The Most Scenic Bars And Restaurants In Acapulco, Mexico

Lauren Cocking

A former favorite among Hollywood elite, Acapulco, Mexico has attracted holidaymakers for its nightlife and stunning beaches. It also has an excellent culinary scene. These are the best places to go.

1. Palladium

Nightclub, Pub Grub

Palladium is a big name in Acapulco, given that it’s one of the biggest and best nightclubs in the area and has been for many years. While neither a restaurant nor a bar, this deserves an honorable mention given the outstanding views that are a highly unusual quality in a nightclub location. This spot is not one for the fainthearted, given the thumping house music and strobe lighting that dominates. However, the view provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for those who want to go loco, loco down in Acapulco. Pay your cover, and drinks are free inside.

2. Zibu

Restaurant, Seafood, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

Acapulco Bay
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A regular feature on top restaurants in Acapulco lists for good reason, Zibu is a fantastic restaurant offering Thai seafood dishes with a Mexican twist. The restaurant itself is a masterpiece, with a focus on natural elements like wood, bamboo, and stone. This only complements the outstanding view you get when you dine at Zibu. Planned with open spaces in mind, the majority of the seating is on the outdoor patio, but try to get there for sunset to take full advantage of the glorious cliffside location.

3. María María

Bar, Restaurant, Beer, Mexican

Formerly known as Zuntra, the fairly recently renamed María María is a restaurant, bar, and terrace all rolled into one. It now serves a Mexican-themed fine-dining menu. Rest assured the service remains as impeccably good as before and the food is just as recommendable. After dinner, ascend to the top floor terrace and enjoy the stupendous view with a cocktail, or perhaps even have a dance. Located as it is on the Scenic Highway, María María is not cheap, but the atmosphere and the quality justify the prices. Check it out.

4. Sky Garden

Bar, Nightclub, Beer, Cocktails, Mexican

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A sprawling and sumptuously decorated bar, or perhaps more aptly called a lounge, Sky Garden has a jaw-dropping terrace with numerous sofas and tables for you to sink into with a cocktail. The moody blue-hued lighting really sets the mood. It adds to the feeling of luxury you get in this Acapulco bar, with its terrace-top pool and candlelit ambiance. Understandably, Sky Garden attracts the wealthy and the beautiful like flies to a honey pot. Dress up smartly for access to this lovely lounge and don’t bank on it been a cheap night out.

5. El Gran Recuerdo

Restaurant, Mexican

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This restaurant is perfectly located for views over the bay, as well as offering first-rate service from the well-trained wait staff. The prices are steep, particularly the wines. However, the food is exquisite and there are three-course meal packages to be had. Given the spectacular views from El Gran Recuerdo, try to make reservations for sunset in order to take advantage of the excellent location and enhance the romantic vibe of the evening. The restaurant name translates to “great memory” and that’s certainly what you’ll go away with after a dinner here.

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