When planning your visit to Los Cabos, you’ll probably get a lot of advice from those who have already enjoyed a stay. Most will tell you about the wonderful restaurants that populate every neighbourhood and area, most will also talk about the need to visit both towns – Cabo San Lucas and its quieter and more laid back neighbour, San Jose del Cabo. Many will also talk about the amazing beauty of the beaches and scenery, the world-class golfing, the many spa and wellness options, and so much more.
However, if there is one thing that you are sure to hear everyone recommend, it is to go out at least one evening to savor the area’s dazzling nightlife. On most lists of “things to see and do in Cabo“, you are going to see a repeated recommendation, and this to people watch while enjoying the nightlife hotspots.
Nightlife in Cabo
One thing to know right away, though, is that nightlife does not mean one thumping dance club after another. The nightlife of Cabo varies quite widely. There are resort based bars and clubs that offer poolside activities, there are local restaurants offering a happy hour type of nightlife with lots of delicious food and affordable cocktails, and there are the more familiar clubs that have live music, dance floors, dazzling light displays and more.
Though Cabo is known as a party destination in many parts of the world, it is distinct from other popular nightlife hotspots. It is a far more laid back and even classier place to go out, enjoy drinks, and get a bit on the wild side, or just sit by the waterfront and enjoy some local music, delicious food and people watching.
Let’s consider some of the most famous names in Cabo nightlife:
This is probably one of the most famous night spots with a reputation for being a high end nightclub. One of the best dance floors, it is a distinctly metropolitan place with bottle service and an admission fee, but it is also noted as a place to be seen.
This was made famous by Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar who opened it in 1990. A restaurant and nightclub, it has a stage that features many famous bands throughout the year, and it is a popular dance spot. Louder than other nightlife destinations, it is easily one of the more party-friendly options.
El Squid Roe
Trendy and long considered a “must see” for its upper level balcony open to the night sky, it is also a truly fun place to do a bit of people watching, and the food is known to be good too!
Baja Brewing Company
If you prefer your nightlife on the other side of Los Cabos, this wonderful brewery and restaurant will be sure to please. It has a happy hour every day of the week and live music during weekends. It is in the heart of the art district and features an outdoor beer garden, great food and a classic pub-styled bar inside. This would be an idyllic spot to meet local artisans and fellow foodies and more laidback travelers.
Mandala Food & Wine Club
Noted as the up and coming “in” spot for nightlife in Cabo, it has a remarkable décor that is equal parts Asian and Las Vegas. It has an open air feel with bottle service, and is noted for its attentive staff.
Lastly is this unique spot that offers amazing Land’s End and Sea of Cortez views as well as sitting right along Medano Beach. It is equal parts lounge, restaurant and nightclub with a great and modern atmosphere.
There are certainly many other Cabo nightlife hotspots, but if you want to hit some of the biggest and most well-known, this list will give you the best options.