Quality Inn Mazatlan
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Warm up those vocal chords and show the patrons at Canta Bar just what your pipes can do! Located at Fiesta Land in the Zona Dorada (Golden Zone), this karaoke bar is the place to get your fix of serious sing-alongs. The crowd is lively on the weekends and even the spectators are performers. The music selection is always updated, but still contains those throwback oldies that never go out of style.
Cinemas Gaviotas, located in the busy Zona Dorada, is a six screen movie theater popular with both locals and tourists. The theater shows mostly recent releases, some in English with Spanish subtitles, and some dubbed in Spanish. Admission is discounted on Wednesdays.
Located in Mazatlan's Marina area, Las Flores Premier holds live music events. This venue is situated near Playa Sábalo, and is a great place to catch some tunes with great acoustics. The genres of the performances range; call for specific details.
Located at El Cid Mega Resort, this popular late-night club boasts a high-tech light show rivaled by no other club in Mazatlan. The weekend nights at El Caracol tend to get pretty packed, so be prepared for long lines, especially during high tourist seasons. Once you're inside, take your pick of four levels that feature different themes but all share an amazing sound system. The club varies its themes and includes karaoke, live music and disco nights.
Visitors to Mazatlan can witness a real bullfight every Sunday at 4p from December through April at Plaza de Toros at Calzada Rafaeil Buelna, the only site of bullfighting left in Mazatlan. A tradition that goes back to prehistoric sacrifice, bullfighting is not for the faint of heart. If you come outside these months, the plaza is still worth a visit, as it is the site of rodeos as well. Tickets should be purchased in person in advance.
Home to the popular and local favorites Venados de Mazatlán (baseball team), the Estadio Teodoro Mariscal is a baseball stadium. This sports venue has hosted many regional series and games. Earlier it could hold 12,000 fans, however, the stadium was refurbished and now can accommodate 14,000 sports enthusiasts. Renowned Mexican singer and performer El Coyote, also an avid baseball fan, is a regular at all home fixtures.
Spectaculare is an open-air theater, located in the Zone Dorada that features Mexican cultural events. The theater seats 800 people who can enjoy the music and dances of different Mexican regions as well as listen to the progression of Mexican music in the last century. Spectaculare is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays for shows.
Though casinos are a relatively new venture in Mexico, the city of Mazatlan has a few. Caliente Casino, part of a chain of sportbooks throughout Mexico, has provided off-track betting for years. Their beach-front casino, located on Avenida del Mar, has expanded to include electronic bingo. With satellite TVs in every room, if there's a game you want to watch while you're in Mazatlan, this is your best chance of finding it.
The Teatro Angela Peralta, formerly known as the Teatro Rubio, is a national heritage site. The theater dates back to 1874, and was restored between 1967 and 1992. The theater is named after the famous Mexican singer, Angela Peralta, who performed here when it was the Teatro Rubio. Today, the theater hosts all kinds of events from movies to plays, concerts, opera and more. A show at the Teatro Angela Peralta is sure to be a highlight of any trip to Mazatlan.
Open since 1989, the Municipal Center for the Arts houses schools of art, including the Superior School of Music, the Superior School of Song, and the Municipal School of Classic Ballet. In addition to professional programs, the center also offers more casual courses for people of all ages, including ceramics sculpture for adults, folklore dancing for kids, painting for teenagers and adults cinematographic appreciation. The website is also a great resource for finding upcoming productions and cultural events throughout the city.
La Copa de Leche is located in Old Mazatlan and is a longtime favorite of locals. The menu is generally praised for its authenticity, and this is a spot where you won't be swarmed by tourists. One of the not-to-be-missed specialties is the sopa de mariscos (seafood soup), and they also offer a good and affordable comida corrida (prix fixe menu usually consisting of three courses). It's also a great place to grab breakfast before you start a long day sightseeing or lounging at the beach.
The Altazor Ars Cafe is located in the heart of Old Mazatlan. Many people claim they have the best coffee in Mazatlan, and the fact that the cafe also hosts live music daily makes it a very popular place among locals as well as tourists. This artsy cafe gives off a strong Bohemian feel, and is a fun place to stop in for a drink.