Drinking dens with music and saloon-style cantinas, serving artisanal mezcals, margaritas and more, make up the after-dark scene in the Yucatán state capital.
While many in-bound revelers to Mexico’s Caribbean coast head straight to the party zones of Cancún or Playa del Carmen, you’ll find plenty of tequila flowing and salsa stirring in the Yucatán state capital, too. Increasingly cosmopolitan Mérida is home to the main university and students aplenty seeking fiestas. A steady stream of backpackers and traveling tourists joins fun-loving locals in the growing number of buzzing bars in the city, too. Read on for a rundown of our favorites.
Great live music and cheap drinks pack people into this fun and friendly city-center cantina. As the name suggests, pulque (alcohol made from the sap of an agave plant) is available here, including a selection of cocktails made using the millennia-old alcoholic drink. The ancient tipple is not to everyone’s taste, so there’s plenty more on the menu, from mezcals and micheladas (a cocktail of beer, lime, juice and spices) to classic shots and artisan beers. Tasty finger food and Mexican-style snacks keep growling bellies at bay.
This self-dubbed “beer and party room” is among the most atmospheric spots in the city – choc-full of colorful murals, busy tiling and a rough-and-ready charm. It’s known for its great cocktails and some pretty good bar-food staples. But it’s the fiesta that really packs them in every weekend, with thumpingly good live reggaeton, salsa and cumbia (Colombian folk) music that quickly fills the dance floor. There’s a pleasant garden as well when you need a break from the heady scene inside.
Looking for more to do in Mérida? Start your day off with a visit to the most interesting Mayan ruins in the area before settling in for an evening at one of the best restaurants in the city. Book your base for exploring Yucatán’s capital now with Culture Trip. If Mérida takes your fancy, go further, and explore the rest of the area by booking a stay in nearby Campeche and visiting the best markets in not-so-far-away Cancún.