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Philo's Bar

Mexican, American, Pizza, Canadian
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Delfin 15, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico
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Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Proprietor is Philo Hayward, an American expat. The bar is an old...
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
Got to go at least once a week

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Calgary
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193 reviews 193 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 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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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Philo's cater to the gringo boat crowd from the Marina and they do it quite well. Many the people from the Marina are reluctant to venture very far from the main street and don't know that you don't need to pay top American hotel type pricing for good food and drink in La Cruz.. La Cruz is lucky to have... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Eat drink and be merry is something that is easily done here. Live music by Philo and his band will have you on the floor and dancing. Laura will cook up your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don't miss rib night! Or for us vegetarians, Philos special pizza is the best!, they will even deliver if you can't get over to... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Live blues and rock music with dancing. Outside tables were in a covered area in the front by the band. Good drinks.

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Stillwater Mn.
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We had heard that Philos had good ribs and pizza with live entertainment, so we took a trip to La Cruz. Ribs, baked potato's and Philo's moms baked bean recipe were great. But the best thing was the band that Philio has put togeather. We sat and listened and danced to 2 sets. And I can not miss saying what... More 

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Nice ambience and reasonably priced food. For me personally a little on the American side of things (as in I came to Mexico to experience Mexico) and this bar is heavily leaning towards ex.pat customers... but even so. Nice place to visit if you are in Le Cruz

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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

A group of us had dinner and drinks at this funky place and really enjoyed the evening and especially the band. Food was great and a good price but mixed drinks and water were pricey. Beer was reasonable. However with entertainment like we enjoyed I guess you have to pay the price. Also we got to enjoy 'the man of... More 

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San Jose, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Philo's is a sailors paradise: very good drinks and tasty food. The service was excellent. It's a great place to stop in for a cold beverage when in La Cruz.

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Lemont, IL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We just happened to be there for Leon's 85th Birthday and what a party! Leon led the band while everyone danced--what fun!

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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, Canadian

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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