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Baja California Nightlife

Cabo Wabo
Calle Guerrero
Cabo San Lucas
Tel: 52 624 143 1198

Ever since opening in 1990 with an MTV-covered Van Halen concert, band member Sammy Hagar's cantina (he's part owner) has hosted live bands and musicians vacationing in the area—surprise appearances fuel the local rumor mill. The club's restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, while bands start rocking in the cantina around 9 pm. Try a Waborita made with the club's signature tequila, conveniently sold by the bottle in the cantina's gift store. On an average night, you'll find cover bands, but big bands often get booked (buy tickets in advance), and you never know who will show up to jam.

Restaurant open daily 11 am to 11 pm; club is open daily from 7:30 pm.

La Santa Wine Bar
Obregón at Hidalgo
San José del Cabo
Tel: 52 624 142 6767

Sophisticates sample flights of top wines and tequilas in a renovated home amid San José art galleries and ethnic restaurants. Guest DJs and live bands play an electro-lounge mix that provides a soundtrack for the mingling crowd without overwhelming conversation. Tapas and charcuterie plates suit the wine cellar's international selection, with at least 27 wines by the glass and several high-end sipping tequilas.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 6 pm to 2 am.

Passion Club
ME Cabo
Playa el Médano
Cabo San Lucas
Tel: 52 624 145 7800

Slinky hipsters preen and pose while sipping mojitos around blazing fire pits at the sexiest club in Los Cabos. Located beneath the ME hotel lobby, the indoor/outdoor club has beds draped in white gauze and DJs spinning global dance and house music on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 pm to 4 am. Locals tend to dress up, though hotel guests sport everything from club wear to shorts and flip flops. Lines can get long when tourism is high, especially around holidays, but you can usually get in easily if you arrive before midnight. However, expect to pay a hefty cover, sometimes as high as $70-100 for some DJs. VIP club access runs around $250 (including one comped bottle of liquor). Also at the hotel, the Nikki Beach club grooves day and night with DJs spinning music-to-tan-by as guests lounge poolside.

Passion Club open Thurdays through Saturdays 10 pm to 4 am; Passion Club Lounge open daily 9 pm to 2 am.

Sancho Panza Wine Bistro
Boulevard Marina
Cabo San Lucas
Tel: 52 624 143 3212

Singers and bands warm up with cool jazz as diners savor Spanish-Latin seafood amid Dali-esque murals, hanging glass globes, and stacked wine bottles at this cozy restaurant/club. Musicians from Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, and San Francisco take center stage around 10, filling the room with Latin jazz, blues, salsa, and more. Wine tastings, winery dinners, and holiday celebrations keep loyal regulars and visitors entertained throughout the year.

Open daily from 4 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.