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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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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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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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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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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 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 Fragua, San Miguel de Allende

There's always a party underway at this classy club behind the Parroquia. Tango dancers take to the floor one night, salsa another. Singers bellow out Mexican...more

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La Cava de La Princesa, San Miguel de Allende

You never know what you might get at La Cava de la Princesa—a top musical act from Mexico City, an expat jazz ensemble from New York, or a kitschy local...more

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La Bodeguita del Medio, Puerto Vallarta

Salsa fans flock to La Bodeguita del Medio, the Puerto Vallarta offshoot of the legendary Havana club. Live bands keep the dance floor packed, but those lacking...more

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La Azotea, San Miguel de Allende

The killer rooftop view is almost an afterthought for the young professionals sipping honeydew martinis and air-kissing friends at this stylish lounge above...more

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Jazz Club Roots, Cancún

Cancún has long had a healthy jazz scene. Its annual Jazz Fest was a major event for 12 years (between 1991 and 2003), but even though it's since...more

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