The Riviera Maya

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  • 1. Alux

    Inside a cavern, Alux has a bar, disco, wine cellar, and restaurant. There's a MX$100 drink minimum.

    Av. Juárez, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Mexico
  • 2. Bar Ranita

    Attached to the Rana Cansada Hotel, Bar Ranita is a favorite among rowdy expats. The prices are unbeatable, and the margaritas pack a powerful punch.

    Calle 10, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Mexico
  • 3. CoCo Bongo

    Following the success of its sister property in Cancún, CoCo Bongo has flying acrobats, bar-top conga lines, live bands, and DJs mixing everything from rock to hip-hop. The cover charge includes unlimited drinks.

    Calle 10 at Av. 10, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Mexico
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  • 4. Diablito Cha Cha Cha

    Miami-chic with retro white patent leather chairs and a palapa roof, Diablito Cha Cha Cha serves up sushi and DJ tunes as late as 3 am.

    Calle 12, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Mexico
  • 5. Gitano

    Zona Hotelera

    This atmospheric jungle bar—with bulbs hanging from the trees and flickering candles at every table blinking like fireflies in the night—is known for its handcrafted mezcal cocktails. Cool beats come compliments of a DJ Friday nights and live bands on Wednesday and Sunday in high season. Mezcal tastings are also available. Bring a loaded wallet as drinks are pricey but powerful.  Night owls take note, this place shuts down around 11.

    Boca Paila Rd., Km 7.5, Tulum, Quintana Roo, 77780, Mexico
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  • 6. Kartabar

    Hookah smokers here puff on fruit-flavored tobacco that wafts away into the open tropical night. On weekends, belly dancers weave their way between the tables.

    Calle 12 at Av. 1
    - 984 - 873–2228
  • 7. Kitxen

    An anchor of Playa's live music scene, cool Kitxen features bands from Mexico and the Caribbean playing everything from rock to reggae. Cash only.

    Av. 5
  • 8. La Bodeguita del Medio

    Graffiti-styled La Bodeguita del Medio, a franchise of the famous Havana outpost, features live Cuban music Tuesday to Sunday.

    Av. 5 and Calle 34, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Mexico
  • 9. La Santanera

    International DJs and a young, cosmopolitan crowd groove to electronic music until very late at this "underground disco cantina." For a breath of fresh air, head upstairs to the rooftop lounge for cool drinks and chill-out music.

    Calle 10, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Mexico

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    Rate Includes: MX$100
  • 10. La Zebra

    Zona Hotelera

    Enjoy the sophistication of New York city's Mulberry Project at this beachfront hot spot, where you can hear live music and enjoy cocktails made with their own sugarcane. Every Tuesday, cocktails are 2 for 1 and La Zebra becomes the place to be. 

    Carretera Tulum–Boca Paila, Km 8.2, Tulum, Quintana Roo, 77780, Mexico
  • 11. Mandala

    The biggest, loudest and most expensive party spot on Calle 12, trendy Mandala is divided into a street-level bar, a rooftop terrace, and a dance club; each has its own DJ spinning anything from house and hip-hop to disco and techno.

    Calle 12, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Mexico
  • 12. Papaya Playa Project

    Zona Hotelera

    Party people gather at this beachfront nightclub where DJs spin electronic and house music on Saturday nights. It's especially renowned for its monthly full-moon parties. Papaya Playa Project doubles as a hotel, but most people come here to simply kick off their flip-flops and dance among the trees.

    Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Km 4.5, Tulum, Quintana Roo, 77780, Mexico

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