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Where to Get Down: The 10 Best Dance Clubs in Los Cabos



There are basically two types of places to dance in Cabo San Lucas: hip late-night clubs that feature high-energy dance music from a mix of local and international DJs, and live music venues showcasing old-fashioned, good-time rock n' roll. Aficionados of the latter should definitely visit boogie down favorite Cabo Wabo Cantina, which was founded by Sammy Hagar and his then Van Halen bandmates back in 1990.

More sophisticated sorts–or at least those that eschew denim, guitar solos and Jack Daniels shots–may prefer to hit the dance floor at OMNIA, the trendy new "dayclub" headlining the entertainment district in Grand Mayan at Vidanta Los Cabos. ME Cabo on Médano Beach is also highly recommended; the chic Deco-style resort boasts a lively poolside scene at Blue Marlin Ibiza, with seas of bikini-clad revelers enjoying all-day (and most of the night) dance music and swim-up cocktails.

Mandala and Pink Kitty are among the most popular clubs in Cabo San Lucas' downtown nightlife district, thanks to driving dance beats and plenty of high-end bottle service. High-profile international guest DJs and special theme nights are frequent features at both of these clubs, while resident DJ talent typically pulls in the late-night crowds at nearby El Squid Roe.


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The most notable nightclub addition of 2015 was 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-night lounge and beer garden features tropical chic furnishings from Arquitectura de Interiores' Marisabel Gómez Vázquez, and stunning sunset and moonlit views of the granite rock formations at the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula. Local craft beers and cocktails from the resident mixologist provide plenty of flavor, with rhythms courtesy of guest musicians or visiting DJs. The Rooftop is already a popular venue for private events, and is quickly becoming a favorite weekend haunt of the local smart set.




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 note, although they'll have to pay for their drinks. The DJs are great, not only for Ladies' Night, but just about every night, and the location is fantastic - on the Marina at Plaza Bonita - with splendid views of the pleasure yachts and fishing boats. People watching is also a popular pastime here, as you can watch the world go by along the scenic boardwalk promenade.




Purple is the VIP rooftop lounge at Breathless, the hip new adults-only all-inclusive that opened in December 2015 at the juncture of Médano Beach and the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Festive to-dos and theme nights are a big part of Breathless' appeal. The resort has already established a successful relationship with locals, who have eagerly bought up ticket access to daytime pool parties and nightly party passes entitling purchasers to enjoy the high-energy ambiance and tropical seaside breezes at its onsite clubs and restaurants. For resort guests, access to Purple is part of the Unlimited Luxury package. Purple hosts a variety of weekly events, ranging from toga parties to pajama clad PJs and DJs affairs.


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Chandeliers Night Club


Billed as "the official gay bar of Los Cabos," Chandeliers 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 favorite), beer and cocktail specials, and pumping music courtesy of the house DJ. The club is located above Brazilian steakhouse Madeira, about a block from Cabo Wabo Cantina. Days and hours have expanded over the years as its popularity has grown, and Chandelier's is now open five nights a week (Thursday - Monday), from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.




Cabo Wabo has come a long way in 28 years...in 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 the eponymous song, off the OU812 album? - Cabo Wabo has since become a mandatory stop for just about everyone who visits Cabo San Lucas, even those who only come ashore for a few hours. Live music and "waboritas", the house version of the margarita, are the premier attractions, but snacks are also available from the cantina (shrimp and ceviche platters) and the patio grill (burgers, wings and chicken fingers). The best time to visit is during October, when Hagar hosts his annual birthday bashes with plenty of big-name guests.


Mixology Fusion Bar


Cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo each have their specialties. The former is best known for its boisterous nightlife, the latter for its thriving fine dining and cultural scenes. San José does boast one nightclub, however, the equal of any late night mecca in San Lucas: a sui generis, Prohibition-era speakeasy concept called Mixology Fusion Bar, admittance to which is premised on knowledge of the secret password. Founded in 2014 by Sabrina Reynoso and Mauricio Mercado, Mixology has become a benchmark fixture of San José del Cabo's historic Art District, with Saturday night parties that include specialty cocktails and DJs pushing the boundaries of the high-performance audio/lighting systems with deep house music. Jazz and disco are featured on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events, location and contact information.




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.




Part of Cabo's poolside scene was lost forever on September 14, 2014, when Hurricane Odile made devastating landfall. Nikki Beach Club, the heart of the hip Médano Beach scene, never reopened again, nor did other ME Cabo Resort based party spots like the popular Passion nightclub. The good news is...the party isn't over yet. ME Cabo finally reopened in March 2016 following nearly 19 months of repairs, renovations and upgrades, and the property now hosts the first Blue Marlin Ibiza Beach Club in the Americas. Blue Marlin Ibiza, like the former Nikki Beach, offers excellent poolside fare and ambiance by day before transforming into a delightfully decadent nightclub after dark. There is beachfront chill space, as well as an enormous pool deck surrounded by fashionable daybeds and lounges, and an indoor club that accommodate up to 200 revelers. Pop-up parties and Champagne amenities are a particular specialty.




What kind of club closes at 8 p.m.? The newly opened OMNIA Dayclub at Vidanta is not only the strangest new club concept in Los Cabos, it may also be the hippest. Three of the world's top DJs - Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris and Zedd - inaugurated the new poolside party palace in February 2018, and the beats have been going on ever since. The new "daylife" scene on San Jose del Cabo's Playa Hotelera is courtesy of Grupo Vidanta and the Hakkasan Group, lifestyle brands that have partnered to add four club, lounge and restaurant concepts to the resort, including the Day of the Dead themed Casa Calavera and the casual outdoor cocktail mecca SHOREbar. OMNIA is the unquestioned star, however, a beachfront club boasting private cabanas and plunge pools, plus two-story VIP bungalows. The dance scene at OMNIA warms up during the afternoons, when the latest celebrity DJ takes over.


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 onsite 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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