The Best Bars in Sayulita, Mexico

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Jennifer Fernández Solano

Sayulita may not be known for its buoyant party scene, and it’s undoubtedly more laid-back than nearby Puerto Vallarta. But that doesn’t mean you’ll find yourself at a loss for options when it comes to delicious cocktails and interesting bars. From beach bars with swings to chic lounges and a palapa restaurant-turned-salsa club, these are the best bars in Sayulita.

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La Rústica

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There’s no doubt you’ll want to visit this place more than once. The contemporary minimalist décor is bound to pull you in from the sidewalk and, once inside, its wood-fired pizzas and craft cocktails will keep you in there for a while. Skilled bar staff prepare unique concoctions with smoky mezcal and hibiscus flowers that are perfect for day or night. The music tends to be more on the indie rock spectrum, so expect a more laid-back vibe.

Escondido Bar

Though its name translates into “hidden bar,” this gem is located in the center of town. It specializes in wine and house cocktails like the Sayulita Sunset, made with mezcal, fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice, Sprite and fernet. The atmosphere is laid-back, and the music is chill. Grab a spot in one of the colorful seats, and spend a cozy evening overlooking the main plaza. If you get hungry, try ordering a panini and small bites from the menu.

Atico Breakfast Cafe & Bar

The highlight of this place is its quirky atmosphere, with swings at the bar that are the most coveted seats in the house. The funky artwork covering the walls and ceiling adds a lot of character to this lively spot, where you can come for breakfast and stay for drinks. Who doesn’t want to sip on a tamarind margarita or a smoky mezcal cocktail with chili salt while swaying on a swing?

El Barrilito

El Barrilito is a pub and sports bar that serves great BBQ chicken wings, as well as excellent signature cocktails at reasonable prices. It has a very relaxed vibe, and many screens that make it an ideal gathering spot for sports matches. The bar stools on the edge of the street are a quirky addition not to be missed.

Bar Le Zouave

Decorated in red tones inside and out, this bohemian chic bar at the Moroccan-inspired Petit Hotel Hafa is the place to head after dark. The grapefruit and habanero chili margarita made with fresh ingredients may be one of the best cocktails you’ll ever have, but feel free to ask the skilled bartender for other recommendations. Arrive early if you prefer a quiet, relaxing environment, as it tends to fill up later.

Don Pedro’s

Located on Sayulita’s main beach, Don Pedro’s offers a rustic fine dining experience. Sitting under a massive thatched palapa, the restaurant serves Mediterranean-style cuisine with a Mexican twist and amazing cocktails. From October to June, Monday nights are dedicated to salsa dancing starting at 8pm, though you can come at 7pm if you want to have a salsa lesson beforehand. On Thursdays, they have gypsy flamenco at 7pm.

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