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Gay nightlife in Puerto Vallarta has grown considerably over the past decade and it's so incredible. Gay oriented and gay friendly clubs, lounges and dance clubs have become prevelent with something for everyone. In 2013 they celebrated their very first Gay Pride and now it's become a yearly tradition.
There are 3 main areas where gay nightlife in Puerto Vallarta is concentrated: Olas Altas, Lazaro Cardenas and the Rio Cuale. In general, the larger area is commonly referred to as the Zona Romantica (Gayborhood).
Olas Altas Area - Most of the Bars and Lounges in this area feature a mixed crowd of gay and straight clientele.
The Olas Altas area is 1 block off the main gay oriented beach, Los Muertos, where you will find the Blue Chairs, Ritmos Beach Club (aka the Green Chairs/Blue chairs). After the beach, there are plenty of gay friendly bars and lounges within a 5 mintue walk.
Around the corner on Calle Pulpito is Garbo, an upscale, piano bar with live entertainment almost everynight. The entertainment is low key ranging from lounge style singers, piano players and guitarists. The ambience is elegant but not stuffy. The have a full bar as well and are frequented heavily by locals that are friendly and welcoming to tourists.
Further down the street, on the corner, is La Noche, another upscale indoor martini bar with air conditioned and beautiful rooftop. Video monitors playing a wide variety of music videos and photos of their clientele. The ambience allows for converstaion and the seating arrangement allows for groups of almost any size to rearrange the furniture to fit their needs. It is frequented by locals and is a favorite for toursits before heading out to one of the dance clubs later in the evening. The drinks are large and very reasonably priced and the staff and service are terrific.
Also in the area, you will find Anonimo, Diva's, Frida's, Los Amigos, Reinas and La Margarita each offering a different style of cantina bar with varying age groups All are popular with locals and tourists alike.
Vallarta's 2 large dance club's include CC Slaughters and Paco's Ranch. They are both located in the general area of Lazaro Cardenas and are 2 minute, easy and safe walks from the bars listed above. There is also a new after hours nightclub called Enter and it's open from Thursday to Sunday from 12am-10am.
Paco's Ranch is Puerto Vallarta's original dance bar. In April 2010 they left their original three story building for a larger, one story building one block down the street closer to downtown.
Rio Cuale Area - On the North Side of the River
Another safe, easy 2 minute walk over the Rio Cuale Bridge will bring you to this group of clubs.
For something completely different, try Antroplogy , Mexico's only gay male stripper bar where the strippers take it all off, seriously. Featuring over 20 male strippers nightly from 9:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m., Antroplogy is a great place for a different type of entertainment. The strippers are very attractive, very friendly and very entertaining. They dance on the bar, on the floor and table side. This is a great place to come alone or bring friends. They typically charge a cover but free passes are available from most of the gay or gay oriented hotels and they are passed out on the beach at the Blue Chairs and Ritmos Beach Club during the day. The clientele is a mixture of locals and tourists, all age brackets but typically 35+ years old. Men Only allowed admission although the club can be booked in advance, on a limited basis, for private parties, including bachellorette parties. Private parties are the only time women are allowed into the club.
If you’d like a guide to all the fun, VIP access to the clubs, meet new friends and don't miss any party, then you should check out the
Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping Tour
. The tour offers dinner, signature drinks, photos and a valuable VIP wristband with discounts and freebies to use at local businesses. They also provide you with information about the city, and tips for all the venues. You can join them from Thursday to Saturday from 7:30pm-1:00am. Tickets only available online.
For more information on everything gay in Puerto Vallarta, please visit Gay Guide Vallarta, GayPV Magazine, and the Gay Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide for comprehensive on-line listings of gay and gay friendly hotels, restaurants, activities, bars, lounges and clubs.