Tamale's PV Picks

Here is a list of what to drink, eat, sleep, play, and see in this beautiful city.

Where to Drink

Three stories of fun! Large outdoor patio and a sexy, third floor where things go bump in the night!

Great neighborhood bar right in the middle of everything. Best place to people watch! They make a mean martini!

Cute bar with live music and karaoke most nights. Open air and super friendly, and the have a great menu. Owners Gavin and David are fab. Gay owned and operated.

Stop by for a slushie before heading to the beach, or even better, stop here after the beach! Always fun and filled with sexy people!


The best neighborhood bear bar in PV owned by the two cutest osos in town!

This small, intimate mixology bar is great for a date or a small group. Spectacular cocktails and great snacks. Lesbian owned and operated.

A great LGBT venue with some amazing shows and local drag talent. Air Conditioned and very friendly.

A fun bar in a semi outdoor setting. Great music and great food.

Come see a local queen strut her stuff on the first floor before heading up to the great rooftop patio to meet locals and visitors alike.

Great, local gay bar. Popular with the local vaqueros. No circuit music here. All Banda, Ranchera, and Tejano music. Charlie is a great bartender too!

The best slushies in town and some super sexy servers! Be sure to check out their merch. So many cute items!

This mixology bar has a cool lounge feel and boasts 3 floors, with some great outdoor space. House music every night from some great DJs. Be sure to check out the bathroom painted by yours truly!

Stud's Bar

Bear and Daddy dance club/bar in old town. The closest thing we have to a dark room in a bar in PV. 2nd floor is pretty active, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, when they do their jockstrap and Leather nights.

Tunnel Bar

New local neighborhood bar owned by Tamale, Sugarbaker, and Roger and Bryan from Anonimo. Thee place to hang in East Emiliano.

This little hidden jem is part dive bar, part chill lounge. They make some of the best martinis in town. Great place to go with a small group and have a conversation.

Where to Eat

The best asian food in PV, hands down. The location in old town has some of the best small plates and the staff is amazing. Their location in Jardines Vallarta has some excellent ramen too! Two locations.

Casa 449

Amazing food at this little hole in the wall in Zona Romantica. Family owned and operated, every meal we have had here has been amazing.

One of our favorite breakfast spots in the Zone. Air conditioned inside or sit on the beautiful patio.

The best pazole in all of PV, hands down. You feel like you are in your abuelita's kitchen.


Spectacular hideaway near the church that sells churros. Small menu but everything is superb. Mostly seafood and steak dishes. Chenando is the owner and chef.

Everyone talks about this place and it's for good reason. They recently started serving dinner and everything we have had has not disappointed. And it's right across the street from Blondie's so go have a before or after slushie!

The food here is exquisite and the flavors are spot on. Chef Polo Cortés makes you feel like you are guest in his house, while serving impeccable quisine.

El Bodegon De Pastas

I almost shouldn't be telling you about this place because they only have 4 tables and I can never get in! Honestly the best pasta I have had in Mexico. Everything is hand made and delicious. Owned by the cutest gay couple.

Now called Frida 4.0, this fabulous neighborhood gay bar has one of the best menus in old town. Super friendly staff and gay owned and operated.


Some of the best seafood in Old Town. Great staff and awesome service. Tell Omar Tamale sent ya! Owned by the same folks that own Casa 449.

Spectacular, elevated food with a rustic atmosphere. Every dish is amazing. If your grandmother was a chef, this would be the cuisine!

This cute, French bistro next to the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church has great menu items and a very attentive staff. Sit outside on their patio for a great evening meal with all the sounds of PV surrounding you.

Fine dining native Mexican cuisine done in a ver French style. the tasting menu is fantastic and comes in either 7 or 10 courses. They really know great food.

Marisma Fish Tacos

Hands down, the BEST fish and shrimp tacos in PV. They are on hand made flour tortillas and twice the size of an ordinary street taco. Female owned and operated.

The best rotisserie chicken on the planet. This chain offers the best chicken, roasted potatoes, and all the fixings at an amazing price. Many locations through out PV. Ask for extra napkins!

Everything on this menu is superb. And the presentation is spot on. Across the street from the original Blondies, stop by for a bite before or after a Blondies slushie!

Puro Peru is a creation of Peruvian Chef Fernando Tomasini, offering a daily menu of delicious Fusion cuisine, classic Peruvian, Chinese (chifa), Japanese Nikkei. We cannot stop going back to this very cosy and rustic restaurant.

Great spot right on the sand where you can enjoy good, hearty street food. Excellent service. The owners are pretty soft on the eyes, too!

Another great breakfast spot. Nestled in a great up coming area for some amazing restaurants.

My favorite place for tacos. Al pastor, birria, asada, veggie; you name it, they have it!

Gorgeous food and an even better view if you sit along the riverfront. The service is impeccable and the food is even better. Probably our favorite restaurant in PV.

Where to sleep

This LGBTQ hillside hotel offers views like no other. The rooms are great and the staff very helpful. They also throw naked pool parties Thurs-Sat.

This LGBTQ hotel in the heart of old has been a part of the queer community for over 20 years. Their daytime pool parties are tons of fun.

Studios At Jacarandas

The Studios at Jacarandas is a brand-new collection of 6 luxury rentals in the heart of Zona Romantica. Located on a quiet street just minutes to the beach and the downtown restaurant and shopping district, The Studios offer a peaceful respite from Puerto Vallarta’s vibrancy. Luxury finishes, custom local craftsmanship, and a rain shower that is an experience unto itself, make The Studios the perfect spot for your tropical vacation!

Villa Sorpresa is a completely remodeled Complex nestled just a few streets up from Olas Altas and around the corner Basillio Badillo in Old Town of Puerto Vallarta. A short 3-minute walk, on flat terrain to the famous Playa Los Muertos beach and Puerto Vallarta oceanside boardwalk called the Malecon. Short stroll to restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops, local shops, nightlife and the gay district. Every unit features a fully equipped kitchen, walk-in shower with rainhead, WiFi, AC’s and TV’s with 100’s channels. Heated pool, bbq lounge and lush gardens await your arrival.

Zona Z Boutique Hotel

This very charming, beautiful, Boutique hotel, two blocks from the beach, offers some pretty spectacular rooms and the service is impeccable. Sig and Mark will take great care of you..;and they are pet friendly! So bring your fur babies! Call well ahead for reservations as they book up quickly.

Where to Beach

Destiladeras Beach Club & Restaurant

This is about a 60 min drive north in Nayarit and is by far my favorite beach to go to. Beautiful waters and you can walk out into the ocean for 100 meters before it gets too deep.

Ritmos (Green Chairs)

This is the beach club to go to if you want to meet new people and cruise cruise cruise! The staff are very attentive and their is enough eye candy to satisfy everyones needs. Great place for large parties to meet and lounge on the sandy beach. Get there early (by 11am) during high season to get some choice spots down by the water!

This is my go to beach club. The service is impeccable. the food is fantastic. And you can choose to lounge on the sand or sit by the pool for a quieter experience. Tell them Tamale sent you! A great place to relax and chill.

Xalli Beach Club

Xalli, pronounced Chaw-Lee, is the best kept secret in PV. (Don't tell anyone!) Just a 15 min drive south. Free valet parking. Amazing food. Fabulous private beach. Great service. Make a reservation before arriving.

Where to Explore

Nestled in the mountains along the Rio Cuale.. This gorgeous jungle oasis caters to those that seek a unique and custom-tailored experience that also embraces the local culture and traditions

This moderate 45min hike along a dry riverbed leads to a beautiful swimming hole and waterfall. Picture is from there.

San Sebastian Del Oeste

A beautiful mountain town just an hour or so outside of Puerto Vallarta. If weather is permitting, rent some ATV's in town and take them to the to of the mountain, the highest elevation in Jalisco.

Vallarta Botanical Gardens

This is a must. Gorgeous landscaped hills surround a great restaurant and gift shop. You can hike to the river and take a dip, or hike along trails for hours. We saw coatimundi, snakes, macaw's, frogs, and so much more! You can even hand feed the hummingbirds at the restaurant.

Take a water taxi (the only way to get there. There is no road) from Los Muertos Pier to this beautiful, secluded beach with restaurants, gorgeous views, and lots of hiking trails. I recommend walking through town to the waterfall. it's a super easy hike and can be done on ATVs as well.

Where to be Entertained

Act2PV is the largest entertainment venue in the Banderas Bay, bringing you great entertainment for 2023/2024! With shows every night, this beautiful theater has something for everyone!

Hedda Lettuce Shaves The Day

Hedda Lettuce stars in her uproariously funny show- Hedda Lettuce Shaves The Day! Crisp live vocals and comedy tossed together with light dancing and Miss Lettuce’s unparalleled improvisational skills makes Shaves The Day a winning show. No wonder she has been selling out houses in Vallarta for 9 years in a row! TikTok Star and native New Yorker Hedda Lettuce has appeared on Sex And The City, Ray Donavan, Project Runway, The Peoples Court, To Wong Foo, HBO, MTV, CBS, NBC, numerous talk shows, independent movies and several Off Broadway Shows. Not to mention she is her grandmother, Bedda Lettuce’s, favorite grandchild.

Nahuales - A Mystical Night

A show on a private beach where the performers amaze you with their acrobatic talents.Now at the fabulous Amarias Villas!

Local venue with local entertainment almost every night. They also have a fabulous Open Mic show. You never know who will stumble in and take your breath away!

Miss Conception's Tooned Out

With a career spanning over twenty three years, Kevin Levesque as Miss Conception, has been delighting audiences around the world with his unique style of female illusion – “a Female Delusionist® if you will”, as Kevin puts it. Miss Conception’s one-woman, live singing shows, launched new each year in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Provincetown Massachusetts, parody and celebrate some of the greatest characters, movies and TV shows of our time, featuring on-stage transitions from one character to another, with costume change that happen before your eyes. This is one diva that’s taking the world by storm. Tamale's Tours is a proud sponsor of her show.

Sutton Lee Seymour - Broadway Barbie

Sutton Lee Seymour is New York City’s Live Singing Sasshole and she is spreading her comedy and chaos with merriment and madness in her new show, BROADWAY BARBIE. When you’re a Barbie Girl living in a Barbie World, there is NO business like SHOW business! Barbie has had over 180 careers and NOT ONE of those careers has been a Broadway Star… until Sutton Lee Seymour! She is painting the town pink and pounding the pavement, mashing up your favorite Pop Songs and Broadway Show Tunes! Dance the night way with Sutton Lee Seymour and her Dancing Ken Dolls! Nothing has been this CAMP since the Ethel Merman Disco Album (Google it).

The Palm Cabaret and Bar has been entertaining Puerto Vallarta audiences for years, and the 2021-2022 season will be no exception. Come see Miss Conception, Sutton Lee Seymore, Meghan Murphy, Betti & Bruce, Hedda Letuce, Branden and James, and so many more amazing and talented performers from all over the world.

Where to see my art

As well as running Tamale's Tours, I am also an artist. Please check it out. I do private showings at my studio in PV and ship worldwide via my website. You can also buy some of my custom made kaftans!