Rosarito’s vibrant nightlife has made the city a popular destination for serious party goers as well as inexperienced drinkers who want to enjoy their first shot of tequila. The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18 (versus 21 in the US), which makes the Baja region a regular spring break getaway for high school and college kids from Southern California.
The city’s long stretch of beaches makes for a perfect place not only to take a dip in the ocean and frolic in the sand during the day but also to drink and dance in a crazy beach party at night. There are a lot of clubs and bars lined up along Rosarito beach; the most famous of the lot is Papas and Beer. Sprawled on an area of over 47,000 square feet 20 minutes from San Diego, it is currently the largest beach club in the West Coast. The nightclub is open all year and regularly holds various activities like a bikini contest, foam parties, beach volleyball, mechanical bull riding, wall climbing, and tug-o-war. It also hosts special events during holidays. The club also has designated VIP areas for private parties and celebrations. Booths can accommodate 11 people while VIP balcony areas have room for at most 150 guests.
Another mega beach club in Rosarito is Club Iggy’s. It can accommodate up to 5,000 people with its five dance floors, eight full bars, two restaurants, and a foam party area. It also features a mechanical bull, horseback riding, jet skis and kayak, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) rentals with an off-road course, and a swimming pool. Iggy’s Corner, an after party venue, is open for party animals who want more drinking and dancing after the beach club has closed. Iggy’s Slice is another bar next to Festival Plaza Hotel that provides TV screens where sports enthusiasts can still catch their favorite games even while on vacation.
Macho Taco Club, located along Benito Juarez Boulevard, serves Mexican cuisine along with a wide selection of drinks, from cold beer to wild and mixed drinks. The Rock and Roll Taco is another restaurant-nightclub that features live band performances and DJ acts. Housed in the former headquarters of a 1960s radio station, the club employs designs peppered with skeletons to reflect Mexico’s tradition of celebrating the dead.
For those who want to savor Mexico’s authentic tequila, you can head to the El Museo Cantina and explore what is claimed to be the world’s largest selection of tequilas. The museum also displays artifacts, tequila themed-art and photography, and portraits of the pioneers in the tequila industry.
Other notable beach clubs are Club Bananas, Club Boom Boom, Club Tequila, Senor Frog’s, Tequila Safari, and Club Maya. Rosarito also has lounges which provide traditional Mexican music like salsa, marimbo, and norteño as well as jazz and blues and even karaoke.