Best Bars in Cancun: Skip the Nightclubs and Party in an Intimate Venue

Cancun boasts some of the best nightlife on the planet. From huge discos to theme bar/restaurants, Cancun has something for everyone. Whether you visit a nightclub or a small bar, music is always part of the experience. You'll hear Salsa, Techno, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Rock and more in Cancun.

If giant nightclubs, or “antros” as young locals call them, aren't your thing, try a smaller venue. In many bars, employees spend much of their time socializing with and entertaining visitors, which makes for a more intimate experience. After a relaxing day of lounging in the sun and swimming in the azure Caribbean Sea, there's nothing like having a delicious dinner while watching the sunset and then heading to a lively nightspot.

Old standbys like Senor Frogs and Carlos n' Charlie's never disappoint, and Senor Frogs in now located in heart of the Party Center. The Black Pub in Plaza Solare downtown features live Rock. Smaller dance bars like Congo feature sexy dancers and a staff that is full of surprises.

Whichever you choose (Maybe try more than one on the same night!) Cancun's bars won't let you down. You are in for the time of your life!

Toro Rojo
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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



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 and also show the big game or fight as well. They are known for their...  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



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

Hard Rock Cafe
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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

Pancho & Willy's Karaoke Cantina
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Pancho & Willy's is located next door to the popular restaurant, Captain's Cove, across the street from Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas. Karaoke nights are very popular. This multi-level establishment is often full of people singing, dancing...  Read More

Zona Hotelera


Carlos n' Charlie's provides party seekers with an ideal atmosphere to enjoy a night out in Cancun. Live bands and DJs pound out music, drinks are reasonably priced, and the kitchen does a good job of keeping everyone from becoming too famished...  Read More

Zona Hotelera


This small open-air bar is smack in the middle of all the action in Cancun's Party Center and is always full of fun-loving locals and tourists all night long. Since this is a smaller bar rather than a nightclub, the open bar prices are lower...  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 food,...  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


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