La Gloria y El Infierno may not be the real name of this cantina but it’s the only possibility since no name is to be found anywhere and the bartender just shrugs and smiles when you ask him (the name is on a beer poster inside).
Outside, it looks a tad seedy with boarded up windows and swinging black, makeshift doors that still show remnants of clausurado stickers. I’d like to say that inside you will find a hidden gem but, well, this is a true working class cantina and, in spite of it being in the middle of expat Vallarta, all you will find is a small 6 stool bar, about a dozen wooden tables and a large, active jukebox and a small dancing area. This place is designed for serious drinking with drink prices very low and the selection minimal. The beer is cold and cheap and the mixed drinks cheap and strong. The baños are very basic.
This cantina is a bit of an anomaly and probably an endangered species here in Vallarta. It’s a friendly bar and the resident working girl, the last time I was there, suggested to a friend of mine (with quite large, attractive breasts) that she had “million dollar boobs” and could make a fortune with them. My friend was flattered but kindly declined.
- ADDRESS: Constitucion 98, at the corner of Madero, Colonia Emiliano Zapata, Old town
- WEBSITE: None
- EMAIL: None
- PHONE: ?
- HOURS/DAYS: Daily, early until late
- HAPPY HOUR: Prices are always low
- None (botanas sometimes)
- Working Girls (sometimes)
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Updated March 26, 2010