Tijuana’s Baby Rock was the mega-sized club to party at in the ’90s, attracting big names and big crowds. I remember celebrating a New Year’s eve here once with friends and meandering happily up and down the terraced floors filled with glamorous people.
I don’t think I ever actually saw any of the Arellano-Felix drug cartel clan here, but it was the kind of place that drew people with that kind of money. To prevent problems, patrons were screened pretty carefully for guns and other weapons.
Eventually, other warehouse-sized clubs started popping up in Tijuana, first Tangaloo and then Balak, which created some competition for the stalwart boulder. This summer I noticed that Baby Rock – known for its rock-like exterior – had lost the baby part of its name. This must have happened sometime after I stopped working in Tijuana in December because I’m pretty sure it was still Baby Rock back then. I would be curious to hear other people’s memories of Baby Rock – and what others think of The “new” Rock – which is located five minutes from the San Ysidro border on Paseo de los Heroes (near the statue of Abraham Lincoln).