Best Live Music in Cabo San Lucas

Plugged In: The Best Live Music Spots in Cabo San Lucas

Live music is an integral part of the rollicking Cabo San Lucas nightlife scene, with styles that run the gamut from rancheras and Latin jazz to good old-fashioned rock n’ roll. Most of the better known bars and restaurants offer live entertainment at least once or twice per week, and patrons at those that don't are likely to be serenaded anyway by roving singers, guitarists and the occasional mariachi band.

Cabo Wabo Cantina remains the area's signature live music venue, as it has been for the better part of two decades. Founded by former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, Cabo Wabo features live music on a nightly basis, with occasional visits from rock and country royalty around the time of Sammy’s annual birthday bashes.

Cabo Wabo is far from being the city's only rock n’ roll themed option, however. Talented local bands and performers can be found throughout the downtown area: at restaurants like La Palapa; locals’ bars such as Cabo Lounge and Cabo Blue; and late night haunts like Jungle Bar and Rockstone Tavern.

Travelers of a more mellow disposition may prefer the jazz standards favored at Two for the Road, or Sunday afternoon trips to Cerritos, with tropical Latin jazz on the beach in front of a gorgeous Pacific Ocean backdrop.


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 Live Music because: Rockstone Tavern is one of the best new live music venues in Cabo San Lucas.

Chris's expert tip: Try the Kick-Start My Heart Slider plate, featuring three mini cheeseburgers 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 Live Music because: Jungle Bar is one the best places in Cabo to hear live rock and roll.

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

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Scenically set in the Tourist Corridor between cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, Puerta Vieja offers an excellent fine dining atmosphere, with quality food and wines, gorgeous seaside views of Land's End and El Arco, and terrific live music courtesy of singer Rosalia de Cuba, who performs with her band on Cuban Nights (Friday and Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m.).The steaks are very good here, as are seafood offerings like jumbo shrimp, clam chowder, seafood soup (with octopus, squid, shrimp, lobster, and crab Guerrero-style), fish filet, steamed lobster tail and lobster thermidor. Surf and turf lovers will want to sample the Puerta Vieja special with lamb chops, jumbo shrimp and lobster tail.

Recommended for Live Music because: Weekend "Cuban Nights" (Friday and Saturday, 7-10 p.m.) are among the best live music events in Los Cabos.

Chris's expert tip: Try the Puerta Vieja special with lamb chops, jumbo shrimp and lobster tail.

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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.

Recommended for Live Music because: Live, late night rock and roll is a staple at Cabo Blue.

Chris's expert tip: Daily specials include Ladies' Night on Mondays from 9 p.m. to midnight, $1 beers all day and all night on Tuesdays, 2x1 drinks during an all-day happy hour on Wednesdays, 2x1 margaritas and mojitos on Thursdays, 2x1 Jack Daniels and $1 fish tacos on Fridays, and 2x1 vodka drinks on Saturdays.

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The walls of Latitude 22+ are a Los Cabos history lesson, filled with old photos enormous catches and fishing contests, prominent local personages, and even life preservers from notable area vessels. The place comes by its nautical aspect honestly - owner Mike Grzanich first came to Cabo San Lucas on a tuna boat in 1959 - but also serves as a treasure trove for license plates and other souvenirs left by visitors over the years. The bar is one-of-a-kind, with gorgeous Land's End views available from your barstool, and old-fashioned booths in the back offer privacy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The go-to breakfast is a "John Wayne" special with eggs, sausage and ranchero sauce, plus sides of rice and potatoes. Other rib-sticking pleasures range from white sausage gravy slathered Croatian Eggs Benedick to chicken fried steak, rib-eye steak and pot roast. Piano player Peter Bacon is a big draw during the high season.

Recommended for Live Music because: Piano man Peter Bacon pulls in the crowds during the high season.

Chris's expert tip: Stop by for a Croatian Eggs Benedick breakfast, with Land's End views from your barstool.

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Rock & Brews is a chain restaurant and beer garden founded by Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, which, like Cabo Wabo Cantina and Hard Rock Cafe, mixes comfort food favorites with live music and rock star memorabilia. The San José del Cabo location opened in early 2013, and features a dining room decorated like the backstage area at a rock concert, with murals, album covers, musical instruments and other rock-themed collectibles. Burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas headline the menu offerings, but salads and starters like nachos, hot wings and garlic fries are also available. Musicians or DJs perform nightly. A second location on the Cabo San Lucas Marina opened in December, 2014.

Recommended for Live Music because: Rock & Brews is the top stop for live rock and roll in San José del Cabo.

Chris's expert tip: Try the Los Cabos Burger topped with bacon, avocado, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, and chipotle aioli sauce.

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Since its inception in 1994, Nick-San has been one of the most popular local sushi restaurants, with Chefs Ángel Carbajal and Masayuki Nikura crafting a creative and innovative fusion of Japanese cuisine with traditional Mexican ingredients. This sort of fusion has since become quite common among area restaurants, but Nick-San was the first and remains the best. Sample their extensive menu of rolls, as well as house specialties like tuna tostada (featuring yellowfin tuna belly with avocado, habanero, infused red onion and sesame seeds on a rice cracker tostada), and sashimi serranito (spotlighting fresh catch of the day with serrano chile sauce and thinly sliced serrano chiles). Lobster lovers may choose from an embarrassment of riches that includes clear lobster rolls, fried lobster curry (with shiitake, habanero and chives), and lobster sambal marinated in sake with soy sauce, ginger and garlic. In addition to the Cabo San Lucas location, there is also a restaurant at Las Tiendas de Palmilla (The Shoppes at Palmilla).

Recommended for Live Music because: The Havana Nights experience on Saturdays is a live music spectacular, with Cuban themed music from Rosalia Cuba and friends.

Chris's expert tip: The Havana Nights experience is a must-see Los Cabos attraction.

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Los Tres Gallos
Photo courtesy of Fernando Castillo

Named for three legendary actors from the golden age of Mexican cinema - Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete and Javier Solís were collectively known as Los Tres Gallos (The Three Roosters) - this charming restaurant has been a shining light of the Cabo San Lucas dining scene since 2010, and is now working the same magic in San José del Cabo thanks to a gorgeous new location in the heart of the city's Distrito del Arte, which officially opened in November 2020. The new restaurant has one of the most remarkable features of any local eatery, since it is essentially designed around a trio of huanacaxtle trees which have grown together into one enormous tree. The focus in both locations, however, is on delicious traditional Mexican cuisine, from mole con pollo to pit-roasted cochinita pibil and much, much more. Michel Zermeño (who owns the restaurants with wife Fabiola Sánchez) is fond of inviting his mother into the kitchen from time to time, to ensure dishes are being made with the requisite love and time-honored methods of cooking and preparation. Chairs and tables are handmade onsite, and reflect Los Tres Gallos' traditional, "old school" oriented sensibility.

Recommended for Live Music because: The Friday night only Noche de Mariachi is one of the most memorable live music experiences in Los Cabos.

Chris's expert tip: Try the tamarindo margarita, without question the finest margarita in Los Cabos.

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Hidden in the breezeway behind Solomon's Landing, on the marina side of Tesoro Los Cabos Resort, Two for the Road is the premier local spot for live jazz, martinis and even a bit of sophisticated conversation. Marty and Kathy Daniels - he plays piano, she sings - have owned the place for the last seven years, and are open most evenings: Mon. - Sat., 7 p.m. to midnight (with some seasonal variation). It's the perfect antidote for those tired of typical Cabo style nightlife, i.e. the type of people who prefer the great American songbook to ear splitting dance music or hard rock cover bands (translation: anyone over 30 years old).

Recommended for Live Music because: Two for the Road is the premier live jazz club in Los Cabos.

Chris's expert tip: Validated parking is available for up to one hour at Tesoro Los Cabos Resort.

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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 Live Music because: Cabo Wabo is the premier live music venue in Los Cabos.

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.

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Chris Sands is the Cabo San Lucas local expert for the USA Today travel website 10 Best, co-writer of Fodor's Los Cabos travel guidebook, and a contributor to numerous websites and...  More About Chris