Regular visitors to Mexico’s gay mecca Puerto Vallarta know that from year to year, the bars, clubs and restaurants come, go, and seem to constantly evolve. But a recent trip to PV for the first time in a few years proved to this long-time visitor that the gay nightlife scene is (almost) all new.
New and/or Improved:
Club Paco Paco, the multi-story club that was once the gay epicenter of PV, is now gone, but Paco’s Ranch, the little club that it once housed, has now blossomed into a big dance club across the street – and is the happening hangout for locals and visitors. It’s still the most authentically Mexican gay club in town. http://www.pacosranch.com/
La Noche was once a tiny martini bar, but after kicking down a wall and taking over the décor shop next door, it’s now a big, lively bar with nightly entertainment – and a place to drink and hang out until the dance clubs get going after 11:00 p.m. http://lanochepv.com/
CC Slaughters is a huge new dance club with an adjoining lounge, vying for the same gay clientele as Paco’s Ranch. More sleek and less atmospheric, it may get a big crowd on Saturday night, but unless a circuit party is in town, it’s hard to imagine this place being busy on a nightly basis.
KokoHome Club is the brand-new reincarnation of Club Manana, which once ruled the scene, but charging the equivalent of a $10 cover for blaring music and hungrily aggressive waiters doesn’t bode well for its future.
Wet Dreams is an intimate new men-only club with the friendliest (and hottest) go-go boys in town. It’s a big improvement over the sleazy Anthropology club, but be sure to bring plenty of 20 peso bills for the boys. http://wetdreamspv.com/ENG/
Garbo is the elegantly casual piano bar which is perfect for a before or after-dinner drink – or for those who are in the mood for a sophisticated, less clubby environment. http://www.garbobar-vallarta.com/
The Palm is a cabaret space with a line-up of touring singers, comedy acts and drag performers. http://www.thepalmpv.com/
Bar Los Amigos is the no-frills cantina for men of a certain age and their young admirers (and vice versa). They still make the biggest, best, cheapest frozen margaritas in town.