A photo of the Mambo Cafe in Cabo San Lucas

The popular Mambo Cafe in Cabo San Lucas. Photo © Stephen Zwerink, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Cabo’s discos are empty before 11pm and packed from midnight on. Among them all, none embodies the party-till-you-drop Cabo spirit better than El Squid Roe (Lázaro Cárdenas at Zaragoza, tel. 624/143-0655, noon-3am daily). Giant margaritas and piña coladas appear two at a time to set the mood. Balloons and confetti fall from the sky, while staff and patrons climb on tables, form 50-person centipedes, and whoop it up on the dance floor.

Rock-and-roll music artist Sammy Hagar often celebrates his birthday by performing at the club he owns, Cabo Wabo (Guerrero btwn. Madero and Lázaro Cárdenas, tel. 624/143-1188, 7pm-2am daily). Open since 1992, the club plays recorded and live music. Hagar often makes a New Year’s Eve appearance as well.

The space that was once Zoo Bar and Club is now the ultra-trendy and very sexy Pink Kitty Nightclub (Blvd. Marina and Cárdenas, 624/182-4914). Its modern baroque boudoir setting involves Italian blown glass chandeliers, moray eelskin leather seating, and an all-female staff. The club draws a crowd and tends to alternate between Top 40 and electronic music. This is one of the more upscale nightclubs in Cabo, so don’t expect to get in wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Thursday is locals’ night, featuring two-for-one drinks and bottles 9pm-midnight.

Mandala Nightclub (Cárdenas between Morelos and Zaragoza, tel. 624/158-8233) thinks of itself as “Las Vegas in Cabo.” With its light-up dance floors, flashing LED lights, and heavily techno/electronic music, Mandala ensures a sensory overload. Drinks here are among the most expensive of the Cabo clubs.

At Mambo Café (Blvd. Marina, tel. 624/143- 1484), the Caribbean-style decor and music were imagined from a fusion of classical tropical melodies and newer Latin pop. Tiered seating gives way to an enormous dance floor. This place is high energy, and serious dancers make their way here to put on as much of a show as the live music. Thursday night is ladies’ nights, and women drink free 9pm-11pm.

Cabo’s first alternative club, The Rainbow Bar (Marina Cabo Plaza, tel. 624/143-1455, daily 4pm till late, closed July-Sept.), has catered to a primarily gay crowd for more than a decade but welcomes all. Known for techno/disco music, Magic Mango Margaritas, and scantily-clad staff, the club is a fun place to experience a diverse crowd.

Excerpted from the Ninth Edition of Moon Los Cabos.