4 Best Bars in Mazatlan, Mexico

Fiesta Mexicana

Zona Dorada

The Fiesta Mexicana is one of the city's oldest tourist traditions: the kitschy concept of a trip through Mexican history via a whirlwind of music and dance still draws and deserves big audiences for dinner shows Tuesday and Thursday (May through October only), and Saturday from 7 to 10:30 (doors open at 6). The $35 fee covers an all-you-can-eat buffet, open bar, the entertainment, and the chance to dance yourself.

Joe's Oyster Bar

Zona Dorada

Joe's Oyster Bar has become perhaps Mazatlán's most popular club, although it's really not much more than a palapa and a volleyball court. Locals and tourists dance to pop and hip-hop. Get there early and watch the sunset over a couple of drinks, a plate of shrimp, and yes, some oysters.


Zona Dorada

Mambocafe in Mazatlán's Gran Plaza mall is modeled after Caribbean-style clubs—it's heavy on the tropical vibe and large, live groups that pump out the best in modern and traditional Latin music. Free salsa lessons happen Thursday through Saturday at 7 pm. There's no cover Monday, and ladies enter free Thursday and Sunday; other times expect to pay around $6. Av. Reforma and Calz. Rafael Buelna, Zona Dorada, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 82110. 669/986–6482. www.mambocafe.com.mx.

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Toro Bravo

Zona Costera

Banda music is everywhere in Mazatlán, including Toro Bravo, but the mechanical bull is unique. The music starts after 11 pm. It's open Thursday through Sunday, or nightly during holiday seasons. Av. del Mar 5500, Zona Costera, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 82110. 669/985–0595.

Av. del Mar 5500, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico