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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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Tom’s Birthday Party, Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 8pm.

You won’t want to miss what has become one of Bar Frida’s biggest nights: owner Tom Finley’s Birthday Party!  This year, we’ll gather on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 at 8pm or so.  Don’t miss the food, live performances and special surprises in store!  You never know what the night will bring….


Frida’s welcomes the bears back to Vallarta…

Frida’s, which has always been a popular hangout for bears visiting Vallarta, would like to extend a warm welcome to all the bears visiting for Beef Dip 2010 which runs for a week beginning January 24.  With our drink specials, great food and friendly atmosphere you’ll be in great hands.  Have a great time in Vallarta! 

January 18th is Luis’ Birthday!

Help us celebrate Luis’ birthday on Jan. 18th at 8pm at Bar Frida!  Special surprises in store!  Don’t miss it! (click on the cake for a special treat)

Happy New Year from Bar Frida!

On New Year’s Eve 2009, we find ourselves grateful to our customers for their loyalty and friendship.  Here’s to a fantastic 2010 for one and all!  Thank you to each of you for making Bar Frida a special place for us all.

Customers Sessanio and Dain with bartender Victor and Bar Frida owners Tom and Luis enjoy the fireworks at the Los Muertos Pier on Dec. 31, 2009

Fireworks from Los Muertos Pier Dec. 31, 2009

Thanks for the toy donations!

from Paul Crist of Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, A.C.

Many, many THANKS to Tom, Luis, and everyone who donated toys! The Posada at the CAPASITS HIV clinic was yesterday, and it was filled with smiling, laughing, young faces because Christmas came early for a lot of kids living in families affected by HIV and AIDS! Tom and all at Frida: YOU ARE THE BEST!!!

Check out the photos from the CAPASITS clinic Posada on the Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, A.C. facebook page (and become a fan if you’re not already!)

Tuesday Dec. 15, bring a toy for the kids!

Over the years, Frida’s customers have brought much joy to the children of Vallarta through the toy box we set out each holiday season.  It is amazing how fast it will fill up.  We have very generous customers for sure! 

This year, we’ve set aside a special night, Tuesday Dec. 15, for you to bring in toys for the children.  If you can’t make it that night, any night prior is fine.  The toy box is ready now!  Have a wonderful holiday, wherever you may be.  We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday if you are here in town.

Frida’s new t-shirts now on sale!

If you’ve been been to Fridas Bar and Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta you’ve most likely noticed the giant mural that once was the back wall of the original location.  It’s been cut down and hauled to the new location a block away.  It hangs along the long wall on the first floor, opposite the bar.  When it was originally painted in 2002 by artist Jorge Zavala, it took 3 or 4 attempts and many months of work to get it right. 

Now nearly 8 years later, Jorge showed up a few days after the new bar opened and delivered a second piece of art to owners Tom and Luis.  Like the first work, it was totally by surprise.  Tom had not asked Jorge to paint a portrait of Frida, just like he had not asked Jorge to paint the mural on the wall in 2002, but agreed to let him after he asked.  It was a good decision.  The mural has been a conversation piece and admired over the years by thousands of tourists and locals.  It captures the spirit of Frida beautifully and is full of symbolic imagery.

The new work is grabbing lots of attention too and shows how the artist’s work has matured, I think.  Many have threatened to steal it as they leave through the exit, where the new portrait hangs just to the right.   So many liked it that Tom decided he’d use it for the new tshirts.  Now you can take home a piece of Frida as a souvenir.  The new shirts are only 150 pesos.  Get yours today while they last.

Here model and bartender David shows off the new shirt, front and rear.  Enjoy. 


Macho Vaquero Party

Fridas was the site of the first ever Macho Vaqueros Opening Night Festivities on November 12, 2009.  We had a great time with the cowboys and they promise to be back next year!  Ride em’ cowboys!  Visitors were from all over Mexico.

Frida’s Dinner Menu expands!

Frida's New Souvenir Beer Mugs, get yours with dinner tonight!

Frida's New Souvenir Beer Mugs, get yours with dinner tonight!

What started out at the old location as a Wednesday night spaghetti dinner prepared by Chef David and served up until it ran out for 50 pesos, has turned into one of the best new dining options (7 nights a week) in Vallarta and at unbelievable Frida prices!  The spaghetti is now 60 pesos on Wednesdays but includes salad and garlic bread.  Most take some home for lunch the next day.  The portions aren’t skimpy! 

Sundays are now Pot Roast night (70 pesos).  Often a sell-out, you’ll need to get there early.  He starts serving at 6pm and on a recent Sunday in low season, it was gone by 8pm. 

Then there’s the new full menu.  From Panini Sandwiches to burgers and fries to Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Frys, Chef David is always serving fresh, tasty, creative cuisine that is pleasing everyone!  Recently, we saw Top Sirloin on the menu with potatoes and steamed veggies for 120 pesos, easily the most expensive thing on the menu but a steal if you know the portions David serves.  You won’t ever go hungry at Fridas. 

Try the warm brownie with ice cream for a late night treat on Fridas upstairs balcony tables.  The best brownies in town, honest!  CLICK HERE to see the full menu and join us at Fridas tonight!

Abner’s Wedding Shower!

Abner, left with fellow bartenders Blanca and David.

Abner, left with fellow bartenders Blanca and David.

While we are so happy for long-time bartender, Abner for finding the love of his life, we’re going to miss him at Bar Frida. But, before he ties the not right here at Bar Frida on July 18 during an invitation only wedding event, we’re throwing a shower for him on Tuesday, July 14 at 8pm. Join us if you can for a toast to one of the sweetest guys we’ve ever known. Lucky for us, he’ll be in nearby Tepic, where he’ll be joining his partner to live. I’m sure we’ll see him back from time to time.

If you know Abner, you know there is no replacing him. There is simply not another like him. All the best to he and his hubby to be! We love you!

June 30: FOOD DRIVE NIGHT at Fridas! Help us help Vallarta!

Among the organizers of the current food drive is long time customer Tim Longpre of and Pam Thompson, liason to the health community in Vallarta.  On Tuesday, June 30, please help us by bringing one or more of the following to Bar Frida:

  • Beans (dried, packaged, not canned)
  • Rice
  • Lentils (dried)
  • Bouillon Cubes (consume cubes)
  • Pasta (dried, soup pasta, packaged)

    Armando Sanchez, Tim Longpré, Philippa Vernon-Powell, Hugo Oregon, and Pam Thompson (the people organizing this effort)

    Armando Sanchez, Tim Longpré, Philippa Vernon-Powell, Hugo Oregon, and Pam Thompson (the people organizing this effort)

    If you prefer to make a cash donation you can do so at: