A Gringo’s Guide to Nightlife in Mazatlan, Mexico

Today we’re talking nightlife in Mazatlan, Mexico.

A little bit of rumba near la playa.

Luckily, I’ve got some good news for you intrepid travelers looking to enjoy a little fun once the sun goes down.

Mazatlan nightlife is damn good, especially for a smaller city on the beach.

For a city of only 500,000 people in a “dangerous” part of Mexico, you’ll find going out in Mazatlan a whole hell of a lot of fun.

There’s great nightclubs, good music, friendly people, and the girls certainly aren’t ugly, either.

On top of all that, many of the clubs and bars are practically on the beach.

I dunno about you, but drinking and dancing the night away with an ocean view is never a bad time.

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What’s So Great About Mazatlan Nightlife?

Well, it’s good, but it’s not that it’s great.

Nightlife in Mazatlan cannot compete with the likes of Mexico City or Bogota, Colombia.

It’s just that la rumba in Mazatlan is far better than one would expect in a city of 500,000 people.

If you’re looking to party in a city by the beach that hasn’t been destroyed by foreign tourism, then Mazatlan might be the top spot in all of Mexico.

Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Big Clubs: There aren’t a ton of clubs in Mazatlan. But there are certainly some big ones. Hell, even bigger than what you’ll find in CDMX. You’ll find places like Joe’s Oyster Bar are massive and get filled to the brim damn near every weekend. Unexpected for a small city by the beach.
  • Lots of Tourists: You won’t find many foreigners partying hard in Mazatlan. But you will find tons of people from the towns and cities around Mazatlan. This beach city is a favorite for people living in Durango and Culiacan. They come down to the beach to let loose.
  • Low Costs: It’s cheap as hell to party in Mazatlan. Unless you’re going to Prive, I found costs low throughout the city. Beers for $20 pesos, mixed drinks for a few bucks, and club entrance for under $5 USD. You could have a big night out here for under $1,000 pesos. Or you could keep things cheap and not even spend $20 bucks.
  • Easy to Get Around: All the biggest clubs in Mazatlan are in Zona Dorada and La Marina areas. You’re never more than a 5-6 minute Uber ride from any of the major nightlife spots when here. This makes it more than easy to bar and club hop in Mazatlan.
  • Only on the Weekends: I never found a decent spot to go out in Mazatlan during the week. Stick to Friday and Saturday if you’re hoping to find decent crowds here. This is a working city when the tourists aren’t around.

Mazatlan at night.

  • Late Nights: The clubs stay open late in Mazatlan. Joe’s Oyster Bar stays open until 4 AM every day and night. Prive is open until 4 AM on the weekends. If you’re looking to stay up until the sun comes up over the Pacific Ocean, you can do it in Mazatlan.
  • By the Beach: Many of the popular clubs and bars are right by the beach. Hell, some of them are even on the beach and allow you to walk through the sand to enter.

Costs of Going Out in Mazatlan

If you’re looking to party here, it doesn’t have to break the bank. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a cheap place to booze.

Outside of buying bottles in a place like Prive or Classico, you shouldn’t have an issue with costs while partying here.

Here’s a quick breakdown of prices at bars and clubs in Mazatlan:

  • Cover charge: $0-7 USD
  • Beer: $1-3 USD
  • Drink: $2-8 USD 
  • Bottle of booze at a club: $30-100 USD

A Gringo’s Guide to Nightlife in Mazatlan, Mexico

After living in Mazatlan, Mexico for over three months, I’ll do my best to break things down for you.

For any and all gringos looking to enjoy la rumba in Mazatlan…

Here’s where to go:

– Best Bars in Mazatlan, Mexico –

  • El Bungalow Bar: Great locals spot in Zona Dorada. Bigger than it looks from the street. Nothing too crazy, but a great place to start the night or have some drinks with friends.
  • La Consentida: Upscale bar in La Marina. Packed on the weekends. Many people seem to go here and then head to Prive to dance later on in the evening. Drinks a little pricier than other bars in Mazatlan.
  • Life En Espanol: Hit or miss spot, but certainly another solid place to start drinking before heading to a club around 12:30 PM. Somewhat high-end for Mazatlan. Great layout, too. Close to El Bungalow Bar in Zona Dorada.
  • Sky Bar Posada Freeman: Best views in Mazatlan. Come here to unwind and have a beer. Or bring a date. Not a place to party. Just a place to relax by the pool and unwind. Located in Olas Altas – aka the south of the city.

Views from Sky Bar @ Posada Freeman.

– Best Clubs in Mazatlan, Mexico –

  • Joe’s Oyster Bar: Massive beachside club in Zona Dorada that all the tourists flock to. If you’re looking for a wild night out in Mazatlan, this is the first place I’d recommend. Cheap drinks, tons of people, and an ocean view. Overall, a pretty damn good time.
  • Prive: Located in La Marina. This seems to be the nicest club in Mazatlan to me. You need to dress nicer here. The cover is a little higher. The bottles a little pricier. Speaking a little Spanish is important here, as there aren’t many foreigners. Overall, it’s a younger crowd, too.
  • Classico: Located in Zona Dorada. Some claim that Classico is the nicest club in Mazatlan, but I’d say Prive has taken that title as of late. You’re more likely to see narcos here, too. Although, that just means hotter women. Take that as you may. A solid spot, but I prefer Joe’s Oyster Bar and Prive before Classico.

Classico, a true Mazatlan classic.

  • El Mal del Puerco: Newer club in Zona Dorada. Some nights they tend to play a “weird” style of music that many a foreigner won’t enjoy. Not my cup of tea. Worth checking out when you get tired of Joe’s Oyster Bar, though.
  • Valentino’s: This place is on its last leg in my opinion. Located on the Malecon, I wouldn’t recommend going here unless a local friend invites you. Why? Because from my experience, it’s usually dead.

‘La Rumba’ in Mazatlan, Mexico

That’s about it, amigos.

Everything you’d ever need to know about partying in Mazatlan, Mexico as a gringo. Or a foreigner.

Te lo juro.

While the nightlife in Mazatlan, Mexico will get repetitive after a while, there’s enough to keep any party animals entertained for a few weeks to a month.

If you’ve got any questions, feel free to sound off in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Que te vaya bien,

P.S: Spanish is essential when partying in Mazatlan. Start learning by clicking here!

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Jake D

Travel junkie turned blogger. Location independent. From the Midwest, but often based in Latin America. Big on beaches, rumba, and rum. Addicted to the gym. Committed to showing a different style of travel - one that involves actually interacting with locals and exploring different cultures.

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