Beer lovers in Los Cabos have two excellent options in Baja Brewing Company and Pub de la Chapu. The former makes their own excellent beers, both draft and bottled varieties, and the latter imports the best bottled beers from around the globe.
The first and only microbrewery in Los Cabos, Baja Brewing Company opened their doors in San Jose del Cabo four years ago, and has since opened a second location on the rooftop terrace of Cabo Villas in Cabo San Lucas. The second location sits high above Medano Beach, with spectacular views of Land’s End and Bahia San Lucas, particularly from the elevated VIP deck.
As good as the views are, the beer remains the focus. There are five bottled beers available, ranging in body from cream ale to oatmeal stout. Draft beers can change according to the season, but Baja Blond, Cactus Wheat, Peliroja, and Escorpion Negro are staples. When available the Peyote IPA is a delight for lovers of Northern California style hop monsters. A flight of draft tasters is available for aficionados of the suds, while teetotalers and children can enjoy the root beer.
The first Pub de la Chapu opened in Tijuana, with the Cabo San Lucas location opening in Gali Plaza just a few steps from the Malecon, and quickly becoming popular among local beer lovers for its Irish public house style decor and enormous beer selection.
There are over 100 bottled beers available from around the globe, representing more than 25 countries. There are Irish favorites like Guinness and Harp, as well as little known selections from countries that are not exactly renowned for their brewing prowess (Tahitian beer anyone?). Whether you prefer Belgian, German, or other beer styles, Pub de la Chapu has you covered. They also carry a number of Mexican beers, including their only two on draft, Tecate and the superb rice beer Indio.
Those who like their brews potent can enjoy high alcohol treats like the triple fermented La Fin du Monde, a Canadian offering whose name means “the end of the world,” though “the end of the night” might be more apt. In addition to the surfeit of suds, Pub de la Chapu also offers a huge menu of tropical cocktails like margaritas and pina coladas, as well as martinis like cosmopolitans and Manhattans. Fruit flavored martinis are featured on Mondays and Wednesdays, when they are 50 percent off, and Ladies Nights on Thursdays. (Tuesday is international beer night.)
The food menu is a bit more insular than the beer menu, and leans heavily towards Mexican and American favorites. Do not expect Irish specialties like shepherd’s pie or Irish stew. Expect North American pub fare like chicken wings, burgers, and sandwiches, and Mexican comfort food like nachos, tacos, fajitas, and quesadillas. The food isn’t fancy, but it is well made, and provides some ballast to offset the beer. And really, would you want it any other way?