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Mexico nightlife

Mexico is the land of the never-ending fiesta, and just about any occasion is cause for major celebration. Birthdays begin at midnight with mariachi serenades and firecrackers; nightlong wedding receptions end the next day in a hearty breakfast. As a result, Mexico's nightlife is a spirited and raucous affair, regardless of location. However, Acapulco is the queen of the nightlife scene with glitzy clubs like Palladium flashing fireworks over the bay. The clubs tend to be packed from 11 pm till dawn, and VIP passes, bottle service, and Champagne are de rigueur. In Mexico City, you'll find a hip techno vibe at places like Area, atop the Hotel Habita, and in many small bars in Coyoacán and La Roma. Cancún is headquarters for the Girls Gone Wild scene, with clubs as big as bullrings and appearances by famous DJs and bands. However, Cancún also has more grown-up nightlife options like jazz venues, salsa clubs, and cocktail bars. Wherever you go, don't miss the cantinas, where men slap down dominoes and tequila shots simultaneously. Many serve botanes (like tapas) free with your drinks or have booze prices so low that you'll find yourself stumbling toward a taco stand at dawn.

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1.5 Tequila Lounge, San Miguel, Cozumel

A cool, sleek indoor bar, hip DJ, and wooden over-water deck with cushy white ottomans are all unusual sights on casual Cozumel. Locals are thrilled to be...more

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Area, Mexico City

This hotel bar sits atop the minimalist Hotel Habita, which means lots of white couches and chairs set at perfect angles on the gleaming wood floors. The best...more

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Arthur Murray San Miguel, San Miguel de Allende

Don't laugh—Arthur's doing just fine in San Miguel. Walk past this glassed-in studio around 8 pm on a Friday or Saturday night, and you'll see dozens of...more

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Azúcar, Cancún

Age isn't an issue at Azúcar, where some of the best salsa dancers are couples who've clearly spent at least one lifetime together. That...more

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Bar Matilda, San Miguel de Allende

Chic locals mingle with hotel guests from Mexico City at this glam bar and lounge at the stimulating Hotel Matilda. The party moves between low couches and...more

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Berlin, San Miguel de Allende

The artsy, bohemian crowd in San Miguel consider this German bar, restaurant, and art gallery their second home. Owner Detlev Kappstein fills the series of...more

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Cabo Wabo, Cabo San Lucas

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...more

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Chocolata Lounge, San Miguel de Allende

This longtime hotspot (previously known as Pancho y Lefty's) hosts different events nearly every night of the week. There are Friday and Saturday night...more

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The City, Cancún

Big-name talents including DJ Sasha, Ludacris, and 50 Cent thrill thousands at The City, which lives up to its name in size and the variety of its crowds. More...more

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Coco Bongo, Cancún

A favorite haunt of MTV-watching frat boys, Coco Bongo is a longtime favorite of the wild young things—up to 1,800 per night come during high season to...more

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