Downtown Cabo San Lucas has been “party central” for over 30 years, but as fun, free-spirited, and debauched as the bars here can be, they largely feature similar tequila-soaked atmospheres and experiences. Faraway Bar, a new nightclub from professional surfer Warren Metcalfe and ex-professional surfer Oliver West that opened earlier this month, breaks the local mold and offers a hip surf chic atmosphere with terrific live music.
“It’s going to be a great place for all of our friends,” Metcalfe said, when asked about the vision for Faraway. “We see it as an alternative environment for those tired of the typical Cabo bars, and a space that is comfortable for both locals and tourists.”
Juliette Lewis and The Licks perform at Faraway. Image: Faraway Bar.
Metcalfe, who grew up in Cabo San Lucas, is still active in professional surfing, and given his high profile as an actor, model, and athlete, is a natural to handle the promotional duties for Faraway. Not only does he travel the world to compete in events and represent his sponsors (such is his standing as a professional surfer that sponsor Airwalk has given him his own signature shoe), but he has cultivated a wide range of contacts, many of the celebrity variety (girlfriend Juliette Lewis and her band The Licks recently performed at Faraway).
Located on the corner of Ignacio Zaragosa and Ninos Heroes in downtown San Lucas, the bar not only enjoys a privileged location near long-time late night landmarks like El Squid Roe and Baja Junkie, but has the benefit of being one of the largest and best laid out venues in town, with a variety of spaces that lend themselves to different decors and atmospheres. The spaces includes a downstairs lounge, a front patio, a game room, a patio lounge in the back, and a spacious upstairs area used for live music.
The kitchen at Faraway is being overseen by Pierluigi Babini, former co-owner of long-time marina-front fixture Amarone, and features the perfect combination of comfort food and fine-dining favorites to accommodate the different atmospheres in Faraway’s eclectic variety of spaces. Babini has crafted an Italian accented menu that ranges from small plate options to more filling fare, and includes appetizers (fried calamari, mozzarella and cherry tomato skewers), pizzas (margarita and pepperoni), pastas (lasagna, penne pasta with a spicy cream sauce of tomatoes and mushrooms), entrees (tuna, shrimp, and filet mignon with mushroom sauce), and delicious desserts (gelato, chocolate cake).