Thursday, Feb. 09, 2012

Sammy Hagar, Cabo Wabo

Only rock stars have the gobs of money and heaps of excess to open a mega-bar just so they have a space to play. In the mid-90s, Sammy Hagar and the post-David Lee Roth Van Halen line-up did just that, opening "Cabo Wabo" in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Cabo Wabo way of life is simple: tequila — and more tequila. Its menu features the self-branded spirit in "Sammy's Tequila Shrimp" dish and offers a smorgasbord of cocktails. Named for the drunken wobble of a post-party stroll down a beach, in its initial few years, the bar performed like a too-drunk rock star, forcing Hagar to buy out his band-mates after Cabo Wabo hit the financial skids. But like some musicians, the bar got a second act under new management and ballooned into a full-fledged resort. Did Cabo Wabo transform Cabo San Lucas into the popular Mexico tourist destination we all know today? Probably not. But the Sammy Hagar owned cantina definitely adds a little bit of rock-and-roll to the beachfront town.