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.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: The Rooftop is one of the best clubs in the tourist corridor, which connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
Chris's expert tip: Try the Perfect Sunset, a margarita-like cocktail which blends tequila, Cointreau, lime, orange and jarabe.
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 Dance Clubs because: Nowhere Bar is the best dance option on the Cabo San Lucas Marina boardwalk.
Chris's expert tip: Tuesday is the biggest night of the week at Nowhere, since that's when they host their popular and long-running Ladies' Night.
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.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Purple is one of two great rooftop nightclubs in Los Cabos.
Chris's expert tip: Breathless, The Cape, ME Cabo and Vidanta at Grand Mayan are home to the region's best resort-based party scenes, with the first two distinguished by scenic rooftop lounges.
Every decade or so the Cabo San Lucas nightlife scene gets a much needed shakeup thanks to the arrival of an all-new concept. Coco Bongo is the latest manifestation, with an original concept for Cabo, but one that has already been target tested and approved in Mexican resort destinations like Cancún and Playa del Carmen. What sets it apart from its new neighbors in the downtown nightlife district? Start with a four-hour Las Vegas style floorshow, complete with stage performers and Cirque du Soleil style acrobats twirling overhead, as well as the DJs and pulsing dance beats one would expect in a popular late night club. It's a performance based experience, which is why unlike neighboring clubs, tickets are required for admittance (visit the website at www.cocobongo.com for details). Bachelorette focused party packages are available, as are VIP amenities and services.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Coco Bongo is the best new nightclub to open in Los Cabos in 2019.
Chris's expert tip: VIP tables offer your own personal host, plus private entrance, bottle service, and privileged table seating for views of the floorshow.
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 Dance Clubs because: Cabo Wabo is the top live music venue in Los Cabos, and a great place to boogie down to good-time rock n' roll.
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 around the world.
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 Dance Clubs because: Pink Kitty is one of the benchmark dance clubs in the Cabo San Lucas nightlife district.
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.
How do you become the hippest resort on Médano Beach, the social center of Cabo San Lucas? For ME Cabo Resort, the answer was easy: put a nightclub by your swimming pool, blending a bikini-friendly atmosphere with bottle service and a DJ spinning high-energy grooves for beachfront dance parties. For years, that nightclub was Nikki Beach. Since 2015, however, it has been another club, that like ME Cabo itself, can trace its origins to Spain's Balearic Islands: Blue Marlin Ibiza. Much like its predecessor, BMI boasts excellent poolside fare and ambiance by day before transforming into a delightfully decadent nightclub as sunset approaches. Its space is enormous, ranging from a beachfront chill space to an enormous pool deck surrounded by fashionable daybeds and lounges, and an indoor club that accommodate up to 200 revelers. No wonder then that BMI hosts some of the biggest parties and special events in Los Cabos, including the famed White Party each May.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Blue Marlin is the best dance spot in the Médano Beach area, hosting special events and boasting guest DJs nearly every weekend.
Chris's expert tip: Try the sushi and mimosas.
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 Dance Clubs because: Mandala brings in some of the world's best DJs, and is one of the top dance clubs in downtown Cabo San Lucas.
Chris's expert tip: VIP tables are the most in-demand amenity. Call ahead for availability, or visit mandalatickets.com/en/cabos/disco/mandala.
What kind of club closes when the sun goes down? 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.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: OMNIA is the hippest new dance club in Los Cabos, despite the fact that it's only open during daylight hours.
Chris's expert tip: OMNIA's dayclub hours are modified for full moon nights, typically from 4 - 11 p.m.
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.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Squid Roe is the best nightclub in Los Cabos, and a popular late-night dance spot.
Chris's expert tip: The onsite Billy Kitchen or nearby Wicked Pizza are the go to spots for late night comfort food.