Riviera Maya drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Tulum


Mojitos sweetened with fresh-pressed cane sugar are the main attraction at this popular Cuban bar, with fun music acts in the rear garden. Most nights the crowd spills into the street, while inside cane is pressed o…
Top Choice Bar in Playa del Carmen

Dirty Martini Lounge

The Dirty Martini Lounge doesn't have a foam machine, there's no mechanical bull and there's minimal nudity – a refreshing change for crazy Playa. The decor is something you'd find in the American West, with comfy c…
Bar in Akumal

La Buena Vida

A popular beachside restaurant-bar with sand floors, swings and a drink menu with gimmicky cocktail names such as 'The Viagra,' which offers you 'a stiff one.' The restaurant (mains M$85 to M$240) is very good here …
Dancing in Playa del Carmen

La Bodeguita del Medio

The writing is literally on the walls (and on the lampshades, and pretty much everywhere) at this Cuban restaurant-bar. After a few mojitos you'll be dancing the night away to live cubana music. Get here at 7pm from…
Gay in Playa del Carmen

Playa 69

This popular gay dance club proudly features foreign strippers from such far-flung places as Australia and Brazil, and it stages weekend drag-queen shows. It may also open Tuesdays at key vacation times. Find it at …
Bar in Puerto Morelos

Bara Bara

The party usually spills out onto the street at this popular bar just south of the plaza. Bara Bara spins the best tunes in town, prepares martinis that would have made Sinatra proud and has a foosball table!
Bar in Tulum

Papaya Playa Project

Trendy hotel Papaya Playa Project hosts monthly full-moon parties and Saturday DJ nights with resident and guest spinsters at its beachside club. It's 500m south of the T-junction. There's usually a cover charge.
Bar in Playa del Carmen

Caiman Tugurio

Kind of hard to find in Playa – a bar with cool music where you can just go for a few relaxed drinks. No cover, no dance floor, just a great place to chill with friends.
Dancing in Puerto Morelos

Posada Amor

Posada Amor has a quiet bar where you can listen to cover bands play on Monday and Thursday night. It's located southwest of the plaza.