The vibrant Sayulita nightlife: there’s always something happening from Monday to Sunday!
Thanks for reaching out! Sayulita nightlife is very active and there is always happening from Monday to Friday. This pueblo is really small so the places I will mention below can be easily reached by walking. Normal beer prices in Sayulita bars cost around 30 Mexican pesos ($1.52 USD). At this price, you can get a bottle of Corona, Victoria, and Pacifico – the most common Mexican beer brands not only in Sayulita bars but all over Mexico. Cocktails can range from 100 – 150 Mexican pesos (from $5 USD approx).
Sayulita nightlife never fails so there is no difference if you arrive on a weekend or not – something is always up! If you ever come here, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll buy the first round!
I don’t know how to put this into words but nightlife in Sayulita is pretty chill, but at the same time can go out of hand. When my friends ask, I usually say “it’s like Boracay but a bit chill”, because Boracay parties can last up to 11:00, am the next day. Sayulita bars and clubs close at 3:00 am as per the town ordinance but many people continue to the after parties in their hostels, local homes, or even by the beach.
As for the people visiting Sayulita and going out to get drunk, hmmm, there’s a lot of those. Sayulita nightlife really depends on who you are with and if they know where to go. Due to the cheap and direct flights from major Canadian cities like Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, the majority of the visitors here are Canadians, followed by Americans. There are a lot of Europeans, too. On weekends, expect a flood of Mexicans in all the bars as Guadalajara is only 4 hours away from Sayulita. This is the closest beach town in their city and they always come for the weekend.
Police are patrolling everywhere so if you think that Sayulita has a very vulgar drug scene, you’re wrong. These policemen are always looking out for gringos who will do the wrong things so they can be milked for money.
I currently live in Sayulita so if you are ever in town, here are the best places to visit for a great experience of the Sayulita nightlife. Also remember to get in touch so we can have a round of drinks (or two)!
FOR THEMATIC PARTIES EVERY NIGHT: DON PATO
I remember being at Don Pato every day during my first month in Sayulita. This is where everyone ends up at night because something is happening nightly! If you are out of options and looking for something to do after midnight, Don Pato is your place!
Mondays (Salsa night): every Monday, there’s a live band playing salsa at Don Pato. I really love this band as it’s not very common to find a salsa bar with a live salsa band in Mexico. It’s more of a special events night thing but in Sayulita, it’s every Monday! This night is not only for those who dance salsa professionally but it’s for everyone! If you don’t know how to dance salsa, well, feel free to dance with any Mexican you will come across and you’ll learn!
Tuesdays (Open mic night): can you sing? Even if you can’t, sign up for open mic nights at Don Pato every Tuesday! Everyone will cheer for you anyway. It’s not a karaoke machine as you imagine but a live band will try their best to play the song you want to sing. As long as you have the notes (which you can easily Google), they will play it for you!
Wednesdays and Fridays (Rock night): Love Rock? Greatest hits are played by a very good Mexican rock band at Don Pato’s every Tuesday. You can even request for a song!
Thursdays (Funk night): Fuck music is becoming bigger and bigger in Mexico so if you are a fan, Thursday is your day!
Saturdays (cumbia): another round of dancing for the week where Don Pato either invites a live cumbia band or plays cumbia all night. This is very different with salsa so come over and learn Shakira’s favourite dance!
Sundays (reggae): Chill tunes on Sundays but you can also get drunk. 😉
For the mezcal lovers: Cava
A small mezcaleria in Sayulita, Cava has over 50+ types of Mezcal to choose from, hailing from different parts of Mexico like Puebla and Oaxaca. My personal favorite here is the Marta e Ines, a mezcal base drink made by Miguel, the best bartender in town who also happens to be a friend.
The watermelon mezcal is interesting, too. Cava is kind of a pre-game chill night kind of place so make sure to come before they close at 12:00 midnight.
For 20 pesos everything: Cerveceria Chapultepec
With branches in every major Mexican city, Cerveceria Chapultepec is no stranger to the Mexican culture. Burgers, fries, salads, beers – everything the serve costs 20 MXN ($1.01 USD) so your travel budget will definitely be maximised. You might think that the price seems super sketchy but don’t worry, I think that, too.
Personally, I only go here for pre-drinks with friends as other bars serve beers at 30 MXN ($1.52 USD) but the same beers cost 10 MXN less at Cerveceria Chapultepec. I only had fries here so I cannot speak for their food menu. I do, however, label this place as the best beer place in town.
[Updated: November 12, 2020]: Chapultepec Sayulita is permanently closed. 🙁
For all-night free drinks every Saturday (sorry boys, ladies only!): Coco's
Coco’s Beach Club is open during the day for food, drinks, and lounging by the beach but it is more popular for its weekend parties. On Fridays, they put Cumbia and they even invite DJs and live bands to play cumbia tunes. On this day, they have a door charge of 30 Mexican pesos ($1.5 USD) but I am really not sure if this price is for all. I can only say that this is a local price as I’ve heard different stories from gringo friends who said they were charged more. Better practice your Spanish! On Saturdays, it’s drink all you can for the ladies! I’ve been in one of those ladies’ nights and man, the drinks are really free-flowing for the girls!
For the deep house and techno fanatics: Yambak
If you’re a beer fan, then Yambak’s is your place (like everyone else). Their beers are more expensive than other bars because they have their own brewery inside the bar but I would honestly pay 60-80 MXN ($3 – $4 USD approx) for a pint of good beer. Beer names include Stoner’s Point and La Ticla, both are creatively depicting the Sayulita nightlife and vibe. My personal favorite is the double IPA but drink with caution – the alcohol content is too high, you’ll pass out after 5 glasses!
Yambak’s is also in front of the plaza so it’s a good place to meet people. Their seating arrangement (standing, rather) makes people gather and mingle the entire night. This is where you will meet Sayulita locals, too!
For a chill ambiance with live band: Atico
It won’t be difficult to spot Atico because their seats are placed on the street. Aside from that, Atico’s facade is a uniquely-designed bar of rustic wood. There’s also a bar chair that’s a swing (I tried it myself, it wasn’t comfortable especially when you’re drunk).
Atico’s sophistication will make you feel it’s not budget-friendly but try sitting down and watching their live bands – there is a chill vibe Atico emanates that will make you want to stay all night.
For the best michelada in town, pre-drinks and Mexican snacks: Aaleyah's
Get a huge-ass michelada at Aaleyah’s for only 65 MXN ($3.29 USD). Whenever someone asks me where to get michelada in town, I always recommend Aaleyah’s not only because of the generous drink size but also the way they do it. Aaleyah is an institution in Sayulita and you will find more locals hanging out here than tourists.
Aside from cheap drinks, they also serve good Mexican food like enchiladas, avocado and chips, tacos, and many more! Think of all the Mexican food that you want to try – they are all served at Aaleyah’s! The ambiance in this restaurant is also super Mexican so expect a traditional experience.