The Best Bars In Cancún, Mexico

A visit to Cancún wont break the bank when you stay at one of these top budget-friendly hotels
A visit to Cancún won't break the bank when you stay at one of these top budget-friendly hotels | © Allen Brown / Alamy Stock Photo
Andrea Henthorn

There’s a reason Cancún, Mexico, has been an alluring spring break spot for decades. The wealth of bars on offer, from classic cantinas to cocktail lounges, are all bordered by beautiful Caribbean beaches, and cater for every tourist taste. The following is a list of the best places in the area to relax with a margarita, unwind with a glass of wine, or even enjoy a pint at an English-style pub. Here’s our list of the best bars in Cancún.
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Surfin’ Burrito

The Surfin’ Burrito is renowned locally for its lively bar as well as the fantastic food it offers. The layout is open on the beach, making it a picturesque spot to sit in after a day riding the waves. With a shot of tequila priced at around two US dollars, this is an ideal place for budget travellers. A bus runs regularly from the main hotel zone to Surfin’ Burrito, meaning guests don’t need to worry about arranging transportation, (that’s if you ever leave, as Surfin’ Burrito never closes).

Las de Guanatos

Refreshing summer margarita cocktail

Cancún’s Las de Guanatos serves divine margaritas made with a house recipe, using only aged tequila and hints of orange, with either salt or tamarind on the rim. Customers are also urged to try the Micheladas, a curious mixture of beer, chili powder and uncommon fruit flavors, such as pineapple and gooseberry. If feeling peckish there are also very tasty rolled tacos available here.

Address and telephone number: Av. Bonampak, Plaza de Toros, Cancun 77500, MX, +52 998 240 2172

Rose Bar

Part of the stylish ME Cancún hotel, the Rose Bar is a romantic lounge venue with soft lighting and chic indoor decor. A more tranquil alternative to other venues in the area, it is still animated at weekends, and on Fridays and Saturdays there is live entertainment from musical groups and DJs. Ladies night promotions are often advertised here, and the selection of champagne is vast and tempting.

Blue Gecko Cantina

The Blue Gecko sign

Blue Gecko Cantina is a perfect spot in which to socialise with other travellers whilst sipping on a signature mojito. There is a cosy, casual atmosphere here, and it is popular with fun-seeking tourists of all ages. Complement a drink from their full bar with a delicious buffalo shrimp taco, and there’s even a pet parrot to entertain guests.

El Rincón del Vino

El Rincón del Vino, Quintana Roo

El Rincón del Vino, the first bar in Cancún to serve exclusively wine, provides the diner with a refined and delicious alternative to tequila during their stay. The bar proffers an extensive selection of first-rate Mexican, Chilean and Argentinian vintages, and frequently features live musical entertainment to accompany any evening. El Rincón del Vino has a warm atmosphere, and guests can choose to enjoy either the interior seating area or outside terrace whilst dining.

La Vaquita

La Vaquita, which translates to ‘small cow’ in English, creatively builds on this theme throughout the establishment, with cow figures, cow prints, even people dressed as cows, everywhere to be seen. This venue draws huge crowds most nights, making it an energetic site for live music and dancing. A hot spot for hen parties and spring breakers alike, this is one of the cheaper places in the area for drinks, which are served in, you guessed it, cow-print cups.

Address and telephone number: Blvd. Kukulcan Km 9 Zona Hotelera, Cancun77500, Mexico, +52) 9988488380

The City Discotheque

The City Discotheque stretches over three stories and can hold up to 6,000 people, making it the largest nightclub in Latin America. The establishment only opens on Friday nights, increasing anticipation for tourists and ensuring the club is packed every week. This is a place of incredible energy and non-stop partying, and the electric dance music coupled with an open bar make it a magnet for young crowds staying in Cancún.

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