Cancún

We're not here to judge: we know that most people come to Cancún to party. If you want fine dining and dancing under the stars, you'll definitely find it here. But if your tastes run more toward bikini contests, all-night chug-a-thons, or cross-dressing Cher impersonators, rest assured: Cancún has plenty of those, too.

If you want to avoid rowdy Spring Breakers, stay clear of "open-bar" establishments and chain restaurants like Señor Frog’s. They’ll likely be packed with party animals on the loose.

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  • 1. Carlos 'n Charlie's

    Zona Hotelera

    Waiters here will occasionally abandon their posts to start singing or performing comical skits. It's not unusual for them to roust everyone from their seats to join a conga line before going back to serving food and drinks.

    Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 9
    - 998 - 883–1862
  • 2. CHC

    El Centro

    If you don't want to deal with the long lines or hefty entrance fees at Coco Bongo, CHC (or Crazy Hot Coyote, the name everyone calls it by) is El Centro's best spot for music, dancing, and entertainment. The MX$200 cover charge converts into a food or drink credit. There are burlesque shows every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

    Av. Tulum, Sm 4
    - 998 - 848–8600
  • 3. Bulldog Cafe

    Zona Hotelera
    Closed Permanently

    Bulldog Cafe has an all-you-can-drink bar, live rock groups, the latest dance music, and an impressive laser light show. The stage here is large, and some very well-known bands have played on it, including Guns n' Roses and Radiohead. Another, somewhat bawdier draw is the private hot tub, where you can have "the Jacuzzi bikini girls" scrub your back. Naturally, this place is popular with young Spring Breakers. Although street promoters will try and sell you a Bulldog wristband for $50, you can usually talk them down to half that.

    Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 9
    - 998 - 848–8380

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: $50
  • 4. El Rincón del Vino

    El Centro
    Closed Permanently

    You can enjoy the sounds of live trova, rumba, flamenco, and jazz music at this popular wine and tapas bar. Open from 6 pm to midnight, Monday through Saturday, it has 250 varieties of vino hailing from the world's top wine-making regions, plus tapas like tortilla española (a potato omelet) and chistorra (a Spanish sausage).

    Av. Náder 88
    - 998 - 883–9284

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch. Closed Sun.
  • 5. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

    Zona Hotelera
    Closed Permanently

    You can enjoy a cheeseburger in paradise, along with live music, drinks, and games, at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Of course, you'll especially like this place if you're a parrothead.

    Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 11.5
    - 998 - 885–2376
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  • 6. Karamba Bar

    El Centro
    Closed Permanently

    This large open-air disco and club is known for its stage performers. A variety of drag shows with the usual lip-synching celebrity impersonations are put on every Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday night the Go-Go Boys of Cancún entertain, and strip shows run on weekends. The bar opens at 10:30 pm and the party goes on until dawn. Cover charges range from M$67–M$108.

    Av. Tulum 9 and corner of Azuenas
    - No phone

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 7. Planet Hollywood

    Zona Hotelera
    Closed Permanently

    Planet Hollywood has a nightly show of bartenders juggling liquor bottles, and during the day, this is one of the best spots to catch the sports game on TV. DJs begin playing music at 8 pm. The dance floor is warmed up by a laser light show.

    Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 12.5
    - 998 - 883–1936

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