Garbo Piano Bar Puerta Vallarta- Pulpito 142 Olas Atlas Area a block from the beach (Hacienda Escondida PV Staff ALL TIME FAVORITE PV GAY BAR)
Hours: 6 P.M. to 2 A.M.
Feel: Celebrating their 12th anniversary in 2013 Garbos has excellent staff led by Garmon and business partner Javier. Upscale casual Jazz, Piano and live music nightly at 10:30 P.M.
Details: Tener Garbo" is Spanish for displaying a different type of elegance. One with lots of style. And that's Garbo's mission: a stylish evening where everybody feels at ease. A local favorite with great live music artist range from mellow Latino bands to piano jazz and singers from San Francisco's Beach Blanket Babylon and beyond. Air Conditioned, top shelf liquors at a reasonable price and no cover. Standing room only on weekends. Intimate and inviting early. Garmon and his staff always has a warm smile ready to great regulars or tourist. Upscale Beach Casual attire. Cash only in Pesos, US and Canadian Dollars. Phone : 52 (044) 322-2297
Hours: 6 P.M. to 3 A.M. (Trendy late night crowd busiest midnight to 4 A.M)
Feel: Moderate scale large mix of local, expats and tourist. Large dance floor packed at 1 am.
Details: Around midnight a line forms. Plan to get there before midnight get a drink and get stamped then leave to visit La Margarita bar or La Noche across the street till the crowd flows in after midnight. CC Slaughters is newest Puerto Vallarta gay nightclub and lounge, completely remodeled and opened in mid-December. CC Slaughters has a good size dance floor, drag shows, as well as a martini lounge bar area open from 4pm-6am. . Main dance club to be open daily, 10pm-6am Casual to Beach Nice Attire, Cash Only
Stonewall Social House - 328 Lazaro Cardenas (Staff Favorite for Friendliness)
Hours: 5 p.m to 2 a.m (Daytime and early crowd, busy nights during shows and events)
Feel: Neighborhood feel gay bar locals hangout but love travelers alike. Heavy American and Canadian presence.
Details: Small stage, large upstairs event space not often used, main bar downstairs, friendly bartenders Nighttime events include Open Air feel, casual dress shorts to jeans. Cash Only Pesos and Dollars. English and Spanish speaking staff. www.stonewallpv.com. Cash Only.
Wet Dreams Puerto Vallarta - 312 Lazaro Cardenas (Hacienda Esconcida PV Staff Pick for Best All Male Strip Club)
Hours: Evening Hours 8 p.m. to 2 a.m (Note Men Only Venue)
Details: Sexy, very clean and professional upscale New York Style gay male strip club with a Lationo flair. This ultra lounge concept incorporates male entertainers with the bar's custom shower stage and in the pole Room on the main stage performing in the round. You may interact and tip the strippers around the main stage. Classy feel, upscale, air conditioned and the dancers are of an upper class feel Many speak English and Spanish. Management is very strict on staff and keeping a quality clientele. Very Safe but can be pricey between drinks and tips for the boys. The owner Javier and his family have a reputation for operating very clean, safe, honest, well run and upscale businesses. He also owns Garbo's Piano Bar and Margarita Bar each upscale. www.wetdreamspv.com. Cash Only.
Each bar and club listed below is unique and fun in their own right. The list above was staff favorites of bars close in proximity to Hacienda Escondida PV. Let us know your favorites so we can further update our lists.
Anonimo - South Side - 157 Rodolfo Gomez at Olas Altas. Tel: 044-322-150-4772
Small, friendly and familiar place. Beer at 15 pesos one of the cheapest in Vallarta. Anonimo has a festive, talkative crowd with 2 TVs showing music videos. Around the corner from Sama bar and The Palm cabaret-show club. . Happy hour, 6pm-9pm. Daily during summer months, 6pm-2am
Anthropology - Central/Downtown - 101 Morelos, local 3-A, Plaza Rio Cuale. Tel: 044-322-156-8735
"The study of Man." Anthropology generally features some 20-25 male strippers who give near continuous entertainment from 9pm to 4am nightly. Anthropology promotes itself as the only gay male stripper bar in Mexico where the strippers take it all off; for men only. Cover, but free passes sometimes available. Anthropology strip club may be booked in advance on a limited basis for private parties. . Further info contact owner Jose Gonzalez. Daily 9pm-4am
Apaches - South Side/Romantic Zone - 439 Olas Altas. Tel: 222-4004, 222-5235
Mari-Ann Rattray and Endra Buining own and operate one of Puerto Vallarta's most festive and favorite martini and cocktail bars, serving all kinds of delicious drinks. A small and cozy locale, Apaches has been quite popular with gay locals and tourists alike since 1997. Inside and sidewalk seating, with friendly service for years with Chuy and Freddie. The bar can get a bit crowded at times. Next door is Apaches Bistro restaurant which serves steaks, seafood and good continental fare from 5pm to midnight, open daily. Happy hour, 5pm-7pm. Apaches open Mon-Sat, 5pm-2am
Crow's Nest Bar - South Side/Zona Romantica - 154 Pulpito at Olas Altas. Tel: 223-2353
The Crow's Nest bar is on the second floor of The Swedes Bar & Bistro looking down at Garbos Piano Bar on the corner below. The Swedes bistro is open October thru July serving food Weds-Mon, 6pm-11pm. Bistro menu includes Swedish meatballs, filet mignon, pasta tagliatelle and traditional Swedish hash. Crow's Nest gay bar & bistro-restaurant managed and owned by Rikard and Morgan whom you'll see at the beach daily. Bar & bistro, Weds-Mon, 5pm-2am
Frida - South Side/Romantic Zone - 301-A Insurgentes at Carranza. Tel: 222-3668
Mexican-style cantina with bar and 5-6 tables downstairs from 1pm on, and then a more expansive upstairs area with bar and balcony for people watching, drinks and conversation that opens around 7pm until 2am. Puerto Vallarta gay bar Frida has been quite popular among locals since 2001 for its neighborhood atmosphere, coziness, reasonable drink prices and many friendly familiar faces. Beer at 15 pesos and house tequila shots at 20 pesos every day. Frida's kitchen with Beto serves burgers, club sandwiches, guacamole and chips, hot wings, nachos and quesadillas daily, 7pm-Midnight.
The Palm Cabaret and Bar - South Side/Zona Romantica - 508 Olas Altas. Tel: 222-0277
The Palm Cabaret and Bar with a large inside bar and entertainment area and an outside terrace for street-side seating and people watching. Past performances have included such well known names as Jorge Acosta, Amy and Freddie, An Evening with Sondheim,, Chi Chi Rones, Joanna's Funhouse, Kelly Mantle, Sharon McKnight with "Songs to Offend almost Everyone" , The Judy Show with Michael Holmes , famed dragapella quartet The Kinsey Sicks among others. The new season begins in October call for showtimes and the entertainment lineup.
Sama - South Side/Old Town - 510 Olas Altas. Tel: 044-322-294-2565, 223-3182
Small, upscale martini lounge with both air conditioned indoor seating and open air patio seating, Sama overlooks Olas Altas street for people watching. Nice decor features comfortable white leather lounge seating in an atmosphere that is sophisticated yet fun, full of music and videos yet you can still hold a conversation with your friends, intimate and cozy or large and open for a group of friends to gather. Sama Martini Bar has a selection of beverages that will satisfy many tastes. Happy hour, 4:30pm-7:30pm. Daily, 4:30pm-2am
Blue Sunset Rooftop Bar and Beach Bar at the Blue Chairs Hotel Resort-Calle Malecon y Almendro 4 Olas Atlas Area. On the Gay Beach (Hacienda Escondida PV Staff Favorite Beach Bar, Favorite Sunset Bar)
Hours: 10 A.M. to 11 P.M.
Feel: Beach bar on the sands of the gay beach noon till 5, rooftop shows at 7:30 to Sunset. Well managed by Andres who always has a warm smile and a big hug
Details: Go-go boys provide a touch of spice to the beauty of the setting sun over the ocean. And if you decide to stay later, you can enjoy drag shows, karaoke and even gay bingo, depending on the night of the week Beach attire below and rooftop. Cash only in Pesos, US and Canadian Dollars. ATM Available at Hotel downstairs. Phone: (322) 222-5040
La Noche Martini Lounge and Club - 257-B Lazaro Cardenas
Hours: 6 P.M. to 3 A.M. (Trendy Upscale Video Bar busiest at 10 pm to midnight)
Feel: Trendy Two Story Video bar. Get very, very crowded standing room only around 10 P.M on weekend nights. Upscale feel, videos new and retro,
Details: Intimate bar-lounge with soft music and subdued lighting, "where conversation is encouraged". Daily martini specials, with over 25 choices on the menu. La Noche just recently expanded to include two different areas with different styles and both with a fine upscale ambience. Increasingly popular among locals and tourist alike, especially earlier at night. La Noche at times presents shows with Darndha Productions on Fri and Sat nights at 11:30pm. Resident DJ Frank Bustamane with house music and Latin pop remixed. Casual to Nice Beach Attire Tel: 322-222-3364
Our Hacienda Escondida PV is located in the "Romantica Zone" on the street of Lázaro Cárdenas. Lázaro Cárdenas is the center point of gay nightlife in Puerto Vallarta. The street and neighborhood is the location of many gay bars, nightclubs, discos, restaurants and stores that cater to the gay community. After dark the gay scene emerges from the beaches onto Lázaro Cárdenas transforming it into an energetic party atmosphere. Some refer to this area as "little Castro" with the concentration of gay bars and nightlife similar to that of San Francisco. The difference is the party in Gay Puerto Vallarta goes on for much later then in San Francisco. The large gay disco and drag clubs only start hopping at midnight and on weekends go on till as late as 4 or 5 am. As the sun rises many a gay party in Puerto Vallarta is just ending. A good source for what is happening in Gay Puerto Vallarta is www.gaypv.mx
Things to remember: When going out on the town in Puerto Vallarta. It is a safe area and at night you will see a large police presence by the gay discos and on the corners. Just don't be stupid flashing large sums of cash or getting drunk and loud. The police are on site to protect you and are gay friendly and protective of the gay community. There is little crime in the gay area due to their presence.
Paco's Ranch (formerly Club Paco Paco) -Corner of Lazaro Cardenas and Ignacio Vallarta Across the street from CC Slaughters, La Margaritta & La Noche (Hacienda Escondida PV Staff Best Authentic Mexican Gay Bar in Town)
Hours: 10 P.M. to 6 A.M. (LATE Night VERY CROWDED)
Feel: Authentic Puerto Vallarta Chicken ranch. The largest late night drag show in the city that brings the chickens out to roost. Between shows none stop dance music.
Details: On the weekend there is a line to wait that can become a block long. There is a 5.00 cover after midnight. It is a ton of fun but it can get so crowed you cannot move at times. Keep pockets buttoned due to the large crowd mixed heavily with locals and late night tourist. Great music and reasonable drink prices. Drag shows are primarily in Spanish with a dose of English. Tallest Drag queens in Puerto Vallarta and great dance music. Busy till 5 a.m. on weekend. Taxis and police for safety always out front after midnight. Cash only.
Paying the Bar Tab: Larger restaurants and stores take credit cards, pesos or dollars. Gay bars, nightclubs, gay discos, gay drag shows and gay strip bars are CASH ONLY no exceptions as most don't have credit card processing equipment nor ATM's on site like many American or Canadian bars.
At some bars and restaurants the bartender nor the waiter does not handle the cash or the check for payment. Some will just run a tab for you and you are expected to pay cash and tip them at the end of the night. The bartender or waiter will deliver the check to you at the end of night or when you are ready to leave. You pay them CASH Onlyplus a Tip.
The Process: If change is needed they will deliver the payment to the "money man" who handles the transaction and provides the change to the bartender or waiter will bring your change back to you. Sometimes this will take a few minutes so learn patience as things move much slower in Mexico.
Rules on Tipping: As in America or Canada tip 15% to 20% most wait staff must live on tips, some are paid tips only. At the better managed bars the staff paid a minimum wage of $5.00 to $10.00 US per day as a base wage. Have fun, be generous and be safe.
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Reinas - 361 Lazaro Cardenas (Hacienda Escondida PV Staff Best Kitchy Gay Bar in Town)
Hours: 5 P.M. to 3 A.M.
Feel: Reinas Bar (Queens in Spanish), eminates the royal motif in every inch of this very gay bar. Established busy happy hour, clean but dive feel, deep community link and history.
Details: Don't let the red walls, drag queen photos and wigs in the bathroom scare you. Step in and go back in time to the feel of what the gay clubs on historic Polk Street in San Francisco were like in the 70s. Nice bartenders, cute younger guys having drinks with older locals and tourist. A surprise and fun mix that works in this décor. Busy happy hour and event nights. Call there is always a reason for a party at Reinas. Open daily 5pm to 2am. Casual Attire. Cash Only.
La Margarita Bar - 257-A Lazaro Cardenas (Wally's Favorite, Air Conditioned Upscale feel and bartenders remember your name)
Hours: 6 P.M. to 4 A.M (Neighborhood upscale Gay Margaritta Bar)
Feel: Neighborhood feel gay bar with many Canadian and American Expats and tourist that want a place for nice music and the ability to have a conversation in air conditioned comfort.
Details: Very friendly staff managed by Jesus both fluent in English and Spanish. Great bartender Octavio also a great caterer. Upscale where you can get a premium margarita for around $5.00 US, in air conditioned comfort and listen to a mix of retro and current English and Hispanic pop hits at a music level that still allows conversation around the bar and sofas. Nice place to lead into prior to going dancing at the discos next door or across the street. Cash Only Pesos and Dollars. English and Spanish speaking staff.
Los Amigos - Venustiano Carranza 237 (Next door to Pacos Ranch) (Staff Pick Best Latino focused bar in PV)
Hours: 6 P.M. to 2 A.M.
Feel: Celebrating their 13th anniversary in November 2013, nothing fancy cheap drinks and fun times. Specials at times include 10 peso beers (.80 cents US) and 20 peso well drinks ($1.80 US)
Details: This gay cantina is a colorful place with a pleasant ambiance. The second floor bar opens out onto a terrace in the back, giving the place an open feeling. Los Amigos attracts a festive mix of gay locals and tourists; with a new dance floor that opened in 2011. No cover, inexpensive drinks. Casual Cash Pesos and Dollars Only No Large American Dollars