There is no doubt that Playa del Carmen gives you a little piece of every kind of world! And all wrapped into this small big world of Playa del Carmen is the brilliant nightlife that turns Playa into the place to be after dark!
Whether you are searching a quiet spot for a glass of wine and conversation, a live band, or place to let your dancing shoes own the night, it’s all right here in the little town we all know and love!
For those of you who don’t know me I’m just a tad bit over 30! I still enjoy a good party every now and then and every so often find myself in the night club still dancing at 4 am. But in between those every now and then days I love mix it up a bit! So I have compiled my thoughts and recommendations for a good night on the town!
Dance your Little Heart Out!
The 12th street is not just a street, rather an experience that everyone should most definitely do once – even if it’s just for a little while! The 12th street houses the infamous and well known Coco Bongo but also a glorious variety of well-known and reputable establishments such as Mandala, Salsanera, Palazzo, La Vaquita, Blue Parrot, Coco Maya and more!
Here you will find nightclubs ranging from cheaper super party experiences for a younger crowd or a pricier night out highlighting top notch service and an experience worth spending your money on!
Many people get really excited about Coco Bongo as they should! Coco Bongo really makes for a spectacular night out and is a place that everyone should experience just once!
Mandala provides the best service and goes all out to create the best experiences with somewhat more upscale standards! Excellent choices for bachelorettes or bachelor parties, after wedding parties, or any special occasion! Dress up and get ready to dance!
La Vaquita is great for a cheap liter and is great for a younger crowd and a good old fashioned party!
Blue Parrot and Coco Maya are great for dancing underneath the stars with the beach being your dance floor!
La Santanera, previously located on the 12th, has been relocated to 5th avenue with 10th street. This is a great after hour hot spot for those who don’t want to quit once the sun comes up!
The party street starts the music around 10 pm but really comes alive around midnight! Most places will offer the option of open bar which is almost always worth it if you are planning to make a whole night of it (I should mention that most open bars do not feature premium liquors – keep that in minding when preplanning your hangover for the morning)!
Don’t’ be surprised when the music takes you all the way to 5 am making you wonder where the time went!
It’s Wine O’clock Somewhere!
Sometimes we just need a bottle of wine and a good talk! Two of my favorite places to enjoy a good glass of wine are Off the Vine and Imprevist Resto and Wine!
Off the Vine is a little establishment selling reasonably priced wines by the glass, or by the bottle, accompanied by an elegant tapas menu and entertainment during various nights of the week! Tuesday nights are ladies night which gets you ladies 2 glasses of red or white wine, plus a nice pasta dinner with dessert for only 150 pesos! Great value – great wine – great night out! They also feature excellent wine pairing dinners on Thursday night and special pizza nights on Fridays – of course with wine included for a special price!
Imprevist Resto and wine is an extremely cozy place to meet with friends either on the patio or in their cozy air conditioned dining room! This experience is casual yet upscale, featuring a beautiful gourmet menu for appetizers or dinners. Imprevist is located on a quaint quiet street which makes a nice setting for a good conversation without disruption! The service is outstanding as well!
In Mexico beer is found everywhere, but there are some hot spots which provide great settings to chill out and have a casual beer, with or without entertainment.
I love Caguameria located on 1st Avenue with 20th street! The beer is cheap – the service is great – ambiance is cool, and yes they do have a food menu for you multi-taskers! My favorite spot is in on the terrace where you can find neat and comfortable furniture inviting you to relax and let loose!
Fah, located on 5th Avenue is also a great place to stop and have a few beers or drinks with friends! They feature excellent live bands and entertainment daily, always keeping you upbeat and in good spirits!
Tequila Barrel is also a well-known staple in Playa del Carmen – awesome for casual drinks and food! Take a table outside and do a little bit of people watching! The music is always going! And ladies, you can dance on the bar in exchange for strong tequila shot!
Other great suggestions would be La Fe, La Chopperia, or La Ambassad or Club de la Cerveza!
Casual night out with friends!
For some great cocktails in an environment that is neither too loud nor too quiet there are some great places for that as well.
Sala Rosa is very cozy bar located on 38th street, just off of 5th. I love this place because it has a really comfortable setting, they make great cocktails and the vibe is always good! Come with your friends or just as a couple and you will definitely enjoy!
Plank Patio Bar and Grill also features a beautiful sleek bar, perfect for those who want to enjoy a couple of creative cocktails, a couple of casual apps and perhaps like the idea of getting a little bit dressed up. The environment and music are both trendy and upbeat, providing you the perfect setting for causal meets classy.
La Bodeguita del Medio also serves for a fantastic and fun evening out! They are famous for their mojitos and live salsa nights! Dance or just enjoy the music! But definitely try the mojitos!
The Dirty Martini! Well the name says it all! And the martinis are indeed fantastic! It is a smaller establishment close by to the area nightclubs and is a great place to lavish in creative and classic martinis and other lovely cocktails – either for a full evening or a few drinks before heading out for the night!
Feet in the Sand and the Stars Shining Bright!
The reason why we are all here! The beautiful beach! Both Zenzi and Fusion beach clubs offer excellent nighttime entertainment and a causal beachy environment to enjoy your favorite drink! Both offer dinner service and a variety entertainment ranging from live music to incredible dance shows and even salsa lessons!
Whatever you decide, one thing is for sure – you will never be bored when the sun goes down in Playa del Carmen!