Head to Los Muertos Brewing Company to suck down a frosty pils and snack on their homemade pizzas. If ou want something a little less sports bar, a little more trattoria, visit Florios, which has delicious brick-oven pizzas, homemade pastas, and a delicious wine list.
If it’s date night, 116 Pulpito is a hole-in-the-wall-sized tapas restaurant, with a friendly staff and excellent cocktails. Or splurge at Tre Piatti, which has fantastic homemade Italian cuisine and Ulises -- one of the best cocktail-makers in Puerto Vallarta.
When the sun goes down…
… Puerto Vallarta heats up. The craft brewery trend has trickled down here -- we already mentioned Los Muertos Brewing, which has two locations. If you’re in the mood for something mellow, stick to Centro and hit up Bar Morelos, which draws a local, laid-back crowd. In Cinco de Diciembre, you get late-night DJs at the famous El Solar, which is an offshoot of the neighboring Barracuda Bar; both serve amazing seafood and are right on the sand. Unless you’re 18 and making bad life choices, avoid Senor Frog’s, as well as Zoo Bar, Mandala, and La Vaquita (there’s a swing there -- enough said).
For all-night parties, you’ll want Mr. Flamingo, an open-air spot popular with the LGBT community but also completely non-discriminatory. At 7pm it’s a chill, sunset happy-hour bar, but it flips into full-on party mode by 7:30, spills out into the streets, and doesn’t lose momentum until around 3am. Afterwards, head next door to Paco’s Ranch, which is as ridiculous and raunchy as it sounds. You’ve been warned.
Puerto Vallarta is a 24-hour city if you know where to look -- even in the downtime between 5am and 9am, you can always find a spot along the Malecon for breakfast.