As the sun goes down, Acapulco ’s nights come alive. Acapulco’snightlife is legendary. With an endless array of clubs, bars and discotheques for all music preferences and for all ages you will never have the time of visiting them all. Most venues are open until sunrise. Dancing at one of the hillside clubs with a full view of the bay through floor-to-ceiling windowpanes is an experience unique to Acapulco.

Bars & Discos

El Alebrije
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This high-tech club boasts an exterior of reflection pools, gardens, and flaming torches. Inside, stadium seating, booths and round tables surround the vast dance floor -- the disco (capacity 1,200) doubles as a venue for concerts and live performances by some of Mexico's most notable singers. The dress code forbids shorts, T-shirts, tennis shoes, sandals, and jeans. Average age here is late teens to early 20s. Open daily from 11pm to 5am.

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This longtime Acapulco favorite is a throwback to the town's heady disco days, although the music is exceptionally contemporary. The mid-to-late-20s crowd dances to everything from house to hip-hop, techno to dance. Located across from the Romano Days Inn, Baby-O has a dance floor surrounded by several tiers of tables and sculpted, cavelike walls, serviced by five bars. Drinks cost $4 to $5. Three-dimensional laser shows and H2O cooling effects keep the dancing going strong. Service is excellent. This is a great choice for those who shun mammoth clubs in favor of a more intimate setting -- although there's generally a good crowd. It opens at 10:30pm.

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Venture into this stylish chrome-and-neon extravaganza (formerly Enigma) perched on the side of the mountain for a true Acapulco nightlife experience. The plush, dim club has a sunken dance floor and panoramic view of the lights of Acapulco Bay. The club also has an intimate piano bar upstairs overlooking the disco, called Siboney, with a special champagne menu, which draws a more mature and moneyed crowd. The after-hours lounge Privado, also in the same building, opens its doors at 3am. Downstairs, there's pumped-in mood smoke, alternating with fresh oxygen to keep you dancing. Tight and slinky is the norm for women; no shorts for men. The club opens nightly at 10:30pm; fireworks rock the usually full house at 3am, which is when a stylized dance performance takes place on weekends in the style of Euro clubs. Call to find out if you need reservations, this club tends to be busiest on Friday nights.

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This cliff-side club currently reins as the top spot in town, and is found just down the road from Mandara. Generally, it welcomes a younger, rowdier crowd that enjoys the equally fabulous views and the dancing platforms set in the 48m-wide (160-ft.) glass windows overlooking the bay. Around 3am, Silver Man, complete with an Aztec headdress, performs, followed by a spray of fireworks outside the windows. Palladium has welcomed the world's finest DJs as special guests. The layout of the club is more open, which makes meeting people most accessible.

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This club offers a fantastic bay view. It caters to a more mature crowd -- it allegedly admits only those over 25, though the attendants seem to bend the rules for women -- and is particularly popular with the moneyed Mexico City set. The club periodically projects a laser show across the bay. The dress code prohibits shorts, jeans, T-shirts, or sandals. Reservations are recommended. It's open nightly from 10:30pm to 2:30am, until 4am on weekends and when the crowd demands it.

Carlos 'n' Charlie's
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For fun, danceable music and good food, you can't go wrong with this branch of the Carlos Anderson chain. It's always packed. Come early and get a seat on the terrace overlooking the Costera. This is a great place to go for late dinner and a few drinks before moving on to a club. It's east of the Glorieta Diana traffic circle, across the street from the Fiesta Americana Condesa. It's open daily from 1pm to 1am.

Hard Rock Café
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If you like your music loud, your food trendy, and your entertainment international, you'll feel at home in Acapulco's branch of this chain bent on world domination. Elvis memorabilia greets you in the entry area, and among other numerous mementos is the Beatles' gold record for "Can't Buy Me Love." There's a bandstand for live music -- played every night between 10pm and 2am -- and a small dance floor. It's on the seaward side toward the southern end of the Costera, south of the convention center. Open daily from noon to 2am.

N Joy
Costera Alemán
A large disco with many couches, a good-sized dance floor, dancers on stages, and your typical selection of Spanish dance music. Located south of Cinemark on La Costera. Saturday is the night to go - because it is so large, you will have more fun if it is crowded.

Sr. Frog's
Carretera Escénica, Comercial La Vista
The craziest parties in Acapulco! Every night is different with great music, perfect service and shows behind your wildest dreams. The ambiance is great for a night of fun in one of the best nightclubs in Acapulco. You can’t miss it. It’s one of the preferred places by nightlife lovers, especially during Spring and Summer breaks. Don’t forget

Baby Lobster Bar
Costera Alemán
With its location in La Condesa and along La Costera, Baby Lobster Bar is surrounded by some of the area’s greatest nightlife. Baby Lobster Bar is an open-air bar on the beach that offers great drinks and lots of fun. The friendly bartenders serve ice cold tropical drinks while guests enjoy the sights and sounds of the pristine beach or the bustling dance floor. Dancing is not limited to the dance floor as many care free visitors will make their way to the table tops.

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Nina’s draws in large crowds with its music, dancing and drinking. For a reasonable price guests to Nina’s will enjoy a live show put on by talented celebrity impersonators, Salsa dancing to music from a live band and an open bar. Saturdays at Nina’s get crowded so get there early!

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Siboney, located near Palladium and Mandara, is a romantic piano bar. Siboney’s makes a great escape from the loud music of the bars and discos. Elegant surroundings, an enchanting view and its first class service create the perfect setting for a romantic evening you will never forget. Catering to an older crowd, Siboney pleases its guests with piano, classic Mexican and romantic music.

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Good bar food and drinks draw large crowds of 20-35-year-olds at this raucous beach bar. Arrive around sunset on weekends for a table or bar stool. Many come here before hitting the dance clubs later on in the night.

Pepe's Piano Bar
Carretera Escénica, Comercial La Vista, Local 5
This festive nightclub has attracted would-be crooners for over 40 years. It isn't a karaoke bar - a talented pianist accompanies brave members of the audience who sing anything from Spanish love songs to popular American tunes. The crowd is of all ages but has one goal in mind - to have fun! Non-singers will be content to sit on the red velvet benches and sip a tequila or beer. Smart-casual attire.

Salon Q
Costera Alemán 3117
This place bills itself as "the cathedral of salsa," and it's a fairly accurate claim -- Salon Q is the place to get down and enjoy the Latin rhythms. Frequently, management raises the cover and features impersonators of top Latin American musical acts. Open daily from 10pm to 4am.

Disco Beach
Costera Alemán
Located on the beach, Disco Beach is a popular hangout for locals and visitors. Once inside this casual disco you can enjoy sitting at a table, ice cold drinks at the bar or dancing to the music. Disco Beach is a favorite night spot because of its location on one of Acapulco’s pristine beaches and also for its outrageous foam parties on Fridays.

Other Bars & Discos

Il Canto
Mambo Cafe
Il Mondo
A Capella
One Dollar
Shake It
Sky Garden