Top-quality bars in Puerto Vallarta, the seaside town on the coast of Jalisco, can be hard to find. Many of the places popular among the party-goers that frequent this vacation favorite, are actually overpriced and overcrowded. We list the top bars in Puerto Vallarta for real value and vibes.
El Solar is a cool beach bar located right on Playa de Los Muertos, the beach that runs the length of the malecón in central Vallarta. During the day this is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy an ice-cold beer overlooking the sandy shores, and its location makes it incredibly easy to drop by.
Coppa is a bar with a low ceiling and an interesting mezzanine floor layered with scattered cushions, which allow you to drink in comfort. The decor is not the main attraction here however, despite being very attractive. Coppa also have a delicious range of unusual beer based cocktails that are a must-try for anyone visiting Vallarta. If shisha is your kind of thing, drop by, because this quirky hot-spot is also the only smoky shisha bar in town.
La Ingrata is ideally located in the center of Puerto Vallarta, just off the malecón. Stop by for drinks before moving elsewhere, or spend your whole night here. Popular among the locals, the crowd here is as varied as the vibe. Spread over three floors, the ground floor often has live music from local bands, the first floor has seating and pool tables, and the top floor is a half-covered, half-uncovered terrace.
Bathed in a red-tinged light, Club Roxy is an awesome dive bar with a live rock music venue that hosts local live music daily. Beware that talking may prove tricky in this loud environment however, and the party doesn’t really get going until midnight.
Selection of beers | courtesy of Los Muertos Brewing
A trendy cocktail bar, Bar La Playa eschews standard drink glasses in favor of the popular cocktails-in mason-jars vibe that has taken off recently in bars the world over. It’s clear to see that presentation is king at this Vallarta hot-spot, but taste doesn’t suffer as a result. The entire menu is dominated by incredibly well-made, freshly flavored, delicious cocktails, including classics such as mojitos and refreshing house special, La Playa.
Taking the trend for microbreweries and artisan beers by the horns, Los Muertos Brewing is the perfect place for beer fans in Puerto Vallarta to get their fix in a home-away-from-home environment. Located right in the heart of the Old Town, Los Muertos offers an impressive range of beer on tap and bottled. Take a break from the Coronas and branch out of your comfort zone in this friendly restaurant-bar
When in downtown Vallarta, head to Bar Morelos. Give at least one of the mezcals on the menu a try, and ask the attentive and informed waitstaff for their recommendations beforehand if you’re unsure which one to go for. A large bar, this place does fill up quickly. Also on offer here are excellent promotions depending on the day of the week and live jazz music on occasion.
Open for business since 2001, Bar Frida is an inclusive and welcoming cantina in the gay-friendly Zona Romántica. Aside from the hospitable, convivial atmosphere, Bar Frida also has an impressive range of daily drinks deals, including micheladas on Fridays and Saturdays and 20 peso beers all day, every day. It can’t be beaten on value.
Previously known as Paco Paco, this bar was renamed Paco’s Ranch fairly recently, but it remains one of the top drag venues in Vallarta. Famously a gay holidaymakers’ destination, Puerto Vallarta has played host to this famed drag show for years and it comes recommended for both fans of the art and newbies. Be prepared for the small size of the venue however, as it can be a bit of a tight squeeze particularly in high season.
Don’t miss this jazz club and tapas bar. It’s easy to walk right by El Patio De Mi Casa, a well-hidden, cozy little venue just blocks away from the malecón of Vallarta. A very relaxed, unique atmosphere rules the roost here, and it can be considered somewhat of an acquired taste. Our recommendation is to stop by while it’s still daylight to really appreciate the quaint venue, or drop in for one of the high- quality jazz evenings on either Tuesday or Saturday.
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