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Antropology | Apaches | Blondies | Blue Chairs | CC Slaughters | Frida bar | Garbo | Hotel Mercurio | La Cueva | La Margarita
La Noche | Los Amigos | Luna Azul | Paco's Ranch | the Palm cabaret bar | Reinas | Sama | Sapphire Ocean Club
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all of the Puerto Vallarta gay nightlife scene - the cantinas, bars, discos,
lounges, night clubs, antros and party venues are in the South Side or
Romantic Zone area, and only one, Antropology, is located just north of
the Cuale River which runs through the middle of town. Most PV gay bars
are thus within a rather short distance of each other. Sunset will often
find the crowd having fun pool-side at Hotel Mercurio, at the hillside
Signature Lounge with tis spectacular views or on the rooftop of the Blue
Chairs Hotel, which has a variety of fun daily events. Tourists tend to
go out for dinner and then for conversation and drinks at Anonimo, Apaches,
Frida, La Margarita, Los Amigos, Mr. Flamingo, or Reinas. Or else guys
head off to some of the live entertainment this season at Garbo with Ron
Pass or Bobby Broadway on the piano, or to one of the many entertaining
shows at The Palm this season, with comedian Leslie Jordan, singer
Alberto Mejia, impersonator Randy Roberts, musical-comedy act Amy and Freddy,
Michael L. Walters, or avant-garde musical group Well-Strung (see current
details at The
Palm cabaret website).
Later on guys go to the strip bars or discotheques after midnight until the early morning hours. People will often walk the circuit from one place to the next until they end up at La Noche, Paco's Ranch or nightclub CC Slaughters to dance, drink, cruise and party the night away. These 3 comprise the heart of the Lazaro Cardanes street gay circuit, and there are eight other bars within a short 2-4 blocks of them. The male stripper shows at Anthropology and Wet Dreams are popular and take the lead with quite a few handsome guys in their line ups. The town certainly has some of the best gay night spots in Mexico. From what I see, read and hear I'd have to call it for Pacos Ranch and CC Slaughters for late night fun and carousing. You can be sure that there's always plenty of diversity in gay life to choose from here in Puerto Vallarta.
By the way, the legal drinking age in Mexico is 18. Nightlife tips: I advise you to check drink and food prices before ordering, and keep good track of your tab at all the bars and fine dining spots in town. In general the thrilling entertainment scene in the gay discos tends to start late, usually livening up around midnight or so, and of course weekends are the most popular time to go out, drink, have fun, look for romance and dance the night away. The town is pretty busy starting Friday through Sunday evenings and at the world-renowned Blue and Green Chairs of the terrific Vallarta gay beach during the daytime. I've also put together a rather detailed rundown of the straight nightlife if you want to check it out, are in town with some straight friends or feel adventurous about a change of pace.
Anonimo - South Side - 157 Rodolfo Gomez at
Olas Altas. Tel: 044-322-150-4772
- Central/Downtown - 101 Morelos, local 3-A, Plaza Rio Cuale. Tel:
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 strong 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. More info. Apaches is open Mon-Sat, 5pm-2am
PV - Old Town - 115 Pulpito at Amapas. Tel: 222-0275, Cell: 044-322-102-8203
Loft and slushbar featuring frozen cocktails and drinks made with fresh fruit, fresh squeezed juices, and top shelf spirits bar for classic cocktails and slushies. "Where all good stories begin." The new Blondies stylish gay lounge cocktail bar (picture left) has pleasant chill out music, ocean breezes, Bay views and some great Vallarta sunsets from the second floor Loft. Appetizers and snacks include cheese, meat and fruit plate selections. Like the mod art deco look. A welcome addition to the neighborhood, since autumn 2015. Happy hour, 4pm-6pm. More info & photos. Daily, 11am-2am
Blue Chairs Rooftop
Bar and Restaurant - Los Muertos beach - Calle Malecon #4. Tel: 222-5040
At the Blue Chairs gay hotel beach resort with its rooftop restaurant, small wading pool and lovely views of Banderas Bay; serving a variety of food, including Mexican and seafood. Thurs is Diana's after the gay cruise party, 5pm; Fri and Sun with the Dirty Bitches drag show, 8:30pm; Sat with sunset Karaoke from 6pm-8pm and/or International and Latin Divas Show, 8:30pm. Daily hot go-go boys and sexy male dancers starting at 5pm. Call the Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea for further information about events. No cover. Happy hour 2X1 margaritas, 3pm-7pm. Daily, 3pm-11pm
Slaughters - South Side/Old Town - 254 Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 222-3412
One of the newest Puerto Vallarta gay nightclubs and lounges, opened in December 2011, CC Slaughters (facebook) has a good size dance floor with DJs, occasional drag shows, and a martini lounge bar area with videos. Out Traveler in July 2015 has recently called it as one of the top 200 greatest gay bars in the world, saying, "Two nightclubs in one...is the newest star on the block, quickly eclipsing Paco's Ranch as the hotspot of the Zona Romantica. Sleek and modern, one half of the venue is a massive discotheque with an open-air courtyard and other side features a latern-lit lounge bar." A popular late night spot for tourists and locals alike, the place is often crowded, especially on the weekends during the winter months. Drag show every Tues night at 1am. DJs Estefano, Marko (Weds) and Hoolio (Sun). Beer 15 pesos all evening. More pics & info. Daily, 10pm-6am
Club Manana - South
Side - 290 Venustiano Carranza.
Now Closed. For several years Club Manana was the most popular gay discotheques (photo above left) in Vallarta. An open-style Hacienda house with dancing in the indoor a/c disco portion as well as on the open-air dance floor and patio area. National and international guest performers, strippers and drag queens/transvestites performed regularly. Out Magazine listed it at one time as one of the 60 top best gay clubs in the world.
Divas - South Side - 388
Francisco Madero. Cell: 044-322-102-8203
Mexican cantina bar with host and owner Sandra C. Reyes Vasquez. "A little touch of attitude." Increasingly popular with gay tourists, locals and Mexicans as it is an intimate, friendly neighborhood bar. Since November 2008. Draft and iced buckets of beer. Divas has special prices on beer and margaritas before 8pm. Drag shows, mixed clientele. More info. Daily, 4pm-2am
- South Side - 267 Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 222-2087, Cell: 044-322-181-9172
Newest kids on the block, Fiesta bar and lounge (pic at left) promotes themselves as "your friendly neighbor bar with a Mexican twist. Fiesta has every thing your looking for: great a/c, great prices and daily specials, live music on most nights." Down the street from La Margarita and next door to La Noche. Gogo boys every Thursday and Friday from 11pm; Edgar Trevino's Dragourmet shows every Saturday at midnight. An outdoor open patio area in the back with seating as well. Pet friendly, wireless. Happy hour, 4pm-9pm. More info. Daily, 4pm-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. Every Thursday this summer, May 3 through October from 8pm-10pm, come to bar Frida to play Loteria a game similar to bingo but with picture-cards and not numbers, so not only can you catch a quick Spanish lesson but perhaps win one of the fab prizes which include gift certificates, etc from local shops and merchants. Host David Lansley. The jukebox has a large selection of Mexican and English music with hundreds of videos. 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. Website for further details and specials, bar Frida. Daily, 1pm-2am
- South Side/Zona Romantica - 142 Pulpito. Tel: 223-5753
An upscale ambience and a well-dressed crowd make this a popular choice for tourists and PV locals alike (staff photo at left). Elegant "minimalist Deco". Live music often starting at 10:30pm with various entertainers this season including Ron Pass, pianist vocalist; Bobby Broadway and his show tunes; Duet In Vitro with all kinds of music from the '80s; and Fernando Huerta and Antonio playing latin music in Spanish. Often with Ron Pass who has a quick wit and wide ranging song list of classic rock, Broadway tunes and standards to entertain the clientele at Garbo Piano Bar. Friendly owners German and Javier to serve you. Garbo in spanish means grace, stylishness, class, elegance of manner. Good reports on the music. Voted #1 Puerto Vallarta martini bar in 2008, 2010 and 2011, and a local fun spot for music, drinks and conversation since March 2002. No cover. Just down the street from the old gay Hotel Abbey (now closed) and Coco's restaurant, and around the corner from Sama and The Palm cabaret-bar. More info & pics. Daily, 6pm-2am
Pool Bar - South Side/Zona Romantica - 168 Francisca Rodriguez. Tel:
Pool-side bar at the gay Hotel Mercurio. Happy hour, 3pm-6pm, with beer at 10 pesos and margaritas and pina coladas 2 for 1. The pool bar is open daily, 3pm-10pm
Incanto Cabaret and Piano Bar -
Old Town - 109 Insurgentes street. Tel: 223-9756
Incanto cabaret, piano bar and cafe, owned by long-time local Tracy Parks (who used to run the entertainment at cabaret-bar The Palm) is the newest entertainment hot spot in town, featuring music, theater, art, comedy and literary events. Incanto takes its name from the charming and elegant setting along the Cuale River that divides Old Town from downtown in beautiful Puerto Vallarta. Opened in early 2017, entertainers so far have included group Azucar, Alberto Cuevas, David Hernandez, Chris Kenny, Moelle Jazz Quartet, The Joanie Show with Joan Houston and musical director Bob Bruneau, and bingo with Pearl. Breakfast/brunch, 9am-2pm; Happy hour with available small bites, 2pm-6pm; Evening dinner, Tues-Sun, starts 4pm. More info & pics. Daily, 9am-11:30pm
La Cueva - Romantic
Zone - 414 Olas Altas, 2nd floor upstairs.
Now with a new name and new location on the South Side almost right across the street from Apaches, La Cueva (formerly No Borders) is a fun, neighborhood Mexican cowboy-style gay cantina bar, with friendly Julio as one of your bartenders - definitely consider wearing your cowboy hat. La Cueva Cantina (facebook) is spacious, has a pool table, video screens, wifi and plays pop English and Spanish music; pets are allowed. Karaoke on Tues, Thurs and Sun. The original Gay Bingo starts late October and goes through mid-April every Thurs at 7pm-9:30pm. Happy hour, 4pm-9pm. More info. Tues-Sun, 3pm-2am
Margarita - South Side - 257 Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 222-1367
Latino bar having a specialty in margaritas and martinis. Mexican music, a/c, wireless, no smoking. Next door to La Noche so it's on the Lazaro Cardenas circuit that includes CC Slaughters, Pacos Ranch, Wet Dreams and others in that fun 2-3 block area. La Margarita (picture at right) is noted for the circular bar and its colorful and friendly ambience. Very good reviews and word of mouth; since October 2014. Happy hour from 1pm-7pm every day and margarita of the day for 30 pesos. Photos & info. Daily, 1pm-2am
La Noche - South Side/Old
Town - 263 Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 222-3364, Cel: 044-322-118-8782
Intimate bar-lounge with music and subdued lighting "where conversation is encouraged". Daily martini specials, with over 25 choices on the menu. La Noche has expanded to include outside seating on the two-level open rooftop garden bar area; so now there are two different areas with different styles and ambience. Increasingly popular among locals and tourists alike, especially earlier in the evening. La Noche has go go boys every Thurs, Fri and Sat night at 11:30pm from Oct-Apr. Resident DJ Mike with house music and latin pop remixed. Smoking and non-smoking areas. Since 2005. Happy hour 2X1 for all cocktails and beers, 1am-3am. More info. Daily, 6pm-4am
Los Amigos Bar - South
Side/Romantic Zone - 237 Venustiano Carranza, upstairs. Tel: 222-7802,
This gay bar cantina has been a lively and 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 locals and tourists, with a new dance floor as well. No cover, inexpensive drinks. Celebrating their 15th anniversary in November 2015. Happy hour, 6pm-8pm with 10 peso beers and 20 peso well-drinks. Daily, 6pm-4am
Luna Azul PV - Old
Town - 308 Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 113-0322
Lounge style with comfortable sofas and seating. The new Luna Azul where Location, ambiance and customer service are well rated. "The furnishings are modern and the couches give great conversation areas. Nice central bar and good variety of mixed cocktails." Featuring music of cumbia, merengue, salsa, bachata and rock retro etc. With Cesar and Danny. Occasional drag shows, karaoke, dancing, and they've got a snacks menu. Between Los Muertos Brewing Compayn and Wet Dreams; since October 2015. Sunday is piano night. Happy hour 9pm-10pm. Daily, 1pm-2am
Mr. Flamingo - Old Town - 255 Lazaro Cardenas
at Ignacio Vallarta street.
Newest stylish cocktail and martini bar in town, right on the corner of Cardenas street in the middle of the gay area, so just around the corner is Paco's Ranch and right next door are La Margarita and La Noche. Flamingos PVR is open to the street so it's fun people watching at night. Some eats available too. Since late January 2016. Same owners as The Swedes restaurant and bistro, Rikard and Morgan. Happy hour 2pm-7pm. More pics & info. Daily, 2pm-3am
Open Vallarta - Old Town - 212 Venustiano Carranza.
The newest gay nightclub on the South Side with a large inner space showcasing pop and circuit electronic music and drawing a youngish party crowd; Hoolio Kmacho resident DJ. Open Vallarta also featuring drag shows, gogo dancers, wifi, gay staff. Across the street from Los Amigos. Inauguration in November 2015. Thurs, Fri and Sat, 10pm-6am
Ranch (formerly Club Paco Paco) - South Side - 237 Ignacio Vallarta.
Tel: 222-8147, 222-1899
Popular nightclub on two levels (see photo left), with the colorful and popular drag shows Tues at 1:30am and Weds-Sun nights at 12:30am and 3am. Located a short half block from CC Slaughters and a block down from the old locale, and next door to the straight Club Roxy rock house. Puerto Vallarta's gay nightlife for a long while was long centered around Club Paco Paco, which had been the most famous and largest gay club in town for years, and its current namesake Pacos Ranch (facebook) continues in that tradition as one of the top spots in town. Even the straight locals all know its name and location. In its current locale it has become quite popular with locals and tourists alike, with the large main bar and dance floor on ground level, and an upstairs balcony area with bird's eye views of the action down below. Surely one of the leading bars of any gay resort town in Mexico. DJ Alex Acosta plays a combo of techno, hip hop, electronic and pop disco. More pictures & info. Happy hour, 10pm-Midnight. Daily, 10pm-6am
Reinas - South Side - 361
Lazaro Cardenas. Cell: 044-322-205-0433
Fun and popular gay bar-cantina in the Romantic Zone with music videos, jukebox, films and conversation. Reinas (Queens) is located across Cardenas street from the Guadalajara pharmacy. Friendly service with staff and owner Marco from Holland. Billed as "the place to meet your prince". Reinas will be celebrating their 6th anniversary on October 9, 2016, and as always they have a big costume bash on Halloween night. Pet-friendly; wireless internet available. Happy hour aka Queens Tea daily, 4pm-7pm. More info & pics. Daily, 4pm-2am
- South Side/Old Town - 510 Olas Altas. Tel: 044-322-223-3182
Now Closed. Small, upscale martini lounge with both air conditioned indoor seating and open air patio seating, Sama overlooks Olas Altas street for people watching. Nicely renovated 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. With owner Leonardo Tejeda. Happy hour, 4:30pm-7:30pm. Daily, 4:30pm-2am
Ocean Club & Lounge (formerly Lido Beach Club) - Los Muertos beach
- 1 Calle Malecon. Tel: 223-3264
Located at the One Beach Street Vallarta condominiums, Sapphire Bistro (staff photo left) offers amenities including a dipping pool, comfortable lounge chairs and cabanas, towel service, national and international drinks, and fabulous breakfast and lunch menus from internationally experienced chef Michel Pascal Ferrari, who also owns and operates the upscale Michel restaurant on Olas Altas street. This restaurant-bar-lounge offers breakfast and lunch with a menu that includes soup, sandwiches, homemade pasta, salads and a variety of meat, fish and seafood dishes in an open-air dining area for its mixed gay-friendly clientele. Sapphire is practically adjacent to the traditional Blue and Green chairs of the Vallarta gay beach. Daily, 9am-Midnight
Signature Lounge - Olas Altas - 180 Pulpito
street. Tel: 222-3556, 113-0342
Part lounge, part grill and part swim-up bar, Signature Lounge is a great place to relax, enjoy drinks and good conversation, and to watch the spectacular sunsets for which Vallarta and Banderas Bay are so well known. Top shelf liquors and cocktails at their horse-shoe shaped bar. Gay-owned and gay-friendly with a mixed clientele, though the daily happy hour get-together scene during the winter season is almost exclusively male. Wireless, pet friendly and wheelchair accessible. Located in the open-air atrium lobby of Signature by Pinnacle; go up the long stairs from The Swedes restaurant-bar on Olas Altas street to get there. Happy hour 5:30pm-8pm. Open daily, 5pm-11pm
Spartacus Spa - Romantic Zone - 244 Ignacio
Vallarta street. Tel: 044-322-178-4229, 044-322-123-1077
The newest and largest (four story) spa and sauna for gay and bisexual men in Puerto Vallarta. Services available include dry sauna, jacuzzi, lockers, private rooms, steam room, sun deck, coffee & snack bar, video room, massages. Free wireless internet. Directly across from the lively C.C. Slaughters nightclub and in the next block over from Paco's Ranch. 150-200+ pesos depending. Visit the Spartacus Spa website for more details. Daily, 3pm-Midnight
Street Bar Vallarta - Old Town - 136 Francisca Roqriguez. Tel: 222-8609
Newest LGBT gay bar in the city, offering a variety of music and videos at levels that "make it easy to converse with your friends - or to talk, socialize and meet new friends, all in a great newly remodeled atmosphere". Reputedly the same vibe and casual atmosphere of their sister bar in Palm Springs by owners Mike Cullen and Dick Haskamp. Located between Los Muertos Pier and Olas Altas street, and right next door to famed Archie's Wok restaurant. Street-side and inside seating, with a/c; since February 2017. Check out their StreetBar PV website. Happy hour, 4pm-7pm, Daily top shelf specials, 7pm to closing. Daily, 4pm-2am
Palm Cabaret and Bar - South Side/Zona Romantica - 508 Olas Altas.
Tel: 222-0200, Cell: 044-322-168-9950
The Palm Cabaret and Bar (see photo left) is Puerto Vallarta's original and longest running cabaret venue on the South Side, established in 1999, and with a large inside bar and entertainment area and an outside terrace for street-side seating and people watching. Shows this coming season are scheduled for seven (7) nights per week with two different shows each evening. Audience members will be more comfortable than ever in the intimate 90-seat space, with renovations planned for the lobby and restrooms and with new upholstered furniture. The line up for the 2013-2014 season will again really spice up gay life in town and includes:
Musician and singer Jorge Acosta & amigos (select Mondays starting in Nov); Michael L. Walters as Dame Edna (Nov 13-Dec 1 & Jan 6-14) and as Mr. Broadway (Nov 23 & Nov 29); Diamante Negro in The Sexy Mariachi Show (select Sundays beginning Nov 17); singer Alberto Mejia (select Sunday evenings beginning Nov 24); Randy Roberts with his impersonations of Cher, Midler, Crawford, Channing and Phyllis Diller (Nov 24-Dec 4 & Mar 7-22); Sol Rose is The Rat Pack (various dates Nov 30-Mar 1); writer and comedian Tony Tripoli in 'Dirty, Sexy, Funny' (Dec 20-Feb 7); Leslie Jordan, Emmy award winning actor & comedian, in 'Show Pony' (Dec 27-Jan 12); modern jazz singer and songwriter Spencer Day (Jan 3-17); Amy and Freddy with musical-comedy act (Jan 14-22 and Mar 4-20); celebrity impersonation and comedy in An Evening at The Bird Cage, starring Joe Posa and Scott Townsend (Jan 16-28 and Mar 23-Apr 12); drag queen, storyteller and world savior Coco Peru (Feb 1-13); comedian Shawn Pelofsky (Feb 15-22); and avant-garde musical group Well-Strung (Feb 18-Mar 1)
Entertainment director Tracy Parks has once again outdone himself and cooked up some great ideas and acts, so check out the website and calendar of The Palm Cabaret and Bar as the gay PV entertainment spot. You can also buy tickets for these performers on-line at the website starting October 20 or during daytime hours at Fusion Restaurant and Salud. Located next door to the bar Sama. Info also on facebook. Daily 7pm-2am
the Swede's Bar and
Bistro - South Side/Zona Romantica - 154 Pulpito at Olas Altas. Tel:
The Crow's Nest bar is on the second floor of The Swedes Bar & Bistro so there are some nice views of Olas Altas street area and beyond. The Swedes bistro is open serving food Weds-Mon, 6pm-11pm. Bistro menu includes Swedish meatballs, filet mignon, pasta tagliatelle and traditional Swedish hash. Crow's Nest gay bistro-restaurant with Rikard and Morgan. Good reports and reviews. Weds-Mon, 5pm-2am
Vallarta Cora Pool Bar - South Side - 174 Pilitas.
Tel: 222-6058, 223-2815
Closed as of June 2016. At the Vallarta Cora gay hotel with heated 'interactive' pool, bar service, patio and video room. The clothing optional jacuzzi and steam room in the backyard area get pretty hot 'n steamy. Lockers and showers available; watch your valuables. Men only, with lots of locals and Mexican nationals. Mario's hotel-bar has been around over 18 years at the same location on Pilitas street. Popular in the early evenings after the beach, especially among the younger gay Mexicans. The 50 peso cover includes a drink, so it's a pretty good value. Daily, 3pm-midnight.
Dreams - South Side/Old Town - 312 Lazaro Cardenas.
Newest Puerto Vallarta gay strip club (photo left) which opened for New Years 2010-2011. High style ambiance, with showcase strippers in the shower in the front-room and doing their sexy thing around the strip-pole in the backroom as well. Continuous shows start around 7pm; also with a VIP lounge for your own private dancer. One of the owners also has a stake in Garbo piano bar, and Wet Dreams has much the same prices. In the old location of the Encuentros pizza bar lounge. Every Sunday and Monday is amateur night. Men only. 2X1 beer and domestic drinks, 7pm-9pm. Daily, 7pm-2am
Note: The info provided in the Puerto Vallarta Gay Travel Guide was deemed accurate when posted but changes occur so you may wish to confirm any details directly with the business in question before planning your night out. Unfortunately, the Great Recession has not been kind to some of the gay night clubs and bars as Amor, Bite Me Beach Club, Casanovas, world famous Club Manana, Deja Vecu, El Pianito, Freedom PV, KokoHome Club, Kox, Los Balcones, Los Equipales, Miseria, Picante, Plasma/Club Zenit, Stereo, Stonewall and Tease have closed their doors these past 5-6 years or so. However there are a good number of new fun additions to the day-time and nightlife roster: Anonimo, Blondies PV, CC Slaughters, Club Enter, La Margarita, Mr. Flamingo, Reinas, Sapphire Ocean Club on Los Muertos beach, and Wet Dreams stripper bar I wish them all luck, buena suerte!
Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping Tour - A personalized and popular tour usually every Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening from 8pm until around 1am conducted by bilingual local tours guides Max Albertos, Alex Breceda, Michael James, Bryan Martinez or Raul Duran (Note: Bar Hopping was previously owned by Christian Gutierrez and Luis Luviano for over 4 years, since mid 2015 it's under management by Tim Wilson). Their mission is for you to have fun, get to know the area and its local gay hot spots, be safe, and make some new friends.
This hot and happening gay bar and club hopping tour with VIP access to all night spots has several options. There's the Classic gay bar hopping without dinner, from 9pm-1am, visiting six venues with five drinks OR the Classic hop including a 3-course gourmet dinner, at six venues and seven drinks. The top-shelf tour with meal is $129 USD or the top-shelf without meal at $99 USD. National brands and beer Tour is $114 USD with meal or $72 USD with no meal. Also the Cabaret hopping with meal is priced at $129 per ticket. Top rated on TripAdvisor and a Certificate of Excellence winner every year from 2012-2016. Tours usually meet at 8pm at the Fusion Gourmet restaurant bar and cafe, located 156 Pilitas at Amapas street in front of the Hotel Tropicana. Cell: 044-322-148-4960. More info & photos here.
Travel advice: I would recommended that you check drink and food prices at all places before ordering, always keeping good track of your tab at the Puerto Vallarta gay bars, night clubs and entertainment venues in the city. Count your change whenever you go out to party, eat or dance and when exchanging money. Please remember to be generous with your tipping to our Mexican hosts and friends. Read more travel advice & vacation planning tips.
Mr. Gay Puerto Vallarta 2008 Results (with video) "The Mr. Gay PV 2008 Competition, which began at 9pm on September 14th at the former Sr. Frog's Club on Vallarta's South Side stimulated the audience well into the night as they watched nine handsome and hunky men strutting their stuff in an attempt to claim the 2008 title. Congratulations to 2008's Mr. Gay Puerto Vallarta, Alejandro Lamas Bogarín, who received money, clothing, jewelry, cruises and gift certificates." The entire Mr. Gay Vallarta event was a benefit for the local community organization Vallarta Confronts AIDS (Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA). Read more at the links.
Below are some of the Yearly Happenings in the Gay Puerto Vallarta, Mexico scene Go to the Annual Events page for a more complete list of (gay and straight) local attractions, festivals, events, holidays and celebrations.
Puerto Vallarta Carnival Parade - February 12, 2013 - Put on primarily by the gay community in Puerto Vallarta, but also co-organized by and including straight establishments from around town as well, in celebration of the coming of Spring. The parade starts around 10pm and winds its way through the South Side. See some photos and information here from the second and third annual Puerto Vallarta Carnival festivities in 2010, 2011 and February 18, 2012.
2016 - Vallarta Gay Pride Celebrations & Parade
The town's 4th annual Vallarta Pride events will take place during the week of May 17-28, 2016. Visit here for complete official info about events, sponsors, news and picture galleries, and my webpage of this guide for plenty of photos.
From May 17-25, 2015: The festivities will have an auspicious beginning Friday evening with a cocktail kick-off at 9pm at the Taste restaurant located at the lovely Casa Cupula boutique hotel, and continue for 3 days celebrating local Gay, Lesbian and Transgender culture. The festive proceedings will include a mass commitment ceremony at Lido Beach Club on Saturday at 11:00am; a Vallarta Pride fashion show at the Blue Chairs Beach Club on Sat at 2pm; a Tea Dance "Heat" beach party at El Lido and the Blue Chairs starting Sat afternoon at 4pm; and to top the day off, starting around 8pm there will be Themed Night Parties at participating gay bars, lounges and nightclubs.
Saving the best for the last, there will be a fabulous Vallarta Pride Parade on Sunday at 4pm strutting and waving through various streets of the South Side, eventually ending up at the Lazaro Cardenas Park with more celebrations, dance and music.
Halloween/Noche de Brujas -
Halloween or All-Hallows-Eve is widely celebrated in town with trick-or-treating by the kids earlier in the evening in their neighborhoods;
and by the adults at many of the gay bars and nightclubs late at night where there are contests for the best costumes. So plan on dressing up!
27-30, 2015 - Thanksgiving week - Latin Fever
The boyz are back in town! Will Gorges and Gilles Belanger, who brought Latin Fever to Vallarta for many years, are now starting up again with their five day gay and lesbian 2013 PVR Music & Culture. Scheduled events to date include: Nov 27 Sunset Party at the beachfront Blue Chairs Rooftop, 6pm; Nov 27 Welcome Party at famed Paco's Ranch, 10pm; Nov 28 Thanksgiving Party at Enter Nightclub, 10pm; Nov 29 at Almar Beach Club with DJ Manny Lehman, 9pm; Nov 30 Splash Party at Blue Chairs Rooftop, 4pm; Nov 30 the legendary White Party at Oscar's restaurant on the Cuale river Island, 9pm; and Dec 1 Adios PV Party at new CC Slaughters gay nightclub, 10pm. The official DJ lineup features: Manny Lehman (LA), Hector Fonseca (NYC), Isaac Escalante (MEX) and Kidd Madonny. Further information and tickets on Will Gorges presents.
Dip - January 24-31, 2016 - Steve Buczek's Annual Leather & Bear
Week in Mexico
Gay venues and hosts include hotels Torre de Oro and the Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea, CC Slaughters nightclub featuring local DJ Marko, Manatamar Beach Club, and Los Amigos. Further info and events at beefdip.com
Rooftop gay Puerto Vallarta Mexico nightlife; Sama crowd street-side; flag over gay strip club Anthropology
Benoit & friend at gay club Manana; rooftop at Blue Chairs resort; Garbo jazz nightclub
Luis, Tom and friends at Frida; at old PV hot spot Manana; handsome staff member
Nuno & friends at Paco's; friendly crowd La Cueva; Mexico pop-singer Gloria Trevi at gay nightclub Manana
Mr. Gay Puerto Vallarta Mexico 2008: handsome friends, left; the hot contestants, center and right.
(Three pictures above thanks to Juan Pablo Hernández)
PV third annual Carnaval Mardi Gras celebration festivities - for more Vallarta carnival pictures
1st annual Mr. Anthropology 2010 winners, photo left
popular Canadian singer Kim Kuzma at The Palm cabaret & bar
handsome DJ Cristian Leyva from past Club Manana spring fever celebrations
Puerto Vallarta bar hopping tour with former hosts Christian Gutierrez and Luis Luviano
to lots more
Puerto Vallarta gay club & bar pictures
gay bars photos - page 1 gay bars photos - page 2
"...wonderful was thy love to me,
passing the love of women."
- the Bible, David to Jonathan, 2 Samuel, 1:26
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