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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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La Santanera, Playa del Carmen

Kitschy lucha-libre posters, calaveras (skeletons) and masks hang from the thatched roof above the second-story bar at this outrageously popular club. Partiers...more

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La Santa Wine Bar, San José del Cabo

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...more

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La Zebra, Tulum, Mexico

There's no need to be intimidated about hitting the dance floor for the Sunday night salsa fiestas at La Zebra. Free lessons are offered at 6 pm, giving you two...more

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Liverpool 100, Mexico City

Several blocks away from most of the bars in the Zona Rosa, Liverpool 100 isn't the kind of place that you find by accident. Even if you walked past, you might...more

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Living, Mexico City

Unlike many of the city's cramped clubs, Living has a dance floor that could easily accommodate a soccer match (assuming the place wasn't packed with its usual...more

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Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Sure, downtown's roof bars have great views of the Parroquia, but the aptly name Luna atop the Rosewood hotel sits high above its neighbors, offering endless...more

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Mama Mia's, San Miguel de Allende

With its cheap cover charges, music ranging from salsa to Latin jazz, and terrific drinks—including an impressive wine list—Mama Mia's draws all...more

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Neptuno, San Miguel, Cozumel

Neptuno is roundly considered Cozumel's only "real" disco, with a large dance floor and antiquated special effects (yes, disco balls do still exist). Some...more

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O Ultra Club, Cancún

Sophisticates take note: There's more to Cancún's nightlife scene than just rowdy party bars. Ultra is the perfect spot to show off your tan...more

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Palladium, Acapulco

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...more

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