In Vallarta around 11PM, after having enjoyed a day full of sun, sand and swimming at the beach or by the pool, and a quiet evening enjoying the delicious local or international dishes offered by the many restaurants in this beautiful harbor, the real action begins once the day draws to an end.
All sorts of bars, discos, live music, nightclubs, and many others, open their doors to the visitors who are on vacation or the locals (national and foreigners) already living in Puerto Vallarta, so they can enjoy the nightlife that the long for and can make their holidays complete.
The usual starting point is the famous Malecon, mainly because it is here that some of the best bars and nightclubs are found, many have come and gone, but they are always replaced with new options.
The refurbished seaside promenade, known locally as “el malecón”, is located beside the beach and is the heart of the fun of a night in Vallarta. It has a very particular atmosphere, very lively and crowded, which invites young and old to continue enjoying and partying all night.
Undoubtedly, one of the most frequently visited clubs during the evening is ex-Christine now called XTINE disco at the Hotel Krystal, this disco is not on the malecon.
North Hotel Zone, by Hotel Krystal, Puerto Vallarta.
Tel: 226-0700 ext 660812 or 224-6990. Google Streetview
There is also the Zoo Nightclub, this club offers house music, reggae, pop and much more for those who enjoy all kinds of music, located right on the malecon.
Zoo Bar & Dance Paseo Diaz Ordaz 630, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (On the Malecon) Google Streetview
The De Santos is also a great restaurant in the day and at night becomes a minimalist and elegant lounge where you can also enjoy great music.
De Santos (Plaza Peninsula)
Francisco Medina Ascencio 2485, Vallarta's Militar area, 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
(322) 209-2072 Google Streetview
Strana is a new highend nightclub that you can find in the hotel zone. Middle ages decor, private VIP areas, DJ performances, more relaxed patio lounge area. Attire: formal.
Strana Nightclub (Video) Francisco Medina Ascencio 2125, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Phone: (322) 224-7793, (322) 108-4358 Google Streetview (Google shows an old image)
Another place is La Vaquita, a place offering delicious micheladas, a drink that is prepared by mixing beer with a variety of other ingredients including lime, tamarind, chile, strawberry, mango, etc., you must try it.
Paseo Díaz Ordaz (El Malecón) # 610, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
If you are into rock, there are also options for you, such as Bebotero, this bar offers live rock music covers to sing along to and enjoy the whole rocking night.
The tour continues to the south of Puerto Vallarta where you can find more alternative joints for those seeking smaller nightlife establishments and some that are popular within the LGBT community.
Or if you're looking for something with a more Mexican style, El Mariachi Loco is the right place, with live music, mariachi, boleros and romantic music. It is no doubt the perfect place to experience the flavor of real Mexico.
El Mariachi Loco
Lázaro Cárdenas 254
Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, JAL, Mexico Google Streetview
If you prefer a slightly more Caribbean experience, visit La Bodeguita del Medio. This bar offers delicious mojitos and Cuban dishes alongside the famous live Cuban salsa music for those who enjoy dancing to these joyful lilting rhythms.
La Bodeguita del Medio
Paseo Díaz Ordaz 858 (Malecón) Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
(322) 223-1584 Google Streetview
One more option is to take a night tour relaxing while you sail in the waters of the Banderas Bay enjoying cocktails, a delicious dinner and the beautiful views that Puerto Vallarta’s natural panoramas have to offer.