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Philo's Bar

Mexican, American, Pizza, Pub, Canadian
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Delfin 15, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico
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Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene
Description: Proprietor is Philo Hayward, an American expat. The bar is an old sailor's...
Proprietor is Philo Hayward, an American expat. The bar is an old sailor's haunt, with live music every night from Philo's Shuffle Band. There's also a music studio and restaurant attached. It's basically the centre of activity for all expats in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Telephone: 329 295 5068, or email Philo at philo@philoslacruz.com
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The Place to be for Food, Music, Dancing and Fun!

Philo's is well known in the area for it's friendliness and a great place to meet people for an evening of fun. Although it's called "Philo's Bar" it is also a restaurant. They have a well stocked bar, a great menu, excellent service and live music with a small dance floor. Don't worry if you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Philo's is well known in the area for it's friendliness and a great place to meet people for an evening of fun. Although it's called "Philo's Bar" it is also a restaurant. They have a well stocked bar, a great menu, excellent service and live music with a small dance floor. Don't worry if you don't dance because it can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the pleasure to attend Philo's tonight for a concert by Luna Rhumba ... We had an amazing time and found the music to be very captivating and deep. We bought the group's 2 CDs and hope to see them again before we go home! Philo's was a great venue for such an event ... Very quaint restaurant/bar and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had such a wonderful and fun time we had to go back more than once. The food was great and the music was first class.

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Thank Liz D
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To us a visit to LaCruz isn't complete without a drop in at Philo's. In case you aren't aware Philo passed away last Nov. but Maria is doing a great job keeping the place up and running. The bands are still there but not as often, some evenings it's a DJ. The menu has been changed and is quite good.... More 

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Thank Anna B
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

The food is nothing to rave about as the menu includes typical American dishes like hamburgers, pizza, salads. The ambiance was great though. We had an amazing time listening to the band playing (unsurprisingly) English spoken songs. I'd recommend this place for a good time and a few good drinks.

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Bucerias, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The food was excellent. Service was great. We met new friends, had a great evening with them. Turned out the were from the same city we were from. Grew up in the same neighbourhood.

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Thank Jeanette K
New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

I had one of THE BEST salads EVER!!! with dried (cranberries or cherries?) and goat cheese and balsamic dressing; YUM!!! the pizzas are DELICIOUS and THE RIBS ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD! GREAT bands, dance floor and staff! This place ROCKS!!!!!!

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Orting, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Drinks were above average, great music. Next time we will plan to be there when Philo is playing. He is a very gracious host.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is quite an interesting place. We dropped in for an after dinner drink but I've been here before for the bands. Have never eaten here. There is a lot of colour here and a lot of characters. It's definitely worth a visit just to check it out. Beer is good and cold. Service is OK, but the bands are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We have been visiting this restaurant for the last four years and would not miss it. We usually go at least 4 times in the month we are in Bucerias. Good food and music and just a very friendly place to visit. You can't help but have a good time. Of course we just love Leon. Sometimes we go with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Delfin 15, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Pacific Coast  >  Nayarit  >  Riviera Nayarit  >  La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Pizza, Pub, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Proprietor is Philo Hayward, an American expat. The bar is an old sailor's haunt, with live music every night from Philo's Shuffle Band. There's also a music studio and restaurant attached. It's basically the centre of activity for all expats in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Telephone: 329 295 5068, or email Philo at philo@philoslacruz.com

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