I love the nightlife in Ajijic. I’m 44, and I have my special places. You may find live music around Chapala and Ajijic, and you may find nice restaurants. You always find friends, or make new ones. The only problem is everything closes early. There are only two places that close late- El Bar Co., which is in Ajijic, and Iron Horse in Riberas del Pilar. Iron Horse is newer than El Bar Co., which has been around my whole life, and is very nice. That’s where people go when the restaurants close later. Both have live music, cold beer, and different kinds of people.
Iron Horse is a biker’s bar, and there are more interesting people there. The one, the “bar of the town” is also very nice, and you can have sushi and dine there.
I would also recommend Café Adelita in San Antonio town because it’s the place I love to go to on Fridays to dance to live music, and to have a great dinner. Café Adelita is in San Antonio, which is about 10 minutes to the east of Ajijic Village.
You can also see a movie if you want to. There are very good cinemas at the Libramiento at Centro Laguna, which is centrally located right between Ajijic and Chapala.
There are also comedy clubs in Ajijic, but comedy clubs are not a Mexican thing- they are organized for the foreigners, like Americans and Canadians. There are two or three theaters where they perform different kinds of plays. There’s one that’s just across the street from me called the Naked Stage. The Naked Stage used to be in Ajijic, but now it’s here at Riberas Pilar. I’m longing to go there because I like that kind of performance, but I haven’t been there because it’s always full.
There’s another theater called the Little Theater, which is also in San Antonio. I think that the actors in the plays are volunteers, and they perform really well. I have been to one, and I just had a great time. The play was perfectly organized, and everybody was very punctual. You can have a glass of wine, and you can share it with people there during recess. It’s nice. I know they also have American lecture clubs or book clubs.
(Iron Horse Bar with cows grazing, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)