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, McCarthy's Irish 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. 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).



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



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



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



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



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



Nebrina Gin & Cocina, located in downtown Cancun on Nader Avenue, not far from the entrance to the Hotel Zone, is one of those places to see and be seen for locals. They specialize in gin cocktails (they offer at least 20 brands of Gin) and...  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

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 food,...  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