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 Mayan people that once ruled the Yucatan Peninsula. There is also a hot pink Cadillac sticking out of the wall above the stage, and a large stained glass piece that includes Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll himself. Hard Rock Cafe serves "new" and traditional American food. The restaurant is open daily, from 11am-2am. Occasionally, there are Battle of the Bands contests, but these special events are only held a few times a year.
Recommended for Night Clubs because: Hard Rock Cafe serves up food, drinks and live music, and is a Cancun institution.
Kristin's expert tip: Hard Rock Cafe is in the heart of Party Center, where Cancun's major nightclubs are located. Start the evening out with dinner and drinks at Hard Rock Cafe, before moving on to the big clubs, or stay and watch the band play.
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 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 Night Clubs because: Carlos n' Charlie's is fun whether you are there for a meal or for a night of partying.
Susan's expert tip: Go early and have dinner in the large dining room. It's one big party from the moment you enter the place. The food is pretty good too.
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 Night Clubs because: Senor Frogs has food, drinks, fun atmosphere and they just moved to the Party Center.
Susan's expert tip: Before 9pm, Senor Frogs is pretty much a restaurant, but after that, the atmosphere changes to bar/nightclub.
La Vaquita (The Little Cow) is one of Cancun's newest 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. 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 and Puerto Vallarta.
Recommended for Night Clubs because: La Vaquita serves "litros" (liters) and features a "Let's Get Ridiculous" theme night.
Kristin's expert tip: If you're looking for a crazy night try their #RidiculousParty.
This small open-air club 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 than those charged in larger venues. Also, since it's open on two sides, you can see how wild & crazy the party is before you even enter. There isn't really a dance floor to speak of, but that doesn't stop anyone from dancing. Expect go-go dancers, shot girls and every once in awhile, a strong burst of confetti. Grab a balloon and join the conga line.
Recommended for Night Clubs because: Congo offers crazy atmosphere and is more economical than the bigger nightclubs.
Susan's expert tip: The large nightclubs don't open until 10:30pm. If you want to start the party before then, Congo is a great place to do so.
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. 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 is usually still a long line of people waiting to enter the club.
Recommended for Night Clubs because: Dady'O is a nightlife institution as it was one of the first nightclubs in Cancun.
Susan's expert tip: To avoid waiting in the long line to enter the club, go with the entertainment staff from your hotel.
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 Night Clubs because: Palazzo is a beautiful nightclub where Cancun's pretty people party.
Kristin's expert tip: If you make reservations Palazzo will provide free transportation for larger groups.
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 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 the 1,000,000 sound system and 650 square feet of video screens.
Recommended for Night Clubs because: The City is an awesome place to party and claims to be the largest nightclub in Latin America.
Susan's expert tip: Go to the club with the entertainment staff from your hotel (most hotels have employees that escort a group of guests to a nightclub each night). The group will get express entry and a table.
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 & lush fabrics instantly informs you that you are 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, not a VIP room. The fact that the front of the club is entirely open to the street adds to the ambiance. This is one of Cancun's hippest and hottest clubs and it's been extremely popular since it opened.
Recommended for Night Clubs because: Once Mandala opened it quickly became one of Cancun's most popular clubs.
Susan's expert tip: A nice alternative to the large, busy nightclubs.
Cancun's most popular night club, Coco Bongo, has been featured on many travel-related television shows. Throughout the evening, a variety of performers put on shows. On any given evening at the club, Beetlejuice makes an appearance, Spiderman flies through the air, acrobats perform high above the crown, and a Michael Jackson impersonator lip-synchs some of MJ's classic songs. The bartenders and wait staff even take the stage to sing and dance a few times a night. 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.
Recommended for Night Clubs because: Coco Bongo has it all and all ages love to visit Cancun's most popular nightclub.
Susan's expert tip: The club gets very crowded. Get a table in one of the areas off the main floor, to avoid the largest crowds.