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Acapulco + Zihuatanejo Nightlife

Carretera Escénica
Tel: 52 744 446 5490

Devotees of ear-blasting techno head for the huge, high-energy dance floor at this glass-walled venue, where big-name DJs spin into the wee hours. The hefty cover charges (which start at around $30) include an open bar to keep the drinks flowing all night; hand over a handsome tip at the beginning for conscientious service. Better yet, do like the Mexico City crowd and reserve a table in advance with bottle service.—Maribeth Mellin

Open daily 10 pm to 6 am.

Salon Q
3117 Costera Miguel Alemán
Tel: 52 744 481 0114

It's not called "the cathedral of salsa" for nothing. Dancers with Latin rhythm in their souls perform Acapulco-style cumbia in this enormous dance hall. The spins and dips get more dramatic as the night progresses, with dancers pausing only for a few mojitos. You can pick out the pros, who adapt their moves to suit salsa, merengue, and mambo beats—but the dance floor is usually so crowded that you can dance along even if you haven't a clue what you're supposed to do.—Maribeth Mellin

Open daily 10 pm to 5 am.

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