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Where to find the best cocktails in Playa Del Carmen

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Where to find the best cocktails in Playa Del Carmen

For discerning drinkers, sipping on a well made cocktail is satisfying.  You don’t want to waste money on a watered down drink or something not made well. Many bars and restaurants in Playa Del Carmen cater to tourist, so maintaining a reputation is less important then getting people in the door. We have found that it is also hard to find places with consistency. So where can you find some of the best cocktails in Playa Del Carmen? We have a list below that we will keep updated.

Why is it hard to get a good drink in Playa Del Carmen?

The main reasons why it is hard to find a good cocktail in Playa are:

  • Many bars and restaurant on 5th Avenue just cater to tourist that are in and out and never to be seen again. Without having to keep up a reputation for repeat clientele, there is less emphasis on quality and more on the bottom line.
  • Some bars will have a professional mixologist only to loose them to another project or location.
  • Other places start cutting corners and quality goes down. This is a big issue in Playa Del Carmen with consistency. At most places it is constantly changing.

Tip: Cocktails in Playa Del Carmen that are in the 110-190 pesos range should be good. Above these  prices they  are getting excessive in price and below 110 pesos you often get bottom shelf alcohol.

Cocktails at Axiote Restaurant

Axiote is a fusion gourmet Mexican restaurant with great food. Their passion for taste and trying new combinations carries over into their cocktails. Many are based with mezcal but they do use other liquors. Imagine a cocktail with ginger, cinnamon, clove, and the herb epazote mixed with mezcal! That cocktail is pictured below on the left. That is just one example of the creative cocktails you can get here.

Besides interesting combinations that are artfully made, they are also strong and not cheap on the liquor like many 5th Avenue restaurants. Enjoy a drink at the bar or better yet have a meal at Axiote on 34th Street between 5th and 10th Avenues. For more about Axiote see our article here.

Cocktails Playa Del Carmen

Cocktails at Axiote Restaurant.

Dirty Martini Bar

Not too many bars in Playa Del Carmen offer their customers stronger drinks or take the time to make them. Dirty Martini is a bar that has been around for a while and for good reason. Locals and returning visitors to Playa Del Carmen know that this is the place for martinis. They have a large menu of flavors and of course specials on Tuesdays!

Dirty Martini Bar is on 1st Avenue between 10th Street and 12th Street.

Cocktails Playa Del Carmen

Special of the house, a dirty martini

What is your favorite place for cocktails in Playa Del Carmen? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you. 

5 Comments on Where to find the best cocktails in Playa Del Carmen

  1. Harry’s for the cucumber martini

  2. How about an authentic margarita,? cause I can’t stand the slushy pre-made mix…we will be in Playa for a month this spring, any suggestion would be appreciated, thank you!!

    • Senor Dans Bar near the Cozumel Ferry is said to have a good margarita but we have to go check it out. You can ask for a margartite straight up so there is no ice but it is chilled. We have been to a few places but the bar tenders change often and the consistency changes so we don’t have a place that we can say is a sure thing. You just might have to go on a quest and try many places and let us know. 🙂

  3. whats the best way to get to the sundowner club from the occidental xcaret and how much?

    • Hello Kyle

      A taxi is going to be the best option. A taxi will cost about 250 pesos each way. It is best to ask before you get in as taxi drivers charge different prices. It will be good to have the address of where you are going because most taxi drivers will not know just the name Sundowners.

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