Bars, nightclubs, and live music venues in Acapulco offer a chance to see the city at its most vibrant, with bouncing nightclubs, DJs, fantastic drinks, and all-night parties. Acapulco is famed for its nightlife experience, and in many ways, the city comes alive after the sunsets. You'll find an endless array of clubs and music venues here to suit just about any taste, from salsa to rock to hip hop, world music, and beyond.

    From dancing on a hillside with astounding views of the bay to heavy metal concerts in a stadium, it's all here. Discover where to go to party all night long in Acapulco.

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    Palladium

    Dance to stunning bay views with international DJs

    Palladium is a cliffside club that is consistently ranked among the top clubs in town, with a younger crowd and fabulous views met with equally fabulous DJs. The club's floor-to-ceiling windows ensure that you'll have an amazing view of the bay stretching as far as the eyes can see as you groove to the beats of some of the most popular DJs from all over the world. If you're into hip hop, trance, house, or techno music, this is where you'll find it, and the sound system is second to none.

    Be aware that you'll be expected to dress to the nines, and there's always a line to get in. It's 20 minutes west of downtown.

    Location: Escénica s/n, Guitarron, 39880 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 10.30 pm to 6 am (closed Sunday–Thursday)

    Phone: +52 744 446 5490

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    Believe Acapulco

    Dance the night away at a club with an open bar

    Believe Acapulco is a classic nightclub offering solid DJs playing well-cultivated sets against an epic backdrop of the Acapulco Bay and an open bar. This is a chill venue where you can dance with your friends and drink all night—the cost of the bar is included in your cover. That makes it a solid spot where you don't have to watch your spending or flash your wallet around after you get in. Of course, the bartenders do expect to be tipped handsomely, so keep that in mind.

    This club has a bit of an upscale vibe to it, so it's important to dress smartly when you head out. It's about 20 minutes southwest of downtown.

    Location: Escénica 22, Guitarron, 39880 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Friday from 11.01 pm to 6 am, Saturday from 11 pm to 6 am (closed Sunday–Thursday)

    Phone: +52 744 446 7109

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    Mezcalina

    Check out a local hotspot with mezcal cocktails

    Mezcalina offers a unique take on your typical mezcal bar with pounding reggae beats instead of the usual hip hop or R&B tunes, but it's got a fun, vibrant atmosphere. It's a bit out-of-the-way, making it something of a hidden gem that's popular with locals and not well known among visitors. You'll find it at the top of a spiral staircase in the back of a shopping center, but you'll get a wide range of craft mezcal cocktails. The music is solid here, and the crowd always has a smile.

    If you're looking to soak up some local culture in Mexico, Mezcalina lets you do it in style. It's about a half-hour from town to the west.

    Location: Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán Int 10, Costa Azul, 39850 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 8 pm to 5 am (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +52 744 481 1590

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    Barbarroja Acapulco

    Get your shanty on at a pirate bar

    Barbarroja Acapulco offers an experience that's a bit different from other local bars: a pirate-themed club complete with costumed dancers and a ship-inspired décor. This one is among several local beachfront bars on the central strip of downtown Acapulco, and it offers an open-air, inclusive, and overall fun vibe to it. You'll raise your cocktails and groove to hot hits or, if you like, sing a sea shanty while corsair-garbed table dancers strut their stuff and you enjoy the outdoor vibe of the Acapulco nights.

    This is the place to come if you want something a bit more quirky and, at times, a bit more adult-oriented. Bonus: after a few drinks, you can bar hop.

    Location: Av Costera Miguel Alemán 124, Farallon, 39690 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Thursday–Sunday from 8 pm to 2 am (closed Monday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +52 624 138 0273

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    London English Pub

    Kick back with live music in a classic British pub

    London English Pub offers up a full-page list of wine, beer, and spirits and a menu with burgers inspired by nations all over the world. You can go for a London, chicken, Mexican, or Italian burger, or just grab a basic bacon burger. They also offer baby back ribs and wings and local snacks like nachos. This one is as much a restaurant as a bar, but it's styled like a traditional British pub, so it's got a relaxed and casual vibe and showcases regular live bands.

    The alcohol list includes all the staples and features a selection of non-alcoholic offerings. It's 25 minutes west of town.

    Location: Av Costera Miguel Alemán, Fracc Magallanes, Farallon, 39690 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 5 pm to 3 am (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +52 744 254 1757

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    Canta Piano Bar Amour

    Take your loved one to a bar with love in the name

    Canta Piano Bar Amour is a classic piano bar where you'll enjoy traditional tunes which you can sing along to while enjoying a cocktail with gorgeous views of the bay. This is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike looking to enjoy a more laid-back and refined yet still vibrant nightlife experience. It's also known to showcase such popular musical artists as singer Luis Miguel so you might get a treat when a well-known crooner steps up to the mic. The sound system is top-notch, as is the piano player.

    Reviews of this bar have called it magical and romantic, so it's a wonderful option for a couple's night out. It's 20 minutes west of downtown.

    Location: Escénica 28, Guitarron, 39880 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 8 pm to 5 am (closed Sunday–Monday)

    Phone: +52 744 467 1158

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    Hannah Sun Club

    Relax by a pool while popular live acts perform

    Hannah Sun Club is an outdoor, open-air bar with astounding views of Acapulco and hosting some of the biggest musical acts in just about every genre. Whether you're into classic salsa music, rock and roll, hard rock, hip hop, R&B, or any other style, you might find a concert here. It's not your typical music venue, however; the bar also hosts 2 swimming pools that you can lay beside on beds while the staff provides bottle and food service right to you.

    While many Acapulco clubs only really come to life after sundown, Hannah Sun Club opens early. The party goes on all day and lasts till dawn. It's 20 minutes from central downtown.

    Location: Corbeta 65, Brisas del Marqués, 39887 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Saturday from 1 pm to 2 am (closed Sunday–Friday)

    Phone: +52 744 446 7310

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    Baby Lobster

    Shake your stuff at a vibrant beach bar

    Baby Lobster Bar is surrounded by thriving nightlife and offers an open-air, beach bar experience with tons of fun, a wild vibe, and great craft cocktails. The bartenders serve up sweet mixed drinks that are ice-cold while you relax by the surf on the sand, or you can hit the dance floor to move to the beats of a great local DJ. Don't be surprised if some of the more carefree patrons here jump right up on the tables to shake it to the beat.

    This is another one that's a great option if you're looking for a bar hop experience; it's right among a stretch of solid beach bars and clubs. It's 25 minutes west of downtown.

    Location: Av Costera Miguel Alemán 109, La Condesa, 39690 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Thursday–Saturday from 5 pm to 4 am (closed Sunday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +52 744 484 1096

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    Forum de Mundo Imperial

    Catch a live concert or event

    Forum de Mundo Imperial is an indoor arena drawing some of the biggest names in music from all over the world for top-notch shows with outstanding production. The forum can seat up to 4,000 people and includes a state-of-the-art facility. The façade as you approach is lit by over 4 million LEDs that can create almost 17 million color combinations, among the largest of its kind in Latin America. Acts that the Forum has hosted include everyone from Luis Miguel to the Cranberries. It's also an event space and hosts special events throughout the year.

    From rock to traditional Latin music, acrobatics, and comedy shows, this one offers it all. It's about a half-hour south of downtown.

    Location: Blvrd de las Naciones, Blvrd Barra Vieja &, Aeropuerto, 39931 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Phone: +52 744 435 1795

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