Mix with the Locals at Cancun's Best Downtown Bars

Cancun is the most visited vacation destination in Mexico, and one of the most popular in the world. People visit from all over the globe to experience Cancun's turquoise blue Caribbean waters, white sand beaches and unparalleled nightlife, dining and shopping. There's no shortage of bars in the Hotel Zone, but downtown Cancun also boasts many unique bar/restaurants that serve up live music and/or a DJ, beer, wine and cocktails, and delicious local food, all at more economical prices than in the Hotel Zone.

Plaza Toros (the bullring), Plaza Solare and the surrounding area is home to many of Cancun's most popular bars, like Las de Guanatos, The Black Pub, La Playita and Toro Rojo. El Muellecito, located down the street on Bonampak Avenue, has been a local favorite since it opened in 2009. Muleiro's Lounge is located in Plaza Hong Kong and is Cancun's only jazz club. They features Latin Jazz, Flamenco, and more. Dublin's Irish Pub is hopping on Thursday nights and the attractive waitresses all wear what looks like an Irish schoolgirl uniform. Gay bar/nightclub Karamba on Tulum Avenue has open for 27 years, a century in Cancun. If you want to watch a sporting event with locals, La Taberna on Yaxchilan Avenue is the place to be.

Escape Cancun's Hotel Zone one evening and experience a night on the town like a Cancunense (Cancun resident).

Mix with Cancun locals at Espacio42, a new bar/restaurant in Cancun that features live music Tuesday through Saturday nights. Many days 2-3 acts appear playing various different kinds of music. They offer an extensive menu of appetizers, salads,...  Read More

The hip, young, local crowd spends their evenings at Han Social Room. (They don't call them nightclubs or discos anymore!) Located off Bonampak Avenue close to the entrance of the Hotel Zone in Puerto Cancun in the Diomeda building, Thursday is...  Read More

The Irish Pub is located in Plaza Infinity on Nichupte Avenue. They have both an indoor, air-conditioned area and a terrace. This bar/restaurant is known for its extremely attractive waitresses dressed in sexy "Irish" costumes. A wide variety of...  Read More

El Muellecito (The Little Dock) is located just a few blocks from the entrance to the Hotel Zone on Bonampak Avenue, a favorite with locals, this lively bar/restaurant specializes in seafood, but also offers hamburger, chicken and beef entrees....  Read More

If you want to hang out with locals, head to La Taberna (The Tavern), one of the most popular bars in Cancun. Friends, coworkers and families get together to dine, shoot pool, play table games or watch a sporting event on one of their many...  Read More

Karamba is Cancun's oldest and biggest gay dance club. It recently underwent a huge renovation and its high ceilings give it an airy, open feel. The dance floor is spacious enough to accommodate all your wildest moves. Karamba is located in...  Read More

Toro Rojo
Photo courtesy of Toro Rojo

Toro Rojo (The Red Bull) is located on Bonampak Avenue across the street from Plaza Toros (the bullring). People flock to this small bar/restaurant for two reasons, the excellent service and the delicious food prepared with quality ingredients....  Read More

This bar/restaurant is a local favorite. Located on the corner of Bonampak and Sayil Avenues across the street from Plaza Toros (the bullring) and just steps from the Plaza Las Americas/Malecon Americas shopping mall, La Playita is open daily...  Read More

The Black Pub is located in downtown Cancun across the street from Plaza Toros (the bullring) in Plaza Solare on Bonampak Avenue. This fashionable bar/restaurant is one of the most popular nightspots in downtown Cancun because of the ambiance...  Read More

Las de Guanatos is a local favorite. There are various locations in downtown Cancun. The most popular is the Plaza Toros (bullring) location and on weekends they feature live music. All locations feature drink specials like seven beers in a...  Read More


Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin