Opening just in time for a soft opening on Cinco de Mayo is PAPI RICO, a Puerto Vallarta-inspired cantina in the Castro (in the former Dante’s Table). Owners Rick Hamer and Bill Vastardis (Finn Town) will be bringing beachy vibes in the food and cocktails, as well as a party atmosphere.
There’s a main dining area, a semiprivate Gecko Lounge (for large groups or private parties), and a lush backyard patio with a living wall, tropical plants, and three magnetic murals (all commissioned by Papi Rico from different artists).
The cocktail menu (from lead bartender R.M. Richards of Finn Town) features tequila- and mezcal-based drinks that take their names from beaches, towns, and landmarks of P.V., including the Playas Conchas (tequila, lime, grapefruit bitters) and the Sayulita (sotol, pineapple, hibiscus), and some frozen drinks, of course.
The snacky menu is like what you’d find at beachside stands, like ceviche de pescado, cheese empanadas, and your choice of tacos, tostadas, or quesadillas with steak, chicken, carnitas, fish, vegetables, or al pastor.
Open Mon-Fri 4pm-1:30am, Sat-Sun 11am-1:30am; note the kitchen closes at 11pm, outside patio closes at 10pm. 544 Castro St. at 19th St.
Starting on Cinco de Mayo, the cocktails will be flowin’ at Papi Rico. Photo: Connor Bruce Photography.