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The Everything Guide to the Best Bars in Playa Del Carmen

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Going out and grabbing a drink in Playa Del Carmen is just about on everyone’s list of activities to do when vacationing here. It can be hard to decide where to go and what is good so we complied a list of places to check out. Read through and see what might fit what you are looking for. We will continue to add to this list and keep it updated.

Here is some general information for Bars in Playa Del Carmen

  • Quality of drinks range from bottom shelf alcohol and weak tourist drinks or top shelf well made cocktails. In general you will get much better drinks going out in Playa then at all inclusive hotels. Salsa Rosa Bar and Dirty Martini Bar are two examples of great quality drinks.
  • Generally drinking on 5th Avenue will be more for the same drink. Cocktails usually fall in the range of 80-120 pesos. That is still a good value compared to many places in the world.
  • Alcoholic drinks can be expensive for locals based on wages, so beer is very popular at 30-40 pesos each. It is good there is a wide selection of beers here and perhaps some you have not tried.
  • Most bars are open un 2:00am. If you want to stay out longer you will have to go to a club. Most people start at bars and move to clubs around 1:00am or 2:00am
  • Most of the bars are on 10th Street, 12th Street and 5th Avenue.
  • Tipping at a bar is less then other countries. At some simple bars, tipping is only done when you order a few drinks. Usually no tip is given when having a beer.
  • Don’t be afraid of any ice because ALL bars use purified water.
  • Have fun and be safe. Playa is a safe place but people can take advantage of drunk people anywhere. Read our safety in Playa Del Carmen article for more information.

*see map below for all the locations.

Bars on 12th Street in Playa Del Carmen

Abolengo Bar is an open air bar on the corner of 12th Street and 1st Avenue. It is a new take on the old style Mexican cantina bar. It is medium loud and a great corner to people watch and be watched. They do serve some light food, if you can get a table. If you come before 10:00pm it is fairly quiet. The later in the night it gets, the louder and wilder it gets.

Dolores Yuca Bar is a chill/dive bar with fashionable and grunge people. The bar is on the roof of a building with a dead tree coming up through it. There is usually good music and good priced drinks. The bar is half inside and half outside so it is a bad option if the weather is bad. This bar is between the beach and 1st Avenue, look for the small opening with stairs in the middle of the block.

Hidden Bar is small and just might be hidden from sight with so much going on around it with the other clubs. The bar is always full and well know for it’s liter drinks and cheap beer. This bar is between the beach and 1st Avenue.

La Mezcalinna is a small casual bar that features the Mexican liquor, mezcal. Check out the mezcal shots of passion fruit and peanut. This bar is between the beach and 1st Avenue.

Bars in Playacar Section of Playa

If you stay in the Playacar section and don’t feel like going in the center , you  don’t have to.

Latinos is a neighborhood feeling lounge. Latinos is on the main loop in Playacar Phase 2. The road is Paseo Xaman-ha. It is next to the Oxxo Store in Plaza Pakal.

Beach Bars in Playa Del Carmen

Wah Wah Beach Bar is on the beach. It is more of daytime beach club that transitions into a bar after sunset. There is live music here Tuesday-Saturday 1:00-4:00pm, and nightly Thursday-Saturday 7:00-10:00pm. Don’t forget the all you can eat pig roast here on Sundays too. Wah Wah is on second street and the beach.

Zenzi Bar is on the beach by 10th Street. Some nights there is live music and salsa dancing. They do serve food but we prefer this as just a place to get a drink.

Senor Frogs is one of the places that is so tacky but has become so Mexican at the same time. There is always fun music and light hearted staff to make it a fun time. They are open 10:00am-2:00am daily so you can come during the day to the beach and this bar. Bar food is served here but it is typical bar food and tourist priced. Senor Frogs is by the Cozumel Ferry Pier.

Expat Bars in Playa Del Carmen

Do you want to hang out where everyone can say your name and you can meet other people that are on vacation or live in Playa Del Carmen? Well there are some excellent places to choose from.

Wah Wah Beach Bar is on the beach. It is more of daytime beach club that transitions into a bar after sunset. There is live music here Tuesday-Saturday 1:00-4:00pm, and nightly Thursday-Saturday 7:00-10:00pm. Don’t forget the all you can eat pig roast here on Sundays too. Wah Wah is on second street and the beach.

Moms Bar and Restaurant is where you can get home cooking and a drink too. Friendly bar tenders will get your drinks for you here. The crowd is mainly Canadian and Americans that have made there way to Mexico. Mom’s is on the corner of 30th Avenue and 4th Street on the second floor.

Bar Ranita is a small bar on 10th  Street that is popular with expats in the winter months but also get a mixed crowd. It is not too loud and has a nice casual indoor/outdoor seating area. This bar is the yellow building on 10th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue.

The Beer Bar (update: This bar is closed as of October 2016) This is a super casual place to grab a beer and sit watching people go by. This small causal bar is on 10th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Some people stop off here before going out or just spend the night having a beer with friends. Formerly know as the Beer Bucket.

Beer Bucket Bar in Playa Del Carmen

Dirty Martini Bar is really popular with the local expat crowd because it has a nice vibe and good drinks. Make sure to check them out on Tuesdays when it is 2×1 martinis! This bar is on 1st Avenue between 10th Street and 12th Street.

Sports Bars in Playa Del Carmen

Want to watch some sports, chill have a drink and maybe even make some sports bets? Here are some good options for you.

Tequila Barrel is a popular place on 5th Avenue where you can sit and watch people go by. They serve bar food. In the back of this bar is an air conditioned room where you can bet on sports.

End Zone Sports Bar is on 5th Avenue between 12th Street and 14th Street. This place has some of the best TV’s and if you want a game, this might be the best place to see it. Open until 1:00am daily.

Los Tabernacos is a lively bar with a Canadian flair. Fun atmosphere off 5th Avenue on 10th Street between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue. Closed Mondays Open Tuesday-Sunday 4:30pm-2:00am.

Sr. Dan’s Margarita and Sports Bar is a small bar on the south end of town near the Cozumel Ferry Pier. They have three TV’s to watch and a range of margaritas to keep you hydrated. This is on Calle 3 Sur between 5th Avenue and the Ferry Pier. Open until 1:00am daily.

Wah Wah Beach Bar has the largest HD screen (8×8 meters) in Playa and plays all the major sports events including pay-per-view.  Wah Wah is on second street and the beach.

Bars on 5th Avenue or just off 5th Avenue in Playa Del Carmen

Caguameria is a trendy yet casual modern Mexican bar with restaurant as well. This open air place has great Mexican beers, mezcals, tequilas and cocktails. It is only one block off 5th Avenue so a lot of tourist miss out going here.  This bar is on 1st. Avenue and 20th Street.

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Caguameria Restaurant and bar lit up at night.

Don Mezcal is a small bar on 10th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. They feature a lot of mezcal drinks and cocktails. If you want a smaller place where you can talk then here can be a good option.

Bar Ranita is a small bar on 10th  Street that is popular with expats in the winter months but also get a mixed crowd. It is not too loud and has a nice casual indoor/outdoor seating area. This bar is the yellow building on 10th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue.

L’Ambassade Bar is on 10th Street and popular with locals 22-35 for the cheap liter drinks. You can make a night of 60-70 pesos drinks or have beers here. Some people use this as meeting spot and then go out to the clubs later. They just expanded the second floor outside area for more space. This place is on 10th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue.

Dirty Martini Bar is really popular with the local expat crowd because it has a nice vibe and good drinks. Make sure to check them out on Tuesdays when it is 2×1 martinis! This bar is on 1st Avenue between 10th Street and 12th Street.

Mojito Bar is a bar that only opens at night. During the day this place is a restaurant so you would never know it is here. It is open Thursday-Sunday from 11:00pm-2:00am. It is a good place to chill and have a beer or inexpensive mojito. This bar is run by Cubans and they know how to make a mean mojito, you might even find some people playing dominos here. This bar is on 10th Street between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue.

La Fe is now on 1st Avenue between 20th and 22nd Streets.

Las Helodias is on 28th Street going down to Mamitas Beach. This stop makes for a good daytime bar on your way or coming back from the beach. They have fun liter drinks here that are unique.

Beer Bars in Playa Del Carmen

 Club De Cerveza is the best place to get a wide selection of Mexican craft beers. With other 60 different craft beers from around the world, you can drink your way  to a happy place. They also have a higher end range of “bar food” here and you can eat as well as drink here. Club De Cerveza is right on 5th Avenue between 34th and 38th Street.

Carmen Beer Company This is the new brewery that has an impressive bar and brewery. This is not a bar in Playa Del Carmen’s downtown but should be on your list to visit if you love beer. The brewery is impressive and the artisanal beer is great to see the care that goes into this beer. You wont be disappointed going here.

Caguameria This place was named after the large bottles of beer in Mexico. This trendy beer place has a Mexican beers, beer buckets, and Mexican style beer drinks. Besides just beer they also have great snacks and food to go with it. Caguameria is on 1st. Avenue and 20th Street.

Gonzalez is a new beer bar in the Quinta Alegria Mall on 5th Avenue. This second floor bar overlooks 5th Avenue and the area that usually has street performers. Here you can find a wide range of craft beers. Open from 11:00am-11:00pm daily.

Manne’s Biergarten is German beer bar on 4th Street between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue. It is popular with some expats and just beer lovers.

Pub crawl  tour in Playa Del Carmen

Are you looking for that epic night out in Playa Del Carmen but not sure where to go? You can join in a group and get all your drinks included and easy access to the best bars in town. This tour will take you to three of the best bars. You get unlimited drinks and entrances. To check this tour out click the link here for more information.

We also recommend you see our article on nightlife in Playa Del Carmen and what clubs are good to go to.

Now that you know where the good bars are check out our article on some great drinks in Playa Del Carmen. Some of these are at restaurants and some at bars.

If you are looking for Gay and Lesbian bars you can check out our guide here. Playa is very mixed so everywhere is friendly but in the guide you can find some more specific spots to check out.

What is your favorite bar in Playa Del Carmen and why? We want to hear from you. Let us know in the comments below.
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The Carmen Beer Compay from the front.

21 Comments on The Everything Guide to the Best Bars in Playa Del Carmen

  1. Tracy Marcano // October 2, 2015 at 9:41 AM // Reply

    Hands down…Bad Boys. You are like family here. Everyone is super friendly. Mostly ex-pats. Great music with Creizy Toy and Luis and the Holy Smokes. Dance in the sand!

  2. Awesome article. I’m coming to Playa this week and your site has really helped me.

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 31, 2016 at 12:47 AM // Reply

      Hello Sebastian. We hope you have some great nights out in Playa Del Carmen. There are some great bars and about something for everyone. Enjoy! We are glad to be of help to you.

  3. Jill Kirkland // August 17, 2016 at 12:23 AM // Reply

    Karen’s on 5th Ave. Has live music afternoons and evenings everyday. It’s Andes/ South American music and pop and rock civers played with andes instruments. It’s a great place for feel good music. It’s too bad that these live music posts and blogs never mention this restaurant. I guess folk music isn’t taken seriously….

    • Hello Jill

      We take all music seriously. Thanks for mentioning this place. We want to include all live music in Playa Del Carmen. We just have never heard the music there and if there is a mariachi band or someone playing we just assumed it was someone passing by going from restaurant to restaurant. Thanks for the tip. We will go by there.

  4. E. Brumfield // September 8, 2016 at 6:05 PM // Reply

    I love your guides and use your site more than any other for planning my trip in and around Playa Del Carmen. I had a question. I have a group of 5 in our 30s and we want to go to three bars in one night. What bars would you suggest? we want something not crazy but do want some quality drinks or it can be beer, just not watered down drinks for tourist. Thanks

    • Hello. We are gad to give you a couple of suggestions. If we knew even more about you we could recommend a totally perfect night for you. Based on the details you gave us we would suggest starting at Catch on the Thompson roof. Have one drink here and enjoy the view. You will get cool cocktails or you can have a beer. Then go to Caguameria. This is a bar/restaurant and here have some Mexican beers or a cocktail with mezcal. Then for a wild ending go to Dolores Yucabar on 12th Street. Have a beer here and enjoy the eclectic group of people that goes here and enjoy the energy of 12th Street.

      One alternative bar with good drinks is Dirty Martini. It might not fit you guys but you can check it out. We hope you have sun and let us know if you have any other questions.

  5. This is a great overview to bars in Playa del Carmen. We wish some of the older beach bars were still open but they seem to be all going away.

  6. We found Dolares Yucabar on your site and checked it out. Supercool underground bar, except it is on the second floor and not really underground. Cool spot. We would not of found it unless we saw it on your bar guide.

    • Thanks John. We are always trying to find the cool bars and local finds to tell our readers. We are glad you had a good time.

  7. You really make it easy to go out for a drink in Playa! So many bars to choose from! It looks like we are going to have a good time!

  8. I travel to Playa at least 3 times a year and let me tell you, that you did a great job!!! Hands down to you. My question to you is… I’ll be there on NYE with my partner; is there a bar I can make a table reservation for that night?

    • Hello Frank

      One bar/club is Coco Bongo. Tables with bottle service are expensive here but you are able to reserve them. This is a place if you like a younger party scene. We have been here for New Years and it is not as exciting as being out on the street. They just played a video on the screen of fireworks and I think did the New York New York number. All of the bars on 12th Street will be pack. We often do not hear of them doing table service on those nights because more people walk around and come and go. All of the restaurant along 5th will do something for New Years but this is better for a dinner and then going out. The Thompson does a good New Years on the rooftop, Hyatt is also know for doing something along with firework. One of the issues in Playa is the marketing, most places have not started to advertise yet and will do so about three weeks before. So we should be getting more details soon on what is being offered and then you can choose what fits you the best. We hope to do an article on options soon. But for now those are some ideas for you. We hope you have a great trip down and fun time here!

  9. Kristeen Denby // November 30, 2016 at 9:35 AM // Reply

    Hello. I love your guides. This bar of Playa Del Carmen is perfect for us because we like seeing what different places open around town. We come each year and are always surprised at what has closed and gone. You do a good job keeping up with things there.

  10. I’m loving these guides. Get info on Playa Del Carmen. thanks

  11. There are a lot of bars in Playa del Carmen to choose from but you help narrow it down. Many have bad quality drinks. I hate that tourist have weak drinks but the prices have gotten much lower with the exchange rate.

  12. Thanks for your guides, they are super helpful and you guys much know Playa del Carmen pretty well to write so much about it and maybe you did a lot of drinking for thins bar guide. lol

  13. Looking for a bar with and older ex-pat crowd. Hot spot used to be Bad Boys but now closes. Where are The Nasty Bastards playing?

    • Wah Wah is still a popular place or you can check out Moms bar on 30th. It is smaller but has an older crowd there. On Tuesdays you can check out Dirty Martini. There is 2×1 and there is more of a crowd over 35 there.

  14. Can you recommend a bar in Playa del Carmen for a bachelorette party. We want a place that is not too loud or small. We have about 15 people and want to go out for drinks and kind of have a private space. Thanks.

    • Hello Doreen

      Many bars are on the small size so it is good you asked us for a recommendation. Caguameria can hold a group and they can have a space off to the side for you. You should call in advance or stop by to set it up for the best service. Dirty Martini is a good option on 1st Avenue, Abolengo can be fun if you go on the early side, later in the night they get crowded. That will give you a few options. We hope you have a great time out in Playa.

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