Nightlife in the Yucatan Peninsula

From upscale bars to uninhibited dance clubs, the nightlife of the Yucatan knows how to party

Photo credit: © Igor Bystrov

Yucatan Peninsula Nightlife
 

While Cancun certainly shines during the day, upon nightfall the city comes alive with a bustling scene of music, dancing, and entertainment. Many find themselves beginning the festivities during the day at Cancun’s Hotel Zone by enjoying poolside cocktails and happy hours at the countless bars that dot the cityscape. After a day spent exploring the activities and attractions of this Caribbean destination, prepare yourself for another round of fun with Cancun’s infamous nightlife. Whether you’re into live bands, carefree dancing or delicious food and drinks, you’ll find yourself drawn into the celebration that comes alive after the sun sets.

Nightclubs

The people of Cancun take partying very seriously, and their nightclubs reflect this festive lifestyle. Many clubs are located within hotels, but you can find a wide selection throughout the city. If you plan on heading out to a nearby club, be prepared for long lines and hefty cover charges. Those seeking to dance the night away should head to CoCo Bongo. This venue has righteously earned the reputation of being the best place to party in Cancun, largely due to its themed shows, hip crowd, pumping music and sprawling dance floor. At Dady’O, patrons will be delighted with a combination of live music, DJs, a full bar, a large dance floor and even a buffet. This venue has been home to events for MTV and Playboy, and is known to draw in a younger crowd.

...electronic music, impressive lightshows and wild dancing.

 

Looking for a party that remains unaffected by the setting or rising of the sun? Check out The City, which is one of the largest nightclubs in Cancun. This venue is uniquely open both day and night, transforming its look with the different lightings. During the daytime, guests are invited to lounge poolside at The City’s Beach Club that features comfortable cabanas and a wide selection of food and beverages. When the night falls, The City morphs into a club with thumping electronic music, impressive lightshows and wild dancing. This nightclub is known for attracting many celebrities.

Bars

Those looking to indulge in the nightlife scene without dealing with crowded clubs should check out the bars in Cancun. These facilities offer all the fun of drinking, socializing and music without being over the top. A popular hotspot is Bling, a chic lounge that features cocktails, a sushi bar and a grand outdoor terrace. For an upscale experience, head to La Madonna for mellow music, delicious food and more than a hundred different types of martinis. The Lobby Lounge is another tasteful venue where classy folks gather to enjoy a relaxing cocktail and a wide selection of Cuban cigars. Tasteful wine, liquor and cigars can be savored while overlooking downtown Cancun at Very Wine in Plaza Caracol. Additionally, many restaurants are equipped with fully stocked bar areas that become popular during the evenings as an alternative party location, such as the Hard Rock Café and T.G.I. Fridays.

Maps

An excellent suggestion is the Bar Hopper Tour, which allows travelers to get an eclectic taste of the Cancun bar scene in a convenient manner. For the price of a single ticket, guests are transported by air-conditioned bus to three different venues, including Senor Frogs, Congo Bar and CoCo Bongo. Patrons get to skip any lines there may be to enter the bar, and spend approximately one hour at each location. In addition to transportation and express entry, every individual receives a complimentary drink at each of the bars. Tickets for this package may be purchased through a number of travel agencies in Cancun.

Live Music

Many travelers find themselves yearning to enjoy an evening while listening to live music. A variety of venues frequently featured live performances, like O’Dady and CoCo Bongo, but for a guaranteed night of musical stylings, visitors should check out Mambo Café. This club showcases a live Cuban band every night, and local dancers always accompany the performances. Mambo Café even offers salsa-dancing classes on Thursday evenings for guests looking to bring home some Cancun flavor. At Azucar, guests will find live performances by a variety of Latin American bands. The Parque de las Palapas has a widely ranging selection of performers from jazz musicians to local Caribbean bands, and guests may enjoy the music for free while socializing and dancing with locals. Salsa music is best enjoyed at Sabor Latino, which also offers dance lessons.

Those with less discerning taste in music will enjoy the Bulldog Café, which frequently hosts shows by well-known rock bands like Radiohead. Many young people come to the Bulldog Café for their all-you-can-drink bar special and their infamous Jacuzzi bikini girls. This venue is also known for their large screen projections and exciting laser light spectacles.

If you find yourself in Cancun during the months of April and March, prepare yourself for a truly raging celebration as Spring Breakers pour into the city to party. For some, this is great news, but for others the prospect of visiting Cancun during its peak season of ruckus sounds like a nightmare.

If you plan on participating in the nightlife scene, be sure to plan your vacation wisely to suit your lifestyle. From wild nightclubs to classy martini bars, the nightly scene in Cancun is sure to have you celebrating until the wee hours of the morning.

Entertainment and Nightlife
Name Type Phone Location
Agave Azul Bar Bar -- 1.7 mi. East of Tulum
Aramacao Bar (984) 875-7100 5.3 mi. Northeast of Tulum
Ararauna Bar (984) 875-7100 5.3 mi. Northeast of Tulum
Azul 48 Bar -- 2.0 mi. South West of Playa del Carmen
Azul Cafe Bar -- Tulum
Bar Andal Bar -- 7.5 mi. Southeast of Cancun
Bar Caribbean Queen Bar -- 2.1 mi. Northwest of Isla Mujeres
Bar Papo’s Bar -- 2.0 mi. South West of Playa del Carmen
Blue Parrot Nightclub Night Club (984) 873-0083 Downtown Playa del Carmen
Boccaccio Nightclub Night Club -- 3.1 mi. Southeast of Cancun
Bourbon Street Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Buho's Beach Bar Bar -- 2.3 mi. Northwest of Isla Mujeres
Bulldog Cafe Nightclub Night Club -- 6.9 mi. South of Isla Mujeres
Carlos N' Charlies Cozumel Bar Bar -- Downtown San Miguel
Chac Bar Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Chill-Out Lounge Lounge -- Riviera Cancun
Cinco Bar Bar (984) 206-4800 Downtown Playa del Carmen
Cinepolis Movie Theater (998) 193-2300 Downtown Cancun
Club Heaven Bar -- Puerto Aventuras
Coco Bongo Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Coco Maya Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Congo Party Bar Bar -- 6.9 mi. South of Isla Mujeres
Corona Party Bar Bar -- 6.9 mi. South of Isla Mujeres
Dady'O Nightclub Night Club -- 6.9 mi. South of Isla Mujeres
Deseo Rooftop Bar Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
El Paraiso Bar -- 1.9 mi. East-Southeast of Tulum
Fat Tuesday Bar -- 2.1 mi. South West of San Miguel
Float Bar -- Puerto Aventuras
Fresh Co. Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Hacienda Sisal Bar (984) 875-1100 7.5 mi. Southeast of Cancun
Hard Rock Martini Bar Bar -- Puerto Aventuras
Havana Club (Cigar Club) Cigar Lounge -- 7.4 mi. Southeast of Cancun
Heaven Beach Bar Bar (998) 881-5125 1.4 mi. South West of Puerto Morelos
Ixchel Beach Bar Bar -- 0.7 mi. North-Northeast of Puerto Morelos
Kelly's Beach Bar Bar (800) 261-5014 2.4 mi. North-Northwest of Isla Mujeres
Kool Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
La Buena Vida Beach Bar Bar (415) 152-2211 0.6 mi. East of Akumal
La Cascada Bar -- 2.0 mi. South West of Playa del Carmen
La Chiquita Bar -- 2.0 mi. South West of Playa del Carmen
La Laguna Lounge Lounge (984) 206-3000 4.3 mi. Northeast of Playa del Carmen
La Palapa Bar (998) 877-0390 Downtown Playa del Carmen
La Playita Bar -- Puerto Morelos
La Ranita Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Las Ventanas Lobby Bar Bar (998) 881-2000 7.9 mi. Southeast of Cancun
Le Bistrot Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Lobby Bar at Ocean Coral Bar -- Riviera Cancun
Lumpax Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Luna Blue Bar Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Mambo Cafe Nightclub Night Club -- Downtown Cancun
Mamitas Lounge Lounge -- 0.2 mi. South of Playa del Carmen
Mar Caribe Bar -- 2.0 mi. East of Tulum
Moon Lounge Lounge -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Nico’s Lounge Bar Lounge -- 2.0 mi. South West of Playa del Carmen
No Name Bar Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Oasis Nightclub Night Club -- 8.2 mi. Southeast of Cancun
OM Bar Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Om Bar Bar -- 2.0 mi. Northwest of Isla Mujeres
OM Beach Lounge Lounge -- 4.8 mi. South of Tulum
Pancho & Willy's Party Bar Bar -- 8.2 mi. Southeast of Cancun
Paraiso Beach Club Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Pelicano Inn Bar Bar (984) 871-3340 Downtown Playa del Carmen
Playa Maya Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Pure Nightclub Night Club -- Downtown Cancun
Rhythm Bar Bar -- Puerto Aventuras
Roots Jazz Club Bar (998) 884-2437 Downtown Cancun
Senor Frog's Cancun Bar -- 7.2 mi. South of Isla Mujeres
Skybar Bar -- Downtown Cancun
Slices Party Bar Bar -- 7.0 mi. South of Isla Mujeres
Sofia Bar Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Sport Bar Bar (987) 869-5160 Northern Cozumel
Sun Bar Bar -- Puerto Aventuras
Teatro Cancun Dinner Show and Theater -- 4.8 mi. East-Southeast of Cancun
Tequila Barrel Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Tequilla Barrel Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Terraza at Basico Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Terraza Bar Bar (984) 873-4600 Tulum
Thai Lounge Lounge -- 7.3 mi. Southeast of Cancun
The City Nightclub Night Club -- 6.9 mi. South of Isla Mujeres
The Distillery Bar (998) 885-1086 Cancun
Tiki Bar Bar -- 4.8 mi. East-Southeast of Cancun
Uxmal Bar (984) 875-7100 5.3 mi. Northeast of Tulum
Viva Margarita Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Viva Margarita Bar Bar -- 1.6 mi. East of Tulum
Zazil Kin Beach Bar Bar -- 1.9 mi. East of Tulum
Zenzi Bar -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Ziggy Beach Bar -- 3.9 mi. South of Tulum
 

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