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.
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.
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.