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 famished from all of the fun and dancing. Order guacamole and they'll make it at your table. Be sure to let them know if it's your birthday. Join the waiters when they jump on the dance floor to lead a group dance. Learn how to dance Salsa to a live band on Tuesdays and Friday nights.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: At Carlos n' Charlie's, anything goes and you can dance pretty much wherever you want.
Kristin's expert tip: Carlos n' Charlie's has live Salsa on Tuesdays and Fridays. Get there early if you want a table near the dance floor.
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 to take home as souvenirs. Around 9 pm this family-friendly restaurant turns bar/nightclub. The lively staff always makes sure everyone has a blast. Conga lines, balloons, confetti and craziness are the norm here. Senor Frogs know how to throw a party. They feature a glow party, foam party, reggae night, and have a Latin night with a live band.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Senor Frogs is legendary in Cancun and now conveniently located in the Party Center.
Susan's expert tip: Stop by during the day for lunch and ask about their theme nights like glow party, foam party, reggae night and Latin night.
La Vaquita (The Little Cow) is one of Cancun's best nightclubs. It sits smack in the middle of Cancun's Party Center at kilometer 9 of Boulevard Kukulcan. This casual open-air bar/nightclub is decorated in red, black and, of course, cow print, and sexy go-go dancers abound. Visitors can pay a cover charge and purchase individual drinks or go for the open bar option. The club sells "litros" or liters of beer and other drinks, which is very popular in Cancun. You can also find La Vaquita in Playa del Carmen, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: La Vaquita serves up the craziest party and "litro" (liter) drinks.
Kristin's expert tip: Purchasing a bottle will get you a table.
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 birthday and make a reservation on a Friday, they will give you a free bottle of rum, vodka or tequila if 10 of your friends pay cover. On Saturdays if reserve a table for 15 people you'll get a free bottle of Captain Morgan or Smirnoff. Bottle service will get you a front-row seat right next to the dance floor. There is live music every night and the party doesn't end until about 4 am.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Grand Mambo Cafe is the best place in Cancun for live Latin music.
Kristin's expert tip: Doors open at 9:30 pm, but the live music doesn't start until after midnight.
Every year millions of people visit Cancun in order to experience its unparalleled nightlife, and Palazzo doesn't disappoint. Formerly Bulldog and before that Christine, the club has undergone a complete, glamorous makeover. Dance all night or sip your drink while people-watching. You'll spot lots of pretty people, which include both tourists and locals. With theme nights, world-renowned guest DJs, stripper poles (and stripper pole contests) and both open bar and bottle service available, Palazzo is what Cancun nightlife dreams are made of. And the party doesn't end until the sun rises over the Caribbean.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Palazzo is a beautiful nightclub – and they have stripper poles.
Kristin's expert tip: If you make reservations, Palazzo will provide free transportation for larger groups.
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 huge nightclub, the open bar prices are lower than those charged in larger venues. Also, since it's open on two sides, you can see how wild and crazy the party is before you even enter. There isn't really a dance floor at Congo Bar to speak of, but that doesn't stop anyone from dancing. Expect go-go dancers, shot girls and, every once in a while, a strong burst of confetti. Grab a balloon and join the conga line.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Congo Bar provides an exciting party in a small venue.
Susan's expert tip: Start the night at this open-air bar before moving onto one of the large nightclubs.
The exterior looks like a huge rock, with Dady'O carved into it. The long hallway that leads to the club entrance looks like an underground tunnel. The inside of the actual club resembles a large cave. Basically, it has a crazy underground vibe. There is a dance floor in the center of the room and rows of tables line the walls of the multi-level club. Well-known DJs, celebrities, and bands often perform here or host special parties. Even though this is one of the oldest clubs in Cancun, there's usually still a long line of people waiting to enter the club.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Dady'O is a Cancun nightlife institution and it's still going strong.
Susan's expert tip: This club is always busy. To avoid long lines, go with the entertainment staff from your hotel. They get express entry, which means you'll be partying the night away, instead of wasting time standing in a line.
This gigantic club claims to be the largest nightclub in Latin America, with a capacity for over 5,000 people. It's most definitely the biggest club in Cancun and it's often packed to the brim during spring break and in the summer months. The 3-story club often has performances by internationally known artists like Ludacris, Akon, Flo Rida, 50 Cent, Fergie, Snoop Dogg and celebrity DJs. Like Coco Bongo, The City Cancun also has performances by acrobats and other performers during the evening. They play music of all genres on their massive sound system and 650 square feet of video screens.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: The City hosts international artists and features shows and is the biggest nightclub in Latin America.
Susan's expert tip: Internationally-known recording artists and DJs often perform here throughout the year (especially during peak times like spring break) and celebrities sometimes host parties here. It's the place to catch a great concert and possibly rub elbows with stars.
Those looking for a good time with 3,000 or so of their best friends have at least one option in Cancún, Coco Bongo. Live bands regularly hit the stage and play a variety of music ranging from techno and 70's rock classics to salsa. There are also varied nightly shows including Michael Jackson and Madonna impersonators. When you feel your feet start to move, don't bother looking for a dance floor because there isn't one. People just dance where they can find a little space, whether that means shaking it right where they are or getting up on the table. The cover charge includes open bar.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Coco Bongo throws the biggest, wildest party in Cancun.
Susan's expert tip: The main floor gets incredibly crowded. To have a more comfortable and enjoyable evening, request a table up on one of the higher levels that overlook the main floor. You'll have a better view for all the shows too.
This beautiful medium-sized club is one of the most popular nightclubs in Cancun and is located right between The City and Coco Bongo in the Party Zone. The Indian-inspired decor, which features rich, vibrant colors and lush fabrics instantly tells you that you're in an upscale lounge, rather than a hokey run-of-the-mill nightclub. Mandala feels like the nicest, most ornate VIP room you've ever seen... only it's an entire club. The fact that the front of the club is entirely open to the street adds to the ambiance. This Cancun's hippest and hottest clubs and it's been extremely popular since it opened.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Mandala is the perfect-sized nightclub. It's small enough that you won't get lost in the shuffle, but big enough to feel like a nightclub.
Susan's expert tip: For the best seat in the house, order bottle service.