Finally, A Country Bar In Cabo

Caboy’s offers a down home atmosphere you usually only find in the States
BY: LACEY STORER

Country music isn’t something you’d expect to find in Cabo, and until recently you really couldn’t. Cabo Blue has a country play list during the day, and maybe some of the house bands play a few country covers, but that’s about it. Until now.

Caboy’s, Cabos only all-country music bar, has opened for business downtown. The playlist includes everything from classic Johnny Cash to the big hits from country music’s heyday in the 90s (think Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Brooks & Dunn) to songs from newer stars like Chris Stapleton, the Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan. Don’t be surprised if a sing-along or some two stepping breaks out during dinner (we’re not kidding, that actually happened while we were there).

caboys.JPGCaboy’s is the first restaurant/bar for Greg and Jenny Arizpe. The couple, originally from San Diego, moved to Cabo in October after vacationing here for years. Jenny said the idea for Caboy’s came from her love of country music, and the fact that there were no country bars down here.

“Every time I came on vacation, I always wanted to hang at a country bar,” she says .“So we opened one.” The name, she says, came from her and Greg putting their ideas together, with Cabo and cowboy becoming Caboys.

Caboy’s has all the atmosphere and charm of a down home, country bar. There’s the requisite country bar décor: rustic-looking wooden tables (along with wood floors, walls and just about everything else is wood), not to mention old license plates on the walls, along with a couple of animal skulls and horseshoes. Caboy’s also has three TVs so you can watch a game, and a shuffleboard table which can help entertain the kids if they get antsy.

For those expats missing their country bars back home in the States, hanging out at Caboy’s might help make you feel a little less homesick. It certainly did for this Kansas-bred reporter.

But even if the country music doesn’t interest you, the food will. The menu is small; so small, in fact, that they don’t have printed menus. The options are written on a chalkboard or you can get the rundown from the waitress. Caboy’s offers barbecue ribs, hot wings, hamburgers, quesadillas, and carne asada tacos.

Jenny says they plan on keeping the menu simple so they can focus on the music and the atmosphere. And, honestly, how many more options do you really need? There’s enough variety to keep everyone in your group happy.

Prices at Caboy’s are very reasonable. We went for dinner on a Wednesday and spent $30 USD on six strawberry margaritas (with a 2X1 special), an order of ribs and an order of wings. Other nightly specials you should take advantage of include three tacos for $5 on Taco Tuesday, two tacos and a beer for $5.50 on F#*%$* Friday or $3 Sex On The Beach drinks on Sloppy Saturday. They also have Sunday Funday with $20 bottomless mimosas from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Caboy’s is located downtown Cabo on Francesco Madero Street, between Miguel Hidalgo and Vincente Guerrero, across from the parking garage with the parrots out front. You can also find them on Facebook at facebook.com/caboysbarandgrill.