Roots Jazz Club (Av. Tulipanes 26, Sm 22, El Centro, Cancún) — Locals and tourists mingle here to enjoy contemporary jazz and flamenco music (piped in during the afternoon but live at night). The performances are the main attraction, but salads, soups, sandwiches, and pastas are also served here. This candlelit venue also frequently hosts […]
Parque de las Palapas (Bordered by Avs. Tulum, Yaxchilán, Uxmal, and Cobá, Sm 22, El Centro, Cancún) – Friday evenings are popular here with both locals and visitors for the live music featured there (from jazz to Salsa and even Reggae). Given the less touristy, more native Mexican vibe, this is as much a draw […]
Mambo Café (Plaza Hong Kong, Loc 31, Sm 20, El Centro, Cancún) – as the name implies, this nightspot drums up a lot of Salsa, Merengue and other tropical Latin music, booking such orchestras from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Venezuela. A popular draw among young Hispanic-American vacationers.
Dady’O (Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) – with an interior that resembles a cave, Dady’O is one of the oldest discos in Cancún. Nevertheless, it still draws in a crowd looking for a place to drink and party, playing a musical mash-up, from the 80`s and 90`s to Dance and Hip-Hop. Dady’O and […]
The City Nightclub (Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) – if you’re looking for a sedate hangout spot, this is not that place. The City has a beachside spot during the day (known as the “Playa Cabaña Beach Club”), which turns into a disco at night, with plenty of bars to serve the often […]
Sweet Club (Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) – the interior of this Cancún nightpot is reminiscent of Studio 54, complete with a huge strobe light, lasers & mirrors all over, and high-energy dance music. There’s an outdoor lounge and VIP areas for high rollers. Even though much of the crowd is in their […]
Señor Frogs (Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) – You can’t get more touristy than Señor Frogs. Famed for its over-the-top drinks, Señor Frogs is best-known for its foot-long funnel glasses filled with margaritas, daiquiris and beers (which become a souvenir unto itself). A natural hit with the Spring Break crowd, complete with dancing […]
Planet Hollywood (Plaza la Isla, Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 12.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) – a popular sports bar during the day, this Planet Hollywood outpost turns into a disco at night, complete with bartenders juggling liquor bottles (like Tom Cruise in that “Cocktail” film he made in the late 1980s).
Mandala (Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) – a popular venue for the high rollers set who are looking for a trendy nightspot, as opposed to the oversized bars that double as a disco. This club has an India-inspired interior, a huge dance floor, and VIP areas. Given that some of the high rollers […]
El Rincón del Vino (Av. Náder 88, El Centro, Cancún) – given that this is a wine & tapas bar, it naturally attracts a mature crowd that wants a break from the seemingly non-stop discos in the tourist strip. As opposed to dance music, El Rincón offers live trova, rumba, flamenco, and jazz music for […]