Nothing says “tropical beach getaway” like an evening spent by the ocean, watching the sun set over the Pacific, enjoying a cocktail made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Happy hours options abound in Punta Mita, with every conceivable option available for late afternoon libations (or any time of day for that matter). If you are lacking motivation, it is likely that your villa staff are on hand to whip up a delicious house made margarita, that you can enjoy privately, in your own piece of paradise. For those of you who are in search of a more lively local vibe, head down to the waterfront in El Anclote, where you have an endless choice of bars, cafes and restaurants. If you prefer a five star experience, the nearby Four Seasons and St Regis resorts both offer a dizzying selection of world class bars. Your only challenge will be selecting which hot spot to choose! These bars are serviced by internationally experienced, locally inspired barmen who will shake and mix the most extraordinary cocktail creations imaginable.
If you are looking to mix with locals, and meet other visitors, head to El Anclote where there is a diverse selection of restaurants and bars dotted along the waterfront. Head to Si Señor for a refreshing cucumber margarita, or the more upscale Tuna Blanca a few doors down, known for it’s jalapeño margarita. Other top spots include Casa Teresa Ristorante Italiano and Serendipity Restaurant & Mezcaleria. The latter is famous for it’s hibiscus margaritas and the cucumber mescalitas. Regardless of where you end up, expect to rub shoulders with tourists, local surfers and second home owners, all seeking out the same thing – beautiful sunsets, new friends and a refreshing drink. It’s really hard to go wrong in El Anclote for happy hour!
The Residents Beach Club
The Resident’s Beach Club is accessible to most private homeowners and their guests. The bar and restaurant offer an exclusive and private place for evening cocktails. Sit at the casual bar and order a snack or lounge under your own private umbrella on the beach and have the drinkable delights delivered to you! The atmosphere is exclusive, yet casual, and the private beach setting is truly one of the most beautiful on the peninsula.
The Four Seasons Resort
In typical Four Seasons style, the cocktail options are as mesmerizing as they endless. The Four Seasons has a total of twelve bars located around their signature Punta Mita location, offering guests some of the most unforgettable ocean views, authentic live bands and experienced mixologists in the world. Highlights include the four restaurant bars, as well as four distinct lounge bars dotted around this ultra luxurious, five star icon.
The standard is set at the Aramara Bar – the main bar of the Four Seasons, offering an exotic cocktail menu that fuses Asian and Mexican flavors, and live music six nights a week. The beachfront Bahia bar is the perfect place to enjoy a “global coastal” cocktail menu, while enjoying the cool ocean breeze and stunning views.
Ketsi, situated by the Nuni pool, is the perfect spot to enjoy a casual cocktail or a meal. If you are seeking out a refreshing libation after a round of golf or a game of tennis, the Tail Of The Whale restaurant and bar is located on the top level of the golf clubhouse.
Lounge Bars include the Cora Lounge, which is the first bar you see as you enter the hotel. The Cora features live music on Tuesday & Thursday evenings, and even offers binoculars during peak whale watching season! For an adults only experience, head to the Tamai Pool Bar, which offers a unique selection of caviar and champagne. The Nuna Pool Bar is located at the water’s edge, offering an extensive cocktail menu, as well as a ceviche and raw bar. Shack’s Beach Bar offers a fun and laid back happy hour experience. Order the El Machetazo, a spicy mescal specialty, served in a baby watermelon!
The St. Regis Resort
In a similar theme to the Four Seasons, the nearby St Regis resort offers a heady selection of bars & cocktails for guests to enjoy. From casual cocktails, to more elegant evening affairs, the selection of restaurants and bars at the St Regis Resort is second to none. The St Regis is home to the #1 and #2 restaurants in Punta Mita (Carolina and Mita Mary Bistro), according to TripAdvisor.
The Sea Breeze Restaurant & Bar offers a funky beach club vibe, overlooking the sandy white beaches of the Bay of Banderas. Featuring authentic Latin cuisine created by chef Patricio Persico, the menu “transports you on a regional journey, with ceviches, tiraditos, empanadas, pizzas, and delicious Argentinean-style steaks from the wood-burning grill and oven”. This is a wonderful spot to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails and breathtaking ocean views. International and local DJs are regularly featured at this Punta Mita hot spot.
Las Marietas Restaurant & Bar is named after the world heritage listed islands in the Bay of Banderas, Las Marietas is the perfect spot for authentic Mexican cuisine. Serving breakfast and lunch in a casual setting, Las Marietas is also the perfect place for a daytime drink and food stop with the kids.
Signature Restaurant Carolina is the #1 rated restaurant in Punta Mita, according to TripAdvisor. Carolina is also the signature restaurant of the St. Regis Punta Mita, offering a sophisticated blend of bespoke service, casual luxury, romantic ocean views, and distinctive flavors.
Rated the #2 dining experience on Trip Advisor, Mita Mary Bistro Boat is just as fun for a cocktail as it is for a meal. This location offers an authentic seaside dining experience set underneath palm trees, highlights include the Mita Mary Bloody Mary and margaritas mixed with fresh mint and cucumber. If a few drinks leads to dinner you are in the right spot to enjoy the very best local cuisine, including grilled fish and lobster, shrimp and fish tacos.
Don’t miss the Altamira Tapa, Wine, & Gin Bar, which hosts sophisticated dining experiences that blend Mediterranean flavors with a Mexican hacienda’s panache. A pre-dinner glass of wine or gin and tonic is perfectly complemented by an exquisite seafood paella, tapa, or spicy beef kebab. Areca is the restaurant and bar area surrounding the adult pool, for those seeking a more secluded, kid free experience.