Playa Del Carmen has a plethora of bars and top notch restaurants with some creative mixologist. We are constantly coming across some creative and delicious drinks while covering the city. We wanted to highlight some of these for you and will keep adding to the list when we find more. Not all are alcoholic, but all of the drinks are unique and good in their own way.
This is one of our favorite drinks in Playa Del Carmen. It is an unexpected ingredient but fits oh so well! To top it off, it is frozen. You have to drink it a little fast at first because it is piled up and will start to melt.
This drink is at Piola Restaurant on 38th Street between 5th Avenue and the beach. In addition to having this great drink they also do decent pizza and pasta dishes. The setting is also very nice in the trees and there is a nice fountain in front of the restaurant.
This drink is right up there as a favorite in Playa as well. It is invented by the bartender at Sala Rosa. It is a mix of gin, grapefruit juice, honey and chamomile tea to make this very refreshing drink with unexpected flavors.
Sala Rosa is also on 38th Street just off of 5th Avenue between 5th Avenue and the beach. Look for the pink rose lights in the tree.
Besides great drinks here you can also order off of their tapas menu.
This is another gin drink. This time brought to you by the Cacao Hotel. This drink is made with gin, raspberry, yellow lemons and ginger syrup. This is a strong drink for the liquor content but you don’t taste the gin so much. The Hotel Cacao is on 5th Avenue with an entrance near the corner of 30th Street.
Mezcal Drinks in Playa Del Carmen
We have four drinks that all have mezcal. Mezcal used to be the poor cousin of tequila but now has risen to the artisan made beverage of trendy scale.
Peanut Mezcal Shot and Passion fruit Mezcal
This has to be one of the oddest flavors of shot but it taste good or is at least fun to try! You can find this drink and Mezcalina Bar on 12th Street which is between 1st Avenue and the beach. They also have a passion fruit mescal shot that is good to try if you are there.
At La Perla Pixan Cuisine and Mezcal Store they know mezcal. They have a drink made of tamarind and mezcal that will give you a local taste of Mexico and is super unique.
Another notable drink at Sala Rosa is the Mezcal lychee drink. We like to refer to it as the “Smoky Asian” because the smoky flavor of the mezcal and the Asian lychee fruit, but the name did not stick.
If you like beer then there is a chance you might like this Mexican twist on this popular drink. You order the beer of your choice then you are brought a chilled glass with lime juice, soy sauce, tabasco sauce, and a salted rim. There are slight variations of this mix but you get the idea. The photo here is from Chiltepin Restaurant.
This might not be about taste but more about fun while drinking. The Shots Bar on 12th Street used to have these and was one of the best places to find them but they have closed. The good news is you can find bartenders at most places that will light up your drink for you. This is something you want to do with friends because drinking a fire shot alone is just not the same.
Margaritas in Playa Del Carmen
Looking for a great Margarita? Ula Gula Restaurant has a nice strong one with a great street view.
This is at Almirante Pech Restaurant on the corner of 5th Avenue and 30th St. Besides a great lively place to eat and watch people they have some cool drinks. This one is made with Mezcal and Aperol liquors mixed with lemon juice, sour orange, and garnished with a jicama slice which is infuse with passion fruit flavor and chia seeds.
Mint and Lime Frappe
This is a non alcoholic drink that is perfect for a refreshing drink on a hot day. You can find this at Frutiyogurth Restaurant located on 10th Avenue between 8th Street and 10th Street.
The Kaxapa Factory Restaurant serves up some different drinks. One of our favorites is the lemonade made from piloncillo (brown sugar). This is a non alcoholic drink. It is so refreshing on a hot day! This restaurant is on 10th Street between 15th Avenue and 20th Avenue on the north side of the street. They are always super friendly as well!
Jamaica the Country?
Jamaica pronounced (ha-my-kah) is actually a tea made out of hibiscus flowers. This is a very Mexican drink and you can find it in many taco places accompanying a meal. Check out our friends at Don Chendo Restaurant where they make their own special blend.
Cold or Hot Teas
The Little Teapot is not just your box tea! They have over 150 special teas that are fresh mixes and you can smell each one in the tins. You can get them hot or cold. You have to smell some, it will make you a tea lover right away!
After dinner drink or special morning coffee
Many people ask about Mayan coffee or an after dinner drink that is presented in a showmanship way with fire! Here is one place that will make you a drink called “sexy coffee“. You can find this at La Mission Restaurant on 10th Avenue between Juarez Avenue and 2nd Street.
If you want a special morning drink there is a special coffee at Afrodisiako Restaurant on 26th Street. It is coffee with chocolate, a hint of spice with a chile de arbol and frothy foam on top. What a great way to start your day!
Drink up everyone! There are some great drinks in Playa! And be sure to check out our Bar Guide for great options.
Where do you like to drink at in Playa? Do you have a favorite one? Let us know in the comments below.