Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Nightlife

Puerto Plata used to be well known for its live concert scene, but today, it leans more towards Dj clubs and contemporary music. The malecón hosts the best night clubs, spirited bars and lounges, while Viejo Vallarta, south of Rio Cuale, offers more traditional establishments, sports bars, cantinas and gay clubs. Many venues offer two for one drinks during happy hours, between 3pm and 7pm. Adding to all of this is the exceptional dining scene in the city. With over 250 diverse restaurants, serving all kinds of international or local cuisine, the city's culinary community has started hosting a yearly gourmet dining festival in November.

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La Bodeguita del Medio is an excellent dance club with a Cuban vibe. The bar serves excellent mojitos, tequila and fine rum among other drinks. Authentic Cuban bands and salsa dancers perform nightly, and there’s even salsa lessons held, on Thursday nights.

La Cuiza, located on Isla de Cuale, near the museum, hosts a good variety of performances (musicals, theatrical and otherwise) on weekends. The place also has a modern art gallery that includes original sculptures, a lovely bar and a pool table.

Some other good spots include the romantic De Santos terrace bar, La Cerveceria Union which is a branch of the Guadalajara beer garden, the spacious and one of a kind Uncommon Grounds Chill-Out Lounge and J&B Salsa Club, Puerto Vallarta’s premier dance club.

For breakfast and lunch, visitors should check out Coco's Kitchen . Their dishes are varied, from carnitas and green chili burritos to a range of salads and quesadillas.

Mariscos Tino’s calls itself the “seafood cathedral”. This family-run Vallarta favorite on the malecón features a kids playground and an upstairs dining room serving sopa siete mares and pescado zarandeado.

Other recommended restaurants in the city include the traditional Mama Rosa with its pleasant outdoor patio, the classy Esquina de los Caprichos serving Spanish cuisine, the elegant Archie’s Wok serving ever changing Asian fusion foods and the Israeli-owned Pita Loca.