Live Rock, Jazz and Salsa in Cancun's Bars and Nightclubs

Cancun is known for having some of the best nightlife on the planet. The party nights in Cancun don't end until the sun comes up over the Caribbean Sea. In addition to the huge nightclubs with shows, DJs and sophisticated lighting systems, there are many bars that offer live music including, rock, jazz, Mexican trova and salsa.

Cancun is home to singers and musicians from Cuba, the US, the Domincan Republic and of course, Mexico. In addition, more and more international stars are holding concerts in Cancun. World famous stars like Usher, Luis Miguel, Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony have performed in Cancun.

The Black Pub, Dublin's Irish Pub and McCarthy's Irish Pub in downtown Cancun feature live rock bands a few times a week.

Carlos n' Charlie's offers live music three nights a week. The best place to dance salsa, merengue and bachata in Cancun is at Grand Mambo Cafe, which is located downtown in Plaza Hong Kong.

For live jazz and other styles, downtown Cancun offers Expacio42. For the most part the bars downtown are filled with locals, but they are perfectly safe for tourists.

Most resorts offer live music most nights of the week in their restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Zona Hotelera

This gigantic club claims to be the largest nightclub in Latin America, with a capacity for over 5,000 people. It is most definitely the biggest club in Cancun and it's often packed to the brim during Spring Break and in the summer months. The...  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

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

McCarthy's Irish Pub is located in downtown Cancun, not far from the Hotel Zone entrance, in Plaza Solare on Bonampak Avenue. They feature live rock most days of the week. They are known for their amazing wings (Original BBQ, BBQ & Jack and...  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

Zona Hotelera
Senor Frogs
Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse

The name Senor Frog's is synonymous with fun. This bar and restaurant has sawdust on the floor so you don't have to worry about your children making a mess. Kids can order "virgin" versions of the famous drinks in yard glasses that people love...  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

Grand Mambo Cafe is the number one spot to dance Salsa, Merengue and Bachata in Cancun. Located downtown in Plaza Hong Kong, Mambo Cafe features live music Wednesday through Saturday. Open bar is available on Thursdays. If you're celebrating a...  Read More

Zona Hotelera

Carlos n' Charlie's provides party seekers with an ideal atmosphere to let loose, tilt their heads back and howl at the moon. Live bands and DJs pound out music until the wee hours of the morning, drinks are reasonably priced, and the kitchen...  Read More

Hard Rock Cafe
Photo courtesy of Susan R. Vincil

For over 40 years, Hard Rock Cafe has been known for delicious food, live music, and its amazing collection of rock 'n roll memorabilia. Each Hard Rock Cafe is different and the Cancun restaurant has a mural on the ceiling, that represents the...  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

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