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September 24, 2021

Top LGBT bars, beach clubs, and nightclubs

Puerto Vallarta welcomes all its visitors with warmth and friendliness, and the great atmosphere and variety of tourist and entertainment services designed for the LGBT+ community has made visitors from the US, Canada, and many parts of Europe choose Puerto Vallarta as their second home, and even make it a place to celebrate their dream wedding. Not to mention that this beach destination has become the place where important events for this community take place, such as the Film and Diversity Festival “Diva Puerto'' and Vallarta Pride.

If we’re talking fun, then Puerto Vallarta is the epicenter of an endless list of beach clubs, restaurants, and bars, so many you won’t even know where to start, but we can assure you that if you’re looking to spend incredible moments, you’re at the right place. To make it a bit easier, here we share some options to make your stay a fun and pleasant one; whether you are spending a well-deserved vacation, a quick getaway, or a longer stay. Here are our recommendations:




Blondies Loft + Slush Bar


Located very close to Los Muertos Beach, this gay bar is a favorite. It has an open-air loft to enjoy fresh air, amazing drinks at their Slush Bar and music to make your visit memorable. You can bring along as many friends as you like, or make new friends there. Its kind staff will serve you delicious cocktails prepared right on the spot. Make sure to ask for their cool souvenirs, such as t-shirts, aprons, and hats.

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La Catrina Cantina


Also located in the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta, this place is more of a cabaret where local Mexican artists will delight you with their musicals, Drag Queen performances, singers, and dancers on stage. The music is mainly Mexican, a great way to feel the Mexican vibe. You can listen to mariachi, salsa, cumbia, and even Mexican folk music! Reservation is suggested. Open from Wednesday thru Sunday.

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View Resto & Deck Bar


This bar is perfect to enjoy with friends or your couple. When you’ve thought you’ve seen it all, you find this spot where you can enjoy the best drag shows, amazing lighting and a great disco ambiance. The fun goes till sunrise to the beats of the DJ.

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Mr. Flamingo


This colorful gay-friendly bar is in downtown Puerto Vallarta, and it stands out by its kind and fun staff. If you want to have a long fun evening or want to have a small party, this is the spot. Just learn more about their health protocols to know how many people you can invite. You’ll be surprised when you try their “crazy drinks”. One thing to consider is they only take cash, so get ready for your next visit, you’ll love it!

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La Cantina Margarita Bar


A well-known gay bar that you certainly must visit to sip your favorite cocktail. Located in downtown Puerto Vallarta, the place where the fun starts. You can listen to all kinds of music along with their videos, to make your visit even better. No food is served, but how about a strawberry margarita to start with?

They have trendy and original décor, such as their skull lamps lit from the inside. Mind-bending!

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Garbo Bar Vallarta

A bar with live music, located in the Olas Altas area. They feature a not-to-be-missed musical variety, and their artists are constantly changing, with genres such as bossa nova, jazz, hits from the 70s, 80s, just to name a few. You’ll feel as comfortable as being in your living room, able to chat without the noise interrupting you. They’ve got the best drinks in the area and their waiters will always offer great suggestions as well.

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Reinas Bar (Queens’ Bar)


This place is located in the Romantic Zone, where fun starts at midday until early morning, so bar hopping is something you can easily do in the area. Las Reinas is a gay bar with a friendly atmosphere as soon as you step inside, not to mention their kind staff. The venue has a lot of personality, with chic décor, and pictures of princesses and queens from all over the world, that you’ll surely recognize. They do not serve food, but you can order from the nearby diners and eat it there.

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The Top Sky Bar & Restaurant


Nothing better than to enjoy your favorite drinks with a spectacular view of Banderas Bay at Top Sky Bar. You can enjoy margaritas, mojitos, and the best cocktails in the area. A bar with a lot of style and great service, one of the best places for the LGBT community in Puerto Vallarta. Their food is delicious, and you can enjoy from a delicious breakfast in the morning to a refreshing cocktail at sunset. Located inside the Almar Resort, open every day.

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Industry Bar

This club features live DJs, live performances, lots of fun, and delicious drinks and cocktails. Be pampered by their fun staff, as well as the latest sound and lighting system to dance all night. Their decoration is very interesting, featuring works of art by one of the most influential artists in gay culture of the 20th Century, Tom of Finland. Visit their website to learn more about their upcoming events, which will surely exceed your expectations.

As part of their renowned events, they will join Brawny Bear Weekend 2021 (November 17th to 21st), and will be the ideal venue to keep the party going. Spend an outstanding evening dancing till you drop and making new friends from all over the world that’ll attend this great event.

Open from Wednesday thru Monday 10:00 pm

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Desmadre Bar


A Spanish synonym for fun, this bar is located in the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta. In this bar you can dance, sing, and drink, the fun starts with you, leave the rest to their kind staff and talented showmen and impersonators. You’ll surely have a great time in this friendly place where fun is guaranteed. Check out their upcoming events and make a reservation.

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Pacos Ranch

One of the most popular gay bars in Puerto Vallarta, just a block away from the original Paco Paco. Recently refurbished, ready to welcome you and show you why they’re so famous. They have a happy hour every day from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am. They have the best live shows, with impersonators singing in both English and Spanish to surely make you dance the night away! The bar has two stories, a bar in the center and a dancefloor where all the action takes place. Check out their calendar as it constantly changes.

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Kooky Karaoke & Drinks


One of the best gay karaoke bars in Puerto Vallarta. Show your best singing skills and invite your friends to enjoy an evening of drinks and music. Located in the Romantic Zone, with great service and a fun and casual ambiance to spend a very kooky night.

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Secreto de la Muxe (The Muxe’s Secret)


The word ‘muxe’ defines a homosexual in Zapotec dialect and here it means incredible drag shows! You’ll be delighted by their fabulous shows, with amazing impersonators of Mexican artists such as Lola La Grande, Thalia, Lupita D’Alessio and many more. Their staff is friendly and they have great service, plus accessible prices in food and drinks. Enjoy your vacations singing to these marvelous interpretations!

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Swedes Bar and Bistro Cosmo Night

This bar is open from Tuesday thru Sunday and you can enjoy their delicious courses from 4:00 pm onwards. You must try the Caesar Salad or their Norwegian Salmon, on a bed of cauliflower puree, served with vegetables, pickled cauliflower, topped with a tarragon sauce. Yummy, right? After this, you can enjoy till sunset, sit by the bar and sip a margarita or your favorite cocktail at very reasonable prices. Time to make new friends at this terrific place.

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Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Sushi


A sophisticated gay beach club located in Los Muertos Beach, in Romantic Zone, very close to the Boy on the Seahorse statue that you certainly must visit. Designed for you to spend the best afternoons by the beach, savoring their delicious haute-cuisine snacks, live DJs, exquisite and original mixology recipes or their finest quality distillates. You can relax by their infinity pool, so take a plunge and admire the stunning view. They also have a spa, to spend an amazing afternoon with cocktails, fun, and snacks.

They organize an amazing DJ event on October 8th, 9th, and 10th. You’ll have different options to enjoy it from, whether it be loungers and cabins for up to 6 people, or a gazebo. The price depends on the spot you pick. Spend three incredible days listening to the best electronic music by the beach! Renowned DJs featuring Luis Serrano, Hoolio Kmacho, and Diego Alvarez, as well as their house DJs. Remember this is an adults-only event.

The party never stops at this extraordinary Beach Club; in November they will be hosting the Brawny Bear Weekend (17th to 21st), just a week before Thanksgiving. All is set for amazing days with live DJs by the beach. Dance to the beat of T-Dance music featuring Nick Avaro, Dan Darlington, Tony Moran, and many more!

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Sapphire Ocean Club


We highly recommend this Beach Club, as it offers the perfect blend between Mediterranean specialties, and the best fresh local ingredients, all inspired by Michel Pascal Ferrari. They offer an extensive wine menu to pair your courses, as well as domestic and international cocktails.

Want to spend a sunny beachfront afternoon enjoying the breeze at this Beach Club? Comfy loungers, drinks, sun, live music, and DJs. Not to be missed!

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The Beach Club @Blue Chairs


Blue Chairs, the first gay hotel in Puerto Vallarta, making it a very special hotel with a long trajectory. Its Beach Club is a favorite amongst the LGBT community. Its menu will leave you more than satisfied, featuring fresh seafood, Mexican delights, and incredible cocktails that are a must at any Beach Club. Which one is your favorite?

You can enjoy the Rooftop Bar in its terrace, where you can dip in the pool, and admire gorgeous Puerto Vallarta sunsets along with friends or your couple. Every day. They have a show by the hotel GOGOS. The start to one of the best gay parties in Puerto Vallarta.

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The best in entertainment, featuring live shows with different genres, such as theater-cabaret and piano bar. Check out their calendar to find out more about their musical and literary events. Different kinds of art all in one place!

Located by the Cuale River, with incredible lighting by night to spend a wonderful evening.

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Act II


Featuring the best of the best in the Romantic Zone: theater, cabaret, musicals, impersonators, and lots of fun. This open-air theater presents a musical performance every day from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, as well as drag shows. They have incredible sound and lighting just like in world-renowned theaters, making Act II a must-visit during your stay in Puerto Vallarta.

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So, did you already make your list of Bars and Beach Clubs for your next visit to Puerto Vallarta? We’ll be expecting you!

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