The Party That Never Ends: Downtown Cabo's Uninhibited Nightlife Scene

Rowdy, rollicking, boisterous, spirited, uninhibited...the nightlife scene in Cabo San Lucas has been called many things, but boring isn't one of them. Although beach bars and waterfront cantinas have certainly contributed to the city's well-earned reputation as a party hearty paradise, the heart and soul of Cabo's vibrant nightlife scene is the downtown tourist district, particularly the two block stretch surrounding Plaza Bonita.This hip, dance club filled quarter showcases Cabo San Lucas at its late night best, and is home to signature nightspots like Mandala, Rockstone Tavern, La Vaquita and El Squid Roe.

Rather rock n’ roll all night? Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina serve up hard rocking live entertainment on a regular basis, as do downtown neighbors like Cabo Blue and Tanga Tanga. But like the KISS song says – KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, by the way, have their own place in San José del Cabo – to do it right, you have to “rock n’ roll all night” AND “party every day.” So during daylight hours, these popular haunts also feature plenty of pub-style grub, happy hour drink specials and televised sporting events.



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...  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



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...  Read More



This place has a loyal clientele, and it's easy to see why. Their ongoing offer of two beers and two tequila shots for five dollars remains the best deal in town. Unlike many bars in Cabo San Lucas that don't really hit their stride until after...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



If Cabo San Lucas had a hall of fame for drinking establishments, Giggling Marlin would be in it. Although not as popular as it once was - its halcyon days as a party mecca were in the 1990s - the place still retains an esteemed spot on the...  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



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...  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