Things to do
Puerto Vallarta most gay friendly town in Mexico and seems to become more popular as a vacation spot. With a beautiful ocean bay, beaches, mountains and lush tropical jungle as the setting. Puerto Vallarta has a charming small-town feel, cosmopolitan lifestyle, privileged climate. While retaining much of its old style Mexican charm, a colorful blend of the old and the new, Puerto Vallarta offers an unrivaled combination of simple pleasures and sophisticated charms. Fine dining restaurants, art galleries, upscale shopping centers, internet cafes and nightclubs peacefully coexist alongside taco stands, street-side vendors selling Mexican handcrafts, traditional open air markets and strolling mariachi bands. Vallarta has over the years built up the infrastructure of a modern resort community, ATM machines, excellent airport, modern medical services, drinkable water supply, and a safe, tolerant environment are now all part of the Vallarta scene. The people are very friendly and open minded and here are a lot of opportunities for people with a different (also for gays) lifestyle. So visiting a tropical paradise doesn't have to be a choice between a modern but sterile place or the alternative of a quaint but primitive existence. Puerto Vallarta has all the quaintness, without compromising on any of the modern conveniences. We're located on one of the largest, deepest, and most stunning natural bays in the world, Bahia de Banderas, which supports almost any form of water recreation imaginable. This bay is where the humpback whales come every winter, where dolphins nest year round. In Puerto Vallarta the air is clean, the sun shines without rain almost all winter long, and the sunsets - well, they're as spectacular as you could possibly ask for.
Gay bars/ straight friendly:
Garbo's Piano Bar - Jazz & piano lounge
Olas Altas - Pulpito 142 , Puerto Vallarta, JALISCO
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 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 - Puerto Vallarta. 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 gay hotel Abbey and Coco's restaurant and around the corner from Sama and The Palm cabaret-bar.
Sama Martini Bar
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. 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
South Side/Old Town - 155 Francisca Rodriguez, upstairs.
New gay owned restaurant-bar in Puerto Vallarta with tapas, jalapeño poppers crab cakes, chicken fried steak, etc and drinks. Where the Bistro Balsamar restaurant was located for several years, 2nd floor, with street-side views. With Chris Tripp and Terrence Crick.
Happy hour, 3pm-7pm. Thurs-Tues, 3pm-2am.
South Side/Old Town - 257 Lazaro Cardenas.
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 this past season to include the old intimate bar area plus the newer larger space next door, so now there are 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.
Since 2005, with happy hour 2 for 1 national drinks, 7pm-9pm. Daily, 7pm-3/4am
Paco's Ranch (formerly Club Paco Paco)
South Side - 237 Ignacio Vallarta.
Tel: 222-1899, 223-0537
New location! Totally new club and great new look, on two levels. With the colorful and popular drag shows Tues at 1:30am and Weds-Sun nights at 12:30am and 3am. Now located in the next block down from the old locale and next door to the Club Roxy rock house. Puerto Vallarta gay nightlife years ago was long centered around Club Paco Paco (photo right) now known as Paco's Ranch which had been the most famous and largest gay club in town for years. Even the straight locals all knew its name and location. In its new location it has become quite popular with locals and tourists alike, and is surely one of the leading bars in any gay resort town in Mexico. DJ Alex Acosta plays a combo of techno, hip hop, electronic and pop disco.
Happy hour, 10pm-Midnight.
The Palm Cabaret and Bar
South Side/Zona Romantica - 508 Olas Altas.
The Palm Cabaret and Bar (formerly known as Viva) is the newest gay cabaret party venue on the Puerto Vallarta South Side, with a large inside bar and entertainment area and an outside terrace for street-side seating and people watching. The line up for the 2012-2013 season will really spice up gay life in town and includes: Jorge Acosta (Jan 23 & 29), Amy and Freddie, An Evening with Sondheim (Dec 23-Jan 5), Chi Chi Rones, Joanna's Funhouse (Tues 10pm), Leslie Jordan (Feb 15-27), Kim Kuzma (Weds 10pm and Sun 7pm), Kelly Mantle, Sharon McKnight with "Songs to Offend almost Everyone" (March 10-19), Alberto Mejia, Miss Conception (Mon and Thurs 10pm starting Jan 7), Joelle Rabu, Sol Rose, Mark Allen Smith, The Judy Show with Michael Holmes (Feb 1-12), famed dragapella quartet The Kinsey Sicks (Jan 8-23 in two different shows), and a live production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show which runs from Oct 31-Dec 29 on Fri and Sat nights at 7pm. new owner Ricardo and entertainment co-directors Mark Rome and Tracy Parks have cooked up some great ideas, so check out the website and calendar of The Palm Cabaret & Bar as the gay PV entertainment spot; you can also buy tickets for these performers on-line at the website. Be sure to ask for friendly waiter Jorge. Located next door to gay bar Sama.
South Side/Old Town - 312 Lazaro Cardenas.
Phone: 222-8112, 223-5753
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 is an owner of Garbo piano gay 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, 8pm-9pm. Daily, 8pm-4am
South Side - 290 Venustiano Carranza.
Now re-opened again. The place was taken over and renamed KokoHome Club starting in February 2012 and featured plenty of electronic and house music. For several years Club Manana was the most popular gay dance club and discotheque (photo left) in Puerto Vallarta. An open-style Hacienda house with dancing in the indoor air-conditioned disco portion as well as on the open-air dance floor and patio area. National and international guest performers, strippers and drag queens/transvestites have performed regularly. Nicely appointed and one of the hot PV nightclubs entertainment places in the city. DJs Marko, Eduardo, Ramses and Alex spin. Inquire about shows or special guests. Voted the "#1 Dance Club in Puerto Vallarta" in the Virtual Vallarta readers' choice awards and obviously very popular with locals, gringo tourists and the Mexicans who visit town. Out Magazine lists it as one of the 60 top best gay clubs in the world. Club Mañanahas certainly made an effort to spice up the nightlife options in the gay Puerto Vallarta party scene over the years since it opened in 2005 when it was the hottest gay spot in town. It remains the main sponsor of the annual Vallarta Latin Fever which is taking place this year November 21-25, 2012. Cover charge at Manana varies depending on the day of the week.
Summer-Autumn 2012, open Wednesday to Sunday nights, 10pm-6am.
Central/Downtown - 101 Morelos, local 3-A, Plaza Rio Cuale.
"The study of Man." Anthropology generally features some 20-25 male strippers who give near continuous entertainment from 9pm to 4am nightly. These Puerto Vallarta strippers are attractive, extra friendly and very entertaining as one would be by dancing up close on the bar, the floor and the table. A good place to come alone or bring friends. The gay strip club staff here happens to be good looking as well. Antropology 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 at the gay hotels and the gay beaches. Anthropology strip club may be booked in advance on a limited basis for private parties. Celebrated 11 years in October 2011.
Further info contact owner Jose Gonzalez. Daily 9pm-4am
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. Apaches open Mon-Sat, 5pm-2am
Lido Beach Club (formerly Bite Me beach club)
South Side/Los Muertos beach - 1 Calle Malecon.
Michel Pascal Ferrari, the owner of the fine Olas Altas restaurant Trattoria Michel, recently re-opened what used to be Bite Me beachclub, under the new name of Lido Beach Club. Located at the One Beach Street Vallarta/Blue Seas resort, this restaurant-bar offers breakfast and lunch with a menu that includes soup, sandwiches, homemade pasta, salads and a variety of meat, fish and seafood dishes. The Puerto Vallarta beachfront Lido Beach Club offers chaise lounges on Los Muertos beach, plus an open-air dining area for its gay-friendly clientele. The Lido Beach Club is practically adjacent to the traditional Blue and Green chairs of the Puerto Vallarta gaybeach.
Restaurant open daily, 9am-4pm, Bar open daily, 9am-6pm.
Restaurants: fine dining
Kaiser Maximilian Puerto Vallarta Restaurant
Café Maximilian Restaurant and Bar. ... Austrian owner Andreas Rupprechter named the place in honor of a fellow countryman, Mexico's former emperor.
Otlas Altas 380-B Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
01 322 223 0760
Vista Grill Restaurant | Contemporary Mexican Cuisine
Perched upon a hill overlooking the city, Vista Grill is one of the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. Fine dining offering superb service and world class cuisine.
Púlpito 377 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
01 322 222 3570
River Café Puerto Vallarta
En el corazón de Puerto Vallarta, bajo el puente del Río Cuale, se encuentra The River Café, un cálido restaurante que cada espacio invita al disfrute. Isla Río Cuale #4 Colonia Centro 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
01 322 223 0788