The 10 best bars in Playa del Carmen you must visit


October 13, 2020

Playa del Carmen is known as the heart of the Riviera Maya because of the beautiful beaches, -the most beautiful in the Mexican Caribbean- and the vibrant bohemian and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

If you want to experience the best nightlife in the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen is the place to do so, thanks to the varied restaurants, bars, discos, live shows and more entertainment options.

There is always something interesting to do, and that is one of the reasons why it is a magnet for national and foreign tourism.

Located in the state of Quintana Roo, this city enchants those who visit it so much that they end up wanting to make it their permanent home.

As mentioned in 5 states of Mexico with real estate investment potential, Quintana Roo is a great option to buy properties, so Playa del Carmen is considered one of the best cities to retire in Mexico due to the tourist attractions and atmosphere.

Keep reading to learn more about one of the main attractions of Playa del Carmen: the best bars to spend the night.

There are several bars like Diablito Cha Cha, La caguamería de la esquina, but we listed the best 10 places.

1. Bar Alux - Cavern Restaurant

Playa del Carmen has many places that will surprise you, and Bar Alux is one of them.

Imagine spending a wonderful evening inside a 10,000-year-old cavern surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites.

This cavern was discovered in 1994 by Mr. Rolando and Sergio Calderon.

The process of restoration and planning of low environmental impact took some years, but thanks to them is that today you can enjoy the mysticism of this beautiful place.

This place was named after the Aluxes, the mystic and guardian beings, according to the Mayan culture.

The atmosphere is not the only interesting thing about this place, and the gastronomic variety of the menu is designed to complement the magic of this cave. Each of the dishes transports you to the past with every flavor and texture.

Mexican haute cuisine with pre-Hispanic flavors will captivate you. You can also accompany these culinary delights with wine from the five continents, exotic cocktails and the best music.

Alux is an ideal place for all tastes since it has areas adapted to satisfy different needs.

In one of the areas you will be able to chat while drinking a tea or a coffee, in another you will be able to taste a good meal, and the third, the bar, you will enjoy the best of the mixology.

For all of the above, this place is unique and very special. Enjoying the night within its millenary walls will be an unforgettable experience.

Bar Alux - Cavern Restaurant in Paya del Carmen
The atmosphere of this bar takes you back to the pre-Hispanic past of this wonderful culture.

2. Coco Bongo Show & Disco

If you are looking for the best party and nightlife atmosphere in Playa del Carmen, as well as live music, Coco Bongo is the place for you.

Coco Bongo is one of the most popular and promoted places by the media, websites and tourist agencies that promote Playa del Carmen.

Located just one block from the famous 5th Avenue, this bar has a different proposal than the other establishments in the area.

What makes this place so extraordinary?

It's the perfect mix of a circus, a concert venue with live bands, a theater and a disco.

In addition, Coco Bongo turns any date into a party, even historical and religious celebrations.

As they mention on their website, "all tranquility disappears once you have crossed their doors".  This place takes the party to the max with its emblematic shows with tributes to great music figures, acrobats and many exciting performances.

These are the main events in Coco Bongo:

  • The Carnival: a 5-day celebration with party and music that is a must among visitors.
  • September 16th: to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day. The perfect event to experience the best Mexican traditions like never before.
  • Halloween: the great costumes and scheduled events will surprise you.

If you are looking to experience something different and exciting, Coco Bongo is the place. This is one of the best bars in Playa del Carmen where you will have an unforgettable night.

Coco Bongo Show & Disco in Playa del Carmen
Coco Bongo is surrounded by colorful buildings set in the Caribbean style, international food restaurants and a carefree atmosphere.

3. Trujillos Jungle Bar

With the motto "In essence everything is connected", Trujillo's goal is to connect all your senses to the rhythm of nature.

At first sight, the decoration of this place is very impressive, achieving the perfect balance between nature and a modern environment of very good taste.

It is the right place to taste Mexican food like you have never done before. You will experience recipes with native ingredients, and their flavors, aromas, textures, and designs, will delight your palate.

Some of the favorite dishes on the menu are the grilled octopus, the rock shrimp, the hamburger in walnut sauce, the poblano pepper rings, and more.

The atmosphere of this place will amaze you. Sitting at the dream bar -which makes you feel in the middle of the jungle- is an extraordinary experience.

Trujillos is ideal to go with your partner or friends, as they have a mixology bar and exceptional service.

Try the drink with poblano chile infusion or with fresh tangerine.

Without a doubt, Trujillos is an excellent place to have dinner and a drink during your stay in Playa del Carmen.

Trujillos Jungle Bar in Playa del Carmen
They have gastronomic proposals for all tastes and everything cooked on fire and wood, adding a special touch to the dishes.

4. Club de la Cerveza

If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a cold beer, you will love Club de la Cerveza (the beer club). This unique bar stands out for the wide variety of beers available on the menu. No matter what country you are from, you are sure to find your favorite.

Club de la Cerveza is one of the best bars in Playa del Carmen with a great atmosphere, and it's nice to try handcrafted beers from around the world.

You can find some of the favorite brands of beer from countries like Mexico, Belgium, Germany, United States, Holland, China and more.

You will also find different types, from a pilsner to an imperial stout.

Whether you drink your beer at the bar or on the outside terrace, you can accompany it with a dish from the menu for the perfect pairing.

Visitors' favorite options are the cheese sharing platter, special tacos, potato croquettes and exotic hamburgers.

It's impressive that for 9 years in a row, Club de la Cerveza has obtained the Traveller's Choice recognition from TripAdvisor, which is a guarantee that you will have a good time in this place.

Club de la Cerveza (the beer club) in Playa del Carmen
If you are a beer lover, you can't miss this place

5. Fusion Beach Bar & Cuisine

Owned by the Fusion Hotel, this bar is located at the shore of the beach providing a spectacular view of the sea.

Its main attraction is the location in front of the beach, which allows you to enjoy a refreshing drink feeling the breeze and the wonderful landscapes of the Mexican Caribbean.

Here you will enjoy a beautiful view, delicious dishes, such as pizzas and pastas. The menu offers dishes to satisfy all tastes, including vegetarian alternatives.

You will also enjoy live reggae music, and a fire juggling show, while drinking a homemade beer.

Fusion Beach Bar & Cuisine has been recognized as Traveller's Choice 2020 by TripAdvisor.

Fusion Beach Bar & Cuisine in Playa del Carmen
This place is perfect if you are looking for a more relaxed and natural environment than 5th Avenue.

6. El Caiman Tugurio

This bar in Playa del Carmen with a much more informal and relaxed atmosphere is perfect to have a beer while watching a soccer game.

Here you can find live music every day-except on Thursdays-with bands of various styles.

It has two locations, one in Public Market and the other in the emblematic 5th Avenue, in either of the two the service is excellent and the atmosphere is the best.

The menu is simple which makes it perfect to accompany a beer while listening to live music or scheduled soccer games.

El Caiman Tugurio in Playa del Carmen
Every day of the week there is a special dish or drink, such as crepe Monday and burger Friday.

7. Mr. Dan's Margarita and Sports Bar

If you are a sports fan you will love this place. This American style sports bar is the favorite place to get together and watch football during the season, as well as baseball, basketball, golf, and field hockey games.

They also broadcast baseball, basketball, golf, and field hockey games.

Enjoy a good game with a refreshing drink from their extensive menu.

In this place, tequila-based drinks -especially margaritas- are the specialty. We suggest you accompany your drinks with a steaming barbecue or a succulent American-style grill.

The best thing is that Mr. Dan's Margarita and Sport Bar is located on the 5th Avenue, which allows you to enjoy all the attractions in this place before or after going to the bar.

The hanging seats in front of the bar will make your visit different and fun.

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8. Kitxen

This is a bar located on 5th Avenue that you should visit, especially if you like rock music, since it belongs to Saul Hernandez, vocalist of the legendary Mexican rock band Caifanes.

This is a great place to have a drink and listen to live music.

Also, if you're lucky, you might run into Saul Hernandez, because he often shows up and performs some songs.

Margaritas are the specialty, and one of the most popular drinks is 'Lights of Havana', which is why many locals frequent this bar, in search of the refreshing and unbeatable taste.

In the menu you will find many more options of drinks, which you could accompany with varied dishes and snacks.

Kixten bar in Playa del Carmen
Kitxen has a simple and relaxed decoration so you can spend an evening of partying and music.

9. Skinny Bikini Potatoes

Another of the bars in Playa del Carmen that is popular among locals and tourists, especially for the atmosphere of the staff, who are always happy to attend and talk to visitors.

As you can imagine, the potato dishes are the specialty of the house. You can't leave this bar without trying some of their potatoes stuffed with varied ingredients such as lobster, arrachera, octopus, shrimp and many delicious sauces to choose from.

The relaxed atmosphere and the surfing decoration will make you feel at home and have a great time, also, thanks to the location on 5th Avenue, you will be close to many other interesting places to visit.

Do not hesitate to stop by for a beer or a cocktail with some of their delicious potatoes, we assure you that you will not regret it.  

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10. Zenzi Beach Bar

This bar is becoming increasingly famous in Playa del Carmen, for one simple reason:

Zenzi has everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible. For example, it also has events with live music, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays you can take salsa classes with the best Caribbean rhythm.

The atmosphere of this bar is a lot of fun. You will be able to enjoy the best atmosphere with your partner or friends, since you will hear music for all tastes.

The best thing about it is that it is located near the lighthouse and at the edge of the beach, where you can admire the paradisiacal landscape of the Caribbean coast and feel the fresh breeze at all times.

In its menu you will find the best dishes made with the sea fruits, as well as refreshing drinks to turn your stay in this place into an experience you will not forget.

Zenzi Beach Bar in Playa del Carmen
During the day it is an extraordinary beach club with restaurant and bar, and at night it is a sport bar.

Why is Playa del Carmen a great option for retirement?

In Playa del Carmen you will find the best bars in the Riviera Maya and the best entertainment options for everyone.

Many people dream of retiring and resting on a paradise beach, and without a doubt, the Mexican Caribbean is the best place to do it.

If you have thought about moving to the Mexican Caribbean, you will surely wonder which is the best city or town for you, since all the beaches in the Riviera Maya have their attractions, just like Cancun which is listed as one of the options.

To solve this doubt we suggest you read our article Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Which city should I choose? Why Playa del Carmen is a much better option?

As it was mentioned at the beginning, Quintana Roo is one of the best states to invest in Mexico, that is why acquiring a property in the heart of the Riviera Maya -Playa del Carmen- will allow you to secure your future.

The climate in Playa del Carmen is another reason why more and more people are choosing this city as their new home. The cosmopolitan atmosphere, as well as the tourist attractions, are a guarantee of a safe investment.

If you want more information about it, we recommend you to read the article 5 reasons to invest in Playa del Carmen.

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