The southernmost point of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, the resort city of Cabo San Lucas is noted for its incredible wildlife and beautiful beaches. But it’s not just the natural sights that bring in the tourists but the vibrant nightlife as well. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the 10 best bars that Cabo has to offer.
This legendary cantina is widely regarded as one of the country’s most impressive live music venues. Owned by former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar, the spacious venue contains numerous bars and stages. Since its inauguration in 1990, the cantina has hosted legendary musicians such as Slash and Alice Cooper.
Since opening in 1989, El Squid Roe has established a reputation as one of the liveliest bars in town. Boasting three floors with five bars, a clothing store, a kitchen and VIP areas, this really is a massive complex. Expect a raucous atmosphere, with loud music and people dancing on tables.
“Nowhere is exactly where you want to be,” is the bar’s motto and this may well be the case, especially if cheap drinks and a disco-style dance floor are your thing. The service is fast and friendly and the bar’s location at Plaza Bonita offers great views of the yachts and fishing boats in the dock.
Another centrally-located watering hole, the Giggling Marlin is a popular place to eat and drink during the day and party hard after dark. More popular with spring breakers than locals, the bar has several raucous gimmicks such as a fish scale where people are voluntarily hung upside down and served several shots in a row.
The Monkey Cave Bar is a simple, well-stocked bar with a laid-back vibe and welcoming staff. The drinks are inexpensive and the offerings are very generous. Famed for its delicious margaritas, the Monkey Cave is a must-visit for lovers of the classic tequila cocktail.
Laying claim to the title of the world’s smallest bar, Slims Elbow Room contains space for just four patrons. There are no mixers on offer, just beer and tequila, so come ready to enjoy your drinks straight. The walls are festooned with signed dollar bills and you’ll be encouraged to stick your name and message on the wall alongside them.
Forming part of the Bahia Hotel & Beach Club, Bar Esquina is a stylish restaurant-bar offering a wide range of delicious cocktails and fresh, locally-sourced food. With a sophisticated yet laid-back ambience, the bar is perfect for a quiet romantic drink. The venue is also known for hosting excellent acoustic live music acts.
Since opening in late 2008, this fun, laid-back cantina has been serving affordable drinks to a diverse crowd of all different ages. The bar has a simple yet solid menu, offering tacos, burritos, hamburgers and hot dogs. Part dive bar, part traditional cantina, Happy Ending is a great choice if you’re out to make friends.
This beachside bar and seafood restaurant is located on Médano Beach, one of the most swimmable beaches in the city. As well as offering breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, Mango Deck is the place to enjoy sporting events, live music and an all-day happy hour with two-for-one on drinks. A great place to eat and drink with the waves of the Sea of Cortez lapping just a stone’s throw from your feet.
This unpretentious venue ticks all of the boxes when it comes to a sports bar, with a welcoming atmosphere, multiple TV screens and some great drinks deals. The bar also offers a great view of the dock and has a delicious house specialty: pink tacos filled with shrimp and cheese.