Avenida Revolucion, Tijuana
I just returned from TJ after a jaunt south of the border on a business trip to San Diego. As we've all heard the horror stories of TJ, fortunately this is not one of them!
However, if you wish to check out some of the gentlemen's clubs (i.e. dancers) at the many establishments, it is important to understand that they intend to drain your wallet.
If several men outdoors try to get you indoors (and believe me, they will), be aware that once you're inside, the people who brought you indoors will hound you for a tip. I bought a $3 beer, and I was told (strongly) to "buy the lady a beer". The waitress returned with a mixed drink for which they charged $10.00. And the dancer drinks it. For ten bucks you don't even get the drink!! This simultaneously happened to my friend, unbeknownst to one another because the dancers kept us occupied. Also the dancers, waitresses, and bartenders kept making eye contact/signals to the bouncers, too. I got the feeling that they were letting each other know whether or not we were paying. My hunch was that if there was any dispute on such ridiculous charges, there could be trouble. And of course, you better tip your dancer.
No horror story... just be prepared to sink a lot of cash in a short period of time. There may have been ways around this, but as a novice to TJ, I didn't want to risk becoming one of the infamous TJ jail stories. The experience was only bad from a financial viewpoint because we were only there about 15 minutes and dropped over $60 (because you have to tip your dancers, too). Only bonus is the policies are otherwise very liberal, but I'm guessing that was only because we kept coughing up the cash very quickly!
Many night clubs are found on Avenida Revolucion that are full of young people having a good time.
Moving from one place to the other is a popular thing to do, thus making the street a festive place to be.
Legal drinking age in Mexico is 18. (In San Diego it's 21.) School holidays are the busiest times in the clubs on Revolucion but any week-end can be pretty active.
Dress Code: Stylishly casual.
In Avenida Revolucion is where all the touristic discos are. The discos open early in the morning until late at night. Along the Avenida stand all the discos' public relations trying to catch you with their offers...7 beers and tequila free for only $10!!!...they can say.
Watch out!! If you go to the disco make sure the public relations is with you in order to pay the same amount as agreed.
Once again I recomend another area to have fun as Plaza del Zapato, Plaza Rio. Those areas are not that touristic.
Tijuana is very popular with young people, specially with those that are 21 or younger, because minimum legal age to drink is 18 years. Avenida Revolucion is very popular for foreigners and lower social classes (not a rule, but it's very common). Better places to have fun are: Pueblo Amigo most popular disco is Señor Frogs, also I suggest Mundo Cafe, Zoo'll, el Rodeo and Perro Azul, if you want more places to choose so you should go to Plaza Fiesta or 'Plaza del Zapato', here you can find places to dance and hear music, and some places to eat.
If you are looking for a place to party all night long Tijuana is definitely the place and Avenida Revolucion is the perfect spot for this. Avenida Revolucion is a street that is filled with clubs, bars, restaurants and shops. There is nothing like partying all night and then stopping by a little taco stand and getting five tacos for a dollar. If you go to Tijuana you just have to try a shooter at a club, I could try to explain the tecnique of the shoooter but you just have to try it yourself :-) O.K. I know I'm going to get questions about this so I will try my best to describe it. Let's say you want to buy a shooter for a friend, you just go up to the waiter walking around the club with a bottle and a whistle and you tell him what you want. Let's say it's for a girl. He will approach her from behind, without her knowing, and tip her chair back. He will gently hold her head back and pour tequila into her mouth. He will then proceed to put his hands over her mouth and shake her head a few times while whistling his whistle. He will then grab her and throw her over his shoulders and head to the middle of the dance floor or wherever he can find a free spot and turn round and round a few times with her on his shoulder. After he makes sure that she can't take any more he will go ahead and set her down. I know it sounds weird but that has been the thing to do there. Let's say that I've had my share of shooters. I am sorry but I don't have any digital pictures of this. This is what we did in my younger years, way before the digital camera era :-) I will try to scan some when time permits. There is never a dull moment at Avenida Revolucion. Of course one of the most famous mementos of Tijuana is to have your picture on the donkey cart ( they will have the donkey painted with stripes to make it look like a zebra) with a big Mexican sombrero.
Dress Code: You can wear just about anything here but I would hardly suggest that if you are a female and plan on wearing a skirt to go pary you might want to consider wearing shorts underneath just in case someone surprises you with a shooter..
I will try my best to describe how to get there from the last trolley stop in San Ysidro. I don't know street names so this will be a backwoods person kind of directions. When you get off the trolley head towards the right where you see a walkway leading to a bridge. I don't remember if they have signs pointing to it or not. You will go up the walkway and cross the overpass leading to the other side of the street, you are actually crossing over the border passing for vehicles which is the freeway. When you get to the other side keep heading towards your right and you will get to the gate to cross the border. You will go through two gates and you are in Mexico. Go to the end of that walkway and take a right at the end. You will go through an erea where all the Taxis park, they will offer to take to to the Avenida, if you are not a walker take it but it's not too far of a walk. If you head straight down that street you will cross a street and then a shopping center with various bars and stores. Keep going straight until you get to stairs leading to another bridge, cross the bridge and you will come on to a little bazzar kind of place. Keep going straight and go up that street, it will come to a V and you will take the street to your left, keep going and you will run into Avenida Revolucion, trust me you can't miss it. You will know you are there when you get there. This is the best that I can do, I hope it helps.
Hmm... I skipped it, I spent night after visiting Tijuana on the highway to Yuma, Arizona.
But I noticed that the main street of the downtown (Centro) Avenida Revolucion called often la Revo is jammed packed by numerous clubs, bars, pubs and discos.
It's said that it's busy place at night (the street is closed to traffic that time), especially in weekends when a lot of visitors from the USA come - especially younger folks because the legal drinking age is 18 there (in contrast to 21 in California).
I saw only an empty discoteque in El Torito - look at my picture. Is it crowded and nice place at night? Check please whenever you are there :-)
These places are constantly changing names. Mr.E's is a pretty cool place. Mind you, many of the clubs and bars are crammed full of 18 year-old SDSU students and US Marines from Oceanside.
Many of the clubs will charge an initial cover (usually $7-15.00 USD) and that includes free drinks all night long. Tip your bartender/server $10 or so at the beginning of the night and they'll take care of you all night.
Dress Code: is there one???
Avenida Revolucion is a spot for "Adult Entertainment." My and a couple of friends were looking of a dance club and end up going to strip bars. Rosarito is a better place to find "dance clubs" .If you want to go to strip bars Avenida Revolucion is the place. Be careful the people that run the strip bar will let you in with no cover, but will harass you to buy a drink.
Dress Code: Jeans and a shirt real casual
Avenida Revolucion is the main thoroughfare jam packed with dentists, pharmacies, restaurants and bars. The bars are hard to miss. Many of them are indoor/outdoor venues with music blasting to the streets. Most don't have a cover charge and have employees working the pavement coaxing would be patrons to 'come on in and check it out'. Once inside, you'll be offered great deals on beer: 10 for $20. Watch out for the roving man with the tequila bottle. The bars employ someone to make their rounds, pour the cheapest tequila into your mouth and and then finishes you off with a violent head shake while blowing his whistle next to your ear. I've always declined the offer to participate but I gotta admit, it's very entertaining to watch.
- Music: Great for Banda, Reggaeton y Mariachi super ballads.
- One of the more popular bars is Animale.
Dress Code: Casual
The main place to party it seems, is Avenida Revolucion. It is known for it's cheap beers and dance music. The avenue is usually closed off to traffic at night. This allows pedestrians and party goers to stumble out of the nightclubs and not get run over. Its Happy Hour(s) and no cover charge before 10.00pm. The drinking age is 18 years old and identification is always required.