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Gay Puerto Vallarta Nightlife

Most of the gay spots are on the level ground where the Rio Cuale (Cuale River) empties into Vallarta's Bandaras Bay. This area, a zone often called South Side or Zona Romantica over last few years, could just as well be called homo heights.

There is a decided shift away from the straight night spots that so dominate the malecon just north of the city center. South of the city center is where gay men and women are found everywhere. And so are their watering holes, clubs and bars.

Vallarta's primary club or disco scene, gay or straight, is pretty late in the evening. Don't plan on much happening at these clubs until well past midnight.

Earlier in the evening the happy hour circuit usually starts off at various places where the crowd gathers to watch the sunset.

Before the late night action gets going, the places to be are the smaller bars along or near Lazaro Cardenas Street, and also Olas Altas Street.

Olas Altas Street, a wonderful side-walk café strewn strip of land where the mountains are closest to the beach, is where everyone walks.  Olas Altas has become something reminiscent of a Paris back street, lined with sidewalk cafés, but located in the tropics here in gay Puerto Vallarta.  Along Olas Altas Street are several gay bars.  All are the kind of places where you'll see activity earlier in the evening.

Starting at 10pm the disco clubs get going and they peak sometimes very late, often past 2 in the morning.

Clubs and Discos

Clubs and Discos where late night partiers love to go.

CC Slaughters

Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Dancing, Younger

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This nightclub has been a hit since they opened their doors (Dec 2011).

Club Enter

Night Club featuring electronic music

Paco's Ranch

Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Dancing, Drag Shows, Older, Younger

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Pacos Ranch is the late night spot to be in the gay club scene of PV.

Evening Tours

Organized gay group events in the evening or late at night.

Gay Bar-Hop

Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Older

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"Make the most of your vacation, save time and effort in finding the real hot spots and experience a fun unique night as you meet new friends from all around the world! The groups are limited so book now to ensure your spot"

"Please arrive at 9:00pm on Thursday, 8:00pm Friday and Saturday"

Vallarta Eats Food Tours

Mixed Clientele, 30 somethings, Older, Mexican

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Join Vallarta Eats Food Tours as they skip the usual tourist restaurants and head for the best off-the-beaten-path eateries in Vallarta. Eat with locals as they fill your plates with fresh, mouthwatering fare from the real Mexico. Let them treat you to a little taste of culture and a whole lot of fun. Come hungry!

Hotel Pool Bar

Intimate poolside gay bars.

Hotel Mercurio

Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Older, Outside Seating

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Gay owned, Gay staffed, for Gay & Lesbian guests. There is no discrimination at Hotel Mercurio, so your straight friends are welcome too.


Casual elegance.

La Noche

Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Drag Shows, Older, Younger, Outside Seating

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A three level entertainment complex featuring an amazing 2 level rooftop garden bar with views of the city and surrounding mountains. On the main floor there is always a party going on with DJ Mike playing the best music, go go boys and shows. Smoking and nonsmoking areas available.

Signature Lounge

Mixed Clientele, Straight Friendly, Casual, Ocean View, 30 somethings, Older, Younger, Outside Seating

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Part lounge, part grill, part swim up bar, Signature Lounge is the perfect place to relax, unwind and watch the beautiful sunsets for which Puerto Vallarta is known.

Martini Bars

Some of gay Vallarta's bars specialize in great conversation and mixed drinks.


Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Martinis, Older, Outside Seating

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This lesbian owned, very gay friendly martini bar serves up stiff drinks daily in the middle of Zona Romantica.


Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Live Theater, Martinis, Live Music, Outside Seating

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ENCORE! piano bar is an elegant and casual lounge for fun times and great cocktails. Daily drink specials and weekly events make ENCORE! a local favorite.


Garbo is a chic little piano and jazz bar located a half of a block off of the famous Olas Altas on Pulpito, just steps from the Abbey Hotel.

La Margarita Bar

Latino Music...Latino Drinks...Latino Bar!


Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Martinis, Older, Outside Seating

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Sama martini lounge, located next door to the Palm on Olas Altas offers both indoor air conditioned seating and a sidewalk lounge. NEW HOURS everyday from 4pm-2am

The Swedes Bar

The Swedes Bar + Bistro is located on the rooftop of the Swedes Restaurant and offers great views down Olas Altas.

Neighborhood Bars

Some places that have that neighborhood place. Cantinas.

Aaron's Rainbow Room

Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Dancing, Karioke, Younger, Outside Seating

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Friendly Neighborhood Bar with 2 Happy Hours!
Open Daily from 12pm - 2am.
The kitchen and patio area are open!


Enjoy all night happy hour prices in this tiny hidden gay bar just off of Olas Altas.


Mixed Clientele, 30 somethings, Drag Shows, Older

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Right in the center of Puerto Vallarta on Franacisco I. Madero Street #388. Divas Bar, a place that has turn into tradition to the locals and tourists.

Fiesta Bar & Lounge

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, 30 somethings, Older, Younger, Live Music

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Your friendly neighbor bar with a Mexican twist. Fiesta has every thing your looking: great a/c, great prices and daily specials, live music on most nights, and intimate lounge seating and now serving food.


Gay Staff, Casual, 30 somethings, Older, Bar Food, Outside Seating

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This bar has moved one block south of it's original location on Insurgentes, and is popular with both the Gringo and Mexican locals.

La Cueva Cantina

Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Karioke, Older, Pool Table

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Mexican gay cantina open Tuesday to Sunday from 3pm-2am. Videos, pool table, and daily drink specials.

Los Amigos

Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Older, Pool Table, Outside Seating

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Look for the giant rainbow flag (and I do mean GIANT) adorning the front of this bar, located across the street from the old Senor Frogs in Zona Romantica.

Los Equipales

This gay cantina addition to the Lazaro Cardenas strip is located directly across the street from Wet Dreams.

Luna Lounge

Mixed Clientele, 30 somethings, Drag Shows, Karioke, Older, BBQ, Bar Food, Live Music, Outside Seating

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Bucerias first and only LGBT bar!


Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Older

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Reinas Bar (Queens in Spanish), eminates the royal motif in every inch of this very gay bar.

Stonewall PV

Gay Staff, Casual, Martinis, Older, Younger

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Place to remember, a friendly relaxing atmosphere where people meet and talk. Best Handcrafted, freshly made martinis, margaritas & mojitos using local fruits and herbs.

Play Zona

places for sexual play

Spartacus Spa for Men

Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Older, Younger, Outside Seating

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Puerto Vallarta's #1 Bathhouse For Men! The newest and largest 4 story gay spa sauna. Open daily 12noon-12midnight

Vallarta Cora

Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Older, Younger, Outside Seating

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Open daily, the Vallarta Cora is the place to go to indulge yourself in all your wet naughty pleasures.

Show Bars

Venues that specialise in live shows.

Act II Mainstage

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, 30 somethings, Drag Shows, Live Comedy, Live Theater, Martinis, Live Music

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The MAIN STAGE theatre features full-scale musicals, plays and concerts in both English and Spanish for Vallarta's bi-cultural community.

Act II Stages Red Room

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Drag Shows, Live Comedy, Live Theater, Martinis, Older, Live Music

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The RED ROOM cabaret presents diverse local and international cabaret singers and comedians.

The Palm

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, 30 somethings, Drag Shows, Live Comedy, Live Theater, Older, Live Music

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When looking for a great show, look no further than The Palm.

Strip Clubs

Male oriented stripper clubs.


Gay Staff, 30 somethings, Older, Strip Tease Shows

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Antropology offers a non-stop show of male strippers for your viewing pleasure.

Wet Dreams

This Men Only gentlemen´s club offers shower shows every hour.

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