Los Cabos

Party-minded crowds roam the main strip of Cabo San Lucas every night from happy hour through last call, often staggering home or to hotel rooms just before dawn. It's not hard to see why this is the nightlife capital of southern Baja.

Indeed, Cabo is internationally famous (or infamous, depending on your view) for being a raucous party town, especially during spring break. On the other hand, nightlife in San José del Cabo is much more low-key: it's more about a good drink and conversation as opposed to the table-dancing chaos you'll find in some Cabo hot spots.

Between the two towns, the self-contained resorts along the Corridor have some nightlife, mainly in ever-improving restaurants and bars, which can mix up some fabulous cocktails themselves.

The lines between "bar," "nightclub," and "restaurant" are blurry here. Never forget that enjoying a fine dinner is a time-honored way to spend a Los Cabos evening. Also, don't forget that things shift into lower gear during the lowest of the low season—those slow, sweltering months of August and September when some places curtail their offerings, or may close for a few weeks altogether. Never fear though: you'll find nighttime fun here no matter what season you visit.

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  • 1. Slim's Elbow Room

    Bars/Pubs

    Slim's calls itself "the world's smallest bar," and you'll be lucky to get a seat at this kitschy four-seat space that plays honky-tonk music...Read More

  • 2. Wendlandt Cerveceria

    Centro | Bars/Pubs

    For a casual, yet more refined bar scene, this chic bar is a favorite of Ensenada's many vintners, chefs, and brewers. Showcasing the local...Read More

  • 3. Baja Brewing Co.

    Bars/Pubs

    The Cabo San Lucas branch of the microbrewery in San José del Cabo shares the same menu and selection of beers on tap. Yet, the partially open...Read More

  • 4. Baja Brewing Co.

    Bars/Pubs

    The Baja Brewing Co. serves cold, on-site–microbrewed cerveza and international pub fare. You'll find entrées ranging from ahi tuna quesadillas...Read More

  • 5. Billygan's Island

    Bars/Pubs

    Celebrate Spring Break year-round at the boisterous Billygan's Island on Médano Beach. The crowd, largely bikini-clad, twenty-somethings, drink...Read More

  • 6. Dos Mares

    Marina San Lucas | Bars/Pubs

    Sophisticated, tranquil, and comfortable, Dos Mares offers a peaceful, panoramic view of the fishing yachts in the Marina San Lucas. Inside...Read More

  • 7. Hussong's Cantina

    Centro | Bars/Pubs

    Hussong's Cantina has been an Ensenada landmark since 1892, and has changed little since then. Ask anyone here and they'll tell you that this...Read More

  • 8. La Osteria

    Bars/Pubs

    Live music on Thursdays and Fridays coupled with the refreshing cocktails make this one of the best spots to grab a drink in San Jose del Cabo...Read More

  • 9. La Santeña

    Bars/Pubs

    You'll find this upscale rendition of a Mexican cantina (with a restaurant, too) in the Hotel Casa Tota. It's a great place to stop for a quiet...Read More

  • 10. La Terraza

    Malecón | Bars/Pubs

    The best spot for both sunset- and people-watching along the malecón is La Terraza at the Hotel Perla. The place makes killer margaritas, too. ...Read More

  • 11. La Vista

    Bars/Pubs

    For posh hotel bars, it's hard to top the Hilton Los Cabos' La Vista whose terrace overlooks the Sea of Cortez. There's nothing raucous here...Read More

  • 12. Las Varitas

    Bars/Pubs

    Las Varitas, one of Cabo's most popular clubs, is a branch of the La Paz rock club favored by young Mexicans. Local and internationally famous...Read More

  • 13. Latitude 22+ Roadhouse

    Bars/Pubs

    This noisy, friendly roadhouse always attracts gringos looking to down a shot of tequila, sip cold beer, and mingle with old or new friends...Read More

  • 14. Mango Deck

    Bars/Pubs

    Feel like getting a little bit rowdy and dancing in the sand? Overlooking the Arch, Mango Deck is a happening spot every night of the week,...Read More

  • 15. Nikki Beach

    Bars/Pubs

    If you've ever wanted to feel like you're in a music video this is your chance. Miami meets Cabo at this restaurant, bar, and club with an over...Read More

  • 16. Nowhere ¿Bar?

    Bars/Pubs

    Local professionals loosen up over beers while exuberant tourists have too much fun at the Nowhere ¿Bar? Two-for-one drinks and a lively dance...Read More

  • 17. Papas and Beer

    Centro | Bars/Pubs

    The massive Papas and Beer attracts a rowdy college crowd. There are daily specials on shots and cocktails, as well as beach parties and regular...Read More

  • 18. Papas and Beer

    Bars/Pubs

    Papas and Beer, one of the most popular bars in Baja Norte, draws a young, energetic spring-break crowd for drinking and dancing on the beach...Read More

  • 19. Restaurante Dvur

    Bars/Pubs

    Come here for the ambience and cocktails (the food has mixed reviews) like the blackberry mojito or house margarita. Once the home of the owner...Read More

  • 20. Shooters

    Bars/Pubs

    For a gringo-friendly atmosphere where you can order your Bud in English and watch sports on big-screen TVs, head to Shooters, located on the...Read More

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