Bar Frida – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Vallarta’s First Pride Event May 24-26, 2013



New 2012/2013 T-shirts arrive just in time for 11th Anniversary Party June 1, 2012!

Bar Frida’s unique t-shirts are here and bartender Filipe took a moment to model one for us!  You’ll be able to take one home on your next visit to Bar Frida for 150 pesos (the shirt, not Filipe).  This year’s design was hand picked by owners Tom and Luis, who will also be celebrating 11 years of serving the coldest beer and best margaritas in town.ImageImage  Come enjoy great food, dancers and a variety of live entertainment on June 1, 2012 at 9pm.  If you’ve never attended an anniversary party, you’re in for a great night.  If you’re one of the hundreds who are here each year for this event, we thank you and look forward to seeing you! 

Loteria returns to Bar Frida each Thursday all summer beginning May 5!

Tablas de Lotería (Lotería boards).

Tablas de Lotería (Lotería boards). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Come out and join the gang at Bar Frida for Loteria, a game much like bingo but with pictures instead of numbers.   Improve your Spanish along the way and meet new people!  Lots of fun with your emcee David, infamous for his ‘Gay Bingo Nights’ for many years in Vallarta!  You’ll surely win a FABULOUS PRIZE including gift certificates and other assundries from local merchants!  Great fun starting May 5, 2016!

Join us Thursdays at 8pm!  You might win a FABULOUS prize!

Join us Thursdays at 8pm! You might win a FABULOUS prize!


Celebrate Luis’ Birthday at Fridas! Feliz Cumpleanos Luis!

Merry Christmas from Bar Frida!

Tom and Beverly Fairfax enjoy a pre-holiday evening at Bar Frida with great friends and great spirits! "Tis the season!

Tom and Luis and the entire staff at Bar Frida have just finished putting the last touches on the Christmas decorations at the bar. Friends, family and lots of new faces are rolling into town each day to escape the cold or to just relax with the friendly staff and customers at Bar Frida. Join the fun!

Tom (front) and Luis, owners of Bar Frida in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Macho Vaqueros (Cowboys) event at Bar Frida on November 19, 2011!

As part of a full weekend of activities for the Vaqueros de  Jalisco, Bar Frida is preparing to welcome all of the attendees starting at 7pm on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at a special night of cowboy fun!   In its 3rd year, this event draws attendees from all over Mexico for parties and events organized with them in mind.  Click on the schedule to the right to see the full weekend schedule.

Lotteria with David: Thursdays at 8pm starting June 2, 2011!

Flash Mob hits Vallarta! Watch and spread the good vibes about our lovely Vallarta.

Valentine’s Day Party at Bar Frida February 14, 2011

Bar Frida’s new tshirts to celebrate ten years of fun!

In June, 2011, Bar Frida turns 10 years old!  One of the ways Fridas is celebrating is by offering a tshirt that reflects four of the favorite designs of the last 10 years.  The shirts have arrived and can be purchased at the bar for 150 pesos.  Get yours before they sell out and help Bar Frida celebrate 10 wonderful years serving Puerto Vallarta as the area’s only authentic Mexican gay cantina!  Watch for the anniversary party in June, 2011!

Vaqueros de Jalisco (Jalisco Cowboys) Reunion Weekend to kick off at Bar Frida on November 12, 9pm!

Following up on last year’s successful Macho Vaquero weekend, the local group Vaqueros Jalisco will be in Vallarta for the long Revolution Day weekend, November 12 to 14, 2010.    Kicking off the events on Friday, November 12 will be Bar Frida’s Cowboy Welcome Party where all the visiting cowboys will receive a free shot of Frida’s now famous tequila and a free hot dog.  Frida’s kitchen will serve a full menu as well.

In addition to the opening night at Frida’s, events will be held at No Borders Bar on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14.  For more information see No Borders facebook page here.


Vocal Impressionist and Comedian MARK ALAN SMITH LIVE! in Vallarta Nov 24-26, 2010

“That’s the best me I’ve ever heard!”

– Eartha Kitt

“There is no one like him!”

Sordid Lives writer/director Del Shores

Puerto Vallarta, mEXICO, October 24, 2010:  Mingo Mexico Productions announces the Puerto Vallarta debut of Mark Alan Smith, singing live at Paco’s Ranch, in a three-night engagement during the US Thanksgiving week: November 24, 25 and 26, 2010 at 8pm each night.    

Mark’s LIVE vocal impressions (there is no lip sync in this show) of Cher, Bette Midler, Patti LaBelle, Judy Garland, Liza Manelli, Patsy Cline, Carol Channing, Louis Armstrong and many others leave his standing-room-only audiences begging for more.  His stage presence and vocal range make this performer a must see!

For more than 20 years, Mark Alan Smith has traveled the US and other parts of the world selling out theatres, nightclubs and showrooms.  He has performed with some of the greatest entertainers of our time including the legendary Eartha Kitt, Tiffany, The Weather Girls, Martha Wash, Thelma Houston and Sir Elton John, to name a few.  A documentary about Mark, From a Jack to a Queen, directed by Erik Hayes, ran in short film festivals in 2003, winning an “Audience Favorite Award”. 

Performances will be at the all-new Paco’s Ranch (Ignacio L. Vallarta 237 next to Club Roxy) in Vallarta’s old town/southside on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 24, 25 and 26, 2010 at 8pm each night.  Tickets for VIP seating near the stage are 150 pesos.  General admission tickets are 100 pesos.  VIP tickets are encouraged for guaranteed seating. Groups of 6 or more qualify for discounted seating. 

 Tickets may be purchased at Bar Frida, Hotel Mercurio, VES Offices and online at (note: there is no extra service fee online).

 Opening Night, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 is a special show to benefit VES, Vallarta Enfrenta el Sida, A.C.  Proceeds from this performance will help VES continue their HIV education and outreach work in the Vallarta area.

 Mark’s show is best suited for adults and, on most nights, contains adult humor. The solo performance is approx 90 minutes with no intermission.  Cocktail service is available before and during the show.  Doors open at 7:30pm.  Showtime is 8pm.  For more information call Mingo Mexico Productions at (322)168 9950 or in the USA at (405)240 6675.  Or visit

Halloween: a party not to be missed at Bar Frida

Each year they get better.  The Costumes!  The prizes!  The good times!  Come on out and help us do it again this Halloween!  A special group performance is in store from the staff and some regulars….don’t miss it!

Fiesta de Independencia Sept 15

Don't miss Frida's Fiesta de Independencia to celebrate Mexico's 200th! A special ballet folklorico performance is in store! You won't want to miss it!

Wednesday nights at Fridas: Movies!

Here’s the lineup for the upcoming movie nights at Bar Frida:

                                                                                                                                     Sep 08   Sordid Lives

Sep 15  No movie.  Independence day

Sep 22   To Wong Foo…Julie Newmar

                                                      Sep 29  Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

 Oct 06   Brokeback Mountain

Oct 13: Transamerica

October 20th: Mambo Italiano

October 27th: Chicago

November 3rd: Billie Elliot


Free Popcorn!  Cheap Drinks (15 pesos beer!) and a great cause!  A 25 pesos donation is suggested per person to benefit VES, Vallarta En Frenta Sida.  VES staff members will be on hand with information and little gifts for everyone.


Wednesday Sept 2: La Cage Aux Folles

Many of us have laughed at the American remake of this film titled Birdcage with Robin William and Nathan Lane.  But, the original french version is always heralded as much funnier.  Come see for yourself.  English subtitles for this one.

Frida does Paco’s for SETAC Fundraiser

On Tuesday, August 24, many of Vallarta’s gay bars sent representatives to Paco’s Ranch for SETAC’S “Manager’s Show”.  At this event, employees from each bar did numbers in drag to help raise money for the many programs at Vallarta’s GLBT community center.  Participating from Frida’s this year was bartender Mario.  He’s the tall one, dressed as Frida Kahlo, below.  His performance was a show-stopper.  Simply terrific.  (note:  Mario and his gang are professional dancers since childhood, can ya tell?)

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at Movie Night Aug 25th 8:30pm

Free Popcorn!  Cheap drinks.  Cold Beer!  A 25 peso suggested donation benefits VES.  Don’t miss it!  This week with more speakers– improved sound.  Last week we raised over 2300 pesos for VES!  GOOD JOB!


Hedwig, born a boy named Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a sex-change operation in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as it was supposed to – years later, Hedwig is leading her rock band on a tour of the U.S., telling her life story through a series of concerts at Bilgewater Inn seafood restaurants. Her tour dates coincide with those of arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis, a wide-eyed boy who once loved Hedwig… but then left with all her songs.

Frida at Frida’s! Movie Nights Start Wed, Aug 18! 8:30pm

Starting Wednesday Aug 18, join us each Wednesday Night at 8:30 pm for Movie Night at Fridas.  Apropriately, this week, we will watch the movie FRIDA with Salma Hayek.  Free popcorn!  15 pesos beer. 

25 pesos donation requested to benefit VES

Watch the trailer: Frida on

Alred Molina and Salma Hayek in FRIDA

Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd in FRIDA.

Bartender David’s Birthday Sunday, July 25, 4pm.

Longtime bartender, David, one of Vallarta’s most handsome  men, will be celebrating his birthday on Sunday, July 25 and we’ll be throwing a little party for him.  Stop by and help us make him feel special! 🙂

9th Anniversary Party at Bar Frida June 1, 2010 (slideshow below)

Our Anniversary Party at Bar Frida this year was a lot of fun!  We had a full mariachi band, Mario and Miguel performing traditional folklorico dances, Cassandra and lots of surprises!  What a great night!  Thank you for being a part of our family!  See you soon!  (see gallery below) If you have photos from this event that you’d like to see here send them to us at:   

Bar Frida's friendly staff German, David, Luis, Blanca, Mario, Tom, and Victor look forward to seeing you!




Easter Bonnet (and basket?) Night at Fridas, April 4

Be as creative as you want to be! JR is in town so watch out!

Bar Frida will hold the second annual Easter Bonnet Contest on Sunday, April 4, 2010!  (for photos from the event go to the gallery!)

Customers/Contestants are asked wear a bonnet of their choosing.  Be as creative as you want to be!   If it won’t fit under the low ceilings downstairs, you can enter through the rear and head straight for the balcony for a cool margarita!  Tom says, “If you’ve got a nice basket, bring that too!” 

Go simple and pretty or dramatic and splashy!  There are great supply stores within a block or two of Fridas where you can make yourself as pretty as, well, a new hat. Get there early! 9pm starts the contestant parade with judges awarding prizes to the best through the night.  How eggszzzciting!

The “best ever” Birthday Party, Tom says…

With barely any standing room left on Wednesday night, a 10 piece Mariachi band ascended the back stairwell to greet the crowd waiting.   The crowd sang and danced for an hour.   Beautiful! Then, bartender Mario and dance partner Christian performed two classic folkloric dances that brought down the house!  To finish the night it seemed everyone wanted to take it off for Tom!  What a great night!

   Tom called it the “best party ever!”.  It was!

Bar Frida enjoys Carnaval, Vallarta style…

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