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Puerto Vallarta has been one of Mexico’s top travel destinations for decades. Situated on the breathtaking coast of the Mexican Pacific in the Bahia de Banderas, it’s a region of idyllic beaches, thick, wild jungles, and a rich history intertwined with its local culture, arts, and cuisine.

While Puerto Vallarta is famous for its beautiful beaches and water activities during the day, the city also offers a lot to do at night. Once the sun goes down, the streets of Puerto Vallarta become alive with bars, clubs, and special events. It’s not hard to party until the early morning here!

From brewery crawls to firework shows and art walks to concerts, here are the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta at night.

Best Areas for Nightlife

Puerto Vallarta is home to several neighborhoods worth exploring, but when it comes to nightlife, the best places to be are El Centro or Zona Romantica (the gay district). The North Hotel Zone is also home to some clubs, although I didn’t spend much time here.

If you’re on the Malecon, you don’t have to go far for night entertainment. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs line the streets, and you’ll be able to find a party quickly. Plus, every night fireworks go off over the water, which adds to the magical ambiance. I’ve had amazing nights in Puerto Vallarta just drinking by the water with friends!

Any good evening in Puerto Vallarta starts with watching the beautiful sunsets. Head to one of these gorgeous sunset spots and enjoy a margarita as the day turns to night.

Sunset in Puerto Vallarta
Sunset in Puerto Vallarta

Best Bars and Clubs in Puerto Vallarta

Yambak (Abasolo 169, open 4:20pm-1:30am/2:30am weekends, closed Mondays)

Yambak is a three-story bar in El Centro. They often have live DJs on the weekends spinning electronic beats on the second floor that turns into a big dance party, plus a rooftop terrace on the top floor if you want to chill out. It’s a fun place to go dancing on the weekends, with excellent cocktails!

El Colibri Cocktail Bar (Morelos 582, open 8am-2pm)

El Colibri is one of my favorite bars in Puerto Vallarta in. It’s in El Centro. As you enter you’ll see a sign that says “welcome to the jungle” and when you go through the next door, you’ll know why! It’s full of beautiful jungle plants that give this place a cozy tropical atmosphere. It definitely had speak-easy vibes!

Plus, they have some of the best cocktails in town and are constantly changing up their menu.

Elixir Mixology Bar (Basilio Badillo 419, open 6 pm-12 am, closed Monday and Tuesday).

Head to Elixir Mixology Bar in Zona Romantica if you’re looking for the best cocktails in Puerto Vallarta. It’s an LGTBQ+ owned bar with a friendly ambiance. It’s a small bar but makes for a great spot to go for a date or with friends before heading out for a night on the town in Zona Romantica.

Aloha Bar (Ignacio L. Vallarta 228-L9, open 5pm-2am, closed Mondays)

Aloha Bar is a fun place to start the night in Zona Romantica. They sell beer in giant 5L containers, making it very affordable if you’re splitting with a group. Plus, they also have tables you can use for beer pong and flip cup along with swings, so it’s got an enjoyable atmosphere overall!

aloha bars in puerto vallarta
Aloha Bar

Los Muertos Brewing

If you’re looking for a place where you can get cheap pizza and beer while watching a sports game, Los Muertos Brewing is the spot. They have great happy hour specials and delicious pizza, so this is a great place to go for dinner before heading out on the town. Plus, it’s only a few blocks away from Monzon Brewery so you can hit up both on a self-guided brewery tour!

La Bodeguita del Medio (Paseo Díaz Ordaz 858, Centro, 11am-3am)

If you’re looking to take part in some salsa dancing while in Puerto Vallarta, then be sure to check out this Cuban bar. They have fantastic live music all the time, and you’ll be able to find a salsa partner here easily.

a.m. bar (Calle Allende 116, Centro, 8:00pm-4am, closed Mondays).

I love a.m bar because they have wonderful live jazz music nightly. It’s got a cozy ambiance, and you’ll often see people dancing here having a great time. Plus, the cocktails are delicious!

a.m. bar, Puerto Vallarta

Mandela (Paseo Díaz Ordaz 633, 6pm-2am/often later in my experience)

Mandela is one of the biggest clubs in Puerto Vallarta. It’s in El Centro directly on the Malecon. It’s the type of place where you will be packed in with crowds, but if you’re looking for a lively spot to dance with hundreds of others amongst loud music and caged dancers, this is it.

Right next to Mandela are two other huge nightclubs – La Vaquita and Zoo. Walking along the Malecon, it’s impossible to miss them. They blast music onto the boardwalk, and people are dancing in the cages at the front of the club.

Yes, these clubs are a bit touristy, but you’re on vacation, so that’s all part of the fun! They often host special events like foam parties or ladies’ night, so keep an eye out for these.

malecon at nighht

Puerto Vallarta Night Entertainment

If you’re looking for something to do outside of the bars and clubs, check out these fun activities to do at night in Puerto Vallarta.

Rhythms Of The Night Puerto Vallarta

If you’re looking for a show, check out. Rhythms of the Night.

Vallarta Adventures is the host for this world-class night show that can be compared to the most prestigious spectacles in Vegas, and there is a good reason for that: the co-creator of Cirque du Soleil is behind it.

About half an hour on a boat is all it takes to get to Caletas beach, where the magic begins as you approach from the distance, and you can only see torches and candles.

The setting is second to none, and the actual show is a feast for the senses, a celebration of acrobatic skills, wonderful dance, amazing costumes, fire, color, and a breathtaking interpretation of Aztec history.

The Pirate Show

If you’re already in Puerto Vallarta you’ve undoubtedly witnessed the fireworks that happen every night over the water from a pirate-themed boat. While they are fun to watch from the shore, an even better experience is to see them from the boat aboard the Marigalante on The Pirate Show.

You can join this nightly tour and go back to the times of pirates and conquerors. It’s not just fireworks! A delicious dinner and open bar are included, along with a pirate-themed show, which you can even participate in. This show is easily one of the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta at night!

Puerto Vallarta At Night
Puerto Vallarta At Night

Puerto Vallarta Art Walk

If you’re looking for free things to do in Puerto Vallarta, check out the art walk in Centro that happens every Wednesday evening from 6-10 pm.

The art walk takes you through the best art galleries in the city, where you’ll find beautiful artwork by national and international artists, local paintings and sculptures, fine ceramics, and gorgeous jewelry. This is a great time to pick up souvenirs!

It’s completely free to attend and makes for a great date night in Puerto Vallarta! The Art Walk typically starts in late October and runs until July.

Trivia nights at Monzon Brewery

Every Wednesday, Monzon Brewery hosts a Trivia Night. You can win prizes like free beer and t-shirts, and of course, bragging rights. It’s a fun place to go with friends and is one of the best craft breweries in the city.

Go on a night dive

Puerto Vallarta is an amazing destination for diving, and you can actually go at night with Silent World Divers to discover the thrill of night diving at “El Bajo del Cristo.” You’ll see unique marine creatures like lobster, octopus, and moray eels by diving at nighttime. Plus, you’ll get to experience the magic of the bioluminescence plankton, which look like sparkling lights under the water!

There you have it, the best thing things to do in Puerto Vallarta at night!

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 Lora Pope is a travel content creator who’s been wandering solo for over a decade. She lives a nomadic lifestyle and is on a quest to visit every country in the world - always on the lookout for new adventures, hidden gems, and dogs to pet. You can follow her adventures on Explore with Lora and Instagram

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