As a spring break destination, Cancún knows how to ply travelers with drinks. The city is full of party bars that serve beers by the bucket, cocktails by the yard and shots by the tray. It’s not all go hard or go home, though. Cancún also has its fair share of sophisticated drinking places, where you can sample artisan beer, sip gin and enjoy mixologist-made cocktails. Here are a few of the best all around.
A wall-sized angel-wing mural welcomes you to this bar in downtown Cancún. Beyond it, there’s an open-air courtyard that’s filled with bench and bucket seating. In addition to the usual suspect drinks, this bar offers a range of blond, dark and amber craft beers. Plus, there’s a cocktail menu – try the electric lemonade. Made from blue curaçao, it’s essentially a grown-up slush puppie.
This tiki-style bar is a two-minute walk from the pearl-white sands of Chac Mool Beach in the Hotel Zone. The bar serves buckets of beers, micheladas – the Mexican take on a bloody mary made with beer, tomato juice and chili peppers – and liter-sized margaritas. The highlight of the menu here, however, has to be the Coco Loco – it’s a mixture of coconut water and rum served in a real coconut shell and topped with a straw.
Strings of fairy lights crisscross the open-air courtyard at this downtown bar, so the whole place glows hearth-like at night. The bar does a good line of cocktails – some are served in earthenware pots and jam jars. It also offers regular all-you-can-drink promotions, where you pay a set fee and can drink as many gins or whiskeys as you want. Opening hours are 6pm to 1am, Wednesday to Saturday.