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Happy hours in Sayuilta are perfect for kicking back and relaxing, making new friends, and enjoying delicious cocktails. Check out the following spots that have great happy hour specials that are always a hit!
Aaleyah’s, a long time neighborhood staple in Sayulita, is a place where it’s rare that locals don’t see a face they know. Vibrant checkered tablecloths in shades of red, yellow, and orange, and walls painted in bright colors, gives this spot an authentic Mexican feel. Televisions feature music videos from the 1970s through the mid 1990s, as well as the latest sporting events. As the night goes on, it’s not uncommon for the black, afro wig (a staple for photos) and the Mexican (matraca) noisemaker to come out, adding to the buzzing, fun loving atmosphere.
Magic sometimes lies in the simplicity of things and Aaleyah’s gets it right with their traditional margarita. Voted “Best Margarita” in 2013 and 2014 in Sayulita Life’s Voter’s Choice Best of Sayulita, this margarita is made using house tequila and has both a sweetness and tartness to it. Tio Beto, the owner’s uncle, makes the tequila, buying the agave from Jose Cuervo in Tequila, Jalisco, and then producing a barrel-aged (in both whiskey and red wine barrels) reposado. The result is a smooth tequila with flavors of caramel that you can even purchase by the liter to take home with you and extend your vacation. The Michelada, Mexico’s version of a bloody mary, is a beer served with fresh lime juice, an assortment of spices and sauces, and is a must try, especially for first timers.
Happy Hour Specials – Every day, All day
Su Casa, a relatively new restaurant/bar in Sayulita, is an open-air spot with palapas covering select sections. Brick planter boxes line the edge of the premises and are filled with woodchips and lush plants, while flowers and palm trees take residence inside the restaurant. During happy hour, fun, upbeat music plays from the speakers, while come 10pm, various bands take the stage and bring you a variety of music, including gypsy, folk rock, reggae, rock and roll, Latin rock, and more.
The Su Casa Margarita, the house specialty cocktail, is infused with a syrup made in-house from ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and is rimmed with smoked salt. Described as a roller coast of flavor, since everyone picks up on a different ingredient (I first tasted ginger, followed by clove), this drink is nearly impossible to resist. The Basil Margarita, made with fresh basil from Su Casa’s very own herb garden, is the perfect mix of lime and basil, and is ideal for those who don’t like their margaritas with a lot of sugar. The house tequila comes from a distillery in Colima, Mexico, and is a blend of blanco and anejo. It’s smooth with a delicate fruitiness, yet still has a slight kick.
Happy Hour Specials – Tuesday through Sunday, 5pm – 8pm
Tierra Viva, perfectly situated between the ocean and the Sayulita plaza, is an ideal spot for people watching and enjoying a refreshing cocktail. Situated next to what locals refer to as the “Iguana Trees,” large iguanas regularly grace the place and are used to offerings of tasty treats and being the stars of photos. The restaurant is furnished with white clothed tables, offering both indoor and outdoor seating, while the terraza lends to a more casual atmosphere.
The flavored margaritas come either on the rocks or blended, though on the rocks is suggested since the fruit is muddled and tends to be more flavorful. The Tamarindo Margarita, which has a sweet flavor at first taste, followed by a slightly tart, citrus flavor, is amazingly refreshing and unique. The Coconut Margarita, made with fresh coconut meat, milk, and cream, is velvety and perfectly captures what one generally thinks of when they think of tropical, vacation drinks. The Passion Fruit (called Maracuya in Spanish) Margarita, my personal favorite, has a slight apricot nose, and is filled with fresh bursts of fruity flavor that have a wonderful slightly sour finish. The House Tequila “Joven,” hails from the state of Jalisco and is a mix between a blanco and a reposado. It has a smoky, peppery flavor, is smooth and mild, yet still holds that raw, tequila taste.
Happy Hour Specials – Daily 2pm to 6pm in the restaurant, 5-8 pm on the terraza