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 10 best bars in Cancún.
Bar, American, Mexican, $$$
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).
Address and telephone number: Kukulcan Blvd. Km 9.5, 77500 Cancún, Mexico, 998-883-0083
The Beer Box
If searching for a place to watch sports, particularly mixed martial arts or soccer, then The Beer Box should be your number one choice. Whilst the establishment does serve food, it is the wide range of artisan beers on offer that really draws the crowds. A late closing time allows customers to leisurely watch sports games and hang out as long as they want when they finish.
Address and telephone number: Avenida nichupte sm 19, Plaza Infinity, 77506 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico, +52 998 272 7782
Las de Guanatos
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
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.
Address and telephone number: Boulevard Kukulcan, Km. 12 | Hotel ME Cancun,Cancun 77500, Mexico, +52 998 881 2629
Blue Gecko Cantina
Bar, Mexican, $$$
El Rincón del Vino
Bar, Wine Bar, Pub Grub, Wine, Spanish, $$$
El Rincón del Vino
El Rincón del Vino, the first bar in Cancún to serve exclusively wine, provides the diner with a refined and delicious alternative to tequila during their stay. The bar proffers an extensive selection of first-rate Mexican, Chilean and Argentinian vintages, and frequently features live musical entertainment to accompany any evening. El Rincón del Vino has a warm atmosphere, and guests can choose to enjoy either the interior seating area or outside terrace whilst dining.
Address and telephone number: Av. Nader 88 | Atrás del Palacio Mucipal, Cancun 77500, Mexico ,+52 998 241 2961
La Vaquita, which translates to ‘small cow’ in English, creatively builds on this theme throughout the establishment, with cow figures, cow prints, even people dressed as cows, everywhere to be seen. This venue draws huge crowds most nights, making it an energetic site for live music and dancing. A hot spot for hen parties and spring breakers alike, this is one of the cheaper places in the area for drinks, which are served in, you guessed it, cow-print cups.
Address and telephone number: Blvd. Kukulcan Km 9 Zona Hotelera, Cancun77500, Mexico, +52) 9988488380
For tourists searching for a top drinking spot off the beaten track, Toro Rojo has alot to offer. Located downtown, a few minutes walk from Cancún’s hotel zone, the bar boasts a wide variety of beer and original mixed drinks. There is great food available here too, some of their most popular meals being the ceviche, or the steak and chicken burrito. After a day perusing Market 28 or one of the many other parks and shopping centers in the area, Toro Rojo is the ideal place to unwind with an ice cold beer.
Address and telephone number: Av. Bonampak Mz. 10 Lt. 60 Sm. 4 Local 23 | Front of Plaza de Toros, Downtown, Cancun 77500, Mexico, +52 998845880
The City Discotheque
Bar, Nightclub, Pub Grub, $$$
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.
Address and telephone number: Boulevard Kukulcan KM 9.5 Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancun, Mexico, 848 83 80 ext. 114
The Black Pub
Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
The Black Pub
The last thing one would expect to find in the middle of Mexico is an English-style ale house, and yet The Black Pub is exactly that. This venue is a top spot for local musicians to perform in both English and Spanish, and customers can catch up on all sports games with the range of channels available. The pub is an interesting blend of both English and Spanish culture, with menu items such as the Big Ben, (a ham, bacon, and pepperoni pizza), side by side with chili cheese nachos. And of course, no English pub would be complete without draught beer, of which there is plenty to choose from here.
Address and telephone number: Av Sayil Sm 6C | Plaza Solare | CP 77500 Cancun, Q.roo MX,+ 52 998 267 7409