One of my all time favorite things to do in Puerto Vallarta is to watch the sunset at La Palapa before heading out for a late dinner. The beauty of it all is La Palapa is a short walk from our condo so even if it’s quite warm out, you won’t work up a sweat getting there.
Sunset cocktails, does it get any better than this? Hibiscus margarita, Absolute Pear and soda, traditional lime margarita.
La Palapa has live music most nights in their bar, you can check on their website www.lapalapapv.com for details. It’s usually a soft jazz group that consists of a flute player, guitar players and a drum and percussion player. The musicians are very talented artists and have recordings of their music available for you to purchase. Perfect live music for a perfect venue!
Sunset cocktail in hand. You can see the band in the background.
View of the sunset from the bar. One of the best waiters too in action.
The staff are professional and very friendly, with most being employees of the restaurant for many years. I certainly have my favorites though, ha. The bar is under the big palapa with fans to help keep the air cool. However, you still have an amazing view of the sunset and people walking by. The bar at La Palapa is a great place to listen to wonderful live music, enjoy a tasty cocktail and watch the sunsets that make Puerto Vallarta so beautiful.
So last April a friend and I were on the malecon at one of our favorite people watching places, having a margarita and staring out onto the ocean. All of a sudden I had a craving for a negroni and said “let’s go to Taste”. Now I had never been and didn’t even know if they served negroni’s but all I knew was at that moment I wanted a really good cocktail which isn’t served on the beach. For those that aren’t familiar with a Negroni, its a stiff martini with three equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and campari. Muy bien!
A negroni: gin, sweet vermouth, campari
Anyhoo, we jump in a cab not knowing really where it was but we had an address and that’s all that mattered. We took off down the highway heading to Conchas Chinas and then up a little hill to the left. You could walk from Los Muerto’s Beach it but it’s steep and I wouldn’t do it in flip flops. We pull up to the door to the hotel Casa Cupula and walk inside. The view is spectacular! A pleasant surprise! We sit down, order our drink and soak in the surroundings.
After finishing up our negroni, we decide to stay for dinner and ordered some food. Taste’s menu is for sharing so we ordered a couple items and were blown away, it was delicious. In fact, a couple sitting next to us said it was their third time back and they were only in PV for 7 days! The prices are reasonable, the portions are a decent size and the service…the service is impeccable. Everyone was very nice, professional and friendly, not to mention knowledgeable. I quite enjoyed the music too, a nice funky sexy vibe. So all in all I recommend checking out this restaurant and hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.