This season Arancha of Babel Bar on the River Cuale has been very busy enriching her daily musical offerings, choosing from the most talented musicians in the Banderas Bay Area!
In her expansive and refreshing outdoor space on the beautiful River Cuale island one can lounge in hammocks in the garden, relax on their exclusive little beach or sit at comfortable tables under a palapa roof and listen to wonderful live music most afternoons from 1 to 3 PM. Her tasty new menu by Chef Conrado Rodríguez Ruelas and a great selection of beverages including the recent addition of craft beers will definitely please you.
Drop in on Tuesdays for the very talented Flamenco guitarist Esaú Galván who will thrill you with an exciting repertoire of his original compositions, traditional and classical pieces. He is truly one of a kind!
Wednesdays feature Diego Mateo on guitar and Oscar Terazzas on sax playing jazz and more as Síndrome de Willy, a name that has its own story. (Yes, you can ask.)
Thursdays bring you the exotic Mediterranean flavors of Diego Mateo and Nacho Flores of Moruno that will be sure to transport you to far off lands with Diego’s exciting Spanish guitar and Nacho’s many wonderful strings including guitar, mandolin, Bazouki and Arabian Oud.
Fridays Cheko’s Trio Band will have you if not dancing at least tapping your feet.
Saturday will bring you the creative bossa-nova, nuevo flamenco and jazz sounds of Zoe y Leon.
On Sundays prepare for an afternoon of Suite Sounds who will enchant you with Magali’s sweet voice and violin music and Nacho’s incredible mastery of his many string instruments.
Arancha and her husband Hector opened BabelBar in February of 2017. This is really their first year in full operation during the winter season and they are ramping up with a wonderful program. Arancha manages the restaurant and the music while Hector, known affectionately as Keko, completes the team by taking care of many details as well as running their second business here in Puerto Vallarta. The couple originally from Zaragoza, Spain moved to Puerto Vallarta from Barcelona (where they lived for 10 years) with their two children just five years ago. They had no plans to open a restaurant or entertainment venue but one day passing by the then closed shell of an old establishment on the somewhat abandoned island they fell in love.
The name BabelBar is a biblical reference to the desire of the people of Babel to build a tower that would reach higher than Heaven. Their efforts were thwarted from above by the introduction of many languages complicating communications and their construction project. BabelBar began as a place to hold an exchange of the various languages people bring to the Puerto Vallarta area and on Thursday evenings they still host a language exchange that begins at 8:00 and is open to the public.
Today with the rediscovery of this beautiful setting on the river its popularity has increased greatly. The opening of Incanto overlooking the river at the Insurgentes bridge which also occurred in 2017 and the reopening of Le Bistro Restaurant on the island this year have brought a resurgence of visitors. Timing is perfect for the expansion of BabelBar’s musical offerings and they have chosen a perfect time of day allowing people to get out of the midday heat and relax with the best music available in Puerto Vallarta.
Arancha and Hector’s vision has produced an inviting spot where people come to enjoy the fresh air, the sound of the river and the natural beauty of the River Cuale Island. Arancha, a devoted fan of all kinds of music, plans to add to her program as the season progresses and it looks like we can expect evening additions and special concerts. In fact, for the evening of November 30, they have organized a special event they will call “A Thousand and One Nights”. It will be a dinner show featuring the wonderful Mediterranean music of the group Moruno complete with belly dancer. The menu will be Arabian food, for which the new chef is specially prepared as the cuisine is one of his specialties. This will be a prix fixe event including dinner and show. For reservations by phone or email on Whatsapp at 3221696282, by phone at 2226171 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BabelBar is located on the island of the River Cuale at Aquiles Serdan #437 just across the hanging bridge at Aquacate, or you can take a short walk from the bridge at Insurgentes, and find it on your right just before the Cultural Center at the far end of the island.