Patrons at the brightly colored StreetBar Puerto Vallarta socialize on the open-air patio, which is also a popular feature at the Palm Springs bar.
One of Puerto Vallarta’s newest bars began as a passing comment from a bartender at Palm Springs’ oldest gay bar. Joe McClaskey mentioned to StreetBar owner Dick Haskamp that a Chinese restaurant in a perfect location in Puerto Vallarta’s gay-popular Zona Romantica neighborhood was up for sale. That was in October 2016. Days later and sight unseen, Haskamp joined with friend and former Chill Bar Palm Springs owner Mike Cullen in a 15-year lease to take over the restaurant and make it over into StreetBar Vallarta.
Cullen stayed up for 36 hours straight analyzing the deal and the trends in Puerto Vallarta before jumping into the venture. After a complete top-to-bottom makeover of the space, StreetBar Vallarta opened on December 28.
Cullen, 51, and Haskamp, 69, made improvements to the space during the summer in preparation for the busy late fall and winter season. The business partners also plan to start serving food in time for the busy winter season.
Like the original, StreetBar Vallarta is known for its expansive open-air patio. The South of the Border version also offers some of the best people-watching in Puerto Vallarta. It is perfectly situated on a pedestrian-only street that leads from Zona Romantica’s main drag, Olas Altas, to the landmark pier on Los Muertos Beach. The Blue Chairs Beach, the city’s unofficially gay section of the beach, is just a short walk away and the bar is a block from the Hotel Mercurio, a great budget-priced gay hotel.
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