Acapulco Nightlife

Acapulco's clubs are open nearly 365 days a year from about 10:30 pm until they empty out. The minute the sun slips over the horizon, the Costera comes alive. People mill around, window-shopping, choosing restaurants, generally biding their time until the disco hour. Many casual beach restaurants on the strip have live music.

The resorts often have splashy entertainment, sometimes with big-name

artists. At the least, such hotels have live music during happy hour, restaurant theme parties, dancing at a beach bar—or all three. For a more informal evening, head for the zócalo, where there's usually a band on weekend evenings.

The more expensive clubs have $20-$60 cover charges, sometimes including drinks and sometimes not. Women usually pay less than men. In general, a higher cover calls for dressier attire, that is, no shorts. The more casual open-air bars are mostly free to enter, and shorts and T-shirts are common. Drinks cost $2-$5, and two-for-one drink specials during happy hour are common. The waiters depend on tips in the 15%-20% range. Note that Mexico's legal drinking age is 18.

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Acerto

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This traditional favorite, also called Bar Paco, is a great place to meet fellow travelers. ...

Alebrije

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This massive club can accommodate 5,000 people in its love seats and booths, and it attracts a younger (late teens, early twenties) crowd.

Baby Lobster Bar

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Frequented primarily by tourists, this lively open-air bar is on the beach and not far from other bars. You will get two drinks when...

Baby'O

  • Piano Bars/Lounges

Small, expensive, and exclusive, Baby'O caters to the local elite. The club has long had the reputation of being Acapulco's classiest,...

Bertha's

  • Bars/Pubs

At Taxco's oldest bar, a tequila, lime, and club soda concoction called a Bertha is the specialty. Watch out for Taxco's high curbs and...

Disco Beach

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As the name suggests, this relaxed nightspot is right on the sands. It's so informal that most people turn up in shorts. The waiters...

Palladium

  • Dance Clubs

A waterfall cascades down from the dance floor, which is considered by many to be Acapulco's best. It's also surrounded by 50-foot-high...

Paradise

  • Bars/Pubs

The restaurant downstairs has beach access, a swimming pool, and lively dance contests at night. The open-air bar upstairs affords a...

Salon Q

  • Dance Clubs

The so-called Cathedral of Salsa is a combination dance hall and disco, where the bands play salsas, merengues, and other Latin rhythms...

Windows

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Much of Taxco's weekend nighttime activity is at the Monte Taxco hotel's discotheque. On Saturday night the hotel has a buffet and a...

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