Mezcal is a traditional Mexican drink that is best described as the father of tequila but with a smokier taste. Unlike tequila, which has a reputation for being shot back in sweaty nightclubs, mezcal is made to be sipped. Don Mezcal is a great place to give it a go, given that they have some great beer and mezcal deals.
Address & telephone number: Quinta Avenida and Calle 10 Norte, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Dolores Yucabar is the perfect place to pay a visit in Playa del Carmen. Located on the second floor, above a mezcal bar, Dolores has a roof terrace that provides the perfect backdrop to the electronic and house music vibe that it’s known for.
Address & telephone number: 1° Ave. Norte on the corner of Calle 12 Norte, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, +52 984 803 5502
In a prime location just close enough to Quinta to attract a good crowd, but not close enough to be overrun with holidaymakers, Bar Ranita is the perfect spot for a catch-up with friends. Unlike many other bar options in this seaside town, it is spacious enough that you’re comfortable, not cramped, and quiet enough that you can have an intimate chat without straining to be heard.
Address & telephone number: Calle 10 between Avenida 10 y 5, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, +52 984 873 0389
La Perla Pixan Cuisine
La Perla is a wonderfully atmospheric, restaurant-bar located just off the famed Quinta avenue. Alongside its fantastic Oaxacan-inspired, experimental menu it is also an outstanding mezcal and pulque bar and store and live music venue.
Address & telephone number: Calle 34 between Avenidas 5 and 10, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, +52 984 120 2616
Quinta is the most popular avenue for night life in Playa del Carmen for a reason, hosting as it does such a selection of great bars and clubbing venues. La Fe is an excellent option for anyone wanting to partake in a spot of people-watching, in an atmospheric bar with street-side seating.
Address & telephone number: Quinta Avenida between Calle 26 y 28, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, +52 984 803 3705
Kitxen is a Playa del Carmen institution and famed for its almost daily live music shows, as well as its excellent location on Quinta Avenida. Considering the location, the drinks are extremely reasonably priced, meaning you could enjoy cocktails all night without breaking the bank and enjoy people-watching on the most famous avenue in Playa.
Address & telephone number: Quinta Avenida between Avenida Constituyentes y Calle 20, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, +52 984 879 4749
La Santanera opens when other bars are shutting their doors for the evening, so this isn’t one for the fainthearted. Rather, this is the place to be if you want to dance, dance, dance, and enjoy some of the best music that Playa del Carmen has to offer, as it regularly plays host to the best DJs in the area.
Address & telephone number: Calle 10 between Quinta Avenida y Avenida 10, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, +52 984 179 0153
Hotel by day and cool, quirky cocktail terrace by night, Deseo Lounge isn’t an obvious choice or an obvious find, despite being located smack-bang in the middle of Quinta Avenida. The beautifully decorated terrace can be found at the top of a tucked away stone staircase, meaning it is quite the hidden gem of nightlife in Playa del Carmen and well worth a visit.
Address & telephone number: Quinta Avenida and Calle 12, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, +52 984 789 3620
A cool bar located on 12th Avenue, La Mezcalinna is a great place for dancing. The music is quality, the atmosphere is friendly and inclusive, and the mezcal, is one of the primary drinks sold here. For anyone looking for a guaranteed good night out, La Mezcalinna is a really solid choice, and comes highly recommended, particularly by the younger crowd among whom it is popular.
Address & telephone number: Calle 12 between Avenida 1 y Playa, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, +52 984 803 1101
Rounding off the list with relative newcomer Abolengo, a spin-off bar with a more intimate, sit-down vibe, it’s the younger sibling of Playa del Carmen’s nightlife powerhouse Mandala and deserving of a visit. Well-located, but also removed from the throngs, it has a selection of excellent signature cocktails among an extensive menu of varied drinks and is a great place for a group night out.
Address & telephone number: Avenida 1 Norte, Mza. 34 Lote 6, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, +52 984 873 2228