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Nightlife Guide to Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen may not compete with his older cousin, Cancun, for nightlife and entertainment, but if you are looking for a more chilled out vibe, sophisticated venues, live entertainment, and even hidden bars; it could be for you! Let's go on a journey to discover the best "party places" in Playa del Carmen.

Good for
  • Solo
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Like a Local

10 Places

5 City Tips

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10 Places

Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen

Bars & Clubs

Blue Parrot

Bars & Clubs

Dirty Martini Lounge

Restaurants

Palazzo Disco

Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos

Cantina La 38

Restaurants

Wah Wah Beach Bar

Restaurants

La Bodeguita del Medio

Restaurants

La Bien Querida - Antojeria

Restaurants

Monica U's City Tips

  • If you want to get one of the best tables at a nightclub, you should order a full bottle; it comes with full mixers and personalized service.
  • Sometimes it is hard to get value from "all you can drink" deals. It is best to go VIP and enjoy a better experience.
  • Playa del Carmen is easy to get around on foot, but if you are going to take a taxi, make sure you negotiate the price first!
  • Most places get packed by midnight, so to get a good spot you need to arrive at some of the most popular clubs before 10.30pm.
  • Playa del Carmen is a casual place but if you are going to the VIP section, make sure you dress up!
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    Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen
    Bars & Clubs
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    Monica U Says:

    Prepare to be amazed by quality shows that last all night and include characters like The Mask, Batman, and Beyonce; plus Latin Music extravaganzas, and funny sketches. However, it can get crowded with not a lot of space to dance — if you are claustrophobic I'd avoid this venue, or if you can afford it, get a space in the VIP section for an entirely different experience.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There is a long queue to get into Coco Bongo every day of the week. Get there before 10pm and pay to get in the quick lane.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 59 Nightlife in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Coco bongo baby 24/09/2018
    • Honeymoon!! 24/09/2018
    • Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen
    Address:
    Av 10 y calle 12
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 803 5939
    Other:
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    Blue Parrot
    Bars & Clubs
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    Monica U Says:

    The Blue Parrot is one of the oldest beach clubs in Playa del Carmen and a romantic place to have a cocktail, swim in the pool by the beach and enjoy amazing music by some of the best local and international DJs. The fire show at the beach is quite amazing!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • On Sundays they have a pool party with drinks deals from 12pm.
    • It can be quite expensive so be prepared.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 59 Nightlife in Playa del Carmen
    • Blue Parrot 06/05/2018
    • Shoot out in the place 13/02/2017
    • Blue Parrot
    Phone:
    +52 984 206 3350
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Wed - Sun
    7:00 AM - 5:00 AM
    Other:
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    Dirty Martini Lounge
    Restaurants (Pub)
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    Monica U Says:

    There is something sophisticated and cool about sipping a Martini, and the Dirty Martini Lounge is the perfect bar to have one. The owners Greco and Karen have built a place for people to fall in love all over again! Everything is right; the music, the conversation, and most of all, the fantastic Martini list. Try the Cucumber Martini, one of Karen's personal creations!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • On Thursday nights, ladies can drink for half price!
    • On Tuesdays, Dirty Martini Lounge has 2-for-1 offers available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #201 of 1,133 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    • Romantic place - Amazing martinis 02/09/2018
    • Great Fun 24/06/2018
    • Dirty Martini Lounge
    Address:
    1st Avenue
    Betwen 10th and 12th St
    Playa del Carmen
    Mexico
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
    Other:
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    Palazzo Disco
    Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos
    Monica U Says:

    From the same group of Mandala (the Indian Palace Club) in Cancun, comes this exclusive nightclub in Playa del Carmen. If you are a young couple, or on your honeymoon and want to enjoy the latest music, dance all night and be looked after by excellent service, then Palazzo is your place. Depending on the night, there are different shows, like a catwalk, acrobats, and dance performers (both in English and Spanish).

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Only open from Thursday through Sunday.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 59 Nightlife in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Nighclub 06/08/2018
    • Horrible experience 29/07/2018
    • Palazzo Disco
    Address:
    Playa del Carmen, Calle 12 entre Ave. 5 y 10
    Playa del Carmen
    Mexico
    Hours:
    Thu - Sat
    10:00 PM - 3:00 AM
    Other:
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    Cantina La 38
    Restaurants (Bar, Pub, Mexican, Seafood, Fast food, Spanish, Contemporary)
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    Monica U Says:

    Cantina La 38, ia a bit 'off the beaten path' but an excellent choice if you are looking for a place with great atmosphere, excellent cocktails, and live music. The prices are a lot cheaper here than in the main avenue (Quinta Avenida), and the service is excellent. As a typical Mexican cantina, you can order small dishes at the bar to complement your drinks and enjoy the laid-back, open-air atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you are going on Saturday, make sure you call ahead to book a table as it can get very crowded.
    • Try the "mezcal" (local spirit) mixed with fruits.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #706 of 1,133 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    • Nightmare! 11/02/2017
    • Open air dining, Small and expensive 04/07/2016
    • Cantina La 38
    Address:
    Mza 200 Calle 38 L 3
    Col Zazil-ha
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 147 4160
    Price range:
    US$ 5 - US$ 20
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
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    Wah Wah Beach Bar
    Restaurants (Mexican, American, Bar)
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    Monica U Says:

    I love beach bars and, in my opinion, Wah Wah Beach Bar is the best in Playa del Carmen. For starters, it has a huge TV screen in the middle where you can watch your favorite sports team, the food is simple but delicious, and the Margaritas are out of this world. At night, the place transforms itself into a big, open beach party, with live bands performing anything from good old Rock 'n' Roll to Cuban tunes, Blues, Mexican Salsa, R&B, and much more. As they say: come for the drinks, stay for the party!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Sunday Buffet is served from 2-5pm and is "all you can eat!"
    • The Sunday Pig Roast is not to be missed!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Having withdrawals from Wah Wah closing 19/07/2018
    • Facebook page says they are closed. 05/04/2018
    • Wah Wah Beach Bar
    Address:
    Calle 2 Norte
    MZ1 LT1, On the Beach
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 1 984 143 6009
    Price range:
    US$ 1 - US$ 2
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Thu - Sun
    10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
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    La Bodeguita del Medio
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American)
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    Monica U Says:

    What better way to spend an evening out than dancing the night away to the tunes of romantic Cuban salsa? Welcome to 'La Bodegita del Medio!' Located right in 'Quinta Avenida,' this restaurant bar has the best Cuban food in Playa del Carmen — think 'ropa vieja' (a dish made with derivatives of cocido), fried plantains, rice and black beans. From 5pm onwards you can listen to a live Cuban band on stage, and soon enough you will be dancing the night away!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The best drink to have at La Bodeguita del Medio is a Mint Mojito.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #186 of 1,133 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    • Had an awesome time 24/09/2018
    • Some of the Best Live Music in Playa del Carmen! 27/08/2018
    • La Bodeguita del Medio
    Address:
    Avenida 5, Norte 34
    Cond. Bosque de los Aluxes
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 803 3950
    Price range:
    US$ 5 - US$ 25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    1:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
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    La Bien Querida - Antojeria
    Restaurants (Mexican, International)
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    Monica U Says:

    Adding a touch of sophistication to Playa del Carmen, this rooftop bar and hotel has one of the most stand-out themes in town as it's all red! Get ready to explore some fashion, music, design, and other alternative-themed rooms, and let your imagination go wild! Plus, the rooftop bar has a large pool area and fantastic views of Playa del Carmen.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you are looking for an alternative place to stay in Playa del Carmen have a look at the different themed rooms of La Reina Roja.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #321 of 1,133 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
    • Very good 24/04/2018
    • Good food. 07/09/2017
    • La Bien Querida - Antojeria
    Address:
    Calle 20 S/N
    Entre 5 y 10
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 877 3800
    Price range:
    US$ 4 - US$ 14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
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