Reinas, The ‘Queen’ of Vallarta’s Gay Bars, Celebrates 13 Years

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Reinas celebrated it’s 13th anniversary on Saturday, October 7, 2023.

With the theme “Black and White”, Reinas customers were encouraged to drop by and celebrate dressed in those colors.

Owner Marco with Gerwin, OAPV's sales manager.
Owner Marco with Gerwin, OAPV’s sales manager. Photo by Oscar Almeida

Reinas was opened by Marcus Van Groeningen and his friendly neighborhood bar is all about Queens!

Marcus opened Reinas in 2010 – 13-years-ago. He had moved to Vallarta from the Netherlands in 2009, and one of his life dreams was to open a bar. He has always loved royalty, and he knew exactly what his future bar would look like. 

He finally opened Reinas on Oct. 8, 2010, and it has been more of a success than he had probably expected. The royal theme, and the ability for his patrons to feel like a “queen” have all added up to a fun atmosphere.

And Marco is big into helping the community. Every year starting in November he collects new shoes for children. He asks his patrons to buy boys and girls shoes of various sizes, which he gives to local children. He collects hundreds of pairs each year to donate to Cheryl’s Shoe Box.

Photos by Oscar Almeida.

Reinas Bar
Lázaro Cárdenas 361, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.
Open: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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