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Puerto Vallarta is well known for many great things, gorgeous weather, beautiful beaches, delicious food, and amazing people, the city’s motto is “The Friendliest City in the World”, and they mean it… Puerto Vallarta is arguably the most inclusive city in Latin America and the most gay friendly city in Mexico. Just a couple of minutes south of the famous Malecon you will find the Zona Romantica or “Romantic Zone”, Puerto Vallarta’s gay hub. The Romantic Zone is located in the heart of old town Puerto Vallarta, the neighborhood’s name is perfectly suited, once you step into the area you will see art, party, celebration, great food, but overall love and inclusion. The Romantic Zone houses the best gay bars in Puerto Vallarta, as well as great shows, boutiques, and on the coast side, the best gay beach clubs around Los Muertos beach.
Puerto Vallarta’s gay culture has grown exponentially in the last 10 years with over 20 gay bars and clubs alone in the Romantic Zone, whereas 10 years ago there were less than 10 gay bars in Puerto Vallarta. Now, with the addition of beach clubs, gay hotels, and entertainment venues, you will surely feel safe, loved, and quite busy!
The Best Gay Bars
Now, it’s time for you to put on your best clothes and go explore the craziness of the Romantic Zone’s nightlife at some of the best dance clubs and gay bars in Puerto Vallarta.
Mr. Flamingo is one of the most iconic gay bars in Puerto Vallarta, its open facade is perfect for people gazing. Puerto Vallarta’s warm weather combined with tropical themed décor will get you in a party mood. This place is perfect to have some drinks during their happy hour between 2:00 and 7:00 pm before you go clubbing. Mr. Flamingo is a dance club with a great ambience thanks to the divas’ music everyone loves being played here. It is located at the intersection of two of the busiest streets in the Romantic Zone at Lazaro Cardenas 295 and is open from 2:00 pm until 4:00 am.
When the owner of the original Cc Slaughters in Portland, Oregon visited Puerto Vallarta, he fell in love with the city and its people, forcing him to open Cc Slaughters Puerto Vallarta, located right across the street from Mr. Flamingo. A place for techno music lovers, their DJs have a reputation for being some of the best in the area. If you arrive early, you can even witness a live drag show, but if you arrive later, that’s ok since Cc Slaughters is open until 6:00 am. It features two bars and a big dance floor waiting for your best moves!
You can’t describe Code nightclub without using the word “luxurious”. Code is an upscale gay club with one-of-a-kind service. Everyone is dressed in their best attire, from the staff to the customers. The ambiance is incredible, Code is filled with giant screens showing unbelievable visuals. It has high ceilings that allow for aerial and acrobat performances. Their lighting is out of this world, including an amazing light show at 1:00 am. It is located at Ignacio L. Vallarta 278. Going to Code is an unbelievable experience!
Anonimo Video Bar PV
This is a great bar with three levels, open daily from 4:00 pm to 2:00 am. You can start your evening on the first level at Anonimo Video bar where the customers control the music and you can select your favorite music videos. The level one bar hosts happy hour every day from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and most beers cost only 30 pesos. When you are ready to level up, head to Anonimo Patio on the second floor where you can enjoy outdoor seating under the night sky, great conversation, and a full bar. Then head up to level three. This floor is cozy and plush with a balcony that overlooks the ocean where you can enjoy tequila, mezcal, or a nice glass of wine.
Garbo’s Piano Bar
Garbo’s Piano Bar is the place to go if you love live music in a more sophisticated environment. This Piano bar is more popular with older men, but the great vibe it offers is for everyone. This martini bar is perfect for a romantic setting. The band starts playing at 10:00 pm and, depending on the day of the week, they play all kinds of music like jazz, Broadway, and Latin. This great jazz joint is located at Pulpito Street 142 and is open until 2:00 am. Without a doubt an excellent option if you’re looking for a more sophisticated place, but with tons of fun!
La Noche just had a complete renovation, with three floors, this place is as complete as it can get, it has a bar on each floor, the first level is the busiest, where people mingle and bust some dance moves, then comes the floor with a stage that hosts the famous La Noche’s lip sync drag shows, which include acrobats and go-go dancers. Then comes the third floor, a beautiful open air roof garden you shouldn’t miss, it has the best view from above of the Romantic Zone and the jungle in the distance. It is open daily from 3:00 pm to 3:00 am with the shows running from Thursday to Sunday starting at 11:30pm. This bar, located at Lazaro Cardenas 263, is the perfect spot to experience three levels of entertainment in one place.
Paco’s Ranch is the hottest cowboy gay bar in town and one of the most popular gay bars in Puerto Vallarta where they famously play a combination of pop music combined with country songs. The club is distributed over two levels. The main floor features line dancing lessons and later in the evening drag shows in both English and Spanish. You can catch them Tuesdays to Sundays at 12:30 am, 1:30 am, and 3:00 am. Paco’s Ranch is located at Luis I. Vallarta 278. Paco’s Ranch is a landmark in Puerto Vallarta’s gay nightlife you must visit!
Kooky Karaoke Bar
If you love to perform and are an outgoing person who loves to be the center of attention, you must love karaoke bars, and the best one in Puerto Vallarta is Kooky Karaoke Bar. This karaoke bar is super gay-friendly and has plenty of space for you and your friends. The stage has two microphones just in case you need a friend’s support, you can also choose between a vast selection of props and wardrobe to get your glamour on point. They are located in the Romantic Zone at Lazaro Cardenas 315A. Warm-up your voice, the big stage is waiting for you!
Best Drag Show Venues
To start off your night, how about a glamorous show? Puerto Vallarta has amazing drag shows whether at The Palm Cabaret or at Act2 PV.
The Palm Cabaret and Bar
After 21 years, The Palm Cabaret and Bar became the most iconic drag show venue in the bay. Known for their hilarious shows and talented performers. This is a great place to have amazing cocktails and enjoy a brilliant show. This intimate theater is located on 508 Olas Altas in the Romantic Zone. Their 22nd season starts in October, be sure to check their calendar of events.
ACT 2 PV
ACT2 PV is probably the most famous performance venue in Puerto Vallarta that features shows every night with a wide program of shows for every taste! Amazing productions of Broadway musicals, concerts, impersonators, and their world-famous drag shows taking place in the Red Room and in the newly opened Starlight Cabaret. It is conveniently located in the heart of the Romantic Zone, but make sure to get your tickets in advance!
Luna Lounge is also getting ready for their 2021-2022 season starting on November 9th and tickets are now on sale! This place is a local gem, famous for their delicious four course dinner and the “Crazy Señoritas” drag show, which is coming back for its 11th season. This venue isn’t in the Romantic Zone, it is located in Bucerias, a town north of the bay, but the trip is totally worth it!
This list proves Puerto Vallarta is one of the most gay friendly cities in the world, you can be sure you will be safe and will have the best time. Any time of the year is great for visiting Puerto Vallarta, but Puerto Vallarta’s Gay Pride Parade happens annually in the last weekend of May, also, New Year’s gay celebrations in Puerto Vallarta are very impressive. It doesn’t matter when you choose to visit, Puerto Vallarta is always a fun city where you are guaranteed to have a blast!