Christine is a large disco with capacity for more than 1,000 and is a Puerto Vallarta institution known for a casual ambiance and modern dance music that ensures it’s a fun place to boogie ‘til dawn. A recent renovation brought an upgraded sound system, laser and lights show to the disco, as well as VIP rooms. Cover charge, though women get in free on Tues and Fri. Daily, 8pm-4am North Side - Ave. de las Garzas at the Hotel Krystal. Tel: 224-0202
Can’t come to a consensus about what kind of night out your group wants? Then Collage is the perfect solution with bowling, sushi, an arcade and disco under one roof. Thursday night foam parties bring a bit of “wild on” to the place, and the night club music ranges from pop and rock to salsa and new wave. Daily, 9pm-2am. Marina - Proa Street, Local 1, interior. Tel: 221-0505
Check out the action from Andale’s sidewalk restaurant or second and third floor overlooking Olas Altas street. The first floor bar is bustling and loud during the winter season. 8am-11pm. Daily until 2am. South Side - 425 Olas Altas. Tel: 222-1054
A Guadalajara city favorite, Bebotero, recently opened up oceanside in Puerto Vallarta and is an instant hit with the 20-30 year old crowd, offering up live rock ‘n roll tunes with a prime view overlooking the Malecon and Banderas Bay. Music starts around 10:30pm. Daily, 6pm-3:30am
The only place for rhythm and blues in Puerto Vallarta, also plays rock and reggae, with nightly music by the house or guest band. Often a lively crowd, especially when the bands get jamming on the weekends. Music starts around 10pm. No cover. Daily, 8pm-2am. South Side - 217 Ignacio Vallarta. Tel: 223-2404
Dine on Spanish and Italian influenced Mediterranean international cuisine and stay for a night of dancing at the disco. A house DJ spins an eclectic mix of flamenco, mood, lounge, and jazz music for meals and later. One of the owners is a member of Mexico's most famous rock group Mana. Dinner daily, 5pm-1am; music begins around 11pm-4am. Downtown - 771 Morelos. Tel: 223-3052
Cheap beer can be found at this downtown cantina with street side views. Mon-Sat 1:00pm-2:00am. - Central - Guerrero 225 at Juárez. Tel: 223-2155
El Faro - Marina
This 110-foot lighthouse on the Puerto Vallarta marina houses a cocktail lounge featuring live guitar music and panoramic views of the hustle and bustle from the tower. Daily, 6pm-2am. 245 Paseo de la Marina. Tel: 221-0541
A sports devotee’s dream bar and restaurant boasting seven satellites and 25 TVs, El Torito has capacity for 250 people and a great reputation for their BBQ ribs and chicken wings. Ladies night, Tues, Fri and Sat with cover and open bar. Daily, 11am-4am. - South Side - 290 Ignacio Vallarta. Tel: 222-3784.
Hard Rock Cafe
An American chain classic on the Malecon serving U.S.-style dishes and seafood. Memorabilia includes pictures from Linda and Paul McCartney, a Ringo Starr suit, and guitars from Bo Diddley, Carlos Santana and Sting. Since 1990. Daily, 11am-2am. - Central - 652 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Tel: 222-2230
Along with Zoo bar, Hilo, one of Vallarta's newest straight clubs, is one of the most crowded hot spots downtown on the Malecon with hip, cool decor and great sound system. Popular with an upscale 20-something crowd. Cover charge on weekends. Daily, 4pm-4am - Central - 588 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Tel: 223-5361
The best club in town for dancing to live salsa, according to Foder’s travel guide, the sizzling Latin music includes salsa and meringue to samba. Live bands on the weekends, Fri and Sat nights. Mon-Sat, 10pm-6am - North Side - Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio #2043, Km 2.5. Tel: 224-4616
La Bodeguita del Medio
Why stay in Mexico when you can go to Cuba? Enjoy live traditional Cuban music, boleros and rumbas from around 9pm to midnight, and Cuban cuisine with good views of the Malecon and Banderas Bay from downstairs and upstairs dining areas. Daily, Noon-2am - Central - 858 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Tel 223-1585
Straight from the heart of Jalisco state, get the traditional flavor of Mexico with live Mariachi. Menu includes shrimp, Mexican dishes, spare ribs and fish filet. Dinner from 6:30pm; Live music from 8pm; Mariachi show from 10pm. Daily, 6:30pm-3am - South Side - 254 Lázaro Cardenas. Tel: 223-2205
Hit up Vallarta's newest high-tech restaurant, disco and video bar, next door to The Zoo. Becoming popular with the tourist and upscale crowds. - Central - 640 Paseo Diaz Ordaz.
This fairly new bar-restaurant offers up weekend music with a guest DJ spinning in the upstairs lounge, as well as a good variety of food and drinks. Formerly known as Mesa 61. Two for one drinks 1am-3am. Daily, 8am-3am - South Side - 264 Ignacio Vallarta. Tel: 223-2175
All American fare with some Mexican specialties, and a great location ocean front in the middle of the Malecon. They usually have live rock 'n roll in the evening during the winter, Thurs to Sat nights. Daily, 10am-1am - Central - 740 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Tel: 223-2328.
This restaurant and club chain practically guarantees a lively atmosphere especially on the weekends, and has moved to downtown Vallarta from the South Side. Big drinks and loud music make this a favorite with the younger straight set. A college spring break favorite. Food until midnight. Daily, 10am-1am - Downtown - 518 Morelos. Tel: 222-5177
Steve's Sports Bar
Known as “Puerto Vallarta’s NASCAR headquarters”, this sports bar keeps it simple with dependable food, drinks, board games and sports on up to 10 TVs. Features US and Canadian satellite systems showing NFL, CFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, NCAA basketball and Formula 1 racing. Daily, 11am-10pm - South Side - 286 Basilio Badillo. Tel: 222-0256
One of the original Malecon restaurant/bar open since 1969, Viejo Vallarta often has local bands playing ska, reggae, punk, rock and the blues in the evenings. Located across the street from the seahorse statue on the Malecón, Restaurant open 11am-11pm; bar, 11am-4am. - Central - 484 Morelos upstairs. Tel: 222-0589, 222-8558
One of the most popular Puerto Vallarta night clubs with DJs spinning throbbing tunes of techno, dance, Latin, reggae and pop. Usually a cover charge. Bar opens 10am; music starts daily, 10pm-4am. - Central - 630 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Tel: 222-4945
Z'Tai - Central - 737 Morelos. Tel: 222-0306
Enter into a minimalist, Pacific Rim-inspired restaurant, lounge and garden that spans a city block from front to back. A Zen-like garden area serves up cocktails and an Asian menu in a casual atmosphere while ZBar upstairs lounge features chill-out music. Valet service or shuttle service to wherever you parked your car. Open daily for food service from 6pm to 2am, with bar service until 4am.