Must-see nightlife in Yucatán Peninsula

  • Coco Bongo


    This is the spot where spring-breakers go wild, and it tends to happen just about any day of the year. Not just a nightclub, dancing is interspersed with…

  • Cubaro


    Head up the colorful spiral staircase to the terrace for a close-up view of the Fatherland monument and a cocktail. The menu is a bit more conventional,…

  • Taberna de los Frailes


    This pretty and rather romantic spot with a verdant garden is a top spot to get a tasty cocktail at a place where you can actually have a quiet…

  • 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…

  • 11:11


    The main room in this large house stages drag shows, go-go dancers and the like, while DJs in smaller rooms spin electronica and pop tunes till the sun…

  • Buho's

    Isla Mujeres

    The quintessential swinger experience. Literally: it has swings at the bar. You can also take morning and afternoon yoga classes here. Any closer to the…

  • Caiman Tugurio

    Playa del Carmen

    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…

  • Mandala Beach Club


    A hopping Tuesday night pool party, with all the trimmings: DJ spinning tunes, open bar and lots of bikinis. The daily daytime beach party is much more…

  • Posada Amor

    Puerto Morelos

    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.

  • Cafeína Bistro Bar


    A little pub and bistro where you can catch a televised sporting event or chat over Mexican draft beer and well-made pizzas.

  • Route 666 Bikers Bar


    Lining a downtown street with motorcycles and a small crowd every weekend, Route 666 is an open-air bar catering to rockers and middle-class bikers. Live…

  • El Patio

    Isla Mujeres

    The self-proclaimed 'house of music' has an open-air patio and rooftop terrace where you can catch mediocre rock cover bands and relatively subdued…

  • Los Portales


    Don't expect award-winning mixology at Los Portales, but as its name suggests, it's all about location: hard to beat the alfresco experience on the plaza…

  • El Volado

    Isla Cozumel

    This two-story Mexican pub is a good spot to brush up on your Spanish, as locals outnumber the tourists most nights. It's a fun, even refreshing, change…

  • Mayan Pub


    Live bands play rock, reggae and ska in this down-to-eath pub's rear beer garden. Inside there's a pool table if you're up for a game of stick.

  • La Taberna de los Amigos


    A popular bar and grill with pool tables, televised matches, and a sports book in the back for you die-hard gamblers.

  • Aqua

    Isla Cozumel

    The Hotel Flamingo’s lobby bar is an attractive lounge drawing mostly an older, margarita-drinking expat crowd.

  • La Chopería


    This bar at Plaza de Toros draws a crowd, as much for the draft beer as the icy air-con.

  • Fayne’s

    Isla Mujeres

    This disco-bar and grill often features live reggae, salsa and other Caribbean sounds.

  • Carlos'n Charlie's


    A cross between a restaurant and a rowdy bar, the fun-loving Carlos’n Charlie’s sits in the heart of the iconic Party Center area. Get some Mexican food…