Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Playa del Carmen Nightlife, Night Clubs & Dance Clubs
The nightlife in Playa del Carmen is centered around 5th Avenue (Quinta Avenida), a seemingly never ending street, which in the night transforms itself and caters for every style and taste. Young or old, whether it's exquisite food and a margarita or a clubbers paradise, there is something for everyone!
The beach is also lined with bars where you can stop, relax and have a drink anytime you wish. Dance the day and night away on the warm powdery sand to music that ranges from Caribbean reggae to electronic, as good as any world-class club.
People are always in the mood to party here and 'Playa' has a very bohemian feel with a great mix of foreigners and Mexicans. Many restaurants seamlessly transform into nightclubs in the evening after the dinner hour has passed.
You will find the original, unique style of Playa in your hotel room, in the food, in the stores... clubs and bars couldn't be the exception!
Dance the night away to the latest chart toppers in this very cool nightclub. It can hold over 1200 people, and with a large bar in the center an exotic drink is never far away. They also have spectacular shows that only add to the fun, and help to ensure that you have great night out in Playa del Carmen.
In 1998 Newsweek Magazine named the Blue Parrot 'one of the 10 best bars in the world'. Things have just gotten better since then and it is now an obligatory stop when in Playa del Carmen. It is located right on the white sandy beach by the shore of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea whose waves literally lap against the dance floor.
Clandestino by Lateral
Secret, hidden, made illicitly, simply clandestine! This is the environment you'll find at this bar in front of the restaurant Lateral, in Calle Corazon, surrounded by large tropical trees wrapped in tiny lights that dance like fireflies. Start your night out in Playa del Carmen here, enjoying the variety of liquors and delicious cocktails.
All the best in pop culture can be found here at CocoBongo, with references to movies and television programs and playing the most representative in modern music. All of this with the modern backdrop of technology that makes it not only a nightclub but a total experience called CocoBongo. It's a long-standing favorite in Cancun that has now found it's way to Playa del Carmen, offering an excellent show, music, the best DJs, refreshing cocktails and above all, a sophisticated experience.
Located right on the beach, this club has two different dance floors, and features world renowned DJs, singers, and bands. On the sand you'll be able to dance the night away to the expertly mixed sounds of house and trance music, while the other dance floor is located under a huge thatched-roof "palapa", and sways to the beat of Hip Hop and Latin music played by local DJs.
Deseo is one of the coolest bars in Playa. An open-air second-floor lounge, you have to see it to believe it: big mattresses among flowing curtains, old time silent movies projected on the wall and smooth lounge music mixed by the resident DJ. It's worth the price for the unsurpassable atmosphere.
Diablito Cha Cha Cha
This place is a fresh fusion of Asian with a coastal Mexican retro vibe, with a super cool atmosphere and the best DJ's spinning the latest tracks from funky to hip hop and groovy to house. The striking retro 50's decor, between wild and extravagant, encourages you to sit back, relax and enjoy an exotic drink. El Diablito is definitely the 'place to be' for the 'beautiful' people of Playa and tourists alike that know the meaning of 'cool'.
Located right beside the beach, Fusion is a modern hotel with a bar famous for its concerts and performances. Here you can spend a romantic evening at tables lit by candlelight, or enjoy the feeling of the fresh sea breeze on the beach, as you dance barefoot to music by bands playing salsa, rock and bossa nova.
La Azotea Lounge Bar
This contemporary, modern and distinguished bar is located in the heart of the cosmopolitan city of Playa del Carmen, on the roof of the El Punto hotel. Overlooking Quinta Avenida, each night it fills up with visitors of all ages from around the world, who come to share a wonderful evening of food, drinks and good conversation. It features spectacular ocean views, a great selection of music, an extensive menu, and it's renowned for the excellent service. Don't leave without trying the wood-fired pizza!
Los Danzantes, one of the newest bars in Playa del Carmen, is a great place to chill out and admire the incredible ocean view from its terrace. It has a fantastic atmosphere, and a massive range of Mezcal from different parts of Mexico, as well as an exotic cocktail menu. The DJs here will have you dancing the night away to the rhythm of a fantastic range of music.
Popular with a younger crowd, "La Mezca", as it is known locally, is located on the famous Twelfth Street. It's renowned in the area for its wide variety of Mescal, and also for the fantastic DJs, who really know how to get the crowd going with their expert mixes. During your vacation, if you want to try an authentic Mexican drink and party in a really lively atmosphere, then you should definitely pay a visit to Mezcalinna.
Decorated with huge Hindu statues and other handmade Asian features, Mandala provides three levels to party on. On the first level and the mezzanine floor you can dance to the rhythm of the latest chart hits and also plenty of house and trance. Later, head up to the roof terrace where you can chill out, while enjoying a drink and a conversation at the tables. This is without doubt one of the top clubs in the city, and it's usually full pretty much every night of the week.
Because of its prime location amongst the best clubs and bars of Playa del Carmen, Kartabar is the perfect choice for those who enjoy a drink in the most sophisticated of atmospheres. All the fun and excitement in Playa centers itself on this corner and Kartabar is witness to it all. Then, when the sun is once more high in the sky, Kartabar morphs itself again into an elegant restaurant serving delectable Mediterranean and Lebanese specialties that you simply have to try.
The cosmic vibration becomes apparent as you enter OM, constructed using the principals of Feng-Shui, this lounge bar seamlessly fuses eastern mysticism with the flavor of the Caribbean. It specializes in fruit juice cocktails and it is definitely somewhere you should check out while on your vacation.
For a fantastic night out you should consider heading to the Reina Roja Hotel. In the hotel's lobby you'll find a modern bar and also swimming pools, where you can chill out and enjoy a drink. Illuminated entirely in red and with unusual decor, the hotel has a vibrant and almost eccentric feel. On the roof there is another huge pool that offers a really spectacular view. This place is renowned for holding many of the city's best pool parties hosted by famous DJs. At Reina Roja you can also enjoy a bite to eat, and the extensive cocktail menu really is impressive.
Roof Garden Reina Roja
Featuring a unique concept and avant-garde style, the Roof Garden at the Reina Roja Hotel integrates the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya by using regional elements like wood, vegetation and water. This area is perfect for people who enjoy an unconventional and intense sensory experience. Providing visitors with an incredible view of Playa del Carmen and the Caribbean Sea, this location features a beautiful pool, excellent cocktails and experienced DJs making it a very popular choice for many beautiful people.
La Santanera has so much to offer. Spread over two floors: the top part being a comfortable lounge with "kitsch" decoration encompassing facets of Mexican wrestling and "Santeria" (Caribbean voodoo). The bottom floor is much more of a club, with an excellent light show and always a packed dance floor. It has a luminous bar in the middle with small VIP areas that have beds and curtains, perfect for a more private and 'elite' evening out.
The Tequila Barrel is located on the famous Fifth Avenue, and serves a fantastic range of drinks, including over 70 different types of Tequila. It is well known for its "show girls", due to its promotion where anybody who dances on the bar wins a shot of Tequila. With its lively atmosphere it is always full of tourists. They open at 11 a.m. for their "Happy Hour" promotion, making it the ideal place to have a lunchtime drink and people watch, while sitting in one of the comfortable and very Mexican barrel-shaped chairs.
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