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Playa del Carmen Nightlife

Beach bars, dancing, live bands, etc.
Updated April, 2006



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Playa del Carmen has plenty of fun beach bars and nightclubs to keep you entertained late into the night. Most of the bars are open-air and have streetside and outdoor seating.






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Some of the more popular nightclubs in Playa del Carmen include:





alux cave
It's a bar. In a cave. A real cave. With dancing. How cool is that?
Alux Cave is located on Juarez Avenue past Highway 307. Taxi from downtown is 17 pesos.


Amaris
Live music, DJs, big-screen TV for sports, Martinis, Wine, Beer. They do it all.
Amaris Bar Lounge is located in Plaza Paseo del Carmen.


Art Bar
Funky ambience with an eclectic mix of blue and red furnishings. This place is very cool. I hear it is for sale, though. Drop by and give 'em some love.
Art Bar is located on Calle Corazon near the Spa Itza entrance.


ajua
A pretty place to relax and listen to live flute music under a palapa roof. Ajua also has fantasic Mayan Cuisine.
Small, but generally clean restroom.
Ajua is located between 5th and 10th Avenues at Calle 4.


bali
New in 2006.
Dance club with a 1,200 person capacity featuring a high-tech sound and lighting system. Special shows and performances with fire, water and ballons. VIP area. Bali is a late-night club and doesn't open until 10 PM.
Bali Club is located on Calle 12 between 5th and 10th Avenues. Cover charge.


basico hotel lounge
An outside entryway leads past an outside reception area with a recycled tire floor. An elevator brings you to a clever and stylish rooftop bar. Complimentary Salsa dance lessons in the early evenings will have you floating on a Mexican rooftop swirling around with a warm Caribbean breeze.
Basico Lounge is located on Calle 10 between 5th and 10th Avenues across from Babe's Noodles.


beer bucket bar
Casual, unpretentious bar to drink a few cold cervezas and shoot the...you know.
The Beer Bucket is located on Calle 10 between 5th and 10th Avenues.


bliss nightclub
Indoor dance club with outdoor balcony. Live rock band on Thursday-Saturday. Ladies night from 10 PM-12 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 70s-80s music on Sunday nights.
Bliss opens at 9 PM.
Bliss is located on Calle 4 between 5th Avenue and the Beach. No Cover.


blue parrot
The Dragon Bar at the Blue Parrot is a long-time favorite in Playa del Carmen nightlife. The over-30 crowd might enjoy it better in the afternoon for lunch or a drink on the beach.

At night, it's packed with a younger crowd, dancing to techo music on an outdoor beachside dance floor. The Dragon Bar at The Parrot stays open until the crowd goes home.

Restroom lines can be long at night, and can get a little on the unkempt side.
The Blue Parrot has a cover charge between 60 and 100 pesos starting at 10 PM. You get two free drink tickets if you have to pay the cover. The Blue Parrot also blocks the beach access with a neon green rope and security guards at night.

The swings around the bar are gone and the fire dancing shows that were perfomed nightly have been discontinued following a fire in late 2005.
The Blue Parrot is located on the beach at Calle 12.


La Bodeguita del Medio
Indoor Cuban dance club with live dance bands. Free Salsa lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 PM.
La Bodeguita del Medio is located in Paseo del Carmen, near Carlos 'N Charlies. No Cover.


bourbon street
Stop by for a frozen "Pink Death" or a refreshing Caipirinha and listen to live Blues music every night.
Bourbon Street has nice bathrooms and a casual atmosphere.
Bourbon Street is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 6 and 8.


Cabalovasport's Bar
Casual sports bar on Playa's North end.
Cabalova Sport's Bar is located on 5th Avenue and Calle 28.


Captain Dave's
Small and very laid-back bar to swig a few cervezas.
Captain Dave's is located on 10th Avenue between Calles 6 and 8.


Captain Dave's Beach Bar
Captain Dave's has free live music on the beach in the afternoon and evenings. Check out the Nasty Bastards on Thursdays and Saturdays from 4-8 PM. No shoes, no shirt, no problem!
Captain Dave's is located on the beach between Calles 2 and 4 - between Hotels Mimi del Mar and All Riviera Resort.


carlos-n-charlies playa del carmen
Sorry, they are open! Carlos 'n Charlies is a loud and rowdy bar where the younger crowd loves to drink yard drinks and get plastered.
Carlos 'n Charlies is located on 5th Avenue in Plaza Paseo del Carmen, near the ferry pier.


Chico latino
Pretty upper-level bar overlooking downtown 5th Avenue.
Chico Latino is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 6 and 8.


Club 77
Casual sport's bar with plasma TVs near the Playacar entrance.
Club 77 is located between Plaza Paseo del Carmen and Plaza Antigua.


Coco Maya
Dance on the beach to DJs or live music without paying a cover charge from 6 PM until 3 AM.
Coco Maya is located on the beach between Calles 12 and 14, between Blue Parrot and Blue Beach Hotels.


deseo
A candle-lined staircase leads you to this chic, poolside bar with rooftop jacuzzi. Silent black and white films are projected on the side of a building, while sheer curtains billow above outdoor beds. Deseo has cool bathrooms, too.
Deseo is located on 5th Avenue between Calle 10 and Calle 12.


Diablito Cha Cha Cha
New in 2006, this bar and restaurant is located at the former location of Da Gabi Restaurant.
Diablito Cha Cha Cha is located on Calle 12 and 1st Avenue.


DJs Bar
Casual indoor drinking bar with DJs spinning rock music.
DJs Bar is located on Calle 12 between 5th and 10th Avenues.


el-pirata
Great beach bar to soak up some rays and drink cold cervezas on a sunny day by the sea. Grab a swing by the bar at night and listen to reggae music-open until about 3 AM.
El Pirata is located on the beach between Calles 10 and 12 between the Blue Parrot and Colibri Hotels.


Siesta Fiesta
Nice people watching on 5th Avenue, with live music every night beginning at 7 PM. Fun, festive and casual.
Fah Bar at Siesta Fiesta is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 8 and 10.


fly bar
The name implies cool, and this is where to go if you want an upscale, martini crowd. Happy hour from 5-7 PM.
Fly Bar is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Calle 12.


Glass Bar
Sip a glass of fine wine at this elegant and classy establishment.
Glass Bar is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Calle 12.


Jam Session
Live blues, jazz, rock and r+b on Playa's North end.
Jam Session is located on 5th Avenue and Calle 40.


karen's
This place is always packed and has 2 for 1 beers and margaritas all the time. Dance and listen to live Mexican bands at this festive, fun restaurant/bar.
Karen's bathroom conditions are usually fairly clean.
Karen's was remodeled in 2006 and has a slightly different layout.
Karen's is located on 5th Avenue between Calle 4 and Calle 6.


kartabar
Mediterranean food, hookahs and belly dancers.
Kartabar is located on 1st and Calle 12.


La Casa del Habano
Fancy a Courvoisier and a Cohiba or a Martell and a Montecristo? La Casa del Habano is a fine cigar and tobacco shop with a VIP Cognac Lounge-Bar.
La Casa del Habano is located on 5th Avenue and Calle 28.


Le Fe
Restaurant and bar with fine wines. On Wednesdays, ladies drink free Sangria from 9-11 PM.
La Fe is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 26 and 28.


La Paluka
Restaurant and bar with their house specialty drink-the La Paluka-tequila served in Bamboo.
La Paluka is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 22 and 24.


La Quinta
Pretty upper-level bar with recorded music and videos, snacks and cocktails.
La Quinta is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 4 and 6.


la santenera
Pull your sass up to the bar and mingle with the other trendy 20 and 30-somethings. Lounge around the couches under the open, palapa roof on the pretty and sexy upper level or go downstairs for late-night dancing to a DJ.
La Santanera is located on Calle 12 between 5th and 10th Avenues. Cover charge after 11 PM.


La Taberna
Very laid-back and casual bar with pool tables.
La Taberna is located on Calle 4 and 10th Avenue.


Lime Bar
Funky little bar which you can't miss, because it really is a lime bar. Neon lime. Happy hour nightly from 7-9 PM.
Lime Bar is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 20 and 22.


Living Garden Bar
New bar in Playa for the regulars to check out.
Living Garden Bar is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 16 and 16 bis.


Manne's Biergarten
Very casual watering hole that is popular with Playa locals and regular visitors.
Manne's Biergarten is located on Calle 4 between 10th and 15th Avenues.


mambo cafe
Indoor Salsa dance club that features live Latin bands every night and a festive atmosphere for all ages. Salsa dance lessons are offered for a small fee early in the evening. Ladies drink free on Wednesday from 10 PM to midnight.
Nice restrooms with an attendant.
Mambo Cafe is located between 5th and 10th Avenues at Calle 6.


Mushroom Kabaret
Nightly drink specials with live and DJ-spun music. Happy hour from 7-9 PM.
Mushroom is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 28 and 30.


om bar
Large, white bean bag chairs, sheer curtains hanging from the rafters, Narguilles on the tables and eclectic, mystical music to relax to while you sip frozen drinks from the bar lined with glasses of fresh fruits. Hours 7 PM-4 AM.
Chic bar, not so chic restroom.
Om is located on Calle 12 between 1st Avenue and the beach.


pez vela
Pez Vela offers outdoor streetside and upstairs tables. The bar was remodeled and has swings as barstools and clean, larger restrooms. Pez Vela has a pool table and live music in the evenings.
Pez Vela is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Calle 2.


Playa 69
Downtown Playa del Carmen gay bar and dance club. Opens at 9 PM.
Playa 69 is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 4 and 6.


Playasia Blue Parrot 5th  Avenue
Romantic and pretty poolside bar located in Blue Parrot's 5th Avenue Hotel courtyard.
Playasia is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 10 and 12.


posada freud
This is just a tiny little bar located in front of the Hotel Posada Freud. It's a great little place to stop for a drink (they make 'em strong). This bar is frequented by some locals and long-time repeat visitors of Playa del Carmen, and they'll usually have up-to-date information on any new places in town to check out. It is a great place to strike up a conversation at the small bar, while listening to the live music from Siesta Fiesta, next door.
Posada Freud is located on 5th Avenue between Calle 8 and Calle 10.


Puro Bueno
Martini Bar with Mediterreanean food. 2-for-1 Martinis on Thursdays.
Puro Bueno Martini Bar is located on 5th Avenue and Calle 30.


Salon Riviera
Dancing outside to DJ-spun music.
Salon Riviera is located on Calle 12 and 1st Avenue.


senor frogs
For dinner, grab a table overlooking the Caribbean. Afterwards, move into the bar area for live rock bands, dancing, and a fun, party atmosphere. Live rock/dance bands on Tuesday and Saturday nights.
Señor Frog's has clean restrooms with attendants working for tips.
Señor Frogs is located right by the Playa del Carmen ferry pier.

Señor Frogs suffered considerable damage from Hurricane Wilma and was still being rebuilt when I visited on 3 April, 2006.


tequilaria
A laid back place to sample some of the huge selection-over 100 kinds-of tequila.
Tequilaria is located on 5th Avenue between Calle 10 and Calle 12.


2 Dollar Drinks
Popular bar with Playa locals. Indoor seating. I'm not sure how much the drinks are.
2 Dollar Drinks is located on 10th Avenue between Calles 6 and 8.


ula gula
Ula Gula. C'mon, you know it's got to have it goin' on with a name like that. A good place to leisurely enjoy an evening cocktail.
Ula Gula is located on 5th Avenue and Calle 10.


Viva Margarita
Pineapple. Strawberry. Peach. Lime. Mango. Viva Margarita!
Viva Margarita is located in the Plaza Paseo on 10th, outside of Playacar.


Wana Bana
Stylish and classy gay lounge bar located on Playa del Carmen's north side. Open Monday through Saturday from 7 PM-1 AM.
Wana Bana is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 30 and 32.


Yellow Submarine
Rock out to some tunes while watching all the street action below on 5th Avenue. Loud and fun.
Yellow Submarine is located on 5th Avenue between Calles 10 and 12.


Wine & Shes
Tapas and wine bar with live music in the evenings. Live Tango show at 10 PM. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 5 PM to 1 AM.
Wine & Shes Tapas Bar is located on Calle Corazon.


Zoo Internet Bar
Need to check your email, but don't want to miss out on valuable drinking time? Zoo offers a full-bar-and-internet service.
Zoo Internet Bar is located on Calle 14 between 5th and 10th Avenues.


Adios





apasionado
Apasionado, located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Calle 14, has closed.


bloo bar
Bloo, located on Calle 6 between 20th and 25th Avenues, has closed .


captain tutix
Captain Tutix has closed following extensive damage from Hurricane Wilma, with no plans to re-open.


frida bar
Frida Bar, former location of Pancho's Restaurant, permanently closed in 2004 and is now the location of Playasia Restaurant and Bar owned by The Blue Parrot.


impala
Impala, located off 5th Avenue on Calle Corazon, has closed.


kuba
Lumpax, formerly Kuba, located on the beach at Calle 4, has permanently closed.


moon bar
Moon Bar, located in Paseo del Carmen, closed December 2005.


xotic
Xotic, on Calle Corazon, is now John Gray's Restaurant and Bar.