Northern Baja drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Craft Beer in Tijuana

Plaza Fiesta

Step into what seems like an aging shopping mall, to some gritty alleyways that, behold, house the heart of Tijuana's craft-beer scene as well as a slew of mezcal and sports bars and hopping clubs. Our favorite beer…
Top Choice Cantina in Ensenada

Hussong’s Cantina

The oldest and perhaps liveliest cantina in the Californias has been serving tequila since 1892. A Friday or Saturday night will be packed with locals, a sprinkling of tourists and touting mariachis. The history is …
Cantina in Tijuana

Los Remedios

Enjoy fabulous festive decor at this cavernous cantina/restaurant with its bullfighting posters, classic '50s movie posters, colorful paper flags and ceiling papered with lotto tickets. You can't miss the canary-yel…
Brewery in Tijuana

Norte Brewing Co.

Feel cool just finding this gray and black-themed brewery with windows overlooking the US–Mexico border. Try the hoppy yet easy-drinking 4 Play Session IPA or the Foreign Club Porter to go as dark as the music playi…
Wine Bar in Ensenada

Ojos Negros

Suffering from margarita meltdown? Then head to this relaxed wine bar for a glass of fruity Passion Meritage, an award-winning red from the owners’ vineyards: Bodegas San Rafael. Lounge-like seating, chill-out music…
Beer Hall in Ensenada


Enjoy craft beers made by the owners, as well as from national and international small breweries; five samplers will cost you just 60 pesos. The surroundings have an urban-chic vibe with chunky wood furniture, expos…
Coffee in Tijuana

Container Coffee

If you seriously need a coffee and are serious about the coffee you need, make a beeline to this hip roastery, with seats made from coffee sacks and model airplanes on the ceiling, in the heart of downtown. Choose f…
Bar in Ensenada

Bar Andaluz

Visit the cultured bar inside the Riviera del Pacífico, where having a drink is an exercise in nostalgia. It’s quiet (unless a cruise ship tour happens to be here), perfect for a nightcap with that special friend.