites. Menu highlights include nachos, French fries, fried pickles, onion rings, poppers and popcorn shrimp, as well as more filling fare like burgers and sea bass sandwiches topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. Live music is on tap nightly - most notably from local favorites Los Rancheros Tristes - and special drink prices are offered for beers and margaritas during happy hour and NFL games.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Rocktsone is one of Cabo's best new live music venues, and also offers tasty pub-style comfort food and frequent drink specials.

Chris's expert tip: Try the Kick-Start My Heart Slider plate, featuring three mini cheeseburgers and French fries.

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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 expat or a member of the local drinking society. It's located at the Plaza de la Danza near Nick-San and the Tesoro Los Cabos resort, and features plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Great live music is a semi-regular occurrence, and this is one of the more popular places in Cabo San Lucas to watch live sporting events. The bar draws big crowds for hockey, football, basketball, and soccer matches from around the world. The outdoor section features umbrella-shaded tables, and offers prime people watching along Marina Boulevard. Pub-style food is available from the onsite kitchen, and the nearby deli Tio Guido's will happily deliver to your barstool.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: This is the best locals' bar in Cabo San Lucas.

Chris's expert tip: A great place to catch a football game of either the American or Mexican variety. The barbecue bacon cheeseburgers head the menu options.

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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 lighting, upscale décor, and a full slate of VIP amenities. Along with Pink Kitty and El Squid Roe, this is the top nightclub in the traditional downtown nightlife district, and one of the better spots for after midnight, bottle service related revelry. The dance floor is huge, with celebrity DJs imported for special occasions. Mandala throws the region's best Halloween party, crushes New Year's Eve, and is among the top local late night hangouts for visiting celebrities.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Mandala is one of Cabo's hippest nightspots, and also rates as one of the city's best dance clubs.

Chris's expert tip: VIP tables are the most in-demand amenity. Call ahead for availability, or visit mandalatickets.com/en/cabos/disco/mandala.

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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 (next door to Happy Ending). The music varies according to the time of day (or night), ranging from country to hard rock to late night dance mixes. A hard rocking band plays six nights a week, and the crowds are generally going strong well after midnight. But perhaps the best thing about Cabo Blue is that it not only draw hordes of tourists, but has also become popular with the local crowd via competitive prices and daily specials. The food is consistently good, particularly the hamburgers and french fries.

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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 this is still a popular hangout for night owls who want to avoid the disco/DJ scene: those who don't want to feel out of place in their ripped jeans and concert shirts, or need a place to wash out the road dust after stabling their Harley. Sports are shown on the high-def televisions, but the sound is turned down whenever there's a good band playing, which still happens on a regular basis. Thursday is ladies' night.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Jungle Bar is one of the best sports bars and live music venues in downtown Cabo San Lucas.

Chris's expert tip: Visit www.facebook.com/JungleBarCabo/ to get up-to-date information about live bands and daily drink specials.

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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 local late night scene. Once a popular stop for visiting celebrities, it remains one of the few places visitors can really show off their upscale tropical wardrobe. It's also a great place to dance the night away, thanks to a rotating cast of great international DJs. In addition to the terrific dance music, there are also many theme parties and special events.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Pink Kitty is one of the best dance club in Los Cabos.

Chris's expert tip: Pink Kitty is known for their special events, past examples of which include the Valentine's Day Love and Lust Lingerie Ball and the Pimp and Ho Charity Costume Ball.

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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 exceedingly popular with tourists and locals alike. Fine food is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with menu options ranging from hamburgers and gourmet pizzas to filet mignon and other high-end entrées. The beers are excellent, either in a bottle or on tap, and you can order flights of the draft beer for a sudsy overview of their offerings. If you can only visit one of their locations, check out the rooftop brew pub at Cachet, which offers gorgeous views of Playa El Médano and the spectacular granite monuments at Land's End.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Baja Brewing Company is a mecca for visiting beer lovers.

Chris's expert tip: Try their bacon blue cheese burger with basil paired with their Peyote IPA, or their coffee-dusted filet mignon with the Escorpion Negro.

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Don't think for a second that Nowhere Bar doesn't rage until the wee hours of the morning. But among discerning locals, this marina facing bar at Plaza Bonita is best known as a preferred place to start the party after dinner. The location is hard to beat, with a dockside perch looking out across the marina and the fishing boats gently rocking in their slips. It's a gorgeous site in the gloaming, with crowds milling about on the boardwalk promenade, and the occasional waterfront cameo by a pelican or sea lion. The drinks flow here all day, but the dancing starts after dark. This is one of the best dance bars downtown, and it's quite close to several of the others, including Mandala, Pink Kitty, Coco Bongo and Squid Roe. So start here and if it isn't going off yet, you can club hop until you find a spot you like. Odds are pretty good you'll end up Nowhere again at closing time.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Nowhere Bar is one of the most popular watering holes on the Cabo San Lucas Marina.

Chris's expert tip: Nowhere is exactly where you want to be during happy hour. Watch the fishing boats return with their catches, or just watch the world go by while you work up an appetite for dinner.

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Cabo Wabo has come a long way in 29 years, since its MTV advertised premiere birthed a brand new Spring Break destination. Originally opened in 1990 by Sammy Hagar and his then Van Halen bandmates - who can forget the eponymous song from their OU812 album? - Cabo Wabo has since become a mandatory stop for just about everyone who visits Cabo San Lucas, even cruise ship passengers who only come ashore for a few hours. It's a complete lifestyle experience, albeit one which continues to revolve around live music. A house band jams good-time rock n' roll seven nights a week, with occasional cameos from visiting country and rock stars. But there are other reasons beyond boogying down to stop by, from "waboritas" (the house version of the margarita) to comfort food specialty dishes and souvenir t-shirts. The best time to visit is during October, when "The Red Rocker" himself hosts his annual birthday bashes with plenty of big-name guests.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Squid Roe and Cabo Wabo are the two landmarks of the Cabo nightlife scene.

Chris's expert tip: The best time to visit Cabo Wabo is in October, when Sammy's birthday bash draws plenty of other famous musicians and celebrities, as well as fans from across the U.S. and Canada.

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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 Lucas nightlife scene. Whenever you see unfortunate after midnight-photos of celebrities in Cabo, odds are this is where they were taken. Everyone goes here, both locals and tourists, and the multiple levels are usually crowded by midnight. After midnight, the pace accelerates, as do the jello shots. Late night ballast is available from the Billy Kitchen.

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

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